WEST HARTFORD — Kate Hamill’s “Pride & Prejudice” (based on the novel by Jane Austen) runs at Playhouse on Park from Feb. 19 to March 8, said a release from the theater.
This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen. Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn? Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation.
Kimberlee Chatterjee (Lizzy) Wheelhouse Theater Company: Sonia “Life Sucks”; Primary Stages: Lydia/Lady Catherine “Pride & Prejudice”; Classical Theatre of Harlem: Miranda “The Tempest”; The Wilma: Connie “Dance Nation.”
Maia Guest (Mrs. Bennet, Servants) Hudson Valley Shakespeare: Feste “Twelfth Night”; Julia “The Rivals”; Phoebe “As You Like It”; Geva:Mother “A Christmas Story”; Capital Rep: Mina “Dracula.”
Sophie Sorensen (Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Bennet) Tank: “The Russian And The Jew”; FringeNYC: “The Report.” Axial Theatre: Kristine “A Doll’s House.” The voice of the Beatles Channel on Sirius XM.
Nicholas Robert Ortiz (Mr. Darcy) He received his BFA in Acting from Texas State University.
Nadezhda Amé (Jane, Miss De Bourgh) Hanesbrands Theatre: Florence “Poof!”, Olga “Fairytale Lives...”; University of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Theatre.
Jane Bradley (Mr. Bingley, Mary) Playhouse on Park: Gwendolen “The Importance Of Being Earnest”; Bryant Park Shakespeare: Hamlet “Hamlet”, Rosalind “As You Like It”. TV/Film: “Bull, The Dreamer” (winner: Best Comedy @ LA Shorts Fest.
Kelly Letourneau (Lydia, Lady Catherine) “Here” Arts: Hank “The Apple Boys”; Tiltyard: Hermia/Starveling “Midsummer”; Roxy Regional Theatre: Penny “Hairspray.”
Matthew Krob (Mr. Collins, Wickham, Miss Bingley) Off-Broadway: “The Office, A Musical Parody!”; US National Tour: GladHand “West Side Story”; Barrington Stage Co.: Muleteer “Man Of La Mancha.”
About the Director: Jason O’Connell is a director, writer and actor. His directing credits include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” (Texas Shakespeare Festival), “An Ideal Husband” (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble,NYC), Jason also directed his own co-adaptation (with Brenda Withers) of Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano” at Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage. As an actor, Jason most recently appeared in “Judgement Day” at Park Avenue Armory, “Pride and Prejudice” at Primary Stages and “Sense and Sensibility” at the Gym at Judson.
Tickets for performances Feb. 19 to March 8 are now on sale and range from $30-$40; reserve seating. New this season: Tuesday and Saturday matinees. Student, Senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available. There will be a complementary pre-show wine and cheese reception on Friday, February 21.
Be sure to take advantage of group sales discounts; Purchase 10 tickets or more to save 10 percent off of regular price, and receive one additional complimentary ticket. Purchase 20 tickets or more to save 20% off of regular price, and receive two additional complementary tickets. To coordinate a group, contact Lily Horn at 860-523-5900 x11 or LHorn@playhousetheatregroup.org.
The River Bend Bookshop will have a pop-up store in the Playhouse on Park lobby throughout the run of “Pride & Prejudice.” Visit during this time, and 20 percent of all sales will be donated to the Playhouse.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Road, West Hartford.