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MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

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MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

Tickets: $28 General Admission; $18 Students

This December, Shakespeare & Company returns to the lively world of Jane Austen-inspired theater with a costumed, staged reading of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, and directed by Ariel Bock.

As the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley – the home of Darcy and Elizabeth – the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as a dutiful middle sister, in contrast to her siblings’ romantic escapades. At the same time, an unexpected guest sparks her hopes for an intellectual match, independence, and possibly even love.

According to Director Ariel Bock, the play combines Gunderson and Melcon’s lively wit with Jane Austen’s beloved characters, in a playful love story that celebrates the holiday spirit of warmth and family.

“In addition to the themes of a classic Austen romance, the play is also a very contemporary story of a woman determined to find self-worth outside the confines of her society,” she said.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley is presented this year in honor of Shakespeare & Company Costume Director Govane Lohbauer and in memory of actor, teacher, and weapons master Bob Lohbauer, who passed away in September 2022.

With gratitude and admiration for the Lohbauer family, this production is supported by Michael A. and Annette Miller, Michael J. Considine & Shawn P. Leary, Attorneys, and Kiki Smith.

Artists

Cate Alston (she / her)

Cate Alston [she / her]

(Elizabeth Darcy)

Cate Alston is an NYC-based actress and costumer, who's work centers on navigating the relationship between people, unpacking, repacking, and sharing experiences accumulated from life. Selected Theatre Credits: Abby (Cadillac Crew - WAM Theatre), Angelo (Measure for Measure - Worcester Shakespeare Company), Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream -

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Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Director)

S&Co: Acting: Duke (Measure for Measure), Rose (The Children), Mom (Ugly Lies the Bone); Mistress Quickly (Henry IV Pts. 1 & 2); Goneril (King Lear); Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing); Elizabeth (Richard III); Audrey (As You Like It); Hippolyta (Midsummer Night’s Dream); The Nurse (Romeo and Juliet); Mistress

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Caroline Fairweather

Caroline Fairweather

(Mary Bennet)

Caroline Fairweather is from Pittsfield, MA. Credits include Parade (New York City Center), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Madison Lyric Stage), Boston Marriage (Theater Barn), Black Flag (Barrington Stage), ALIEN/NATION (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and Spring Awakening (Ghostlit Rep). Member of the Forest of Arden. BA: Williams College. @carolineefairweather

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Marcus Kearns (he / him)

Marcus Kearns [he / him]

(Fitzwilliam Darcy)

Marcus has spent the last several years splitting his time between the Berkshires & NYC where he was staying busy as a props carpenter for Broadway, production manager for everything from Redbull to Rhianna, & performing whenever he had the chance. He recently moved back to the Berkshires

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Madeleine Rose Maggio (she / her)

Madeleine Rose Maggio [she / her]

(Jane Bingley)

S&Co: Don John: Much Ado About Nothing, Cassie: The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Ensemble: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Marianne Dashwood: Sense & Sensibility; Robert Shallow/Bardolph: Merry Wives; Elizabeth Bennet: Pride & Prejudice; Longaville/Jaquenetta, Love’s Labor’s Lost; Elizabeth Darcy, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley; Helena

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Claire F. Martin (she / her)

Claire F. Martin [she / her]

(Anne de Bourgh)

Claire F. Martin is a director, playwright, actor, and dramaturg, specializing in classical theater and literary adaptation. She has previously worked at S&Co as a Fall Festival director and Riotous Youth teacher (2022). Directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet, The School for Scandal, The Rover, R+J: The

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Devante Owens (they / them)

Devante Owens [they / them]

(Charles Bingley)

Recent credits include Ade, The Easiest Thing (The Tank, NYC debut); S&Co: Conrad, Much Ado About Nothing, Burgundy, King Lear (starring Christopher Lloyd), Lucentio, The Taming of the Shrew, Dumaine, Love's Labor's Lost, Theseus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ensemble, I HAVE HAD A MOST RARE VISION, Ensemble, Shakespeare

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Sandra Seoane-Serí (she / they)

Sandra Seoane-Serí [she / they]

(Lydia Wickham)

Sandra Seoane-Serí is an award-winning freelance actress based in Boston who received their BA in Theater and Film at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her time in Western Massachusetts, she learned the importance of collaboration, discipline and humility. Their recent work includes FreshInk Theatre's Truth or Consequences

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Logan Slater (he / him)

Logan Slater [he / him]

(Arthur de Bourgh)

Logan Slater was born in Los Angeles, Calif., and began in the performing arts as a child, singing with the Hillcrest Christian School choir. After graduating from California State University, Northridge with a degree in film production, he decided to further his studies; but this time, focusing

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