PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
Full of distinct characters, sparkling wit, and timeless romance, Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice returns to the stage in this crisp, new adaptation. Almost from their first meeting, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself at odds with the reticent Mr. Darcy. She finds him cold and arrogant while he disapproves of her family and social standing. Despite his pride and her prejudice—or is it her pride, and his prejudice?—Elizabeth and Darcy can’t seem to avoid each other’s company. Brought together by a series of events beyond their control, both must reconsider their first impressions.
Commissioned by Brigham Young University in 2013 to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication. Winner of the 2014 Association for Mormon Letters Drama award, as well as a 2014 Salt Lake City Weekly Arty award for "Best Modern Jane."
"What’s innovative about Melissa Leilani Larson’s script is that she uses the stage to make Jane Austen’s masterpiece feel fresh without resorting to gimmickry.... Larson’s script employed several theatrical devices to develop relationships, pulled the cleverest bits out of the text, and followed each of the Bennet sisters’ journeys without stretching the play to the length of a miniseries." — Salt Lake City Weekly Arty "Best Modern Jane" citation
"I appreciated the uniquely theatrical aspects of the production. This was not an effort to recreate one of the many film version into a stage production. Larson and director Barta Heiner helped incorporate important parts like letter writing and family portraits to splendid dramatic effect.... Anyone who loves Austen and her beloved book will adore this new play version." — Zach Archuleta, Utah Theatre Bloggers
"It’s a pleasure to report how effectively Larson has adapted Pride and Prejudice. Her script is rich and humorous.... Rather than amplify the Elizabeth Bennet/Fitzwilliam Darcy despise-each-other-then-can’t-live-without-each-other romance and limit the colorful interactions of the other Bennet sisters, as some adaptations have, Larson makes the bold decision to present each of the main players. And her characters are distinctive and fully formed, with their traits intact. It’s a monumental achievement." — Blair Howell, The Deseret News
"Larson did a remarkable job making her adaptation fresh, and even though I have read the story and watched the films countless times, I delighted in the execution of this production. Not only was the script a breath of fresh air, the technical elements and the staging created a unique version of the story." — Ashley Kelly, Front Row Reviewers