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“A perfectly constructed love story” —Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle

5 STARS! “A delight … clever & biting” —Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ

“Sharp, clever and funny” —Chad Jones, Theater Dogs

Having always lived life with her head in a good book, Mary Bennet’s never felt more like the odd sister out than when she chooses to spend the Christmas holiday with her prettier and wittier sisters, Jane and Elizabeth, both recently married. When the shy, bookworm Arthur de Bourgh turns up unexpectedly, Mary finds a kindred spirit, but since Arthur is a single man in possession of a good fortune, she’s hardly his only suitor. Now Mary must learn to be the heroine of her own story. This charming holiday romance is a continuation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Lauren Gunderson, MTC's new playwright-in-residence—generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program—returns in partnership with MTC's former Director of New Play Development Margot Melcon, who was with MTC for seven seasons as one of its pivotal artists and architects of the company’s new play development department.


In the spirit of Mary's love for books, MTC is accepting book donations on behalf of Marin City's College Prep organization Bridge the Gap throughout the run of the show!

Bridge the Gap College Prep is a robust college preparatory and youth development organization that provides programming aimed at preparing Marin City students for college success. They work with 1st to 3rd grade students through their One to One Evening Mentor Tutor Program and through their Little Readers and Mathletes Program. They are hoping to send every student home with atleast one book to read over the holiday season. 

Book recommendations for grades 1 & 2

Book recommendations for grades 2 & 3

Performance Schedule

Evenings

Tue - Sun 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sun (Preview) Nov 27, 4pm
Thu (Perspectives) Dec 8, 1pm
Fri, Dec 23, 2pm
Sat, Dec 3 & 17, 2pm
Sun Dec 4,11 & 18, 2pm


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Ticket Prices

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Previews (Nov 25 - 27)) $37 $37
Opening Night (Nov 29) $60 $55
Sat Eve $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $49 $44
Matinees $49 $44
Best Deal (all shows, limited availability) n/a $25

* Excludes Opening Night.

Prices subject to change. 

Phone orders subject to a $10 per order fee; online orders subject to a $3 per order fee

Disabled seating is currently only available through the MTC Box Office (415.388.5208 or in person). We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Discounts

GROUPS – Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. Click here or call 415.388.5208.
SENIORS (65+) – $4 off any performances
MILITARY – $6 off all performances. Learn more
UNDER 30 – $22, all performances
TEACHER – $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Contact the Education Dept. to request.
TEENS – $10, all performances

Discounts and special rates available only by calling or visiting the Box Office in person: (415) 388-5208
Promo Codes distributed for online redemption subject to availability. 
Only ONE (1) Promo Code will be valid per order. 
Promo Codes do not apply to Best Deal ($25) tickets.

MTC Engaged Special Events

Post-Show Q&A

Post-Show Q&A

After most performances

Opportunity to discuss the play, themes, process, etc. with a member of our artistic team.

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Play Date Series

Play Date Series

Thurs, Dec 1 | 7pm

Insight into the themes, as well as, the playwrights. Larkspur Public Library, 400 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur

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Perspectives Matinee lecture

Perspectives Matinee lecture

Thus, Dec 8 | 12pm

Topical lecture one hour prior to the performance.


MTC After Hours

MTC After Hours

Sat, Dec 10 | 10pm

Join us at the MTC bar for jazz, drink specials, and conversation.

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Dickens Fair Fun!

Dickens Fair Fun!

Fri, Dec 16 | 7pm

Folks from the Dickens Christmas Fair are going to be joining us to sing carols before & after the show, to help celebrate Jane Austen's birthday. Drink specials & photo booth fun! 

Free Childcare

Free Childcare

Sat, Dec 17 | 1pm

The next Sitter Saturday event for “Miss Bennet” will be on Dec 17 at 2pm, featuring onsite childcare at no additional cost!

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Cast

  • Martha Brigham*

    Martha Brigham*

    Mary Bennet

    Martha Brigham is so excited to make her MTC debut with Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly; her stage credits include The Birds (Symmetry Theatre), Value Over Replacement (Playground-SF), The How and the Why (Aurora Theatre Company), Stupid Fucking Bird (San Francisco Playhouse), The Tall Girls (La Jolla Playhouse), The Man in the Red Suit (Secret Rose Theatre), The Cross Over (Marilyn Monroe Theatre), Othello (The Nauset Players). Film and television include Children of Sorrow, The Man in the Red Suit, The Empire Builders, First Day.  She graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute as well as studying with Steppenwolf West under alumni Tom Irwin and LA’s comedy improv group, The Groundlings.

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  • Erika Rankin*

    Erika Rankin*

    Lydia Wickham

    Erika is so excited to be joining the MTC community for the first time. As an actor in Los Angeles, she has enjoyed working on the LA run of Women, the irreverent mash-up of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and HBO's Girls, written by Chiara Atik. A graduate of Northwestern University, Erika has also performed in such main stage plays as Ghetto, Death and the Maiden, and The Skin of Our Teeth, and continues her training at Anthony Meindl's Actor's Workshop and The Upright Citizen's Brigade in LA. A couple of her favorite credits include playing opposite Tommy Chong on CBS's The Millers and working with actor Oscar Isaac on two comedy shorts - Ticky Tacky and Lightningface. erikarankin.com

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  • Tommy Gorrebeeck*

    Tommy Gorrebeeck*

    Charles Bingley

    Tommy Gorrebeeck is thrilled to be making his debut with Marin Theatre Company. RegionalCredits: A Streetcar Named Desire (Stanley) with Kansas City Actors Theatre, How to Steal a Picasso (Johnny) with The Unicorn Theatre. Local Credits: Colossal (Young Mike) with SF Playhouse, The Monster-Builder (Dieter) and Eccentricities of a Nightingale (John) with Aurora Theatre Company, A Few Good Men (Kaffee) with Hillbarn Theatre, Cymbeline (Posthumus/Cloten) with Marin Shakes, Pride & Prejudice (Darcy) and Persuasion (Mr. Elliot) with Livermore Shakes, Sleuth (Milo) and Dracula (Harker) with CenterREP, Sense & Sensibility (Edward) and The Chosen (Danny) with TheatreWorks, Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio) with Cal Shakes, Hamlet (Hamlet), Compleat Female Stage Beauty (Kynaston), Dead Man Walking (Matt), and The Three Musketeers (D’Artagnan) with City Lights Theater Company. Mr.Gorrebeeck received his BA from New York University and is a proud member of AEA & SAG/AFTRA.

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  • Cindy Im*

    Cindy Im*

    Elizabeth Darcy

    Cindy Im is making her MTC debut with Miss Bennet:Christmas at Pemberley. Her other work includes The Winter's Tale, Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The World of Extreme Happiness (Manhattan Theatre Club, Goodman Theatre); Onze Septembre, Deux Mille Un (Theatre National of Paris, Theatre des Treize Vents, Theatre Dijon Bourgogne, REDCAT); The Orphan of Zhao (La Jolla Playhouse, American Conservatory Theatre); Stuck Elevator, 4000 Miles (American Conservatory Theatre); Twelfth Night (California Shakespeare Theater); The Snow Queen (San Jose Repertory Theatre); Measure for Measure (Seattle Shakespeare Company); 410[Gone], The Hundred Flowers Project, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven (Crowded Fire Theater); Spring Awakening (Center Repertory Theater); Phaedra (Shotgun Players). Awards: 2013 TCG Fox Acting Fellow. Training: MFA, CalArts; BA, UC Berkeley. 

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  • Adam Magill

    Adam Magill

    Arthur De Bourgh

    Adam Magill is delighted to be a part of Marin Theatre Company's 50th anniversary season. His Bay Area credits include Macbeth (Berkeley Rep), Stupid Fucking Bird (SF Playhouse), The Whale (MTC), The Mousetrap (Shotgun Players), and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (City Lights Theatre Company). He is a graduate of the Foothill Theater Conservatory.

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  • Laura Odeh*

    Laura Odeh*

    Anne De Bourgh

    Laura Odeh is delighted to be making her debut at MTC after recently relocating to the Bay Area. She has appeared on Broadway in The Rivals (Lincoln Center Theatre). Some of her Off-Broadway credits include The Aristocrats, A Body of Water (Primary Stages), Gaslight, King Lear (The Public Theater), and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Regional productions include King Lear (Goodman Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC), 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage), and The Cherry Orchard (Yale Rep). Her television and film credits include The Other Woman, Synecdoche, NY, The Unusuals and Guiding Light. She has worked with such directors as Robert Falls, James Lapine, Mark Lamos, Bill Rauch, Moisés Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman and Don Roos. Laura received her MFA from NYU Graduate Acting and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.

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  • Joseph Patrick O'Malley*

    Joseph Patrick O'Malley*

    Fitzwilliam Darcy

    Joseph Patrick O’Malley has appeared at MTC in Charlotte’s Web. A Bay Area native, he has appeared in King Lear, Nicholas Nickleby and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2  at Cal Shakes; Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Shotgun Players; The Marriage of Figaro at Center Rep; Hamlet at North Bay Shakespeare Co. and I Have Loved Strangers at Just Theatre. Regionally, in By the Bog of Cats at Theatre Banshee; The Tall Girls at La Jolla Playhouse; Macondo at The Guthrie Theatre and The Gift of Nothing at the Kennedy Center. His film credits include Blood Ties and The Labyrinth. O’Malley is a graduate of Santa Clara University and The University of Southern California (MFA).

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  • Lauren Spencer*

    Lauren Spencer*

    Jane Bingley

    Lauren Spencer is delighted to return to MTC after performing as Lady Jane Seymour in Anne Boleyn last season. As a Bay Area based actor, Ms. Spencer is proud to have collaborated with American Conservatory Theater (King Charles III, How to Catch Creation); Campo Santo (H.O.M.E.); Crowded Fire (Goods Goods, The Late Wedding, Blackademics, Mechanics of Love); San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Romeo and Juliet); Shotgun Players (The Rover); and JUST Theater (A Maze) among others. Ms. Spencer also works as a teaching artist with Cal Shakes and The SF Shakespeare Festival and is a proud member of Actors Equity. laurenspencer.weebly.com

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Creative Team

  • Lauren Gunderson

    Lauren Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced playwrights in America, and the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more.  Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory.

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  • Margot Melcon

    Margot Melcon

    Playwright

    Margot Melcon is a theater artist, administrator and writer. She was the Director of New Play Development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over 30 productions - including six world premieres - and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program. She has developed plays with TheatreWorks, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Shotgun Players, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, the Kennedy Center, the New Harmony Project, and The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. She is currently the Program Executive for Promoting Culture at the Zellerbach Family Foundation. Margot is a graduate of California State University, Chico.

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  • Meredith McDonough^

    Meredith McDonough^

    Director

    Meredith McDonough previously directed A Steady Rain at MTC. Her work as a director has focused primarily on new plays and musicals across the country. This is her fourth season as the Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she has directed the premieres of Steven Dietz’s This Random World, Colman Domingo’s Dot, Kimber Lee’s brownsville song (b side for trey), and Sam Marks’ The Delling Shore. Previously the Director of New Works at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, she directed Gunderson's Silent Sky as well as Auctioning the Ainsleys, Opus (BATTC Award), the premiere of Triangle and others.  Also in SF: Another Way Home and Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge at the Magic Theatre. In NYC her work has been seen at Ars Nova, Keen Company, the Women’s Project and New Georges, and she has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, LAByrinth, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre (former New Works Director). Regional credits include Williamstown, Steppenwolf, Dallas Theatre Center, Round House, Delaware Theatre Co. (associate artist) and Actors Express, and she has developed work for the Huntington, South Coast Rep., The Playwrights Center, and the Orchard Project (former associate artistic director). Education: Northwestern University; MFA, UCSD.

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  • Eric Flatmo+

    Eric Flatmo+

    Set Designer

    Erik Flatmo is a set designer based in San Francisco. He previously designed the scenery for Fuddy Meers and What the Butler Saw at MTC. His designs for plays and musicals have been produced by companies across the country including American Conservatory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Center Rep, The Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Theatreworks and Yale Repertory Theater. His work in opera has premiered at Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San Jose and San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. His work in dance and contemporary performance has toured internationally and within the United States. He is a graduate of Columbia University and The Yale School of Drama. He teaches set design at Stanford University.

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  • Paul Toben+

    Paul Toben+

    Lighting Designer

    Broadway: The Story of My Life; Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs (Davenport Theatre), The Judy Show (DR2), Electra in a One Piece and The Realm (The Wild Project), Romeo and Juliet (Columbia Stages), Futurity (HERE), When in Disgrace (Examined Man), The Redheaded Man (Fringe Encores); London: Daddy Long Legs (St. James Theatre); First National Tour: Nice Work If You Can Get It; Regional: 4000 Miles, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Last Five Years, and many others at Actors Theatre of Louisville (including three years of the Humana Festival), NSFW at Round House Theatre, The Who and the What at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Fly by Night and others at both TheatreWorks and Dallas Theater Center. Additionally, his work has been seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Walker Art Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Magic Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and others; www.paultoben.com 

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  • Callie Floor+

    Callie Floor+

    Costume Designer

    Callie Floor has designed costumes for MTC’s productions of Choir Boy, Lasso of Truth, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Topdog/Underdog, Seven Guitars, Fuddy Meers, 9 Circles, Sunlight, boom, My Name is Asher Lev, Magic Forest Farm, Lydia, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and The Subject Tonight is Love. Her work was most recently seen in at Aurora Theatre Company. She has designed for many other Bay Area theaters including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe and West Bay Opera. Floor is the resident designer for the California Revels and currently holds the position of Costume Rentals Supervisor for A.C.T. She has a BFA from the University of Utah and a Higher Diploma in Theatre Design from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She is currently working on Persuasion for Livermore Shakespeare Festival.

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  • Sarah Huddleston

    Sarah Huddleston

    Sound Designer

    Sarah Huddleston is pleased to make this her second design outing with Marin Theatre Company after last year's Gem of the Ocean. Since 2007 she has worked as Director of Production and Resident Sound Designer at Magic Theatre in San Francisco. For Magic, selected designs include Dogeaters, Fred’s Diner, And I And Silence, Every Five Minutes, Hir, Arlington, Terminus, Se Llama Cristina, Any Given Day, The Brothers Size, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish, Evie’s Waltz, The K of D and Octopus (Magic/Encore Theatre Company). Further Bay Area sound design credits include In On It and T.I.C (Encore Theatre Company); The Shaker Chair (Encore Theatre Company/Shotgun Players); Macbeth (Shotgun Players); Three on a Party (Word for Word); A Round Heeled Woman (Z Space); I Call My Brothers, Invasion! and 410 [Gone] (Crowded Fire).  

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  • ​Sean McStravick*

    ​Sean McStravick*

    Stage Manager

    Sean has previously stage managed MTC’s productions of The Invisible HandAnne Boleyn, Gem of the Ocean, My Mañana ComesThe Oldest Boy, Choir Boy, The Convert, The Whale, Fetch Clay, Make Manand Good People. He has worked for numerous Bay Area theaters including Shotgun Players, 42nd Street Moon and Willows Theatre Company, where he was the production stage manager from 2010 to 2012. Regionally, he has also supported productions at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Blue Trunk Theatre Company, Back Seat Theatre, the Reduced Shakespeare Company and Actors Alliance of San Diego. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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  • Jessica Berman

    Jessica Berman

    Dialect Coach

    (dialect coach) is also a voice, and text coach. She made her MTC debut with . As a teacher and coach, Jessica has led dialect workshops and voice warm ups for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and taught voice and speech at UC Berkeley, in A.C.T.’s Summer Training Congress, and at Academy of Art University. Recent coaching credits include , , and (Magic Theatre), (Cal Shakes), (A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory), and (UC Berkeley), and (SF Playhouse). Jessica holds an MA in Professional Voice Practice from the Birmingham School of Acting, and an MFA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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  • Laura A. Brueckner

    Laura A. Brueckner

    Dramaturg

    has been supporting productions and playwrights with her dramaturgical work for over 20 years, with an emphasis on digital dramaturgy, world premieres, and commissions. During this time, she has been proud to count among her collaborators stellar artists such as MTC Playwright in Residence Lauren Gunderson, Christopher Chen, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Mina Morita, Marissa Wolf, Idris Goodwin, Lachlan Philpott, and Dominique Serrand, as well as groundbreaking companies Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theater, The New Harmony Project, Playwrights Foundation, and, now, Marin Theatre Company. As an artist, she is committed to theatre as a path of social action, critical inquiry, discovery, and delight. Her journalistic writing on artistic process and audience engagement has been published by HowlRound and Theatre Bay Area; her dramaturgical writing has been published by Berkeley Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, and Crowded Fire. A current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, she holds a B.A. in English dramatic literature (magna cum laude) from U.C. Berkeley and a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from U.C. San Diego. 

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  • Dori Jacob

    Dori Jacob

    Casting Director

    joined Marin Theatre Company as the Casting Director in May 2015. For the previous four seasons, she served as the Director of New Play Development for Magic Theatre in San Francisco and dramaturged the world premieres of Octavio Solis’ , Linda McLean’s , Christina Anderson’s and John Kolvenbach’s . As the resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, Jacob’s credits include 2011 - 2015 Virgin Play Series, the 2012 Asian Explosion Reading Series and the 2013 Costume Shop Festival. Further Bay Area dramaturgy/producing/casting credits include at Shotgun Players, Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process  at SOMArts, and Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables and Elizabeth Hersh’s at Playwrights Foundation. Jacob previously served on the executive board and literary committee for the National New Play Network, is a current member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • Marin’s ‘Miss Bennet’ a new Christmas classic

    If you’re already a Jane Austen fan, seeing Marin Theatre Company’s “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley” is akin to discovering “Pride and Prejudice” for the first time. Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, it’s driven forward by effervescent wit, the will-they-or-won’t-they-except-obviously-they-will thrills of a perfectly constructed love story, and stirring, eloquent philosophical discussions about duty — to one’s family, and most importantly to oneself. 

    If you’re not (yet) an Austen fan, Marin Theatre Company’s production, which opened Tuesday, Nov. 29, might well convert you. Its language is more accessible than Austen’s Regency-era English, and the sherbet hues of Erik Flatmo’s set and Callie Floor’s costumes enliven a world too often rendered in washed-out pastels.[...]

    — By Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle Read full review
  • Jane Austen’s Mary shines in ‘Miss Bennet’

    More than ever, this holiday season finds local theatergoers in need of some cheer. The comforting familiarity, wit and warmth of a Jane Austen romantic comedy has long offered that kind of refuge, as evidenced by the plentitude of stage and screen adaptations of her half-dozen novels. Now Marin Theatre Company revisits the world of Austen’s best-known work, “Pride and Prejudice,” with a brand new sequel, “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.”

    The play is locally grown, written by MTC playwright in residence Lauren Gunderson and the company’s former director of new play development, Margot Melcon. Marin’s production is actually the last to open of three overlapping productions as part of a rolling world premiere. The show’s already playing at Chicago’s Northlight Theatre and Washington, D.C.’s Round House Theatre.[...]

    — By Sam Hurwitt, Marin IJ Read full review
  • The Timely Joys of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

    I’m looking forward to the next play on offer at the Marin Theatre Company, in Mill Valley, but after the events of the past few months, I’m glad it doesn’t open until next month. It’s the West Coast premiere of Native Son, by Nambi E. Kelley, adapted from Richard Wright’s justly famed 1940 novel. MTC’s work is always so good, I’m sure the Chicago-set play, which conveys the social inevitability behind a horrific crime, will be well worth seeing. But like many people around here, I think, I need something gentle, sweet spirited, and charming right now. I need to laugh!

    Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is just the ticket. Critics and playgoers will call it “a holiday delight,” and they’ll be right, but it’s far more than a seasonal bonbon. Beyond its wonderful wit and humor, clever characterizations, and almost farcical comings and goings, the play delves into questions of freedom, duty, and happiness so deftly, you almost don’t notice how thoughtful it is.[...]

    — Pamela Feinsilber, Huffington Post Read full review
  • Lost in Austen with Marin’s Christmas at Pemberly

    We’re all in need of some genuine Christmas cheer this year, and that’s exactly what Marin Theatre Company’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley provides. It’s sweet without being sappy. It’s sharp, clever and funny with a warm undercurrent of genuine emotion. What more could you want from a holiday show (except maybe passed eggnog and a round of carols).

    The show also has the distinction of slaking the seemingly bottomless appetite for all things Jane Austen. Writers Lauren Gunderson (the San Francisco playwright who holds the distinction of being the most produced living playwright this season in the U.S.) and Margot Melcon (MTC’s former director of new play development) have gone back to the Austen well to fashion a sequel of sorts to the 1813 Pride and Prejudice. They focus in on Christmas in the grand home of newlyweds Elizabeth (Bennet) Darcy and Fitzwilliam Darcy, Esq., who are hosting family for the holiday.[...]

    — Chad Jones, TheaterDogs Read full review
  • ‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’ a holiday treat

    Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have created a delicious holiday confection with “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” presented by Marin Theatre Company.

    It imagines what Jane Austen might have written as a sequel to “Pride and Prejudice.” Occurring in 1815, two years after the end of that play, this one takes place at Pemberley, the estate of Elizabeth Darcy (Cindy Im) and Fitzwilliam Darcy (Joseph Patrick O’Malley), who are hosting her family for Christmas.[...]

    — Judy Richter, San Mateo Daily Journal Read full review
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a five-star production at Marin Theatre

    It is always a joy to see a play that fulfills all the criteria for being a perfect production. Marin Theatre Company’s staging of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon fits the bill.  Without knowing Melcon’s full contributions this by far is multi-award winner Gunderson’s best writing. MTC has brought onboard the acclaimed Meredith McDonough as director, allowed set designer Eric Flatmo to create an opulent drawing room set and Callie Floor to design magnificent 18 century costumes. Added to all this a great cast bringing each character to life.[...]

    — Kedar Adour, For All Events Read full review
  • Introvert's Delight

    One needn't be an ardent fan of Jane Austen's novels to relish Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, a delightful new play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon that received a tightly-choreographed rolling world premiere from the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, and the Marin Theatre Company.[...]

    — George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape Blog Read full review

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