Ursinus Theater to Present “Pride and Prejudice” to Live Audiences in October
Ursinus College Theater is welcoming audiences back to campus this fall for Kate Hamill’s adaptation of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice.
“The 2020-2021 academic year was a challenging one and I am proud that Ursinus’s Theater and Dance Department offered a full season of safe, socially distant programming when many professional venues and other college campuses cancelled their productions and concerts,” Brodie said. “Despite the persistence of COVID-19, we are committed to offering another season of theater and dance.”
Brodie said she chose a comedy for the fall performance to help alleviate the stress of daily pandemic life. “Laughter can offer us a short respite from the sobering demands of negotiating the pandemic and I believe that laughter can help build and strengthen communities.”
Hamill’s faithful adaptation of Pride and Prejudice enhances the comedy inherent in the source material. The treasured love stories are still there, Brodie said, but they are informed by the challenges facing women both in the Regency period and today.
“What I love about Hamill’s adaptation is the manner in which it subtly highlights women’s struggles to be heard and to be unapologetically themselves,” she said.
The Ursinus production team for Pride and Prejudice is composed entirely of women, including technical director and production manager Meghan Jones, who designed the set; Visiting Assistant Professor Shannon Zura, who shaped the world on stage with light and sound; Visiting Assistant Professor Dana Powers-Klooster, who choreographed the busy ball scenes; and Millie Hiibel, who designed the costumes.
Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for seniors, students, and Ursinus faculty and staff. Visit ursinus.edu/tickets. To ensure the safety of our community, all audience members must be masked regardless of vaccination status.
For information about other Ursinus performances, art, and special events, visit ursinus.edu/LiveOnMain.