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Regency & Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival
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Moderator
Kathryn MacMillan

Participating Scholars
and Theater Artists

The cast of Austentatious
The cast of Emma
11th Hour Theatre Company
K.O. DelMarcelle
Germantown Ctry Dancers
Gigi Naglak
Megan Nicole O'Brien
Margaret C. Sullivan
Janine Utell
Wine School of Philadelphia
Deborah Yaffe

Advisors
Elizabeth Steele
A Taste of Britain
2013/14 Season

Regency & Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival
October 7 - 20, 2013

Presented in conjunction with Emma, Regency & Revelry: The Jane Austen Festival captures the novelist at the height of her modern-day popularity. Through performances, discussions, book readings, and experiential events, Regency & Revelry will offer a multi-faceted exploration into the world of Jane Austen.

Monday, October 7

7:00pm
Jane Austen Book Club – Sisters & Sensibilities: A Guide to Jane Austen

A perfect night out for newcomers, Janeites, and Colin Firth fans alike! Whether you're new to Austen's novels, or you've read and reread them all, you won't want to miss this engaging discussion. Focusing on Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and of course Emma, we'll delve into Austen's world, ideas about love and life, and incomparable style to prep you for a deeper enjoyment of reading the novels, watching one of the many great film adaptations, or seeing our production of Emma. We'll cover Austen's lovers, sisters, and fools in a fun, social atmosphere that will bring Jane to life. Led by scholar Janine Utell. Wine and treats will be provided.
On the Lantern Mainstage | approximately 90min | FREE

Friday, October 11

6:00pm
Festival Welcome and Food & Wine Matchmaking

Following opening remarks by Emma director Kathryn MacMillan, sommelier-instructors from the renowned Wine School of Philadelphia will lead us through six wine selections and complementary foods that playfully explore Emma's key qualities as a matchmaker.
In the Lantern Lab | 90min | $35 ($30 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

8:00pm
Performance: Emma

On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs 50min | $35 (discounts for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

10:50pm
Artists: In Conversation – Post-Show Discussion with the Emma cast

On the Lantern Mainstage | 20min | FREE

Saturday, October 12

2:00pm
Lecture and Q&A: Hidden Jane Austen, Understanding Manners to Unlock Meaning in the Novels

Celebrated author Margaret C. Sullivan leads this revealing lecture that addresses key differences between Austen's time and our own, exploring the Regency etiquette of introductions, gender relations and dance rituals, health and wellness, and class hierarchies – all of which will allow deeper appreciation of Emma as both a novel and theatrical experience. Following the discussion, Ms. Sullivan will be available to sign copies of her book The Jane Austen Handbook; copies of the book will be available for purchase.
On the Lantern Mainstage | 90min | $10 ($8 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

3:30pm
Demonstration & Lesson: Regency Dance Forms and Afternoon Ball

Emma choreographer K.O. DelMarcelle and the Germantown Country Dancers will demonstrate and lead attendees in English country dance figures such as the cotillion, quadrille, and the early waltz, accompanied by live music. This fun, participatory event will immediately put to use the Regency etiquette discussed during the 2:00pm lecture.
On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs | $10 ($8 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

8:00pm
Performance: Emma

On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs 50min | $38 (discounts for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

10:50pm
Artists: In Conversation – Post-Show Discussion with the Emma cast

On the Lantern Mainstage | 20min | FREE

Sunday, October 13

2:00pm
Performance: Emma

On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs 50min | $38 (discounts for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

5:00pm
Demonstration & Refreshments: Regency Tea Rituals

Led by Emma dramaturg and tea authority Gigi Naglak and presented in partnership with the Main Line's A Taste of Britain, this event will offer a full tea and an education in tea rituals in Jane Austen's time and in modern England. (PLEASE NOTE: The printed Emma program lists an incorrect ticket price for this event. We sincerely apologize for any confusion or inconvenience.)
In the Lantern Lab | 90min | $35 ($30 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

7:00pm
Concert Performance: Austentatious

The Lantern joins forces with 11th Hour Theatre Company to present this concert performance directed by Megan Nicole O'Brien. When the Central Riverdale Amateur Players announce a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, stage manager Sam has her hands full with a colorful array of community theater misfits. With a jazzy score and anachronisms galore, Austentatious sends up theater at its comedic best. Starring Melissa Bird, Rachel Brennan, Billy Kametz, Claire Manship, Ben Michael, Steve Pacek, and Shannon Remley.
On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs | $20 ($15 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

Monday, October 14

7:00pm
Concert Performance: Austentatious

See Sunday, October 13 at 7:00pm.
On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs | $20 ($15 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

Tuesday, October 15

7:00pm
Discussion & Book Signing: Among the Janeites

Author Deborah Yaffe discusses her new memoir, Among the Janeites: A Journey through the World of Jane Austen Fandom, which explores the remarkable endurance of Austen's stories, the unusual zeal that their author inspires, and the striking cross-section of lives she has touched. Part chronicle of a vibrant literary community and part memoir of a lifelong love, Among the Janeites is a funny and touching meditation on the nature of fandom. Ticket price includes a copy of Among the Janeites, which Ms. Yaffe will be pleased to sign following the discussion.
On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs | $15 ticket + book ($12 for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

Sunday, October 20

2:00pm
Performance: Emma

On the Lantern Mainstage | 2hrs 50min | $38 (discounts for subscribers, seniors, students & groups of 10+)

5:00pm
Post-Show Discussion: Emma & Adapting Austen

As she began writing Emma, Jane Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." For almost 200 years, readers and audiences have been proving the author wrong as Emma has become one of the most beloved characters of all time. The Lantern plays with theatrical convention to capture this sparkling young woman onstage – come talk with us about how it's done in a lively and informal post-show discussion! Professor Janine Utell will lead a conversation about the differences between the page and the stage, how Austen's style and insight into her characters come to life in performance, and whether the book really is always better than the movie. Ms. Utell is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Widener University, where she teaches composition and 19th and 20th century British literature. She also facilitates book groups for adults at the Swarthmore Public Library. She holds a BA (summa cum laude) in English and French from Barnard College and a PhD in English from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

On the Lantern Mainstage | approximately 90min | FREE


Pictured: Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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