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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley - A Costumed Staged Reading
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley - A Costumed Staged Reading

"The comic play Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is a gift for Jane Austen fans." —The Washington Post

"...an unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited work, the kind of thing multiple generations can enjoy together."—Chicago Tribune

This holiday season, join us for a COSTUMED STAGED READING of this delightful play that revisits your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather for the holidays. The ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings' romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary's hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. But, is it meant to be?

Tickets are General Admission: Adult $22/Student $12. Note: A $4 service charge is added for online and phone sales.

Artists

Kate Abbruzzese

Kate Abbruzzese

(Elizabeth Darcy) fourth season with S&Co: Portia, Casca Julius Caesar; title role Hamlet; Susie Parasite Drag. Off Broadway: Ann Weis Scotty; Carl Linnaeus My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase. Regional: Lizzy Bennet Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage); Miranda, the Tempest , Allie Dairyland (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Perdita, more(Elizabeth Darcy) fourth season with S&Co: Portia, Casca Julius Caesar; title role Hamlet; Susie Parasite Drag. Off Broadway: Ann Weis Scotty; Carl Linnaeus My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase. Regional: Lizzy Bennet Pride and Prejudice (Baltimore Center Stage); Miranda, the Tempest , Allie Dairyland (Chautauqua Theatre Company); Perdita, The Winter’s Tale(Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); title role Sylvia (Florida Studio Theatre); Desdemona Othello (Tennessee Shakespeare Festival). Recipient of the Molly Thatcher Kazan Memorial Award, the Ron Van Lieu Scholarship, and the Olympia Dukakis Scholarship. MFA in NYU Graduate Acting (Class of 2015).

Lydia Barnett-Mulligan

Lydia Barnett-Mulligan

(Mary Bennet) Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (Mary Bennet in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, Assistant Director for The Tempest) 7th season. S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Servant of Two Masters, Ice Glen, Dibbledance, Twelfth Night, The Tamer Tamed. Regional credits include The Tempest, School for Scandal, Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, more(Mary Bennet) Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (Mary Bennet in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly, Assistant Director for The Tempest) 7th season. S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Servant of Two Masters, Ice Glen, Dibbledance, Twelfth Night, The Tamer Tamed. Regional credits include The Tempest, School for Scandal, Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor (Actors’ Shakespeare Project); All’s Well That Ends Well (Tennessee Shakespeare Company), Twelfth Night, Pericles (Elm Shakespeare); The Physicists (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Xingu (The Salon at the Mount) and new works at Central Square Theatre, Gloucester Stage, Fresh Ink Theatre and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Lydia is a graduate of Williams College, a Resident Acting Company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.lydiabarnettmulligan.com

Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Director) thirty-second season with S&Co. Artistic Director, Manager of Institutional Giving, and a member of Shakespeare & Company since 1979, Ariel has performed in many productions, directed and taught in the Education Program, has been a faculty member at workshops and produced over 11 successful S&Co seasons as an Artistic more(Director) thirty-second season with S&Co. Artistic Director, Manager of Institutional Giving, and a member of Shakespeare & Company since 1979, Ariel has performed in many productions, directed and taught in the Education Program, has been a faculty member at workshops and produced over 11 successful S&Co seasons as an Artistic Associate. Ariel played Mistress Quickly in 2014’s Henry IV, pts. 1 & 2. Locally she has acted with The Wharton Salon and Mixed Company. For The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, she most recently played Nadezhda VonMeck in None But the Lonely Heart. Ariel is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. She is married to actor Jonathan Epstein and has three sons.

David  Joseph

David Joseph

(Fitzwilliam Darcy) Twelfth season with S&Co. Recent: George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey/Jack Halloway in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lysander in more(Fitzwilliam Darcy) Twelfth season with S&Co. Recent: George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey/Jack Halloway in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elyot in Private Lives, Dumain in Love Labours Lost, Dorante in The Liar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Clown 2 (12 Characters) in 39 Steps, Simon in The Real Inspector Hound, the World Premiere of Ballet Metropolis’ Dracula, (Jonathan Harker) at the Colonial Theatre. Film credits: David is currently completing the filming of a feature film for Oasis Seven Pictures called Penny Land.Other credits include: Romeo in Romeo & Juliet for The Boston Symphony Orchestra, roles in Feature Films: Douglas Burgdorf’s Damsel, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Glowing Screen’s Magdalena’s Brain. Et cetera: David moved back from NYC some years ago where he was in many Off-Broadway shows, commercials and a national tour of Man of La Mancha. In 2008 and 2010, David sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park.

Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Lydia Wickham) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ more(Lydia Wickham) Sixth season. Zoë is a Berkshire native and a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. She most recently appeared at Shakespeare &Company as Bellemante in Emperor of the Moon and Olivia/Antonia in Twelfth Night. Other S&Co credits include: Northeast Regional Tour of Macbeth (Witch/ Lady Macduff/ Lennox), Shakespeare & The Language That Shaped A World (Ensemble), Richard III (Young Elizabeth). WAM Theatre: The Oregon Trail (Jane), Water By The Spoonful (Orangutan). Stella Adler Studio: Top Girls (Angie), All’s Well That Ends Well (Lavatch). zoelaiz.com

Ryan Winkles

Ryan Winkles

(Arthur de Bourgh) Eleventh season with S&Co: Henry V; It’s a Wonderful Life; Complete Works; Mother Courage; Love’s Labour’s Lost; The Tempest; King Lear; As You Like It; Hound of the Baskervilles; Irma Vep; The Learned Ladies; Richard III; Twelfth Night; Othello; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Antony & Cleopatra; Merry more(Arthur de Bourgh) Eleventh season with S&Co: Henry V; It’s a Wonderful Life; Complete Works; Mother Courage; Love’s Labour’s Lost; The Tempest; King Lear; As You Like It; Hound of the Baskervilles; Irma Vep; The Learned Ladies; Richard III; Twelfth Night; Othello; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Antony & Cleopatra; Merry Wives; Julius Caesar NE Tour; Macbeth NE Tour. Regional: Stephen, Visitors (Martha's Vineyard Playhouse); Bassanio, Merchant of Venice (Elements Theatre Company); Lincoln, Babylon Revisited (Ark Theatre Company); Joe, Old Mezzo (WAM Theatre); Claude, Muskie Love (Madison Rep); Buddy, Christmas Memory; Bentley, Misalliance (Milwaukee Chamber Theatre). Film/TV: Doug Trumbull’s UFOTOG; Time Traveling Bong (Comedy Central). Ryan holds a BA from FSU, an MFA from UW-Madison, and is a proud member of Actors Equity.

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