Jane Austen (1775–1817) remains one of the world's most famous and beloved authors. This year will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, and to commemorate this bicentenary, NCSU Libraries, NC State LIVE, and University Theatre have joined forces for a series of Austen-centric events from interactive video art to book discussions, film screenings to performances. We hope you will join us!
Pride & Prejudice Open Rehearsal
Monday, September 11, 7:30-10:30PM
Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall
Take a step into the artistic process as NC State students and staff create the inner lives of the infamous Bennet family. The rehearsal begins with a physical and vocal warm-up, followed by working various scenes from the production. A tour of the set and backstage areas and a Q&A with the cast is part of your experience.
Film Screening: Pride & Prejudice & Zombies
Wednesday, September 13, 8PM
D. H. Hill Library, Auditorium
Five spunky sisters in 19th century England must cope with the pressures to marry while protecting themselves from a growing population of zombies. This 2016 film is based on Seth Grahame-Smith's 2009 novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which parodies the 1813 novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. The film is directed by Burr Steers, who wrote the adapted screenplay.Read More
University Theatre's Pride & Prejudice
Shows at 7:30pm on September 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30
Shows at 2pm on September 24 and October 1
Community Night: September 27 (All seats $15)
Audio Described and Close Captioned Friday, September 22
Titmus Theatre, Thompson Hall
'It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.' In a world obsessed with marriage, the charming, independent-minded, and very single Elizabeth Bennet knows that options are limited for a girl of no fortune. But that won’t stop her over-zealous matchmaking mother who’s determined to find suitors for Elizabeth and her four sisters, however unsuitable they may be. Lizzie’s determined not to let her feelings triumph over good sense, especially with the handsome but proud Mr. Darcy. In a society where subtle snubs and deceit proliferate, is it possible for Elizabeth and Darcy to look beyond his pride and her prejudice to find real happiness? Adapted by Jon Jory from the novel by Jane Austen. Directed by Mia Self.Read More
Read Smart Book Discussion - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Monday, September 25, 7PM
Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Avenue
As part of the Austen 200 at NC State commemoration of the 2017 Jane Austen bicentenary, we invite you to read Northanger Abbey, and join us for a book discussion moderated by Dr. Sharon Setzer, professor of English at NC State. Northanger Abbey was the first of Austen's novels to be completed for publication, in 1803, but published after her death, at the end of 1817. A satire of the popular Gothic novels of the time, Northanger Abbey is a spirited comedy of manners.
University Scholars Forum: Conversation with Desiree Sanchez, Artistic Director, Aquila Theatre
Monday, October 2 &
Tuesday, October 3, 3-4pm
Witherspoon Campus Cinema
Aquila Theatre, under the executive artistic direction of Desiree Sanchez, is one of the foremost producers of touring classical theatre in the United States, creating bold reinterpretations of classical plays and literature. The New Yorker hails Aquila's productions as "beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect, " while The New York Times calls the company, "an extraordinarily inventive and disciplined outfit." On October 3 at 8pm NC State LIVE will present Aquila Theatre's newly-staged adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. In advance of the performance, Desiree Sanchez will offer two lectures for the Scholars Forum. In these talks, Ms. Sanchez will explore the importance of Jane Austen and why her writing is still relevant 200 years after her death. And as the production's director, she will speak to the joys and challenges of staging Austen for contemporary audiences.
Pre-show Talk: A conversation with directors Mia Self and Desiree Sanchez
Tuesday, October 3, 7pm
Talley Student Union, Room 3210
Arrive early to Aquila Theatre’s production of Sense & Sensibility to meet critically-acclaimed Aquila Theatre director Desiree Sanchez in conversation with Mia Self, assistant director of acting and directing at University Theatre. Pre-show talk begins at 7pm in Talley Student Union’s Hatteras Suite (3rd floor).
NC State LIVE presents Aquila Theatre’s Sense & Sensibility
Tuesday, October 3, 8pm
For tickets and more information: go.ncsu.edu/SenseAndSensibility
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death, Aquila Theatre breathes life into one of Austen's most beloved works in a wildly inventive new production. Sense & Sensibility poignantly and cleverly illustrates the effects of economic uncertainty and illuminates a world in which choices are extremely limited, especially for women. Though the stakes are high, Austen's tale is a classic romantic comedy revolving around the lives of two sisters after the untimely and unexpected death of their father. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound! One of the country's leading theatre companies, Aquila expands their canon of classical works for the stage through this bold theatrical adaptation of Austen's Sense & Sensibility. Directed by Aquila's artistic director Desiree Sanchez, this production incorporates her innovative use of space, movement, design, and sound.
Ticket holders for Sense & Sensibility can purchase tickets to University Theatre's Pride & Prejudice (running September 21 to October 1) at University Theatre’s subscriber rate. Contact Ticket Central for more info 919.515.1100.Read More