By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Department of Theatre and Dance will present a production of "Pride and Prejudice" Oct. 21 through 24.
Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson, assistant professor of theatre and dance, will direct the mainstage production. It is adapted from the Jane Austen novel for the stage by Jon Jory, who headed the Actors Theater of Louisville for 31 years. Jory is professor of drama at University of Washington in Seattle.
Most popular novel
"There is a reason women still swoon when they hear the name, Mr. Darcy," said Deshpande Hutchinson. "For 200 years, English novelist Jane Austen has charmed generation after generation of independent women with her most popular novel, Pride and Prejudice. The play resonates with many people on this campus. People don't just enjoy this story, they champion it.
"In this new adaptation by Jory, witty intellectual verbal duels between fiercely independent women and arrogant but handsome men encapsulate the short leap one can take from good sense to bad choice with one dangerously captivating glance."
Deshpande Hutchinson calls Jory's theatrical staging remarkable. "Unlike its BBC sister version as well as the recent film with Keira Knightley, this version feels closer to the book because it attempts to keep the narrative voice intact, like only theatre can."
The play's dance choreography is by Julie Petry, guest artist from Bloomsburg University who specializes in social and period dance.
"Petry has been a gift to our actors. In tandem with that is the choreography of the scene changes which technical director Mark Hutchinson has personally taken in hand. The locations change so quickly, every moment of the play feels like a dance," she said.
With the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 23, each performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre in Coleman Hall. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.
Advance tickets are available through the Bucknell box office or by phone at 570-577-1000. Tickets also are available in person an hour before each performance. "Pride and Prejudice" is being performed as part of the University's Homecoming Weekend celebration; seating may be limited for the weekend performances.
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