After a two-year process of research, analysis, creating and polishing this labor of love, I am delighted to post that my first venture as a playwright is thus far a smashing success. We opened last Friday, here in the toddlin’ town of Maricopa, Arizona to a lively audience on both the Friday and Saturday shows. Honestly, it was like someone held up cue cards for the laughs and had passed around the tissues for the tears. The audience hit the mark as much as did the actors. I am simply thrilled and delighted.
I took care, as I adapted Jane Austen’s original novel published in 1813. I did research on some of the edits that were done in subsequent editions, and questioned why. Most importantly, I made certain to apply the truth of women’s place in society in Regency England, and updated the understanding of women’s behavior and roles. I lovingly used Austen’s words in a speech or two, and took poetic license with some of the dialogue to reflect the reality of the period as we know it through research. Mrs. Bennett’s true nature, I believe comes through, as well as Charlotte’s strength and fortitude. Mr. Collins is a complex man, and I have shown this through both humor and understanding of a man determined to become someone for the sake of a legacy, and of course through the humor is meant to display in his somehow charming awkwardness. And of course, my beautiful Mr. Darcy, he so misunderstood, has a depth I believe both my script and my actor has portrayed beautifully.
Judith Lang Zaimont, world renown composer, has graciously constructed a most extraordinary score for this play and it brings chills to my soul at how hauntingly beautiful it is. She has added leightmotivs to a few of the characters, and has shared an original piece of her own as well. I cannot express how wonderful this is – I could not have asked for a more perfect addition to my dearest Elizabeth and Darcy’s story.
I am directing 10 shows all together with Maricopa Community Theatre (www.maricopacommunitytheatre.org), three of which have already been played. The next two weekends, will finish out the run with shows January 24, and 25 at 7:00pm on Friday, 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, and January 30th, 31st, and February 1st. With 7:00pm shows each night and a 2:00pm matinee on February 1st.
In February late, or early March, I will publish the play officially and begin a campaign for it’s revue.
I would like to commemorate my first cast of lovely actors, who will be in the entire run of the world premier.
Maricopa Community Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of this classically Victorian romantic comedy adapted for the stage. It is the story of three families and the challenges of finding suitable marriages during this time period. Be prepared to laugh, cry and rejoice as we seek to relieve you of your own troubles for an evening!
Written and Directed by Danielle Crosbie
Produced by Carrie Vargas
Mr. Bennett: David Vargas
Mrs Bennett: Carrie Vargas
Jane Bennett- Shannon Decker
Elizabeth Bennett: Brittany Ames
Mary Bennett: Caitlyn Alexander
Kitty Bennett: Crystal Turner
Lydia Bennett: Ashley Riecken
Mr. Wickham: Justin Davidson
Mr. Collins: Carl Diedrich
Lady Lucas: Dawn Hunter
Sir William: Timothy Avent
Charlotte Lucas: Rimini Radford
Fitzwilliam Darcy: Matthew Earnest
Georgiana Darcy: Ashley Scheuer
Mr Bingley: Bryce Crosbie
Caroline Bingley: Cynthia Calhoun
Violet: Alina Chrosniak
Grayson: Kevin Bandin
Don’t miss this wonderful production!
Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets
and are $12 in advanced and $15 at the door