Reduxion Theatre Company announced the production of the company’s first ever Holiday play, an interactive Christmas-theme event “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker!” This original piece of live theatre was developed by the artists of Reduxion and is based on the life and works of romantic English novelist Jane Austen.
The theatre’s new production, “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker!” is a Holiday celebration in which audiences meet Austen’s fictional characters along with characters based on Austen herself and her family. In the show audiences will not only meet Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but also Jane herself, her sister Cassandra and her niece, Fanny.
Reduxion Theatre Managing Director and playwright, Erin Woods, answered my questions in this Performing Arts Q&A session.
What can patrons expect at Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker? Is it a play? A party?
Erin Woods: It’s both. Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker! is an interactive play. Think: the interactive play “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” meets the BBC’s “Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball”
How did the idea come about?
Erin: We wanted to produce a never-before-seen show that was different than other Holiday favorites audiences had seen many times. At Reduxion, we love the works of Jane Austen, we developed an idea of attending a Christmas party or ball thrown by her and attended by her most beloved fictional characters.
Since you’re welcome people to come dressed in costumes, what tips and advice do you have for them to match the style of the Christmas Cracker?
Erin: Regency Costume are very popular. Jane Austen Society’s throughout the world have members that attends event in period costume of the Regency style: empire long dresses are very popular. For men, a jacket with tails and a top hat goes a long way.
For you, what is enduring about Jane Austen’s stories?
“[Jane Austion] endures because she wrote the original romantic comedies, and we have imitated, but never been able to improve on her masterful style.”Erin: Austen’s work is deceptively light-hearted. When I was growing up, she was dismissed by literature teachers and professors as “frivolous” or “feminine.” She endures because she wrote the original romantic comedies, and we have imitated, but never been able to improve on her masterful style.
What was the biggest challenge with this production?
Erin: Creating a stage play that also encourages audience participation as much as possible. The Challenge was to create a show for the whole family that was both for observers AND active participants.
Why should one come to Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker?
Erin: For something different. We hope to create a holiday classic like you have never seen before. Braums sponsors refreshments for the show as well!
What Winter Fun will you partake in this season in Oklahoma?
Erin: Ice-skating for sure! I also hope to do some sledding at my brother-in-law’s farm in Okarche!
Celebrating the season in Automobile Alley at all of many retailers and restaurants and bars…at which there seems to be a new place opening every week!
Anything else you want people to know?
Erin: Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores sponsors the event and provides refreshments at no additional cost at each performance.
All shows perform at Reduxion’s Automobile Alley venue, at 914 North Broadway Avenue, Suite 120 in Oklahoma City.
Jane Austen Christmas Cracker! Performance Dates & Times:
Friday, December 12 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 14 @ 2:00 pm
Thursday December 18 @ 8:00 pm
Friday, December 19 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 20 @ 8:00 pm
$25 for adults
$22 for seniors and military
$18 for students under 25-years-old with I.D.
Tickets are available for purchase in advance online at reduxiontheatre.com or at the door, the day of each performance.