A dozen members of the Old Academy Players theater group from East Falls performed favorite scenes from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” at the Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday. The performances were part of a day-long celebration of the 200th anniversary of the book’s publication.
The pop-up scenes began in Philbrick Hall on the first floor, continued in the main lobby, proceeded up the stairs to the balcony in front of the social science and history department, and finished in Pepper Hall in the art and literature section. The Old Academy Players carried their props and the audience followed as they moved from venue to venue.
Other events included a literary salon, a panel discussion about the novel’s modern relevance, a screening of the 2005 film adaptation, and a special viewing of the library’s Austen items in the rare book department.