December -1-23, 2023
MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
Written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, Miss Bennet continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.
Sara Schweid (Mary Bennet) is delighted to be living her holiday rom-com dreams at SSR, where she was last seen as Charlotte Corday in The Revolutionists. Some favorite roles include Viola in Twelfth Night, Gretchen in Boeing Boeing, Kate in Legally Blonde, Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, Poppy in Noises Off, and Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest. She’s performed at Driftwood Players, Twelfth Night Productions, Burien Actors Theatre, and Seattle Fringe Festival, among others, and is on the producing team at Blue Hour Theatre Group.
Josiah C. Miller (Arthur de Bourgh) has been performing for seventeen years. You may have recently seen him as William Shakespeare in Something Rotten! At Red Curtain, and Andrew Rally in I Hate Hamlet at the Phoenix Theater. He is thankful to the friends, family, and peers who have supported him all these years, and is especially grateful for his fiancée Katie Wallace and everything she does. For any inquiries or to see more information, visit www.josiahcmiller.com.
Alysha Curry (Lydia Bennet) is delighted to be performing with SSR again! She was recently seen in 14/48: TWQTF and pre-pandemic credits include Blood Water Paint (Macha Theatre Works) and shows with Sound Theatre, Reboot, The 14/48 Projects, Theater Schmeater, and Annex Theatre where she last worked with director Elizabeth. When not on stage, Alysha’s day job is at a public accounting firm where she is a leader for the Pride business resource group, focusing on LGBTQ+ equality and belonging in the workplace. (she/her)
Jillian Faulk (Lizzy Bennet) is thrilled to be playing Lizzy and to be performing in her third production at SSR. You may have seen her recently on this stage as Christina in “Dancing at Lughnasa”, or as Evil Gabby in “She Kills Monsters”. She has also participated in multiple short films and has performed on various other stages in the Seattle area. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support, and a special shout out to Anthony, who is her pillar of strength. Jillian wants to wish everyone a very happy holidays!
Tadd Morgan (Fitzwilliam Darcy) is elated to be playing Mr. Darcy in the world of Pride & Prejudice! He was last seen at SSR in She Kills Monsters. He has performed with many other local companies including eSe Teatro, Pacific Play Company, Hello Earth, Macha Theatre Works, Parley, Seattle Public Theater, and Pork Filled Productions. He was a regular cast member and sometimes writer of the audio series Brass by Battleground Productions. His voice can be heard in audiobooks, video games, and commercials. A Northwest native, Tadd began his theatrical career at Youth Theatre Northwest, and continued his training at Bennington College in Vermont.
Mary Guthrie (Jane Bennet) is thrilled to be returning to SSR for her second show!! Last seen at SSR in Dancing at Lughnasa, other favorite performances include Unnecessary Farce at Edmonds Driftwood Players, Ghost-Writer at Woodinville Repertory Theatre, Deathtrap at Red Curtain Foundation for the Arts, I Hate Hamlet and Skin Flick at Phoenix Theatre, Slyvia and The Butler Did It at Renton Civic Theatre. To my dear Mister Bingley, I ardently admire and love you. This performance is dedicated to Anthony, a true icon.
Christopher Clark (Charles Bingley) is thrilled to celebrate the holidays in Pemberley with Mary: the real world Jane to his Bingely. This is his first show with SSR. Recent credits include Wolf Play (ACT), The Prom (Bainbridge Performing Arts) and Suite Surrender (As If). Special thanks to Anthony for being a living demonstration of gentlemanly conduct. Walk briskly, my friend.
Katie Wallace (Anne de Bourgh) is thrilled to be returning to SSR! You may have last seen her on this stage as Lillith in She Kills Monsters. Previous roles include: Portia in Something Rotten!, Katherine in The Taming and Janet in Rocky Horror Show (Red Curtain Foundation), Lila in Holiday Inn (Central Theatre Ensemble). BFA Musical Theatre (CWU). Love and gratitude to my parents, sister, and fiancé Josiah for continual support, encouragement, and love. IG: @misskatiechristine (She/Her)
MEET THE PRODUCTION TEAM
Elizabeth Tanner (Director) is delighted to be directing for the second time at SSR and on this delightful script with this incredible cast. A few of Elizabeth’s favorite directing credits include The Half Life Marie Curie with SSR, Pride and Prejudice with Driftwood, My Dear Miss Chancellor with Annex among others. She thanks her family especially her husband Nathan and mother Mary, without their support and help she would not be able to do this.
Mark Chenovick (Set/Lights/Sound/Projection Design)
Elizabeth Shipman (Costume Design)
SPECIAL THANKS: The Village Theatre, Edmonds Driftwood Players, and Stephen Kelsey