New England Premiere!
Three actors, one newbie, and two self-professed Janeites, tackle the entire canon of Jane Austen’s works – in just 80 minutes. A fun, funny, and fast-paced romp that will delight fans of Austen and newcomers alike. Fall in love with Emma, Elinor, Mr. Darcy, and more. It is a truth universally acknowledged that an audience in possession of high spirits must be in want of a ticket to this big-hearted comedy.
“A delight… it is wholly, and charmingly, original. I quite honestly
couldn’t stop smiling." - Broad Street Review
"An affectionate tribute to the author whose characters live indelibly in the minds of readers all over the world… The show’s real charm lies in its delicate negotiation between homage and parody." -Philadelphia Inquirer
Running Time: Approx. 90 minutes with no intermission
Previews (September 27 and 28)
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Regular Performances (September 29 - October 22, 2023)
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tuesday at 2:00pm
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 7:30pm
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NIGHT: Thursday, October 12th, 2023
6:00pm reception; 7:30pm performance
$25 Tickets for Ages 21-35
Talk Back with the cast after the Sunday matinee performances.
THEATER WEEK: SPECIAL EVENT OCT. 1
Moderator: Amanda Forker
Amanda Forker is a proud Jane Austen enthusiast aka ‘Janeite.’ She has been performing at Playhouse on Park since its memorable first season and is a (singing) member of Darlene Zoller’s stop/time Dance Theater. Some favorite POP acting credits include: Mother Superior (NUNSENSE), SAY THINGS FUNNY: A Loving Tribute to Carol Burnett, Host (MAMA D'S OUTRAGEOUS ROMPs) and Heidi [TITLE OF SHOW]. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Western Connecticut State University.
Barbara M. Benedict Trinity Professor, Published Author
Professor Barbara M. Benedict earned her BA at Harvard University and her PhD. At UC Berkeley. She is the Dana Chair of English at Trinity College, CT, where she has taught for almost 40 years. She has published numerous articles and chapters on Jane Austen and on the literature, culture and book history of the eighteenth century, and three books: Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry (Chicago 2001); Making the Modern Reader: Cultural Mediation in Early-Modern Literary Anthologies(Princeton 1996); and Framing Feeling: Sentiment and Style in English Prose Fiction,1745-1800 (AMS 1994). She has also edited Eighteenth-Century English Erotica, 1700-1800, vol. 4: Wilkes and the Late Eighteenth-Century (Pickering and Chatto, 2002), and, most recently, with Deidre LeFaye, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (Cambridge 2006). She is currently working on a book on literature and material culture.
Charlotte Northeast Actor and Co-Creator of The Complete Works of Jane Austen (Abridged). Now playing at Playhouse on Park through October 22nd.
Charlotte Northeast Playhouse on Park debut! Regional: Philadelphia Artists’ Collective: Jane/Co-Creator JANE EYRE); Lantern: Miss Bates EMMA; InterAct Theatre Ina SKIN IN FLAMES; Walnut Street Theatre Miss Casewell THE MOUSETRAP; Delaware Theatre Company Cratchit/Marley A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Education: Circle in the Square. Recipient of two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Also a director, writer and coach, Charlotte lives with her husband, son and too many cats in Collingswood, NJ. www.charlottenortheast.com
Rachel Ropella Assistant Director, Pride & Prejudice by Kate Hamill. Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. On stage at Hartford Stage, October 5th - November 12th
Rachel Rosella (she/her) is a Midwestern director and theater maker. A graduate of St. Olaf College and the National Theater Institute, she was a Directing/Dramaturgy Apprentice at Portland Stage for their '22-'23 Season. Co-founder of the Minneapolis theater company Melancholics Anonymous, she has spent the past four years directing and writing award-winning new works at the Minnesota Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe. @rachel_ropella
Tickets for the panel discussion, click here.
THEATER WEEK: SPECIAL EVENT: OCT. 14
River Bend Pop-Up Shop: Check out a curated collection of books and gifts in our lobby related to Jane Austen. 20% of proceeds go to Playhouse on Park, thanks to our incredible partnership with the River Bend Bookshop.
Recommended age: 13 and up
Content/Trigger Warnings: adult language, sexual references
BRITTANY ONUKWUGHA (Brittany/Others) Playhouse on Park debut! Regional: Revolution Shakespeare: Voice of Future SAY IT AIN’T SO; Inis Nua Theatre: Mary u/s 10 DATES WITH MAD MARY; Theatre Ariel: Batya TO REACH ACROSS A RIVER; Azuka Theatre: New Art THE EXHIBIT; Shakespeare in Clark Park: Livia u/s THE TAMING, Thaisa/Marina PERICLES; Philadelphia Artists Collective: Prudence Muffet THE COMPANY OF SPIDERS, Emcee QVK; Arden Theatre Company: Titania/ Hippolyta A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Social Media @brittanyonu
CHARLOTTE NORTHEAST* (Charlotte/Others) Playhouse on Park debut! Regional: Philadelphia Artists’ Collective: Jane/Co-Creator JANE EYRE); Lantern: Miss Bates EMMA; InterAct Theatre Ina SKIN IN FLAMES; Walnut Street Theatre Miss Casewell THE MOUSETRAP; Delaware Theatre Company Cratchit/Marley A CHRISTMAS CAROL; Education: Circle in the Square. Recipient of two Barrymore Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Also a director, writer and coach, Charlotte lives with her husband, son and too many cats in Collingswood, NJ. www.charlottenortheast.com
SHANNON MICHAEL WAMSER* (Mike/Others): Playhouse on Park: George OF MICE AND MEN, Davis RED LIGHT WINTER, Fight Director OTHELLO, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER; Theatre Raleigh: Thomas/Robert THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG; Orlando Shakespeare Theatre: Jack THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Willoughby SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. BA DeSales University, MFA Ohio University. Professor of Actor Movement at Molloy University/CAP 21. Proud member of AEA.
KATHRYN MACMILLAN (Director & Co-Writer) is a Philadelphia-based director; this is her 60th production. KC's recent work includes Unraveled (off-Broadway); a world premiere adaptation of Jane Eyre (Philadelphia Artists Collective, also co-writer); Grounded and The Niceties (InterAct); Betrayal and Mrs. Warren’s Profession (Lantern Theater Company); The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare in Clark Park); Dracula: Notes on a Monster (Rosenbach Museum; also playwright) and 10 Dates with Mad Mary (Inis Nua Theatre Company). KC’s career accolades include more than 10 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre for Outstanding Direction of a Play and Outstanding Production, the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, and, in 2015, KC was named one of Billy Penn’s Who’s Next: 16 Young Philadelphians Shaping the Arts Scene. KC was recently named the Artistic Director of Philadelphia theater company Inis Nua, focusing on contemporary plays of Ireland and the UK, and she continues as Producing Artistic Director of indie company Tiny Dynamite, which premiered The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged in 2019.
*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.