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Shakespeare and Company presents a staged-reading of "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly"


This December, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts takes audiences to the lively world of Jane Austen-inspired theater with a costumed, staged reading of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

As the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, the home of “Pride and Prejudice” protagonists Darcy and Elizabeth, the ever-dependable Mary Bennet is growing tired of her role as a dutiful middle sister, in contrast to her siblings’ romantic escapades. At the same time, an unexpected guest sparks her hopes for an intellectual match, independence, and possibly even love.

The production is directed by Ariel Bock – who has been an actor, director and voice teacher at Shakespeare & Company for more than 20 years, and an Artistic Associate there since 1995. She has also been on the faculty as an acting or voice teacher at Dartmouth College, Smith College and MIT and has led many workshops both for professional and pre-professional actors and for those interested in Theater-in-Education.

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Sarah has been a public radio producer for over fifteen years. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York where she worked part-time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the Senior Contributing Producer of The Roundtable and Producer of The Book Show. During the main thrust of the Covid-19 pandemic shut-down, Sarah hosted a live Instagram interview program "A Face for Radio Video Series." On it, Sarah spoke with actors, musicians, comedians, and artists about the creative activities they were accomplishing and/or missing.
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