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Jane Austen's Emma

2006 Festival

Kent Nicholson

Lianne Marie Dobbs, Suzanne Grodner, Brian D'Arcy James and Dani Marcus

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Paul Gordon

Number of Acts: 2
Number of Principals (Male): 6
Number of Principals (Female): 6
Total Cast Size: 12
Orchestra Breakdown:

5 musicians

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In early 19th century England, Emma Woodhouse, endowed with wealth, beauty and prestige, attempts to arrange a wealthy marriage for her poor friend Harriet, a young girl with questionable origins. In the process she disregards her own feelings and everyone else’s. A series of scheming escapades ensue as Jane Austen’s characters deliver us delicious irony while the seemingly trivial events provide social observation and profound moral significance. Creator Paul Gordon was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for composing the music and lyrics to the Broadway musical Jane Eyre.

Development History

Emma had its first and only reading as part of The New Works Festival for Theatreworks in May of 2006

Festival Successes

Full productions at TheatreWorks (CA) in 2007 and 2015, Cincinnati Playhouse (OH) and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis (MO) in 2008, and The Old Globe (CA) in 2011.