Chester Theatre Company will open its 22nd Season with pride@prejudice, adapted from the Jane Austen novel Pride and Prejudice, by Daniel Elihu Kramer. Performances run at Chester Town Hall, 15 Middleford Rd., Chester, MA July 6-17, Weds-Sun at 8pm with matinees Thurs and Sun at 2pm. Tickets are available on CTC’s website, or by calling 800-595-4TIX. Tickets are $28-$33; group rates are available.
pride@prejudice is the first installment in CTC’s Classic Stories/Contemporary Voices Season. According to CTC Artistic Director Byam Stevens “The classics continue to inspire the writers of today, so we’re presenting a season of classic works re-imagined by contemporary American playwrights. Our audience will get something familiar — masterpieces by Dostoyevsky, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Henry James, Christopher Marlowe — and something new: exciting, fresh versions from today’s best writers.”
In pride@prejudice five actors play over thirty roles. This witty, new version celebrates Austen’s timeless romance as it is known and loved, but also adds other voices – bloggers, commentators, scholars, even Jane Austen herself. Kramer’s affectionate take on one of the world’s most popular love stories not only delivers all the delightful twists and turns of the novel’s plot, it looks at our love affair with reading and, in particular, this extraordinary book.