Jane Austen Through Song: Behind the Scenes of Austen's Pride

Monday, October 14
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch
1000 4th Ave, Seattle

Join us for a celebration of Jane Austen and a look behind the scenes of Austen’s Pride—a new musical based on Austen’s life and work, premiering at The 5th Avenue Theatre this fall.

Since its publication in 1813, Pride and Prejudice has continued to captivate generations of readers and inspire numerous adaptation and reinterpretations. Through musical performances and interviews with members of the community and the Austen’s Pride creative team, we will explore the impact that Austen’s writing has had throughout history and discuss why her pioneering literary voice continues to resonate with contemporary audiences.

Austen’s Pride plays at The 5th Avenue Theatre October 4 – 27, 2019.



The 5th Avenue Theatre partners with local non-profits to provide underserved members of our community with tickets to our productions at no cost, while engaging them in educational programs such as Show Talks with Albert Evans and post-show talkbacks or discussions to provide a deeper and more meaningful theater-going experience.

For more information about our Community Partners Program, please fill out the form below.


The 5th Avenue provides accessibility services so that patrons with mild to severe disabilities can enjoy productions at The 5th, including American Sign Language-interpreted, Open Captioned, and Audio Described performances, Sennheiser Assistive Listening system, Braille programs, large print programs, wheelchair seating and elevator assistance. Learn more about Accesibilty at The 5th.



Show Talk presentations take patrons deeper into the world of musical theater and our productions. 

These engaging lectures and panels are hosted by Artistic Associate Albert Evans with the occasional special guest. Show Talks are 45-minutues long and are free and open to the public (no show tickets required). 

Join us any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday during the 2019/20 mainstage season to hear Albert's insight about the priodcutions on our stage!

Coming for Austen's Pride:

Modern readers of Jane Austen’s early-19th century novels are sometimes puzzled by matters and manners that her contemporary readers would have understood at once. Albert Evans will shine an informative light on Jane Austen’s world in his new Show Talk, preceding selected performances of Austen’s Pride.

Albert will answer questions such as:
How much freedom did women have?
How much money is enough?
Why don’t married couples use first names?
Did Austen’s characters have sex?
Where are all the poor people?
What about zombies?

Get the inside scoop! Join us during the run of Austen’s Pride on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 6:30 (one hour before show time) in Studio E, just a few steps away from the 5th Avenue marquee.

Tuesday, October 8th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 9th at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 10th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, October 15th at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October16th at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 17th at 6:30PM
Tuesday, October 22nd at 6:30PM
Wednesday, October 23rd at 6:30PM
Thursday, October 24th at 6:30PM

Show Talks take place in Studio E at The 5th Avenue Theatre. Directions to Studio E.


For West Side Story: THE JOY OF LENNY
The spectacular music score of West Side Story — brutal and tender, angry and ecstatic — comes from the unlimited imagination of Leonard Bernstein, one of America’s most honored musical visionaries. From Broadway to the Philharmonic to the lecture hall to the political ramparts, Lenny always had more to write, more to say, more to give.


Representación y más allá: Being Latinx in the 21st Century
The production of West Side Story at The 5th invited all of us to take a closer look at the musical’s initial and ongoing impact on the Latinx community. Despite representing (and, in many ways, inventing) a very specific view of Latinx life, West Side Story has come to define how many Americans understand the wide spectrum of Latinx cultures and experiences. A panel of community members working in business, the arts, and social services Shared their thoughts on how far we’ve come since 1957—and what other stories are being lived and told by those around us, every day.

For Marie, Dancing Still, SUSAN STROMAN, 5-time Tony Award-winning director and choreographer, discussed her amazing career, her latest musical, Marie, Dancing Still, as well as past triumphs, including Crazy for You, Contact, and The Producers.



Following select Sunday night performances, members of the audience are invited to meet the cast, crew and creative team (if available) and ask questions about the show. Post-Show Talkbacks are hosted by Education staff. Requires a ticket to the performance.


On select dates, members of the audience are invited to participate in moderated discussion about the themes and issues that each show addresses. Post Show Discussions do not involve cast, crew or creative team members and are moderated by Education staff and special guests. Requires a ticket to the performance.