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November 29, 2017 -- November 28, 2017 -- Jane Austen wrote only six books but two centuries later her popularity continues to fuel sequels that take off where the British novelist left off.

They have taken the form of diaries penned by her characters and even a zombie retelling of her most famous novel, "Pride and Prejudice," that became a bestselling book and movie.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies book cover

"Jane Austen UnScripted," which continues Impro Theatre’s residency at The Edye at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, gives audiences a chance to shape a fresh story based on Austen's works.

The ever-changing show -- which will be presented in five very different performaces December 15 to 17 -- has won rave reviews and an Ovation Award nomination last year.

Cover for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (Courtesy Quirk Classics)

"Aside from its breathtaking wit," wrote the LA Weekly, "the show reveals the codes of behavior that accrue into an acting style, and even a social style.”

The Los Angeles Times called the show “a stunning feat of performance and literary wizardry.”

Taking audience suggestions, the company recreates Auten's world of "love-struck girls, brooding noblemen and charming cads, and although hearts are sure to be broken, true love will win out in the end."

Impro Theatre's performances are unique, with characters and story structure changing for each performance, event organizers said.

"Each performance offers an exploration into the process of spontaneous creation while encouraging a profound level of engagement between performers and audience, who are all united in discovering what happens in the moment on that particular night."

Last year, Impro Theatre's "Jane Austen UnScripted" at the Broad received two Ovation Award nominations for “Best Presented Production.”

The company was also nominated for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” for Michele Spears’ performance in "Sondheim UnScripted."

In other shows during its residency, Impro Theatre will present unscripted version of Chekhov (February 23 to 25), the Twilight Zone (March 16 to 18), Shakespeare (April 20 to 22), Dorothy Parker (May 18 to 20) and Tennessee Williams (June 15 - 17).

Impro Theatre also will perform Fairytales UnScripted on the Broad mainstage on February 3. This performance is part of The Broad Stage’s Family programming.

To buy tickets for "Jane Austen UnScripted" click here.


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