Emma

by KATE HAMILL
based on the novel by JANE AUSTEN
directed by MEREDITH McDONOUGH

Wurtele Thrust Stage

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Due to the fallout of COVID-19, we have canceled performances of EMMA. Ticket holders will be contacted regarding their options, including the opportunity to donate their tickets to help us sustain operations and reopen stronger than ever.

A playful world premiere 

Emma Woodhouse prides herself on being a matchmaker with an impeccable track record, much to the chagrin of her dear friend Mr. Knightley. Her latest scheme revolves around the sweet Harriet Smith, whom Emma advises to reject a perfectly good marriage proposal in favor of another eligible bachelor. But her best-laid plans are turned upside down by unpredictable displays of affection, unexpected rivals and Emma’s sudden realization that true love may have been under her nose all along. With screwball comedy and surprises aplenty, this fresh, fast-paced adaptation interprets the Jane Austen classic in delightfully unconventional ways.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (April 11–16). Hurry, these go quickly! 

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Accessibility

ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Venue info

Emma will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

What Jane Austen fans should know

  • This isn’t your grandmother’s Emma. Major characters and plot points hold fast, but Hamill approaches her adaptation in radical ways, including leaning into screwball comedy a la Lucille Ball.
  • It’s a joyous, feminist take in conversation with the classic: You’ll see gorgeous Regency-era trappings with quirky modern twists that speak to both then and now.
  • You may be surprised by who says what — and how. One thing we know to be true: You’ll never see Emma the same way again.

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Artists

Cast

Sun Mee Chomet

Miss Bates

Ryan Colbert

Frank Churchill /Robert Martin

David Kelly

Mr. Woodhouse /Mr. Weston

Carman Lacivita

Mr. Knightley

Anna Leverett

Mrs. Elton

Amelia Pedlow

Emma Woodhouse

Louis Sallan

Mr. Elton

Samantha Steinmetz

Harriet Smith

Christine Weber

Jane Fairfax

Brenda Withers

Mrs. Weston /Mrs. Bates

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Creative

Kate Hamill

Adapter

Meredith McDonough

Director

Paul Toben

Lighting Designer

Palmer Hefferan

Sound Designer/Composer

Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Resident Voice Coach

Emily Michaels King

Movement Director

Tree O'Halloran

Stage Manager

Nate Stanger

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

Aaron Preusse

Resident Fight Director

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