Friday, October 5, 2012

Upcoming: Pride and Prejudice, Austin Shakespeare at the Rollins Theatre, Long Center, November 7 - 25

Austin Shakespeare TX


Jane Austen's
Pride and Prejudice

adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan

November 7-25th,Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 3:00 pm.
(Note – there will be a pre-performance tea at the Long Center prior to each Sunday matinee at 1:30 pm for $25).
The Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre
701 West Riverside Drive, Austin TX 78704

RSVP: Tickets available now at or call (512) 474-LONG (5664). Tickets also available at the 3M Box Office at the Long Center. Tickets range from $19 - $42.50. (Note – there will be a pre-performance tea at the Long Center prior to each Sunday matinee at 1:30 pm for $25).

Kicking off subscriptions for its 29th Season, Austin Shakespeare presents Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the Long Center’s intimate Rollins Studio Theatre November 7-25th. The professional (Actors’ Equity) company brings back award-winning actress Liz Beckham now as the smart, delightful “Elizabeth Bennet. Beckham recently won the Austin Critics Table award Best Actor for the company’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia last spring.

Austin Shakespeare’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is new adaptation of one of literature’s most beloved romances involving the proud Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett. This new verson by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan will have scenic designs by Dutch painter, Emilie Houssart; costumes by recent UT graduate Haydee Antunano and set design by the award-winning, Jason Amato. The extensive 19th century ballroom dance in the show will be choreographer by Austin choreographer, Toni Bravo.

About the cast: 

Liz Beckham (Elizabeth Bennet) - Austin Shakespeare: "Hannah" in Arcadia (Outstanding Acting in a Leading Role, Austin Critic's Table 2012). AUSTIN: "Pauline" in Dividing the Estate (ZACH Theatre). NEW YORK: "Miranda" in The Tempest, "Celia" in As You Like It (National Shakespeare Company) "Viola" in Twelfth Night (New England Shakespeare Festival); "Cornelia" in The Feigned Courtesans (New York Classical Theatre). SELECTED REGIONAL THEATRE: "Scout" in To Kill A Mockingbird, "Tranio" in Taming of the Shrew, "Dorine" in Tartuffe (Burning Coal Theatre Company, Raleigh); "Lizzie" in Neil Patrick Harris' Accomplice: Hollywood (LA). TELEVISION: Chappelle's Show. Liz has studied at the Actor's Center Conservatory NYC, Steppenwolf West and UCB in LA, and holds a BFA in Acting from Otterbein University. AEA/SAG-AFTRA.

Michael Miller (Darcy) is returning to Austin Shakespeare after appearing as “Tybalt” in Romeo and Juliet and “Richard III” in Wars of the Roses. Previous Austin credits include Captain Keller in City Theatre’s The Miracle Worker; as a Guest Artist at St. Edwards University Galileo; for ZACH: Closer, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo at ZACH; “Tesla” in Rude Mechanical’s Requiem for Tesla; and “Einstein” in The State Theatre’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile. He received a BFA in Theatre from Texas State University and an MFA in Acting from UT Austin.

Emilie Houssart (Scenic Designer) is a Dutch oil painter and printmaker who grew up in Britain. Stage production is a lifelong interest of hers, and she is delighted to be working with Austin Shakespeare on Pride and Prejudice. Previous collaboration with the company includes her set design for Julius Caesar (Young Shakespeare) as well as scenic painting for Arcadia and Twelfth Night; she has also worked extensively for the Yorke Trust (UK) on their opera productions. Emilie trained in Old Master portraiture at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence on a teaching scholarship, graduating in 2006. She currently teaches at her studio at Pump Project in Austin and works on select commissions alongside personal projects. Some of her work can be seen at

Haydee Antunano (Costume Designer) is a recent graduate from UT Austin. Her costume design work has been seen within the Dance Department at UT Austin, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom with Poison Apple Initiative, Sing Muse at the Vortex, and Doctor Faustus with Last Act Theatre Company.

Jason Amato (Lighting Designer) Jason Amato’s career has spanned 18 years, designing over 500 local and international shows. You can often see his work at ZACH, Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex. The Austin Critics Table has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 30 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair's Book of Dreams, and The Deluge. In 2002 he was honored with “Best Dazzler” in The Austin Chronicle’s Critics’ poll. In 2008, Jason received the "Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater" award from Austin Circle of Theaters. He also has a website of his work


Mr. Bingley Keith Paxton
Mr Bennett / Mr Gardiner Sam Grimes
Mr. Collins Steve Cruz
Mr. Darcy Michael Miller
Mr. Wickham Devin Finn
Col. Fitzwilliam Nick Kier
Ensign Denny John Austin
Mrs Bennet/Lady Catherine DeBourgh Johanna Whitmore
Miss Elizabeth Bennet Liz Beckham
Miss Jane Bennet Rosalind Faries
Miss Mary Bennet/ Miss DeBourgh Jessica Hughes
Miss Kitty Bennet /Miss Georgiana Linsley Howard
Miss Lydia Bennet Sara Cormier
Miss Caroline Bingley Aidan Sullivan
Lady Lucas/ Mrs. Gardiner Sue Breland
Miss Charlotte Lucas /Mrs. Reynolds Allison Stebbins

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ABOUT AUSTIN SHAKESPEARE: Founded in 1984 and the only professional classical theater company in Central Texas, Austin Shakespeare presents professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Continuing in its fourth year of Young Shakespeare at Richard Garriott’s Curtain Theater, an outdoor replica of an Elizabethan theater. Austin Shakespeare will present a teen production of Julius Caesar from June 21-July1. In the fall and spring, Austin Shakespeare also produces plays by Shaw, Schiller, and Stoppard at The Long Center for the Performing Arts Rollins Studio Theatre. Austin Shakespeare’s ongoing “Shakespeare Aloud” reading group and “Artist’s Way” sessions invite new participates weekly. Austin Shakespeare’s education program 20/20 sends professional actors into the schools to encourage love of language.
Austin Shakespeare is a proud member of the Austin Creative Alliance.

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