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The aim of this dramaturgical research was to explore and understand Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon within the context of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice, the sociohistorical and contextual norms of Regency England, and within the world of the play itself. The goal was for this research to be utilized by the cast and production team of Utah State University’s production of Miss Bennet (directed by Tarah Flanagan) as a resource to inform production, performance, and design. This was achieved through strictly textual, and performance-focused analysis of the play. The research was compiled into an informational packet focused on the following areas: Introduction to the play and playwrights including production history, criticism, and acclaim; The world of the play; Analysis of allusions and references; Analysis of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen’s lasting legacy with special focus on how this informs understanding of Miss Bennet; History of the Regency and Enlightenment. This information was presented to the cast on the first night of rehearsal, and discussed in depth during table work, and throughout the entire rehearsal process.

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Logan, UT


theater, Jane Austen, character redevelopment


English Language and Literature

Dramaturgy for <em>Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley</em>