Arts & Culture

UK Theatre to Present Virtual Staged Reading of 'The Watsons'

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UK Theatre and Dance will present at staged reading of "The Watsons" March 19-21.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 17, 2021)  The University of Kentucky Department of Theatre and Dance will present a staged reading of "The Watsons," by Laura Wade, available on-demand online March 19-21, 2021. 

"The Watsons," directed by Christina Ritter and stage managed by theatre and journalism junior Spencer Neichter, takes audiences to the era of Jane Austen. What happens when the writer loses the plot? Emma Watson is 19 and new in town. She's been cut off by her rich aunt and dumped back in the family home. Emma and her sisters must marry — fast. If not, they face poverty, spinsterhood, or worse: an eternity with their boorish brother and his awful wife. Luckily there are plenty of potential suitors to dance with, from flirtatious Tom Musgrave to castle-owning Lord Osborne, who's as awkward as he is rich. So far, so familiar. 

But there's a problem: Jane Austen didn't finish the story. Who will write Emma's happy ending now? Based on her incomplete novel, this sparklingly witty play looks under the bonnet of Jane Austen and asks: what can characters do when their author abandons them?  This reading is free, but registration is required at: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-watsons-by-laura-wade-tickets-142101957781?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

"The Watsons" was first performed at The Chichester Festival Theatre, directed by Samuel West on Nov. 8, 2018. This reading is was made possible by arrangement with Knight Hall Agency Ltd. This is an amateur status production. 

The Department of Theatre and Dance, part of UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Students in the department get hands-on training and one-on-one mentorship from professional theatre and dance faculty and renowned guest artists in acting, directing, playwriting, theatrical design and technology, and dance. From mainstage productions to student-produced shows, students have plenty of opportunities to participate on stage or backstage. Special programs include a musical theatre certificate, education abroad, as well as a thriving dance program that emphasizes technique, composition, performance and production.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.