Topic: College of Fine Arts

October 30, 2017

"Pride and Prejudice"

The Department of Theatre and Dance is bringing Jane Austen’s timeless pages to the stage with its latest production of “Pride and Prejudice.” The play opens Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Other performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 7-10, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and 8 p.m. Nov. 11.

Originally published in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice” tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet and her disinterest in finding a husband despite pressure and efforts from her four sisters and match-making mother. Mr. Darcy, both handsome and enigmatic, catches Elizabeth’s eye, but she is determined to not let her feelings take over her good sense and independence. The tale, filled with both wit and romance, depicts Elizabeth and her struggle to look beyond his pride and her prejudice.

Jane Austen’s novel was published two centuries ago, but Jon Jory’s adaptation, which the department is using for its production, stays true to the novel and is refreshing and engaging.

“Quotes from the novel litter the script, so an audience familiar with ‘Pride and Prejudice’ will hear their favorite, the most famous, quotes throughout,” said Emma Rund, junior theatrical studies major and dramaturg for the production. “Essentially, the play jumps around much faster than the novel does, merging some scenes and eliminating others all together, but the story overall remains intact.”

Theater professor Beth Turcotte, director of “Pride and Prejudice,” said the production was selected for the University Mainstage Series season for its women’s roles. The period piece has costume and set design opportunities for faculty and students, and the novel is so well known and much loved.

More information about the show and tickets is available at the University Theatre Box Office, open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost is $18 for the general public, $15 for students, faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $10 for children 12 and under. Contact the box office at 765-285-8749.

By Jillian Wilschke