Through it all – the COVID-imposed postponements, the scramble to garner much-needed financial relief, the rush of late-pandemic shifts in the arts labor market and the the brilliantly innovative performances filmed on stage and streamed digitally – the Marin Theatre Company has persevered.
That relentless persistence continues this month as the playwriting duo of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon bring us the third installment in their “Pride and Prejudice”-themed Christmas plays. The world premiere of Georgiana and Kitty: Christmas at Pemberley, a co-commission by MTC in partnership with the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis and Northlight Theatre in Chicago, follows Georgiana Darcy and Kitty Bennet two years after Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” novel ends.
Georgiana, shy but creative, is living under the scrutiny of her commanding older brother; Kitty, now free of the influence of her gregarious sister Lydia, is Georgiana’s joyful, practical best friend. It is Christmastime at Pemberley and the pair impatiently await the imminent arrival of Henry Grey, Georgiana’s equally shy secret correspondent. When the gentleman enters a family holiday in full force and is met by the unwelcoming presence of Mr. Darcy, Georgiana fears her chance at love will be lost forever. The future is never certain, however, and love has a way of arriving exactly when it is meant to.
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