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Pride & Prejudice

A Theatrical Performance

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Good Day to you good sirs and madams! ‘Tis I, Henry. I hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying this beautiful Fall weather! Today, I will tell you about Pride & Prejudice. I promise I’m not talking about my personality. For ‘tis a play that is happening here in Baltimore.

If you haven’t already known, ‘Pride & Prejudice’ is a novel of manners, published in 1813, by one of my favorite authors, Jane Austen. The story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of the British Regency. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman, Mr. Bennet living in Longbourn. Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. You can say, ‘tis quite a drama if I say so myself.

Under the leadership of playwright, actor, and director Kwame Kwei-Armah OBE (Artistic Director) and national arts leader Stephen Richard (Managing Director), Center Stage is an artistically driven institution committed to engaging, entertaining, and enriching audiences of today and tomorrow through joyous and bold performance. The professional, nonprofit theater company is dedicated to the creation and presentation of a dynamic and diverse array of new and classic work, and each year hosts an audience of more than 100,000 in its historic home in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. With its signature focus on civic and community engagement, Center Stage, The State Theater of Maryland, enters its second 50 years with a commitment to exploring how art and entertainment communicate in the 21st century, and to igniting conversation in Baltimore and beyond.

To open its 2015/16 Season, Center Stage will present a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s 19th Century love story of Lizzy Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice. September 11-October 11, 2015 Previews, September 11-September 17 Opening Night, September 18 Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8pm Thursday, 7pm Saturday, 2pm and 8pm Sunday, 2pm and 7:30 pm; September 13 and October 11, 2pm only

My dear friend Barnacle & I went and ‘twas a marvelous piece. Oh for how my heart longs for the stage. If it was not I, your humble butler, who shall take my position? I shall never leave your side! Dear Barnacle & I took to the front row where we enjoyed the artistic piece. I shall not tell you what differences they have made compared to the novel and movie, for it is YOU shall compare! Join the life and tradition of the arts in Baltimore by enjoying, Pride & Prejudice. Barnacle, as well as myself, shall being seeing it again with our dear friend Fin. Hopefuly, we'll see you there!

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