Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Whitworth Theatre to stage “Pride and Prejudice”


The spring Whitworth Theatre production will feature “Pride and Prejudice.” Performances will take place March 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m., and March 9 at 2 p.m., in Cowles Auditorium at Whitworth University. General admission is $8, and $6 for students and senior citizens (age 62+). Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.whitworth.edu/theatretickets. For more information, please call (509) 777-3707.

“Pride and Prejudice” is a classic Jane Austen novel first published in 1813. The plot centers on Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues related to marriage and society in 19th-century England. The novel has been adapted for film, television and theatre numerous times. Jon Jory adapted the novel for the stage in 2005.

Brooke Kiener, assistant theatre professor and director of “Pride and Prejudice,” says her students will present the play with a fresh, contemporary feel, but it will remain rooted in the conventions of 19th-century England. “The adaptation I have chosen is fast, fun and fanciful,” Kiener says. “It moves quickly, with a wonderful sense of pacing, and it engages a host of imaginative theatrical techniques. I know our students want to honor the story and the characters that our audiences also know and love.”

Kiener says students from a variety of academic majors, not just theatre, will perform in the production. “I think what they all have in common is a love for this iconic love story,” she says. “I hope that audiences get a sense of how much this production comes from a place of passion and commitment.”

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Ella Kerner, theatre department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3707 or ekerner@whitworth.edu.

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or lbeechinor@whitworth.edu.