CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
By Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
November 23 – December 23, 2016
This holiday season, revisit your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. Middle sister Mary Bennet has come into her own as a confident woman full of curiosity and wit. But will her story end happily ever after?
Lauren Gunderson is one of the most produced playwrights in America, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Co. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Coast Rep (Emilie, Silent Sky), The Kennedy Center (The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful And Her Dog!), The O’Neill, The Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Olney Theatre, Geva and more. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You, Exit, Pursued By A Bear, and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists (Silent Sky, Bauer) and Samuel French (Emilie). She is a Playwright in Residence at The Playwrights Foundation, and a proud Dramatists Guild member. She is from Atlanta, GA and lives in San Francisco.
Margot Melcon is the literary manager and dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company where she produces the New Works Reading Series and administers two annual new play prize competitions in addition to acting as production dramaturg on all shows. Prior to joining Marin in 2008, she worked in the literary and publications departments at A.C.T. She is a freelance writer for American Theatre magazine and was a fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Playwrights Festival. She is a graduate of California State University, Chico.
Eleanor Holdridge Off-Broadway productions include Steve & Idi, (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Cycling Past The Matterhorn (Clurman Theatre), The Imaginary Invalid, and Mary Stuart (Pearl Theatre Company). Regional credits include I and You (Geva Theatre);Gee’s Bend (Arden Theatre); Hamlet, Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Lettice And Lovage, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Taming Of The Shrew (Shakespeare & Company). The Crucible (Perseverance Theatre), Educating Rita, Noises Off and Art (Triad Stage), Julius Caesar and Macbeth (Milwaukee Shakespeare), Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Alabama Shakespeare), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare St. Louis), Henry V (Shakespeare on the Sound), Betrayal (Portland Stage), and Lion In Winter (Northern Stage). Her DC area productions include I and You (Olney Theatre), Zorro, which she co-wrote (Constellation Theatre), Double Indemnity and The Who & The What (Round House Theatre),The Gaming Table (Folger Theatre), God of Carnage and Pygmalion (Everyman Theatre); Something You Did and Body Awareness (Theater J); and After the Revolution and Much Ado About Nothing (Taffety Punk). Eleanor has been Founding Artistic Director for the Red Heel Theatre Company, Resident Assistant Director at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Resident Director at New Dramatists. She has directed and taught students at the Yale School of Drama, NYU’s graduate program, and the Juilliard School, among others.
Matthew M. Nielson
Whether it’s a pre-show discussion with the designers or a post-show talkback with the actors and special guests, Round House offers numerous opportunities throughout each production to enhance your experience as an audience member. All discussions are FREE for ticket holders unless otherwise noted.
November 23, 2016 – Design Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
November 25, 2016 – Director Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
November 27, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
November 30, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 1, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 2, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 4, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion with Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts Program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
Eleanor Holdridge, director
Richard Waugaman, M.D.
Elisabeth Waugaman, Ph.D.
Moderator: Rosa Aurora Chavez, M.D., Ph.D., Psychoanalyst &Chair, Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts Program, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
December 7, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 8, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 9, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 11, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 14, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 15, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 16, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 17, 2016 – Jane Austen High Tea