PRESS - PRIDE AND PREJUDICE


PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
by Jane Austen
adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan
directed by Kyle Donnelley
September 9 - October 9, 2011
Segerstrom Stage

One of the most popular novels in English literature comes to the stage in a lavish production centered on a bustling, enthusiastic—and discombobulated—family.  They’re the Bennets—the terribly silly but determined Mrs. Bennet, her bemused but doting husband and their five daughters, all of marriageable age.  So imagine the stir when a wealthy young man and his handsome friend turn up in the neighborhood.  The daughters are agog, with one exception.  The beautiful (and independent) Elizabeth has no interest in the handsome (and enigmatic) Mr. Darcy, who is equally aloof.  And that’s what captures our imagination as we hope for love to triumph.  It’s so much fun!

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Amalia Fite, Rebecca Lawrence, Dana Green, Katie Willert and Elizabeth Nolan in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.
  
Dana Green, Kalie Quñones, Joel J. Gelman, Kandis Chappell, Corey Brill, Cate Scott Campbell and Scott Drummond  in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   
Claire Kaplan, Jane Carr, Randy Oglesby, Scott Drummond, Dana Green, Amalia Fite, Elizabeth Nolan, Rebecca Lawrence and Katie Willert in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Dana Green, Corey Brill, Rebecca Lawrence and Brian Hostenske in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

   
Dana Green and Corey Brill in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Jane Carr, Randy Oglesby, Scott Drummond, Dana Green, Amalia Fite, Elizabeth Nolan, Katie Willert and Rebecca Lawrence  in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

Claire Kaplan in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.

       
Dana Green and Corey Brill in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Corey Brill and Dana Green in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Henry DiRocco/SCR.
  
Katie Willert, Claire Kaplan, Dana Green and Michael A. Newcomer in South Coast Repertory's 2011 production of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo by Ben Horak/SCR.

       
Author Jane Austen.
  
Pride and Prejudice logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.
  
Pride and Prejudice logo courtesy of South Coast Repertory.

Author/Playwright Bios

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women. She began to write as a teenager. Her brother Henry helped her negotiate with a publisher, and her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, appeared in 1811.  Her next novel,Pride and Prejudice, which she described as her "own darling child," received highly favorable reviews. Mansfield Park was published in 1814, and then Emma in 1816. All of her novels were published anonymously. In 1816, she began to suffer from ill health, probably due to Addison's disease. She travelled to Winchester to receive treatment, and died there on July 18, 1817. Two more novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey, were published posthumously and a final novel was left incomplete.

Joseph Hanreddy spent many years as the artistic director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, where he directed more than 30 productions and acted in and authored many others. Approximately 50 new American plays, translations and adaptations were created under his leadership, including many that have subsequently been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and at the nation's leading regional theaters.

J.R. Sullivan is an active regional theatre director and the recently appointed Artistic Director of the Pearl Theatre in New York City. Born in Oak Park, Illinois, Sullivan has used his successful career to travel and work widely in the U.S., particularly in the Midwest. He is also very active with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.