Friday, October 1, 2010

"Pride and Prejudice" at Vanderbilt

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen premieres at Neely Auditorium at Vanderbilt University for a one-week run on Oct. 7.
Jane Austen’s beloved novel, adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, is transformed for the stage in this acclaimed adaptation.  The world of romantic complications takes center stage as the lively heroine Elizabeth Bennett and the high-born, handsome Mr. Darcy dance their way to comic completion.

“What makes Austen still compelling in this day and age? To this question one can only point to the obvious: love never goes out of style and, despite the difficulty of present times, we still yearn to believe that love is possible even in the midst of seemingly insurmountable circumstances,” says Terryl Hallquist, director of Pride and Prejudice and associate professor of theatre.  “And, like it or not, the human condition is fraught with personal prides and prejudices.  Whether we recognize them and grow beyond them is a pursuit worthy of our constant study and attention.”

Pride and Prejudice will be performed at 8 p.m. on Oct. 7, 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 9 and 10.  Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for graduate and professional students and free for undergraduates with Vanderbilt identification.  Tickets may be reserved by calling (615) 322-2404.

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