'Pride@Prejudice' at Theater at Monmouth

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MONMOUTH  — Jane Austen’s most popular novel, adapted by Daniel Elihu Kramer as “Pride@Prejudice,” opens Theater at Monmouth’s summer repertory season.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23. Additional performances are July 11 and Aug. 2, 15 and 17 at 7:30 p.m.; July 22 and 28, and Aug. 8 and 9 at 1 p.m.; and July 7 at 7:30 p.m. with a post-show discussion.

Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fall in love all over again in Kramer’s romantic deconstruction of Austen’s classic. Playfully reinvented with modern-day characters literally stepping off the page to blog, Google and tweet, this homage to one of the world’s most popular love stories is delivered with humor, wit, and just a little sass. 

Director Janis Stevens writes, “Kramer’s delightfully rich exploration of Austen’s beloved work, accesses her novel and her letters as well as the wide range of pertinent public domain materials available on the internet — blogs, chat rooms, and discussion boards — adding an unexpected level of exuberance to the narrative.”

Just as Austen’s classic introduced modernity to the novel writing of her time, Kramer’s play offers a fresh perspective with its inclusion of complimentary characters and contemporary allusions. “Pride@Prejudice” expertly explores how artists create from their life experiences as much as their imaginations, and reveals how these hidden inspirations add deep and striking layers to their original sources.

Pride@Prejudice features Katie Croyle as Elizabeth Bennet; Marshall Taylor Thurman as Mr. Darcy; KP Powell as Mr. Bennet/Mr. Bingley/Sir William/ Footman/Doctor/Mr. Wickham/Mr. Gardiner/Colonel Fitzwilliam; Amber McNew as Jane Bennet/Caroline Bingley/Lydia/Mary/Lady Catherine/Georgiana/Jane Austen; and Bibi Mama as Mrs. Bennet/Charlotte/Mrs. Gardiner/Miss de Bourgh.

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Set design is by Stacey Koloski, costume design by Jonna Klaiber, lighting design by Jim Alexander, and sound design by Rew Tippin.

Single tickets for the summer repertory and fall show are $34 for adults, $29 for senior citizens, and $20 for students (18 and younger). Groups of 10 or more can enjoy shows at up to a 22 percent discount. Groups may also schedule pre- or post-show discussions and tours of historic Cumston Hall. 

Educators receive 20 percent off the single ticket price with a photo ID at the box office.

For patrons younger than 30, $10 Rush Tickets are available at each performance in the season. Sign up by contacting boxoffice@theateratmonmouth.org or calling the box office at 207-933-9999 the morning of the performance. 

For calendar and reservations, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org. Theatre at Monmouth is at 796 Main St. 

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