Pride and Prejudice
By Kate Hamill
Directed by Jess McLeod
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
November 27 – December 22, 2019
OPEN CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE: December 13, 2019
A rousingly theatrical twist on one of the most popular novels of all time.
A feminist farce—a screwball twist on a beloved classic! While their mother is determined to find suitable marriages for her daughters, the Bennet sisters find themselves caught up in the politics of love set on the greens of Hertfordshire, England. When news spreads that a mysterious, handsome and wealthy bachelor has come to town, the world the Bennet sisters thought they knew turns upside down, especially for the rebellious Lizzy. Kate Hamill’s adaptation is an ingenious and saucy take on Austen’s novel.
RUN TIME: 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission
SPECIAL PRODUCTION NOTES: Haze and strobe
OPENING NIGHT SPONSORS
Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, PC
SUNDAY SYMPOSIUM: DECEMBER 15, 2PM
WITH LUCIANA McCLURE & ATTALLAH SHEPPARD
Luciana McClure is a community organizer, artist, educator, independent curator and a selfless advocate and fierce motivator of social change through artistic expression and activism. She is the founding organizer of the Nasty Women Movement in Connecticut and leads Nasty Women Connecticut. She unites communities, amplifies the voices of minorities and raises resources for countless organizations throughout Connecticut while utilizing the arts. Luciana is an immigrant of Brazil and she currently resides in Hamden. She is a faculty professor of photography at the Creative Arts Workshop, a Museum Educator and teaching artist at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and an exhibiting fine art photographer. Most recently Luciana has been awarded the 2019 CT Arts Hero award through the CT Office of the Arts for extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts.
Attallah Sheppard is a spoken word poet, teacher, mother and community ‘artivist’ whose poetry explores stories of social justice to amplify social change. By day, Attallah is the Dean of College Services at Achievement First Amistad High School in New Haven. She uses her artistry as activism; facilitating youth poetry workshops, advising Queen Code and Pretty Tough, two youth empowerment programs for young girls of color and organizing as a co-leader of Nasty Women Connecticut. She is a co-founding member of Writer’s Block InK, an educational arts nonprofit in New London. Attallah received a BA in Business Administration from Howard University in 2013. She also holds the 2008 Poetry Out Loud Connecticut State Champion title.
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT AND DIRECTOR
KATE HAMILL (Playwright) is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award; 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMakers Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production—S&S), Arvada Center and others; upcoming productions at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, A.C.T., Trinity Rep, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Kansas City Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival and more. Upcoming world premieres: Little Women at the Jungle Theater and Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. She is currently working on new adaptations of The Odyssey and The Scarlet Letter, as well as several new original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines, Love Poem). Kate is one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season. kate-hamill.com
JESS McLEOD (Director) Resident Director, Hamilton Chicago. Regional: There’s Always the Hudson (Woolly Mammoth, upcoming), Hype Man (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Chicago: Do You Feel Anger?, Fulfillment Center (A Red Orchid, Ensemble Member); There’s Always the Hudson (Goodman, 2017 Michael Maggio Fellow); Wolf Play, Hang Man (The Gift); Marry Me A Little (Porchlight); How We Got On (Haven); Landladies (Northlight); Season on the Line (House); L-vis Live! (Victory Gardens, 2018 Artistic Fellow); Venus (Steppenwolf Next Up!); Short Shakes! Midsummer (CST); 4 seasons with Lyric Unlimited/Lyric Opera of Chicago. NYMF Director of Programming (2005-08). MFA, Northwestern University.
MEET THE CAST
OCTAVIA CHÁVEZ-RICHMOND (Jane Bennet/Miss Anne De Bourgh) is an actor, writer, and storyteller who uses theatre and film to explore women’s relationship to their bodies. She is particularly interested in women of color and their sexual agency. Her work disrupts hierarchy, racism, and misogyny and challenges conventional beauty standards. Select Theatre: Marisol, A Christmas Carol, Fuente Ovejuna, Between Riverside and Crazy (IRNE nomination and Elliot Norton Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actress), Airness, As You Like It, Othello, Neva, This Wide Night, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter’s Tale. Film: Lolita Express (2020) (Writer/Director), Free Guy (2020), A Ring for Christmas (2019), Knives Out (2019), Who We Are Now (2018), From Nowhere (2016). Brown/Trinity Repertory MFA ’18, NYC Fringe Excellence in Ensemble Award, David Wickham Writing Prize 2018; Margo Skinner Memorial Fellowship 2018.
DAWN ELIZABETH CLEMENTS (Lydia Bennet/Lady Catherine) is a native of Bessemer, Alabama and she is a recent graduate of Columbia University M.F.A Acting Program. Dawn has been seen in productions such as, The Pride Plays Festival’s Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (Miriam Caldwell), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), In the Red and Brown Water (Mama Moja, The Woman That Reminds, and Nia), and A Street Car Named Desire (Blanche). Dawn is excited to be in such a wonderful play and she would like to thank her family and team for their constant support. Jeremiah 29:11
BIKO EISEN-MARTIN (Mr. Darcy) Theatre: Public Theater (Delacorte), Hudson Valley Shakespeare Co., 59E59, Studio Theatre, The Folger, Crossroads Theatre Company , The Arden, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Cleveland Play House, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Denver Center, Gulfshore Playhouse, Olney Theatre Co., Marin Theatre Company, Chautauqua, Pioneer Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Company, TheatreWorks, Campo Santo. Film & TV: Buck (upcoming), Finding Frida (upcoming), “Dietland” (AMC). BA/MAT, Brown; MFA-NTC. bikoeisenmartin.com, @saybiko
ANEISA J. HICKS (Lizzy) is thrilled to be making her Long Wharf Theatre debut! Most recent theatre credits include: The End of TV (Manual Cinema), Her Portmanteau (American Conservatory Theater), Graveyard Shift (Goodman Theatre). Most recent TV credits include: “Chicago Med” (NBC) and “The Chi” (Showtime). She is excited you are here and hope you enjoy the show!
BRIAN LEE HUYNH (Wickham/Miss Bingley/Mr. Collins) is proud to make his Long Wharf Theatre debut. He played Capt. Stewart in the Tony award winning War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater. As well as being in A Clockwork Orange and The Light Years (Off-Broadway) he’s performed at Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Denver Center, New York Stage and Film, People’s Light and Theatre, The Old Globe and Triad Stage. TV credits include “Gotham,” “Instinct,” “Madame Secretary” and “Elementary.” Brian has an MFA and BFA from USD/Old Globe and Ithaca College.
RAMI MARGRON (Mr. Bennet/Charlotte Lucas) (they/them) Regional theatre: Angels in America (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Pericles, Macbeth (Berkeley Rep); The Tempest (Pittsburgh Public Theater); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Lady Windermere’s Fan (Cal Shakes); Moll Flanders, The Clean House, The Country Wife (Pacific Rep); Around the World in 80 Days, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (Marin Theatre Company); The Lily’s Revenge (Magic Theatre); Precious Little, Dog Act, (Shotgun Players). Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Shake and Bake) and Angry Young Man (Urban Stages). Film: Al B. and the Concrete Jungle, Burn County, Messina High, Love AnyWay, Trail Ghost. T.V.: “FBI,” “Bull.” “High Maintenance.” Over the years, Rami has been a member of several wonderful companies including Crowded Fire Theater (edgy new plays), Woman’s Will (all-female Shakespeare), The Original Action Pack (improv comedy), Mugwumpin (devised theatre), and a handful of dance companies. For four years, Rami co-hosted The SHOUT, a popular monthly storytelling event in Oakland, CA.
LUIS MORENO (Mr. Bingley/Mary Bennet/Servant) Long Wharf Theatre debut. In NYC: Days Go By (Monica Bill Barnes & Co.); Play On! (OSF/Classic Stage Company); The Government Inspector (Red Bull); Veritas (The Representatives); so go the ghosts of méxico, part one (LaMaMa ETC); Three Sisters (Nature Theater of Oklahoma); Distant Star and Open Up, Hadrian (Caborca); The Age of Iron (Classic Stage Company); Fêtes de la Nuit (The Ohio). Regional: Mud (Days and Nights Festival); The Curious Incident… (Actors Theatre of Louisville); we, the invisibles (Humana); Ropes (Two River Theater); Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse); Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights (Berkeley Rep, Arena Stage); Peer Gynt (La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep); Anna in the Tropics (Capital Rep, The Acting Company). TV: “Blacklist,” “God Friended Me,” “Good Fight,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Daredevil,” “Madam Secretary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Person of Interest.” Film: Home, Red Right Return, Zzzzzzz. Luis narrates audiobooks for Recorded Books. MFA, Columbia; BA Bard.
MARIA ELENA RAMIREZ (Mrs. Bennet/Servant) Broadway: Larry David’s Fish in the Dark, Rachel Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. National Tours: Siobhan in the 1st National Tour of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Rose Narracott in War Horse, both by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Off-Broadway: Little Women (Primary Stages); Mary Page Marlowe, Living Out (Second Stage); Important Hats of the 20th Century (Manhattan Theatre Club); Somewhere Fun (Vineyard Theatre); BBAJ (Public Theater; The Thugs (Soho Rep); Princess Turandot (McGinn/Cazale); Skin of Our Teeth (NYSF). Regional: A.R.T., The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Westport Country Playhouse, among others. Film: Wonderstruck, St. Vincent, Happythankyoumoreplease, The Women, Assassination of a High School President, Personal Velocity. Television includes “New Amsterdam,” “Elementary,” “FBI,” “Search Party,” “Limitless,” “Odd Mom Out,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Army Wives,” “Damages,” “Law & Order(s),” “The Sopranos,” and the upcoming Apple TV series “Defending Jacob.” MFA: NYU Graduate Acting Program.
MEET THE CREATIVE TEAM
Set Design: Gerardo Díaz Sánchez
Costume Design: Izumi Inaba
Lighting Design: Jennifer Fok
Sound Design: Megumi Katayama
Choreography: James Beaudry
Production Stage Manager: Kelsey Vivian
Assistant Stage Manager: Amy Patricia Stern
Casting By Calleri Casting