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"Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley" is a holiday update to the classic Austen tale, "Pride and Prejudice."

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." That's the line that opens Jane Austen's famed literary classic "Pride and Prejudice." It is also a truth universally acknowledged that the novel still captures people's hearts hundreds of years after its publication.

A new stage adaptation, "Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley," picks up two years after the novel's conclusion. The play is currently running at Theatrical Outfit in Atlanta.

Director Carolyn Cook, along with actors Jasmine Thomas and Jeanette Illidge, joined "On Second Thought" to discuss their first Austen encounters and the play's themes of community, family and romance."On Second Thought" host Virginia Prescott speaks with Carolyn Cook, Jeanette Illidge and Jasmine Thomas.

The production focuses on Mary Bennet, the middle sister, who is coming into her own as a young woman. She joins her sisters at Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's Pemberley estate for Christmas, where Elizabeth is settling into her new home and Jane is expecting her first child.  Mary meets Arthur de Bourgh, a new character created by playwrights Margot Melcon and Lauren Gunderson, who sparks her fancy both intellectually and romantically.

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