Monday, August 29, 2011

Meet the Cast of "Pride and Prejudice"

The cast of Pride and Prejudice

Eva Barnes, Corey Brill, Cate Scott Campbell,
Jane Carr, Kandis Chappell, Scott Drummond,
Amy Ellenberger, Amalia Fite, Joel J. Gelman,
Dana Green, Brian Hostenske, Claire Kaplan,
Rebecca Lawrence, James Newcomb, Michael A.
Elizabeth Nolan, Randy Oglesby, Kalie Quiñones,
Justin Sorvillo, Daniel Sugimoto, Katie Willert

Just how big is our Pride and Prejudice cast? Big enough to form two baseball teams, with enough left over to serve as umpire, announcer and team mascot. But who would you cheer for? Team Lizzy or Team Darcy?

Lizzy, or should we say Elizabeth, will be played in this production by Dana Green, who last season won our hearts as Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. At her side is Corey Brill, who is making his SCR debut as the handsome Mr. Darcy.

Playing Elizabeth’s parents are two SCR veterans: Randy Oglesby (Riduculous Fraud) is the dry-witted Mr. Bennet, and Jane Carr (Habeus Corpus) is his boisterous wife. (A couple of fun facts about this acting duo: Randy has played seven different characters in four different “Star Trek” TV shows, and Jane’s voice should be well-known to fans of the cartoons “The Fairly Odd Parents” and “The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”)

Making her 21st appearance in an SCR show is Kandis Chappell, who originated the role of Ruth in Collected Stories and then reprised the role in 2009. Here she plays the formidable Lady Catherine de Bourgh, aunt of Mr. Darcy.

Rounding out the list of actors who’ve appeared on SCR’s stages in the past are Michael A. Newcomer (The Heiress), who plays Mr. Wickham; Brian Hostenske (Noises Off), who plays Mr. Bingley; and two UC San Diego (UCSD) faculty members: acting teacher Eva Barnes (Aunt Dan and Lemon) as Lady Lucas/Mrs. Gardiner, and fight choreography teacher James Newcomb (The Taming of the Shrew) as Sir William Lucas/Mr. Gardiner.

UCSD is well-represented in the show: Nine of the cast members graduated from its MFA acting program, which is led by Pride and Prejudice’s director, Kyle Donnelly.  In addition to Corey Brill and Brian Hostenske, they are Cate Scott Campbell (Charlotte), Scott Drummond (Mr. Collins), Amy Ellenberger (Miss Caroline Bingley), Amalia Fite (Lydia Bennet), Joel J. Gelman (Fitzwilliam/Mr. Denny) and Rebecca Lawrence (Jane Bennet). Two others are UCSD undergraduates: Claire Kaplan (The Girl) and Katie Willert (Mary Bennet).

And finally, four cast members are graduates of SCR’s own Professional Actor Training program. They are: Liz Nolan (Catherine Bennet), Kalie Quiñones (Miss Anne de Bourgh/Georgiana Darcy), Justin Sorvillo (Captain Carter) and Daniel Sugimoto (Soldier/Servant).

You can find the complete cast bios by going here and clicking on “Cast/Creative Team.”

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