The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Originally produced at Marin Theatre Company, Mill Valley, CA
November 15 to December 9, 2018
About the Premiere Production:
Synopsis: For the holiday season, MTC revisits Regency romance with the World Premiere of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, a continuation of Jane Austen's popular novel Pride and Prejudice and a companion piece to the duo’s last delightful story from Austen's world, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants downstairs find themselves in the midst of a different holiday scandal. An unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the hall in the middle of the night, drunken and half-beaten—Mr. George Wickham, Lydia's incorrigible husband and the nemesis of Mr. Darcy. Mrs. Reynolds, the bustling housekeeper, Lucy, the resilient new serving girl, and Brian, the helplessly romantic groomsman, must each balance their holiday preparations with keeping Wickham confined, for a secreted letter may be the key to bringing him to justice. Before long, old grudges and new misunderstandings reach a boiling point. As the festivities spiral into chaos, Pemberley’s residents struggle to keep peace without taking sides. Warm and sensational, Gunderson and Melcon’s second Austen adaptation delves into class, privilege, family and forgiveness—and what it means to truly give, in the season of giving.
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