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'Pride and Prejudice' now playing at OnStage Playhouse

Fri, Sep 23 2011 12:53 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents

OnStage Playhouse, downtown Chula Vista’s intimate live theater, is presenting its current production of “Pride and Prejudice” through Oct. 8.

A romantic comedy adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice” is directed by Sandra Lynn Kraus.

All of the wit and romance of Austen’s classic 1813 novel come to life in this refreshingly fast-paced and engaging new adaptation by Jory, former producing artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Finding a husband is hardly Elizabeth Bennet’s most urgent priority. But with four unmarried sisters, an overzealous match-making mother, and a string of unsuitable suitors, it’s difficult to escape the subject.

Her only reprieve is in witty confidences with her resigned father. So 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 and he is determined not to show his true feelings too easily — 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 to make the best match of all?

Leading the OnStage cast is Kym Pappas as Elizabeth Bennet and Greg McAfee as Mr. Darcy. O.P. Hadlock and Susan Stratton will appear as Mr. and Mrs. Bennet.

Rounding out the talented cast are Tony Bejarano (ball guest/officer/servant), Marcee Chipman (Lady Catherine de Bourgh/housekeeper), Bill Grazier (Mr. Bingley/Colonel Fitzwilliam), Lena M. Jones (Kitty Bennet), Rhiannon M. Jones (Lydia Bennet/Georgiana Darcy), Rebecca Noland  (Jane Bennet), David Purcell (Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner), James E. Steinberg (Mr. Collins), Jackie Wasiluk (Mary Bennet/Charlotte Lucas), Carolyn E. Wheat (Miss Bingley/Mrs. Gardiner) and Nick Young (Mr. Wickham/ball guest).

Kraus returns to OnStage Playhouse after directing the critically-acclaimed audience favorite “Sealed for Freshness” in 2009. Rob Conway is performing duty as an assistant director while production duties are handled by DesirÈe Peters. Kenda L. Vance serves as dramaturg.

Tickets are $16 for general admission and $14 for seniors, students and military personnel. Group rates are available for 10 individuals or more.

For more information, call 422-7787 or visit the OnStage Playhouse Web site at www.onstageplayhouse.org.




OnStage Playhouse 2011-12 schedule


THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett (adaptation by Wendy Kesselman), directed by Kym Pappas
Nov. 4 to Dec. 4
The true story of Anne Frank, a young Jew, tells a claustrophobic reality; eight lives hiding from the Nazi threat of World War II. Yet her voice shines through: "I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people ... even after death." 

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The show is a co-production with the OnStage Playhouse High School Intern Program.

Upcoming: The Elephant Man, Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, 2012



ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR
Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre 2011 concert schedule
Oct. 6: Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7: Journey, 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: Avenged Sevenfold, 2 p.m.
Oct. 10: Luis Miguel, 8 p.m.


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