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Last Three Nights of USU's Stage Production of 'Emma’

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

Gardon Dunn and Kayli Jackson from USU stage production of

(left) Gordon Dunn as Mr. Knightley with Kayli Jackson as Emma in the USU production of "Emma" playing at the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

The final performances of Emma, Jane Austen’s famous story of misinterpreted romance are nearing. The production closes Saturday, March 30. It can be seen at the Morgan Theatre in the Chase Fine Arts Center. The play is presented by USU’s Theatre Arts Department.

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday, March 30. Tickets are $13 adults, $10 seniors and youth, $8 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For tickets and more information, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B in the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college’s Production Services website.

“This period piece is classic Jane Austen,” said Lynda Linford, director of the show and associate professor in the Caine College of the Arts. “Between the beautiful costume designs by Nancy Hills, the striking set by Dennis Hassan and the dedicated cast, this show is one not to be missed.”

Austen’s novel has been adapted for the stage by Jon Jory, a theatrical director, playwright and New York Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Jory served as artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre from 1965 to 1966. In 1969, he took over the helm of The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and while there created the annual Humana Festival of New American Plays — the festival that has since produced a number of award-winning plays, including Crimes of the Heart, Cementville and Dinner with Friends. His four stage Jane Austen adaptations have played in more than a dozen countries.

Set in the Regency era of England, the show requires British accents and mannerisms, multiple costumes and multiple sets.

In the well-known story, Emma Woodhouse is a congenial young lady who delights in meddling in other people’s affairs. She is perpetually trying to unite those who are utterly wrong for each other, but despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings and relationship with the gentle Mr. Knightly.

Emma is almost 200 years old but is still so relevant today,” said Kayli Jackson, a junior majoring in theater performance at USU who portrays Emma. “It’s a terrific story full of the crazy mistakes, love triangles and misunderstandings we all experience when love is in the air.”

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