This holiday season, MTC is revisiting Regency romance with the World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley—a companion piece to the duo’s delightful Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley—both continuations of Jane Austen’s popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below stairs find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night—Mr. Darcy’s nemesis and Lydia’s incorrigible husband: Mr. Wickham. The bustling housekeeper Mrs Reynolds, Cassie the resilient new serving girl, and Brian the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined—for a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. But before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point, and as the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley’s residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, Gunderson and Melcon’s second Austen adaptation delves into class, privilege, family and forgiveness—and what it means to truly give, in the season of giving.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is taking place with the support of the Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.

Generous support for The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Edgerton Foundation, and The Tournesol Workshop Initiative - The Barth Foundation.

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Performance Schedule

Opening Night 

Tuesday, November 20, 7:30pm. 
Opening nights are not available for online purchase. 
If you would like to purchase tickets to The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley Opening Night, please contact the Box Office directly: 

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There will be no show on Thanksgiving: Thursday, Nov. 22.

Evenings

Tue - Sat 7:30pm 
Sunday Nov 25, 7:30pm

Matinees 

Sunday (Preview) Nov 18, 4pm   
Thursday (Perspectives) Nov 29, 1pm   
Saturdays, Nov 17 & 24, Dec 1 & 8, 2pm   
Sundays Nov 25, Dec 2 & 9, 2pm 


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Previews (Nov15 – 18) $39 $39
Opening Night (Nov 20) $60 $55
Sat Eve & Weekend Matinees $60 $55
Tue*, Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun Eve $52 $47
Perspectives Matinee $52 $47
Best Deal (see info below) $25 $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.

Discounts

  • BEST DEAL: $25 tickets in select seats available for all performances beginning one week before opening night. Available online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208
  • GROUPS: Bring eight or more people to receive a $7 discount on tickets. The group discount is automatically applied online. Questions? Call the box office at 415-388-5208.
  • SENIORS (65+): $4 off single tickets to all performances, available online.
  • UNDER 30: $22, all performances, available online.
  • TEENS: $10, all performances, available online.
  • MILITARY: $6 off all performances. Thank you for your service! Please call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.
  • EDUCATOR: $12, all performances (limit 2). Must teach at a Marin County School. Call the box office to reserve at (415) 388-5208.

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Post-Show

Post-show question and answer sessions, led by a member of our artistic staff, immediately following most performances (except on Opening and Closing Nights and Saturdays).

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Wednesday Pre-Show Talk

Every Wednesday | 7:10 PM

Join us in the theatre—with a beverage!—for a pre-show talk with a member of our artistic staff prior to every Wednesday evening performance.

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair comes to MTC!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair comes to MTC!

Thurs., 12/6

Join us Thurs., 12/6 for the 7:30 PM performance, and hang with carolers in costume and some of our favorite characters from the Great Dickens Christmas Fair! (Hint: he sees you when you're sleeping!) *Free*

Regency Dance Lessons!

Regency Dance Lessons!

Sunday, 12/9 | Post-show

Join us for the delightful 2:00 PM matinee performance on Sunday, December 9, and stick around for a post-show reception celebrating Jane Austen herself, with live music & dance lessons by official experts from JASNA, complimentary drinks & snacks, and more!

Special Q&A at The Depot!

Special Q&A at The Depot!

Monday, 12/10 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

MTC's literary manager / resident dramaturg will be giving a talk on 'The Wickhams'! Come join us!

Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

Q&A with Lauren Gunderson

Tues. 12/11

Following the December 11th 7:30 PM performance of The Wickhams, one of the show's playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, will be joining us on stage a special guest for the post-show Q&A! Come join us for the performance and stick around to ask Lauren all those burning questions you've always wanted to ask her!

Cast

  • ​Jennie Brick*

    ​Jennie Brick*

    Mrs. Reynolds

    Jennie Brick is making her Marin Theatre Company debut in The Wickhams and can’t say enough wonderful things about this cast, crew and artistic team. Other Bay Area credits include An American Ma(u)l at Black Artists’ Contemporary Cultural Experience; Pussy Hat and Much Ado About Nothing at TheatreFIRST; Barbeque at San Francisco Playhouse; Macbeth at Fort PointOndine at Sutro Baths, and Romeo and Juliet at We Players; Beauty and the Beast and Fiddler on the Roof at Berkeley Playhouse; Book of Liz and Why Torture is Wrong at Custom Made Theatre. Jennie is a two-time Theatre Bay Area Award finalist and SFBATCC Award winner (Barbeque Best Ensemble/Production). By day Jennie is a voice and on-camera actor as well as a nonprofit finance guru. Love and thanks to B, as always.  

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  • August Browning

    August Browning

    Brian

    August Browning is very grateful to be making his Marin Theatre Company stage debut. While receiving his B.A. in Acting from Western Washington University he appeared in productions such as Equus, Crimes of the Heart, Oedipus the King, Importance of Being Earnest, and Much Ado About Nothing. He has since relocated to Los Angeles but is very much looking forward to returning to the Bay this winter.

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  • David Everett Moore*

    David Everett Moore*

    Fitzwilliam Darcy

    David Everett Moore is thrilled to return to the MTC stage, where he was last seen in Gem of the Ocean. He has performed with many Bay Area theaters, including San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, Aurora Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Festival, African-American Shakespeare Company, AlterTheater, Arabian Shakespeare Festival, Word For Word, and Livermore Shakespeare Festival.  Regional credits include work with Capital Stage (Sacramento, CA) and Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Favorite roles include Addison in Safe House for Aurora Theatre, BJJ in An Octoroon for Capital Stage, and Black Man in We Are Proud To Present for Just Theater. David is a Resident Artist of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and a proud graduate of UC Berkeley's Theater and Performance Studies program.

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  • Melissa Ortiz*

    Melissa Ortiz*

    Mrs. Elizabeth Darcy

    Melissa Ortiz is overjoyed to make her Marin Theatre Company debut.  She is a Producing Artistic Director for Shotz SF as well as a PlayGround Company Member.  Bay Area acting credits include: Mistress Overdone/Mariana in Measure for Measure (Theatre Lunatico), Ensemble in Best of PlayGround 22 & 19 (PlayGround), Masha in Seeds (Utopia), Celine in The Moonrisers (The Moonrisers), Masha in The Seagull (Utopia), Emily in Value Over Replacement (PlayGround), Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet (The Free Theatre), Miss Julie in Miss Julie (Amios West).  Favorite Roles include:  Rhonda in Surf City, Shirley in 5th of July, Edward/Victoria in Cloud 9, and Echo in Eleemosynary.  She received her MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, Colorado.  She sends her love to her very amazing family and her totally awesome husband.

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  • ​Neiry Rojo

    ​Neiry Rojo

    Cassie

    Neiry Rojo is happy to return to the MTC stage, having first performed here in The Wolves as #46 earlier this year. Rojo has previously worked with Z Space, The Cutting Ball Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Ross Valley Players, Los Altos Stage Company, The Breadbox Theatre, PlayGround, Quantum Dragon Theater, and more. Favorite roles include the aforementioned #46, Trinculo in Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company’s production of The Tempest, Queen Elizabeth I in SCS’s production of The Beard of Avon, and Marela in RVP’s Anna in the Tropics. She has worked as a teaching artist with the American Conservatory Theater and holds an M.A. in Theater Arts from UC Santa Cruz. Upcoming is The White Girl's Guide to International Terrorism at SF Playhouse.

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  • Madeline Rouverol

    Madeline Rouverol

    Lydia Wickham

    Madeline Rouverol is very excited to be making her MTC debut. A New York based actor and Northern California native, Madeline has appeared in workshop productions and readings at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Cincinnati Playhouse, and TheatreWorks. A proud graduate of the theatre department at University of Michigan, she is also a collage artist, cartoonist, and painter. Love and gratitude to my friends and family. 

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  • Kenny Toll*

    Kenny Toll*

    George Wickham

    Kenny is so excited to be returning to Marin Theatre Company after performing in Shakespeare in Love last year. Favorite Bay Area credits include Bad Jews at the Magic, Peter and the Starcatcher at TheatreWorks, the Heir Apparent at Aurora, Woyzeck, Eurydice, Antigonick and Coast of Utopia at Shotgun Players, Dracula Inquest (TBA nomination) at Central Works. Kenny recently moved to New York and cant wait to be back in the bay this winter!

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Creative Team

  • Lauren M. Gunderson

    Lauren M. Gunderson

    Playwright

    Lauren M. Gunderson is the most produced playwright in America of 2017, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. 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 Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more.  She co-authored Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued By A Bear, The Taming, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. 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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  • ​Megan Sandberg-Zakian^

    ​Megan Sandberg-Zakian^

    Director

    Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a freelance theater director based in Jamaica Plain, MA. Recent productions include the world premiere of Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop), Skeleton Crew (The Huntington Theatre Company), The Niceties (Portland Stage) and The Convert (Underground Railway Theater; Elliot Norton Award: Outstanding Production; IRNE Award, Best Production & Best Director). Megan is the Director-in-Residence at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA, where credits include the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess’ Chill and The Royale (IRNE Award, Best Production & Best Director).  Megan has previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of The 52nd Street Project (NYC), The Providence Black Rep (RI), and Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA). She is a recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Award and the TCG Future Leaders fellowship, a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a proud SDC member, and co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with Middle Eastern stories. megansz.commaiadirectors.com

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  • Kevin Johnson*

    Stage Manager

  • Wilson Chin+

    Scenic Designer

  • Courtney Flores

    Courtney Flores

    Costume Designer

  • Wen-Ling Liao+

    Lighting Designer

  • Sharath Patel

    Sharath Patel

    Sound Designer

    Sharath was raised between Appalachia and India while spending the following years studying across Europe and New England. Before arriving in the Pacific Northwest, he spent nearly a decade as a lead sound designer in New York City. Recent designs: Artist Rep-Portland, American Rep-Boston, Seattle Rep, ACT-Seattle, Portland Center Stage-Portland, Cal Shakes -Oakland, 12th Avenue Arts-Seattle, East West Players-Los Angeles, Tantrum Theatre-Dublin, Profile Theatre-Portland. Additional designs credits in New York City, Washington D.C., Norfolk, Raleigh, Aspen, India, France, England, Germany, and Romania. He has previously served as a visiting assistant professor, lead designer, guest artist, instructor, or lecturer at Reed College, Yale, Fordham, Columbia, Willamette, Ohio, Portland State, and Butler Universities. Sharath is a member of the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association (TSDCA) and is an Arts Envoy for the U.S. Department of State. He holds a MFA in Sound Design from the Yale School of Drama and is very proud to a Resident Artist at Artists Repertory Theatre. www.sharathpatel.com

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  • Jessica Berman

    Jessica Berman

    Dialect Coach

    Jessica Berman is a dialect, voice, and text coach. Her previous work at MTC includes The Legend of Georgia McBride, Native Son, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and August: Osage County. Ms. Berman has led dialect workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has taught voice, speech, and dialects at U.C. Berkeley, Academy of Art University, and in A.C.T.’s Summer Training Congress. Recent dialect coaching credits include: Monsoon Wedding, An Octoroon, and Hand to God (Berkeley Rep), The Baltimore Waltz, Sojournersrunboyrun, and Fred’s Diner (Magic Theatre), Fences (California Shakespeare Theater), Jerusalem(San Francisco Playhouse), and Punk Rock, Tomorrow, and The Life to Come (A.C.T.’s Young Conservatory). She holds an M.A. in Professional Voice Practice from the Birmingham School of Acting, and an M.F.A. in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

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  • Laura A. Brueckner

    Laura A. Brueckner

    Production Dramaturg

    Laura Brueckner 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

    Dori Jacob 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 its world premieres of Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina, Linda McLean’s Every Five Minutes, Christina Anderson’s PEN/MAN/SHIP, and John Kolvenbach’s Sister Play. As resident producer for Magic Theatre’s developmental programming, Ms. 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: Assassins at Shotgun Players, Marilee Talkington’s The Creative Process at SOMArts, Laura Schellhardt’s The Comparables, and Elizabeth Hersh’s Shelter in Place at Playwrights Foundation. Ms. 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 U.C. Santa Cruz and N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • A diverting second yuletide Austen effort from Marin Theatre Company

    Epistolary complications, empire-waist dresses, scheming female relatives and romance both sparked and thwarted by pride have returned to Marin Theatre Company, where two years ago these qualities made for the highlight of the holiday theater season.

    After the 2016 triumph of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” playwriting team Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon have reunited for the world premiere of “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” Both are sequels to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” but “The Wickhams” takes place concurrently with “Miss Bennet,” only now in the kitchen among the servants instead of in one of the grand rooms upstairs. (And in Wilson Chin’s set design, the grandeur of this mere scullery, complete with beam ceiling, cannily whets your imagination for what the rest of the house must look like.)

    If this second effort, which opened Sunday, Nov. 25, doesn’t kindle quite the same magic as the first, there’s still plenty of merriness to be had. It’s just days before the holiday at Pemberley, the sweeping mansion of Mr. Darcy (David Everett Moore) and Lizzy (Melissa Ortiz), his new wife, and a horde of Lizzy’s family is about to swarm them.

    For the master and mistress, that means absorbing the silly, gauche behavior of youngest sister Lydia (Madeline Rouverol), who ignominiously eloped with George Wickham, Mr. Darcy’s sworn enemy, in “Pride and Prejudice.”

    For servants Mrs. Reynolds (Jennie Brick), Brian (August Browning) and Cassie (Neiry Rojo), that at first means exponentially multiplied chores. Then it also means concealing Wickham (Kenny Toll) from the rest of the household after he stumbles into the kitchen late at night, drunk and with a black eye.

    Lots of huffing and puffing about housework bogs down the script, as do Wickham’s shallow harangues that he’s no cur but the victim of a stratified caste system. Complications proliferate, without provoking the showdowns the plot would seem to logically require. The playwrights devote much time to the exposition of Regency England’s divorce norms and a scandalous letter whose contents the show takes pains not to reveal too early, only to have the surprise be not very surprising at all.

    That means two parallel plots — Cassie and Brian’s budding affection, and Lydia and Wickham’s crumbling one — prove too much to fully develop in 100 minutes including intermission time. But when the script gives characters time to tease or charm each other, the result is impossible to resist. Watch as Brian sets Cassie up at an invention he’s fashioned just for her: a portable, tabletop reading desk, with a tilted surface for her book.

    Unfolding a blanket for her, he places her teacup and candlestick on a little shelf built just for that purpose. If that’s not love, what is?

    Megan Sandberg-Zakian’s zippy direction does much to whittle down the script’s extra padding, and her cast members find warm, human motivations for all the lines about laundry and table setting. As all-knowing housekeeper Mrs. Reynolds, Brick clucks like a hen and honks like a goose, and she has one of the best lines in the script: “Praise slows me down.” As Lydia, Rouverol is so hyperactive and buoyant she’s liable to bubble out of her own skin. As the newish mistress of Pemberley, Melissa Ortiz makes for a laconic, dry-humored Lizzy, the perfect comic foil to Lydia.

    Though “The Wickhams” might not be in the same league as “Miss Bennet,” Marin Theatre Company has made Gunderson-and-Melcon Austen riffs into a welcome holiday tradition — and hopefully 2018 won’t be the last of it.


    — Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle Read full review

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