Pemberley – the Real Buildings Behind the Fictional Estate

Some of the most famous homes in literature are just as symbolic of the works in which they appear as the characters themselves. Pemberley, the fictional estate owned by Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice”, is one such home. Located near the fictional town of Lambton, Pemberley is first described in “Pride and Prejudice” this way: They gradually ascended for … Read More

The Playwrights: Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon

Lauren Gunderson is the most-produced living playwright in the U.S. for the third year in a row. Her works focus heavily on female figures in history, science, and literature. You may recognize her as the playwright of last year’s highly acclaimed “Silent Sky”, written about 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt. Other notable figures in her plays include physicist Émilie du Châtelet, computer … Read More

Why is Jane Austen still so appealing 200 years after her death?

Margaret Melcon, one of the playwrights of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” says: Jane Austen will never go out of style because of her incredible use of wit and comedy. It is never not fun to dive into a world of people with problems that are maybe a little superficial, but always serve to showcase great and complex characters, especially … Read More