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Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley

December 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Caroline Fairweather and Devante Owens appear at Ventfort Hall as they will in Miss Bennet Christmas at Pemberley 2022 at Shakespeare & Company.
Photo by Katie McKellick

Shakespeare & Company welcomes the holidays with a new play, A Companion to Miss Bennet and The Wickhams, set in the world of Pride and Prejudice and based on the characters of Jane Austen.

Georgiana Darcy is an accomplished pianist but wary of romance. Kitty Bennet is a bright-eyed optimist and a perfect best friend. These two younger sisters are ready for their own adventures in life and love, starting with the arrival of an admirer and secret correspondent. Meddlesome families and outmoded expectations won’t stop these determined friends from forging their own way in a holiday tale filled with music, ambition, sisterhood, and forgiveness.

Shows run December 15 to 17, on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday at 2.

Cast & Crew

Lauren Gunderson
Playwright

Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015, topping the list twice including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 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 newest play, The Catastrophist, about her husband virologist Nathan Wolfe, premiered digitally in January 2021. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her audioplay The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit Pursued by a Bear, The Taming, and Toil and Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists, The Book of Will, Silent Sky, Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams, and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book “Dr. Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon” is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart and Joss Stone, and Kait Kerrigan and Bree Lowdermilk.

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.

Ariel Bock
Director

Pronouns she / her
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 Quickly (Merry Wives of Windsor); Paulina (The Winter’s Tale), Ruth (Private Eyes), The Woman (Laughing Wild); Arlene (Off the Map) Directing: Ken Ludwig’s Dear Jack, Dear Louise, Miss Bennet, Christmas at Pemberley; The Wickhams, Christmas at Pemberley; Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility.

At Mixed Company: Ramona (Zara Spook and Other Lures) and Eileen (The Cripple of Inishmaan). With the Ensemble for the Romantic Century in NYC: Nadezhda VonMeck (None But the Lonely Heart), as well as Fanny Mendelsohn, Emily Dickinson, Sonia Tolstoy, and Anna Akhmatova (in multiple shows). Ariel is a Designated Linklater Teacher.

Lydia Duff
Georgiana Darcy

Pronouns she / they
Lydia Duff is a theater artist based in Western Massachusetts. She recently completed a BA in Drama and Mandarin Chinese at Bennington College in Vermont. Lydia has received acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Connecticut, and has begun training with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators. She is delighted to be having her first season working at Shakespeare & Company after many years of participating in the education programs as a student.

Kristen Moriarty
Jane Bingley

Pronouns she / her
S&Co: Marsha (Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues), Jean Hatch (White Savior), Mrs. Reynolds (The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley), Provost / Mariana (Measure for Measure), Miss Bates (Emma), Olive (The Norwegians), Center for Actor Training Teaching Faculty, Senior Manager of Individual Giving; Chicago: Vitalist Theatre (contributing artist), Lifeline Theatre, Greasy Joan & Co., Emerald City Theatre, Attic Playhouse; Regionally: Elsewhere Shakespeare, Montana Repertory Theatre, Montana Actors Theatre, Classic Theatre Co., Tacoma Little Theatre, Toy Boat Theatre, Philipsburg Theatre. MFA in Acting and instructor of record, University of Montana; BFA Acting/Dance, Adelphi University.

In addition to earning her BFA and MFA in acting, Kristen is a proud alumna of Shakespeare & Company’s Month-long Intensive, which changed her teaching trajectory and her life. She began Teacher Training with the Center for Actor Training in 2017 and was invited to join the teaching faculty in 2022; Kristen is currently training to become a Designated Linklater Teacher. Additionally, she has worked full-time in Development since 2019. Kristen lives with her husband Graham and their two daughters in Lenox where she plays out the best roles ever of wife and mom. This is for them, and for you—the audience; thank you for being here and keeping live theater alive.

Devante Owens
Thomas O’Brien
Pronouns they / them

Recent credits include Touchstone, As You Like It (Catskill Mountain Shakespeare); Ade, The Easiest Thing (The Tank, NYC debut); S&Co: Conrad / Friar, 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 and the Language that Shaped the World; Brian, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley (reading), Mr. Woodhouse, Emma (reading), Ronald Drayton, Autumn (reading), Roger Peterson, Kernel of Sanity (reading); S&Co Regional Tour: Angelo, The Comedy of Errors, Duncan, Macbeth. With a deep interest in classical work and the voice, they are also a teacher and Education Artist with S&Co and have been a devoted student of the Linklater Voice Method for the past five years in the hopes of one day becoming a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher.

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December 15, 2023
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Shakespeare & Company
70 Kemble St.
Lenox, MA
413-637-3353

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