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‘Pride and Prejudice’ Coming to West Hartford’s Playhouse on Park

‘Pride and Prejudice’ will begin performances at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford on Feb. 19.

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Playhouse on Park’s 2019-20 season continues with Kate Hamill’s “Pride and Prejudice,” running Feb. 19-March 8, 2020.

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! “Pride and Prejudice” is bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely. This play for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life.

The outspoken Lizzy Bennet is determined to never marry, despite mounting pressure from society. But can she resist love, especially when that vaguely handsome, mildly amusing, and impossibly aggravating Mr. Darcy keeps popping up at every turn?

Literature’s greatest tale of latent love has never felt so theatrical, or so full of life than it does in this effervescent adaptation.

The cast includes:

Kimberlee Chatterjee is Lizzy in “Pride and Prejudice” at Playhouse on Park. Submitted photo

  • Kimberlee Chatterjee (Lizzy) Wheelhouse Theater Company: Sonia LIFE SUCKS; Primary Stages: Lydia/Lady Catherine PRIDE & PREJUDICE; Classical Theatre of Harlem: Miranda THE TEMPEST; The Wilma: Connie DANCE NATION.
  • Maia Guest (Mrs. Bennet, Servants) Hudson Valley Shakespeare: Feste TWELFTH NIGHT ,Julia THE RIVALS, Phoebe AS YOU LIKE IT, Geva:Mother A CHRISTMAS STORY; Capital Rep: Mina DRACULA.
  • Sophie Sorensen (Charlotte Lucas, Mr. Bennet) Tank: THE RUSSIAN AND THE JEW; FringeNYC: The Report.  Axial Theatre: Kristine A DOLL’S HOUSE. The voice of the Beatles Channel on Sirius XM.
  • Nicholas Robert Ortiz (Mr. Darcy) He received his BFA in Acting from Texas State University.
  • Nadezhda Amé (Jane, Miss De Bourgh) Hanesbrands Theatre: Florence POOF!, Olga FAIRYTALE LIVES…; University of North Carolina School of the Arts BFA Theatre.
  • Jane Bradley (Mr. Bingley, Mary) Playhouse on Park: Gwendolen THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST; Bryant Park Shakespeare: Hamlet HAMLET, Rosalind AS YOU LIKE IT. TV/Film: BULL, THE DREAMER (winner: Best Comedy @ LA Shorts Fest.

    Nicholas Robert Ortiz is Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice” at Playhouse on Park. Submitted photo

  • Kelly Letourneau (Lydia, Lady Catherine) HERE Arts: Hank THE APPLE BOYS; Tiltyard: Hermia/Starveling MIDSUMMER; Roxy Regional Theatre: Penny HAIRSPRAY.
  • Matthew Krob (Mr. Collins, Wickham, Miss Bingley) Off-Broadway: THE OFFICE, A MUSICAL PARODY!; US National Tour: GladHand WEST SIDE STORY; Barrington Stage Co.: Muleteer MAN OF LA MANCHA.

About the Director: Jason O’Connell is a director, writer and actor. His directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival), The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Texas Shakespeare Festival), An Ideal Husband (Phoenix Theatre Ensemble,NYC), Jason also directed his own co-adaptation (with Brenda Withers) of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano at Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage. As an actor, Jason most recently appeared in Judgement Day at Park Avenue Armory, Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages and Sense and Sensibility at the Gym at Judson.

Tickets for performances Feb. 19-March 8 are now on sale, and range from $30-$40. Student, senior, and Let’s Go Arts discounts are available.

Opening night, complete with a complementary pre-show wine and cheese reception is Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. New this season: Tuesday and Saturday 2 p.m. matinee performances.

Young Professionals Night Out at “Pride and Prejudice”: Join other Young Professionals (ages 21-35) on Saturday, March 7 for a night out at the theater! Don’t miss this chance to see the show and connect with peers in a creative environment. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., and the performance is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.

The River Bend Bookshop will have a pop-up store in the Playhouse on Park lobby throughout the run of “Pride and Prejudice.” Visit during this time, and 20% of all sales will be donated to the Playhouse.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 860-523-5900 x10 or visit www.playhouseonpark.org. Playhouse on Park is located at 244 Park Rd., West Hartford, CT 06119.

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