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Kent State School of Theatre and Dance Presents Annual Roe Green Visiting Director Series

Posted April 14, 2014

Joseph Hanreddy directs his adaptation of Pride and Prejudice

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Pictured are Cody Hernandez as
Mr. Darcy and Madeleine Drees as
Elizabeth Bennet in the production of
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice,
co-adapted for the stage and directed by
Roe Green Visiting Director Joseph
Hanreddy.

Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance concludes its 2013-2014 season with the annual presentation of the Roe Green Visiting Director Series. This year’s production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is co-adapted for the stage and directed by Roe Green Visiting Director Joseph Hanreddy. The production runs from Friday, April 18, to Sunday, April 27, in the E. Turner Stump Theatre, Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus.

For tickets, call 330-672-ARTS (2787), purchase online at www.theatre.kent.edu or in person at the Performing Arts Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts, Monday – Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for Kent State alumni, faculty and staff, $12 for seniors (60+), and non-Kent State students age 18 and under are $8. Tickets are free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $10 per person. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Adapted by Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan from the novel by Austen, the School of Theatre and Dance’s production of Pride and Prejudice brings the beloved work of literature to life on stage. Set in early 19th-century England, Pride and Prejudice portrays the period’s class structures and social nuances through the sometimes-tumultuous love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Described by director Hanreddy as “Jane Austen’s most-accessible novel,” Pride and Prejudice is “full of sparkling wit, good humor, and [features] a delightful heroine, a handsome, intriguing and complex hero and a dream ending.” Audiences will be treated to a “production that moves at a crackling pace while capturing the essence, nuance, drama and comedy of the original.”

Hanreddy recently directed a production of Shakespeare’s Richard III featuring Kent State alumnus Chris Richards at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival. He is the former artistic director of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Hanreddy describes the students he has worked with at Kent State as “extremely talented, focused and very generous of spirit,” which has made it “a privilege and a lot of fun to create this production.”

The production of Pride and Prejudice is assistant directed by Dan Ebert and stage managed by Joshua Brown. Choreography is by Amy Fritsche, scene design by Ryan Patterson, costume design by S.Q. Campbell and Kerry McCarthy, lighting design by Tom West and technical direction by Steve Pauna.

The Roe Green Visiting Director Series, currently in its 11th year, was established in 2003 following a generous donation by local arts patron Roe Green.