Book by Sam Wright and Nicholas Collett
Music and lyrics by Sam Wright
Directed by Nicholas Collett
With Tim Ahlenius, Chris Arnone, Bridget Casad, PT Mahoney, Chris Owen, Margaret Shelby, Stefanie Stevens, Franci Talamantez-Witte, Sam Wright, Mark Hamblin, and Chris Hudson
The hapless Longborn boys have exhausted all the employment options of East Tennessee and must now marry rich before they lose the family farm. Luckily “a young single woman in possession of a good fortune” has just moved into the ranch next door and brought along ridiculously wealthy songstress Darcy Fitzwilliams, not that banjo-picking Bennett Longborn would stoop to woo her for any amount of money.
Thus begins this knee-slapping, foot-stomping, heart-tugging new folk musical by Sam Wright and Nicholas Collett, updating Jane Austen’s classic novel with an American musical twist. This show features a score of 15 original songs composed on banjo and developed with the KC-based folk band Gullywasher.
Winner of the 2022 Artist Residency at Music Theater Heritage in Kansas City & Sinners Review's #1 Best of Fringe award at Edinburgh Fringe 2022.
SamWrites exists to produce the original, written works of actor-playwright, Sam Wright and his collaborators. The production aesthetic of the company rests in the conviction that live theatre happens not on the stage but in the mind of the audience. All elements of a theatrical performance, including scenery, costumes, and the actors themselves, serve as prompts to be infused with imaginal reality by the viewers. Therefore, SamWrites strives for a functional minimalism that reinforces the invitation to fill in the gaps from one’s own imagination. This dovetails with the company’s mission to present exceptional and accessible theatre in diverse locations and markets.
SamWrites seeks to serve the forgotten, suppressed, or under-served voices of America’s past and present, always turning a critical eye toward how these voices inform or challenge American identity.
SamWrites also seeks to locate American identity within the framework of humanity as a whole, believing wholeheartedly that live theatre provides a vital discourse in human affairs akin to the function of a brain’s prefrontal cortex. It seeks to provide a space where humanity can visualize itself and its world, and make critical judgments and edits before moving toward a better future.
Read more at: www.samwrites.org
"A lot of tuneful music and a ton of heart [...] you will find there is a lot to like about Prejudice and Pride." – Talkin' Broadway
"Captivating, with clever lyrics, sung over the heartfelt twang of banjo and guitar" – The Front Row Center
"Luminous original bluegrass score [that] hooks audiences from the get-go with its melody, musicianship, and authentic soul" – Interludes
"Passionate lead performances and decidedly strong score" – CitiTour
★★★★ "Prejudice and Pride puts a modern twist on a timeless classic and is the perfect musical for anyone looking for an uplifting romantic comedy." – Broadway World
★★★★ "Inventive adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel supported by a wonderful original country and western score" – The Reviews Hub
"From the opening strains of music, this foot-tapping, line-dancing adaptation is awash with witty social commentary and fantastic tunes." – The Stage