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Southern Rep presents a limited engagement of Jane Austen's PRIDE & PREJUDICE Nov 13 - 24 at Ursuline Academy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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RACHEL GORMAN, MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
THEATRE NEWS * * * FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information please contact:  pr@southernrep.com

  

SOUTHERN REP PRESENTS A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT OF
JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE & PREJUDICE ADAPTED BY JON JORY

  

NEW ORLEANS (October 15, 2013)--In celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen's masterpiece, Southern Rep is partnering with the Jane Austen Society of Louisiana to present a limited, two week engagement of PRIDE & PREJUDICE adapted by Jon Jory, November 13 - 24, at the beautiful Ursuline Academy theatre.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE is such a lovely story, and a perennial personal favorite. We are so excited for the chance to use the stage at Ursuline Academy to present an elegant version of the classic tale. With a full slate of events around each production, theatregoers will be immersed in enough charm, wit, and refined romance to warm even the chilliest November night!

-        Aimée Hayes, Producing Artistic Director

Presented in partnership with the Jane Austen Society of Louisiana, PRIDE & PREJUDICE is co-directed by Jeffrey Gunshol and Aimée Hayes, and stars Ashley Ricord Santos as the smart and radically self-assured Elizabeth Bennet, and Michael Stone as Mr. Darcy, her handsome suitor with a past that is more than meets the eye. The production will present a fresh spin on the classic tale, skewering gossip, intrigue and society snobbery through wit, dance, and music. PRIDE & PREJUDICE is a playful romp about romance, morality, and the realization that sometimes, the one thing in the way of one's happiness is oneself.

Exceptionally clear, funny and moving...

-        San Francisco Chronicle

A treat not only for fans of Austen's work... but a great entrée for the uninitiated to discover the world of Mr. Bennet and his five daughters.

-        Mark Turvin, Back Stage Newspapers

SPECIAL EVENTS
Only nine performances, and each one a special occasion!

Nov. 13: Opening Preview (7:30 pm)
Tickets only $20!

Nov. 14: Ladies Night (7:30 pm)
Bring your friends, sisters, mom, aunts, neighbors and grandma! You'll all receive a special treat on us!

Nov. 15: Date Night (7:30 pm)
Make it a night of romance! Patrons who dine on St. Marie Brasserie's new PRIDE & PREJUDICE menu get $5 off tickets at the door!

Nov. 16: Opening Night! (7:30 pm)
Champagne Reception after the show!

Nov. 17: Sunday Matinee (2:00 pm)
Educational talkback after the show!

Nov. 21: Pay What You Can Night (7:30 pm)

Nov. 22: Date Night (7:30 pm)
Make it a night of romance! Patrons who dine on St. Marie Brasserie's new PRIDE & PREJUDICE menu get $5 off tickets at the door!

Nov. 23: Priority Patron Night (7:30 pm)
Priority Patrons who come an hour before the show will enjoy a champagne reception as our way of saying thanks for the support!

Nov. 24: Sunday Matinee (2:00 pm)
Have high tea and enjoy a talkback after the show with the Jane Austen Society of Louisiana.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:
Southern Rep and The Jane Austen Society of Louisiana have teamed up to offer a Scholarship Contest for High School students around the story of PRIDE & PREJUDICE. For more information about the scholarship, or to inquire about Southern Rep's Free and Discounted Student Matinee programs, please email education@southernrep.com.

INTERVIEWS: 
For photo requests or interviews with cast, directors or designers or Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes, please contact pr@southernrep.com.

LISTING INFORMATION:
PRIDE & PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, adapted by Jon Jory. Co-directed by Jeffrey Gunshol and Aimée Hayes, starring Ashley Ricord Santos, Michael Stone, Phil Karnell, Rebecca Frank, Margaret Wild, Kristin Witterschein, Becca Chapman, Emily Russell, Laura Friedmann, Michael Krikorian, Zach Rogers, Desiree Bacala, Jake Wynne-Wilson, Beverly Trask, Genevieve Fabre, Jack Faust, Logan Faust, Martin Covert and Kelcie Schwab.

BOOKING TICKETS & DATES:
Tickets: $20 - $40 (discounts available for students, seniors, military personnel, and teachers)
Student Rush Tickets: $10, available 10 minutes before curtain with a valid student ID.

To reserve tickets, contact Southern Rep Theatre Box Office: (504) 522 - 6545, email: boxoffice@southernrep.com or book online at www.SouthernRep.com
Show runs: November 13 - 24

LOCATION:
Ursuline Academy, 2635 State St. New Orleans, LA 70118
(Theatre on the corner of State St. and Willow St.)  

PARKING:
Lot parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. Street parking also available.

SYNOPSIS:
All of the wit and romance of Jane Austen's classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation. Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet's most urgent priority. But with four sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it's difficult to escape the subject. When the independent-minded Elizabeth meets the handsome but enigmatic Mr. Darcy, she is determined not to let her feelings triumph over her own good sense -- but the truth turns out to be slipperier than it seems. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice, and to make the best match of all?

ABOUT SOUTHERN REP:
Southern Rep Theatre enters its 27th season as the region's preeminent professional theatre, producing bold world and regional premieres under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director, Aimée Hayes.  Southern Rep's Mainstage Season work includes the best of Broadway, off-Broadway and classic plays, and it's Lagniappe Series DEBAUCHERY!, 6x6, 3x3, and Pints and Plays reflect the company's ongoing commitment to new play development. Southern Rep's innovative "school to stage" arts education programs, YONOLA and AcademySRT, serve as a pipeline for New Orleans' students and youth interested in pursuing their creative ambitions, and The Ruby Prize, a new play award (named in honor of civil rights veteran Ruby Bridges that honorswomen of color playwrights) supports a more diverse theatre community. This years' Mainstage Season is being presented "on the road," with each production presented at a different venue to offer a more all-engrossing event experience for audience members. It includes 33 VARIATIONS at the Contemporary Arts Center, PRIDE & PREJUDICE at Ursuline Academy, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE TOTALITARIANS at Mid-City Theatre, and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA at The Art Klub.  http://www.southernrep.com

Southern Rep continues to show that it is staging the most important, challenging, and downright mesmerizing pieces of theater New Orleans audiences are graced to experience. 

-        Theodore P. Mahne, (Times-Picayune-Lagniappe)