View presents ‘Pride and Prejudice’ Monday

Published Sep 6, 2018 at 4:00pm

OLD FORGE Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic “Pride and Prejudice” will be presented by View Arts Center, 3273 Route 28, on Monday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets for the family-friendly event are $22, $20 for View members, and $8 for students. For more information, visit Viewarts.org or call 315-369-6411.

Hamill is well known for her fresh and funny adaptations of Ms. Austen’s work. According to the New York Times, “Hamill…has a gift for condensing three-volume novels into galloping two-act plays. Her screwball Pride and Prejudice hasn’t met a rib it can’t tickle.”

The play is centered around outspoken Elizabeth Bennet, played by Amy Stringer, who faces mounting pressure from her status-conscious mother, played by Pendragon veteran Laura Jean Schwartau, to secure a suitable marriage. But is marriage suitable for a woman of Elizabeth’s intelligence and independence?

Especially when the irritating, aloof, self-involved…tall, vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aristocratic Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn. Philip Rosen, who just finished a stint in Pendragon’s “I Hate Hamlet,” is stepping in as Mr. Darcy. Rachel Kemp, also recently seen in I Hate Hamlet, Manley Gavich, Gabrielle Dion, Emma Simon, and Evan Raines round out the cast. 

Director Karen Lord-Kirkham describes the play as “a romp that both Austen fans and those who have never read the novel will enjoy.” Original music composed for this production by New York City-based musician Ellen Mandel adds another layer of dramatic flare and features actor Evan Raines playing violin live during the performance with the rest of the cast providing various other soundscapes to underscore the action.