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The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Lauren Gunderson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover image may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 76
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 0822237008
ISBN-13: 9780822237006
Cast Size: 4 female, 3 male

About the Play:

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is a full-length romantic comedy by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. A companion to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – the first continuation of Jane Austen's popular novel, Pride and PrejudiceThe Wickhams takes place at the estate of Elizabeth and Darcy, entering the servants' quarters of Pemberley at the height of holiday preparations.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is delightful companion play to Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – both bring Jane Austen's beloved characters to the stage for a yuletide sequel to Pride and Prejudice. While Miss Bennet depicted the newly wed Darcys' Christmas gathering on the ground floor of Pemberley, The Wickhams takes audiences to the downstairs servants' quarters for that same celebration. Mrs. Reynolds, a no-nonsense housekeeper; Cassie, an eager new maid; and Brian, a lovesick footman, are bustling with preparations for holiday guests. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the nightMr. Darcy's nemesis and Lydia's rogue husband: Mr. Wickham. It's up to the loyal housekeeper, footman, and new maid to keep the festivities running smoothly with keeping the unwelcome guest confinedfor a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. But before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point, and as the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley's residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, The Wickhams is a charming holiday tale that delves into class, privilege, family and forgivenessand what it means to truly give, in the season of giving.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley premiered in 2016 at Northlight Theatre in Chicago. Since then the play had premieres at professional theatres around the US and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 4 female, 3 male

What people say:

"The genius of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, in exploring Austen's world, is to explicitly articulate what the books more elliptically imply: For these 19th-century women, beyond…security lay the more fundamental dream of liberty...This is world-class theatrical art…." — City Pages (Minneapolis)

"…In the tradition of the source material, there is a powerful (without being overbearing) feminist message to The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley…a lovely holiday concoction: melt in your mouth, with just a touch of spice." — TalkinBroadway.com

"The Wickhams is as witty and wonderful as its sister play… It is a truth universally acknowledged that Gunderson and Melcon brilliantly capture the heightened idiom of Austen's world. What makes this writing team so remarkable…is the consistency of their plays' characters with their originals in the novel…enjoy the splendid holiday gift that is The Wickhams." — TwinCitiesArts.com

About the Playwright:

Lauren M. Gunderson is an American playwright, screenwriter, and short story author originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA in English/Creative Writing at Emory University, and her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, where she was also a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship.

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