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Capital Stage Presents
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY
By Lauren Gunderson
& Margot Melcon
Directed by Peter Mohrmann

Available ON DEMAND
Dec. 22, 2020 - Jan. 1, 2021

Sacramento, CA – December 8, 2020 - Capital Stage presents THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY. Capital Stage Co-founder Peter Mohrmann will direct the Radio Play Edition of Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon’s second installment of their growing "Christmas at Pemberley" series. The original cast from last year's Sacramento Premiere Production will return to play the beloved Jane Austen characters. PLUS Elyse Sharp, who originated the starring role in MISS BENNET for Capital Stage in 2017/2018, will narrate the Radio Play as Mary Bennet. The Virtual Performances Radio Play production will be available on demand from Dec. 22 - Jan. 1 only. Tickets are FREE and available now at capstage.org/the-wickhams-a-radio-play.
THE PLAY
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Special Virtual Performances
Holiday Production

It’s Christmas at Pemberley again in a new companion piece to Gunderson & Melcon’s holiday hit MISS BENNET! THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY takes us downstairs on an auditory storytelling adventure where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A bright and joyous holiday tale full of your favorite Jane Austen characters, and the power of giving back to others.

“THE WICKHAMS offers up a tasty holiday sugar biscuit for Sacramento!” Sacramento Bee

“’WICKHAM’-ly good fun!” SN&R

“An enjoyable Christmas experience!” Davis Enterprise

“…There’s nimble stagecraft from director Peter Mohrmann, and heads-up performances from the ample cast.” CapRadio
Photos by Charr Crail: Brittni Barger*, Melissa Brausch, Kate Morton, Stephanie McVay*,
Rob Salas, Colin Sphar*, Noah Thompson. *Member AEA.
THE CAST
THE PLAYWRIGHTS
Lauren M. Gunderson was the most produced playwright in America of 2017, 2019, and the second-most in 2018, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, she is also a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s 3-Year Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. Her work has been commissioned, produced and developed at companies across the US including South Cost Rep EMILIE, SILENT SKY), The Kennedy Center (THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL AND HER DOG!), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The O’Neill, The Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Marin Theatre, Synchronicity, Berkeley Rep, Shotgun Players, TheatreWorks, Crowded Fire and more. She co-authored MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY with Margot Melcon, which was one of the most produced plays in America in 2017. Her work is published at Playscripts (I AND YOU, EXIT PURSUED BY A BEAR, THE TAMING, AND TOIL AND TROUBLE), Dramatists (THE REVOLUTIONISTS, THE BOOK OF WILL, SILENT SKY, BAUER, MISS BENNET) and Samuel French (EMILIE). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon was released from Two Lions / Amazon in May 2017. LaurenGunderson.com and @LalaTellsAStory

Margot Melcon is the literary manager and dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company where she produces the New Works Reading Series and administers two annual new play prize competitions in addition to acting as production dramaturg on all shows. She also freelances for American Theatre magazine.
THE DIRECTOR
Peter is a co-founder, board member and associate artist with Capital Stage where he has directed MISS BENNET, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, THE TOTALITARIANS, MAPLE AND VINE, THE NORTH PLAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM, FICTION, OR, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, and JACK AND JILL. Peter has appeared at Capital Stage in STUPID F##KING BIRD, IDEATION, HEDDA GABLER, EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD, AMERICAN BUFFALO, THE TYPOGRAPHER’S DREAM, HUMBLE BOY and BOY GETS GIRL. Regionally he has performed with Sacramento Theatre Company, the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Foothill Theatre Company, City Theatre, Synergy Stage, River Stage and the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Peter received his MFA in acting from the Theatre School/DePaul University, and is an adjunct professor in the theatre arts and film departments at Folsom Lake College and Sacramento City College. He is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association.
THE PRODUCTION
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY will be directed by Capital Stage Co-Founder Peter Mohrmann (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, THE SANTALAND DIARIES, THE TOTALITARIANS, MAPLE AND VINE, THE NORTH PLAN, IN THE NEXT ROOM, FICTION, OR, DINNER WITH FRIENDS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, RELATIVELY SPEAKING, and JACK AND JILL). The production will feature Brittni Barger (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, STUPID F##KING BIRD, TRIBES, A DOLL’S HOUSE), Noah Thompson (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY, BAD JEWS), apprentice alumna Kate Morton (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY), Stephanie McVay (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY), Colin Spahr (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY), and Rob Salas (THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY).

The production team will include Katherine Cannon (Stage Manager, Production & Company Manager), Ed Lee (Sound Design/Editor), Lindsey Platt (Sound Assistant), Megan Abbanat (Production Assistant), Mari Carson (Sound Editing Assistant), Joaquin Ortiz (Sound Engineer), and Misty McDowell (Video Editor).

Performances for THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY will be available on demand from Dec. 22, 2020 through Jan. 2, 2021 only. Tickets are FREE and currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org. COVID-19 Box Office Hours are Tue-Thu 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
FACT SHEET
WHAT: Capital Stage Presents
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY - A RADIO PLAY
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Directed by Peter Mohrmann

WHERE: On Demand Virtual Performances

WHEN: December 22, 2020 - January 1, 2021

BOX OFFICE:
Phone: 916-995-5464
Online: capstage.org
COVID-19 Hours: Tue-Thu 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tickets: FREE

WHO:
Playwrights: Lauren Gunderson & Margo Melcon
Director: Peter Mohrmann
Cast: Brittni Barger*, Melissa Brausch, Kate Morton,
Stephanie McVay*, Colin Sphar*, Rob Salas, Elyse Sharp, Noah Thompson
Sound Design/Editor: Ed Lee
Production Assistant: Megan Abbanat
Sound Assistant: Lindsey Platt
Sound Engineer: Joaquin Ortiz
Sound Editing Assistant: Mari Carson
Video Editor: Misty McDowell
Stage Manager, Production & Company Manager: Katherine Cannon*


*Member Actors' Equity Association