Celebrating Female Joy in a Play from Lauren Gunderson

James Lewis and Melinda Marks star in 'Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley' at City Lights in San Jose

James Lewis and Melinda Marks star in 'Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley' at City Lights in San Jose (Photo: Courtesy of City LIghts Theater Company)

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley, the current production at San Jose’s City Lights Theater, is a play that’s light as a feather, with a sneakily subversive message about the charm of brainy women. It’s a sequel to Pride and Prejudice by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon, with the bookish Mary Bennett finding true love after a series of comic mishaps. It debuted last year and, noting the title and the Christmas tree lighting scene, this is definitely a holiday play that theater-loving families will appreciate.

Gunderson, a Bay Area resident, told me there are 16 productions of this show around the country this year. I asked her why it’s become such a quick success. “There’s something necessary and urgent and even a bit radical about celebrating joy, specifically when it’s female joy and friendship,” underson said. “And it brings people together with a warm hearted story that will make people feel really good at the end, and I think the world really needs that right now.” Details here.

Celebrating Female Joy in a Play from Lauren Gunderson 6 December,2017Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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