Elaine Owen featured this post on Austen Authors in November. I wished to share it with you here. Enjoy!
Could you ever have guessed that a Pride and Prejudice variation could be set in a modern day bakery, that it could be a musical, and that it could be so . . . tasty? That was the pleasant surprise I found when I attended an original production by the Misfit Theater Company in Greenville, South Carolina in October: Pies, prejudice, music, and frequent appearances from Napoleon. Yes, that Napoleon. Trust me, it only got more entertaining from there!
Pies and Prejudice: A Victorian Baking Musical, written by Micah Thompson, opens with Jane, Elizabeth, and Lydia managing a modern-day Mansfield Park Bakery. Jane and Elizabeth get little help from the greedy Lydia, who literally eats her way through the store (and set!), or from their mother, the hilariously hypochondriac Mrs. Bennet. Charles Bingley of Bingley Bakeries arrives at Mansfield Park Bakery with his friend Darcy and before you know it, Darcy and Elizabeth are trading insults as fast as you can say overdone apple fritters. Jane and Bingley, meanwhile, sing about the joy of seeing life through (literal) rose-colored glasses, Caroline Bingley gets in a few digs, and in the middle of all this, several famous historical figures (can you say we had a “Dickens” of a time?) begin to pop up with their own contributions to the story line.
This was a fun, imaginative, and completely unpredictable variation on our favorite story! Rather than give away the whole plot for those of you who might be lucky enough to see it one day, I thought you might like to hear from the author of this organized chaos, Micah Thompson.