Once again, this will be the Canadian Premiere of this adaptation of the unfinished work by one of England's most celebrated novelists, Jane Austen.
Poor Emma Watson. Raised in luxury by a wealthy aunt and destined to be an heiress, but she comes down to earth with a bump when forced to return, penniless, to her impoverished birth family. And what a family!
Chauvinistic brother Robert and his appalling social-climbing wife, Jane; garrulous spinster Elizabeth and man-mad Margaret. Not to mention their curmudgeonly pseudo-invalid father and eccentric family retainer, Nanny.
With no option but to join her hilariously unsuccessful sisters in their hunt for husbands, Emma soon comes to the attention of charming local playboy Tom Musgrave and his suspiciously shy friend Lord Osborne, as well as Lord Osborne’s former tutor-turned-clergyman, Mr Howard. But the path of true love runs anything but smooth and it is a local scandal which finally paves the way for Emma’s - and her family’s - future happiness.
Jane Austen abandoned her novel The Watsons in 1805, possibly due to the death of her father that year. Described as a ‘sparkling adaptation’ of Austen’s work, critics praised this ‘sharp and witty’ script and its ‘beautifully differentiated characters’.
Listen to this audio play anywhere, but we recommend that you do it in real Jane Austen Style: in your garden!
*NOTE*: Each performance will be preceded by a special performance of period music by pianist Carla Zabek, and violinists Celeste and Cynthia Konopka, followed by a podcast discussing the background of Jane Austen.
Premiere - August 5 at 7:30 pm (Join us for a LIVE Zoom meeting with the cast immediately following the show!)
On-Demand - August 6, 7, 13, 14
Emma Watson--Maxie Dara
Elizabeth Watson--Carly Richards
Tom Musgrave--Mark Ellis
Isabella Osborne--Tina Kocic
Charles (Lord) Osborne--Matthew Lazaris-Brunner
Mr. Watson -- Nick Forrow
Lady Osborne -- Carla Zabek
Mr. Howard--David Faulkner-Rundle
Margaret Watson--Melissa Verwey
Jane Watson--Shelagh Carlini
Robert Watson--Peter Churey
Mr. Smith/Announcer/Narrator -- Robert Laszcz
Produced by special arrangement with Stagescripts Ltd.