There will be a reading of “The Emma Woodhouse Single Girls Guide,” a musical “stage re-imagination” of Emma, on December 8 at 3 p.m. at the Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany (at least, that’s where we think it is; it’s hard to tell from the article).
In Austen’s Emma, Emma Woodhouse fancies herself to be naturally gifted matchmaker. The story begins when Emma takes it upon herself to find an eligible match for her new friend, Harriet Smith. Emma is convinced that Harriet deserves to be a gentleman’s wife and sets her friend’s sights on Mr. Elton, the village vicar. Meanwhile, Emma persuades Harriet to reject the proposal of Robert Martin, a well-to-do farmer for whom Harriet clearly has feelings. In the process, she finds herself in an unconventional love match with resident “bad boy” bachelor, Mr. Knightly.
Bad boy? Knightley?
The new show sets the classic story in 1964 America. Kennedy will star as Emma Woodhouse, now a relationship advice columnist under the direction of her future paramour, Mr. Knightley. The character of Harriet is positioned as the single girl subject in Emma’s column.