Dramatist Joseph Hanreddy and collaborator JR Sullivan originally adapted Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice for the stage of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre – opening on Friday, July 8 at Door Shakespeare.
Prior to the Thursday, July 14 performance, audience members will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Joseph Hanreddy in this, the first of six Wine Nights at Door Shakespeare.
“Jane Austen’s brilliance is her insight into the chemistry that makes connections between men and women enduring or passing,”Joseph Hanreddy explains. “We can be our own worst enemies as we try to attain happiness in love.”
The authors faced a major challenge dramatizing a 400-page novel with a large cast of characters – their goal, Hanreddy says, was “to be faithful to the spirit of what Jane Austen wrote, while also creating a dramatic entertainment that would be funny, compelling and moving.”
Wine Nights’ patrons are offered a selection of wines from around the world, provided by L’eft Bank Wine Company and a selection of hors d’ouvres created by Door County Private Chef Dorothy Lopez. At intermission participants in the Wine Night festivities will be treated to coffee and cheesecake bites provided by Cheesecake, Etc. Local musicians, including Hans Christian, George Sawyn and Rändi Fay, will perform.
In the spirit of Pride and Prejudice, Door Shakespeare will be offering a series of six formal afternoon teas that include sandwiches, scones, and other sweets. Guests may chat with costumed cast members over tea. The Monday events are scheduled from 3 to 5 pm on July 11, 25 and August 8 at the Harbor Fish Market and Grille in Baileys Harbor; Saturday afternoon, on July 16, 30 and August 13 at the Top of the Hill Café in Fish Creek.
Opening on Friday, July 8, Door Shakespeare presents Pride and Prejudice Monday, Thursday, Saturday; and Twelfth Night Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday. For tickets or more information, call the Door Shakespeare Box Office at 920.839.1500 or visit www.doorshakespeare.com.