THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

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Tue Dec 07, 7:30pm
Wed Dec 08, 7:30pm
Thu Dec 09, 7:30pm
Fri Dec 10, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 11, 4:00pm
Sat Dec 11, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 12, 2:00pm
Wed Dec 15, 7:30pm
Thu Dec 16, 7:30pm
Fri Dec 17, 8:00pm
Sat Dec 18, 8:00pm
Sun Dec 19, 2:00pm

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
Presents the Second Show in its 2021-2022 Season!
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Michael Butler

Limited Engagement begins Thursday, December 2 at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!

Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) presents the second show of its 2021-2022 season, a romantic holiday treat for the entire family, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon and directed by Michael Butler. The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley begins previews on Thursday, December 2, opens on Saturday, December 4 at 8:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 19, 2021 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Part II of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy! In this new sequel to “Pride and Prejudice,” Darcy and Elizabeth must now contend with hijinks amongst the staff, all while preparing for the family to visit. Both touching and charming, The Wickhams is a holiday comic-drama where Jane Austen meets “Downton Abbey.”

“Is there a better way to enjoy the holiday season than to spend some time with Jane Austen’s iconic characters Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth?” comments ETC’s Artistic Director, Jonathan Fox. “This is a wonderfully marvelous play that will bring romance and holiday cheer to the New Vic Stage. Directed by the remarkable Michael Butler, and with a pitch-perfect cast, you will be transported to Pemberley and enjoy every delicious minute of your time spent with the Wickhams.”

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

The cast of The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley will feature (in alphabetical order): Will Block as “Brian,” Nike Doukas as “Mrs. Reynolds,” Kyle T. Hester as “Wickham,” Kodi Jackman as “Cassie,” Chelsea Kurtz as “Lydia,”
Rebecca Mozo as “Lizzie,” and Adam Poss as “Mr. Darcy.”

Director Michael Butler was most recently artistic director at Center Repertory Company in Walnut Creek, California where he directed over two dozen plays and musicals, including The Marriage of Figaro, Clybourne Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the world premiere of Real Housewives, the Musical.  He has also directed at Seattle Rep, Laguna Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, A Contemporary Theatre, San Jose Rep and the Juilliard School, of which he is a graduate. He is best known as the force who brought Hair from the Shakespeare Free Theatre to Broadway, to date he has done 31 productions of Hair, which in 2007 was voted Best Musical in Los Angeles.

Playwright Lauren Gunderson has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice including 2019/2020. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award. Margot Meclon is a theater artist and writer. She was the Director of New Play Development at Marin Theatre Company for seven years, where she dramaturged over 30 productions, including six world premieres and administered the company’s two annual new play prizes and commissioning program.

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley is made possible through the generosity of ETC’s 2021-22 Season Sponsor, Dana White. This production is sponsored by Sara Miller McCune, John C. Mithun and Mercedes Millington
with additional sponsorship provided by Gwen and Henry Baker & Pauline and Marc Sylvain.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley previews on Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm, opens on Saturday, December 4 at 8:00pm and runs through Sunday, December 19, 2021 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.

Performances are Previews: Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm and Friday, December 3 at 8:00pm
Opens: Saturday, December 4 at 8:00pm
Runs: Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 19, 2021

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm, with an added Sunday performance on December 5 at 7:00pm, a Tuesday 7:30pm show on December 7 and a Saturday 4:00pm matinee performance on December 11,

Ticket prices range from $47 - $77. Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at etcsb.org.

Subscriptions are on sale for the entire 2021-22 Season, which includes Carmen Jones, American Son, and Sleuth.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY COVID PROTOCOLS AT THE NEW VIC

For the health, safety and well-being of its patrons, staff and artists, ETC will require audience members to be fully vaccinated. Masks are required for everyone.

The New Vic has upgraded its theater’s ventilation system to meet current standards, including higher grade filters and bringing in 40% outdoor air. Lobby restrooms have additional air-purifying stations. Please check www.etcsb.org for any updated procedures before your scheduled performance date.

To schedule press interviews, photos or press comps, please contact David Elzer/DEMAND PR at 818-508-1754 or by e-mail at davidelzer@me.com.

CALENDAR LISTING
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon
Directed by Michael Butler

Previews: Thursday, December 2 at 7:30pm and Friday, December 3 at 8:00pm
Opens: Saturday, December 4 at 8:00pm
Runs: Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 19, 2021

Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm, with an added Sunday performance on December 5 at 7:00pm, a Tuesday 7:30pm show on December 7 and a Saturday 4:00pm matinee performance on December 11,

Ticket Prices range from $47 - $77.

Ensemble Theatre Company at The New Vic
33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara

For tickets – visit www.etcsb.org or call (805) 965-5400