Join us for The Rep’s

Austen Tea Party!

Are you ready for your Regency Era?

Put on your party fineries for a high society pre-show tea each Tuesday OR post-show tea each Saturday during our Pride & Prejudice SummerStage 2024 production. You’ll join fellow guests for tea and an assortment of treats provided by Community Bakery. Led by a Jane Austen expert, you’ll enjoy a stately discussion about the author, the novel, the adapted play, and the bygone times of formal courtship. And you’ll also leave with your own special edition copy of Pride & Prejudice provided by WordsWorth Books, and a custom bookmark from The Rep!

Package tickets for both the play and the party can be purchased at the link below. After selecting one of the special performance days, as well as your seat(s) for the play, continue on to the next screen and make sure you select “Austen Tea Party” as your ticket type in the drop down menu.

Already purchased a ticket and wish to exchange dates or upgrade for the party? Please call the Box Office at (501) 378-0405.

Capacity is strictly limited so reserve your spot now!

  • Tuesday, June 18th- 5:30pm Austen Tea Party featuring Heather Zbinden
    Followed by 7:00pm performance of Pride & Prejudice

  • Saturday, June 22nd- 2:00pm performance of Pride & Prejudice
    Followed by 4:15pm Austen Tea Party featuring Dr. Carol West

  • Tuesday, June 25th- 5:30pm Austen Tea Party featuring Dr. Carol West
    Followed by 7:00pm performance of Pride & Prejudice

  • Saturday, June 29th- 2:00pm performance of Pride & Prejudice
    Followed by 4:15 pm Tea Party featuring Dr. Carol West

Can’t get enough Austen? With your purchase of bundled Austen Tea party and Pride & Prejudice tickets, you can take home a hardcover special edition of the novel. Enjoy a cup of tea and your favorite regency at home today!

Featuring Expert Speakers:

Heather Register Zbinden is a public historian working at the public library. Her love of all things Jane Austen began when Susie May assigned Pride & Prejudice as part of the summer reading list for AP Senior English at Little Rock Central High School. As an exchange student to Germany that summer, Heather read P&P on airplanes, trains, and buses and in the fields under the picturesque mountains of Obersalzberg. She has spent the past thirty-two years devouring all things Jane Austen – novels, letters, biographies, literary criticism, film & TV adaptions, coloring books, and jigsaw puzzles. She even owns a rubber ducky of Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy from the Jane Austen house in Chawton, England.

Carol West is the Harold and Lucy Cabe Distinguished Professor of English at Hendrix College, where she has the great pleasure of teaching a seminar course on Jane Austen. Her teaching repertoire also includes courses on medieval British literature, Arthurian literature, British novels, Crime fiction, and African literature. Over a twenty-year period, Dr. West received Fulbright-Hays grants from the U.S. Department of Education to direct outreach projects for U.S. teachers in several African nations. She has also conducted Hendrix students on research trips to Britain, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Rwanda, as well as accompanying her students to Jane Austen conferences in Vancouver and Kansas City. Dr. West earned a Ph.D. in English from Yale University.  Her essays on Austen’s novels have been published in Persuasions, the journal of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

– Mr. Darcy
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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