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We chat with Eric Price about his new pop musical, “Emma!”


Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, Emma! A Pop Musical features hit songs of legendary girl groups and iconic female singers from The Supremes to Katy Perry. We talk with playwright/composer, Eric Price, about Jane Austen’s legacy, musical theater, and, of course, matchmaking.

Jane Austen's novels are among the most adapted writing today; from film to TV (and even zombies). What do you think it is about Jane Austen's work that remains so appealing?

This year, 2015, is actually the 200th anniversary of the publication of Emma. ...
Two Fresh Takes from Playscripts
“Art is never finished, only abandoned.” —Paul Valery

It’s a well worn cliché that art can be like a child, in which case adaptation seems a little like adoption. The playwright finds a play—sent along the river in a bulrush basket by Beckett or Austen or whoever—and raises it as her own. Often the adopting adapter gives the play with a new set of values or quirks; the conceptual DNA of the play remains the same but the play grows in new directions.

The best adaptations are trans formative. They use old material to raise new questions, present new ...
   
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