Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
directed by Virginia Drake
South Bay Premiere
November 16-December 17, 2017. Scroll down for show details and special events. Show photos coming soon!
Why you should see Miss Bennet
Because it’s the Pride and Prejudice sequel you’ve been waiting for. So has Mary Bennet, the forgotten sister who finally gets to tell her story.
Because it’s a perfect holiday show for seeing with family and out-of-town guests.
Because it’s not one of those same holiday shows your family is completely tired of.
Because this fresh new play is charming and funny, with smart dialogue by Lauren Gunderson (I & You, Exit, Pursued by a Bear) and Margot Melcon.
Because Mr. Darcy did indeed invite you all to come to Pemberley at Christmas, and who could say no to Mr. Darcy?
In this new holiday work, you can revisit your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice as they come together for Christmas at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. It’s a continuation of Jane Austen’s beloved tale with the focus on Mary Bennet, still feeling like the odd sister out as she spends the holidays with her witty, pretty and newly married sisters. Then Mary unexpectedly finds she has a chance to write her own story.
Mary Bennet: Melinda Marks
Arthur de Bourgh: James Lewis
Lizzie Darcy: Laura Domingo
Fitzwilliam Darcy: Jeremy Ryan
Jane Bingley: Brooke Silva
Charles Bingley: Keenan Flagg
Lydia Wickham: Alyssa Teixeira
Anne de Bourgh: Tonya Duncan
Servant: Charnnee’ Young
Servant: Arturo Dirzo
What people are saying about the show
“Effervescent wit … a perfectly constructed love story.” –The San Francisco Chronicle
“A gift for Jane Austen fans.” –The Washington Post
“Gunderson and Melcon’s script is a delight, packed with sly Austenian wit and observations both clever and biting on topics from anxieties over the uncertainties of childrearing to the highly limited options available to women. It’s a funny play that’s ultimately also quite touching.” –The Marin Independent Journal
More information and special events
Miss Bennet runs Nov. 16-Dec. 17, 2017. No performances Nov. 19 and Nov. 23. Friday, Dec. 1, is sold out.
Showtimes: Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets: $19-$42. Discounts for seniors (55+), students, educators and groups of 10+. ($2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases; closing weekend is also subject to a $2 increase.)
Parking and seating:
Parking is provided for $5 on most dates across the street at Notre Dame High School (call for availability for your performance). View an interactive parking map of downtown San Jose for more options. Seating is general admission, and the theater is wheelchair-accessible.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 8 p.m.: Pay What You Can Night.
Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.: $19 Preview Night.
Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m.: Opening Night (with a post-show party catered by Cafe Stritch).
Sunday, Nov. 26: Talkback with our director and the cast after the 2 p.m. matinee. And a visit from Happy Hollow’s Danny the Dragon!
Our nonprofit partner for this production is the Happy Hollow Foundation, established in 1958 and dedicated to advocating, supporting and enhancing the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. The focus of the Foundation is to engage individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government agencies in funding scholarships, exhibit development and other capital improvements at this beloved San Jose institution.
Support the Happy Hollow Foundation by seeing Miss Bennet on Sunday, Nov 26. Besides holding the cast talkback, we will also host board member Lissa Kreisler, who will say a few words about the Foundation and bring along Danny the Dragon. We’ll donate 25% of the proceeds from regular-price single-ticket revenue from this performance. Thank you!