Gay Pride & Prejudice creators on updating Jane Austen for the podcast age

Gay Pride & Prejudice creators on updating Jane Austen for the podcast age

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In the 2 centuries since her beingness and death, Jane Austen has been the go-to writer for commentary connected emotion and class. From Amy Heckerling’s inactive applicable Emma update Clueless to Netflix’s upcoming fourth-wall-breaking adaptation of Persuasion, her works are inactive successful request by creatives and audiences alike.

Her astir celebrated novel, Pride & Prejudice, is getting not 1 but 2 queer adaptations this month. The first, Fire Island, reimagines the author’s masterpiece arsenic a intersexual farce astatine a fashionable cheery destination portion Gay Pride & Prejudice utilizes the progressively fashionable podcast mean to remark connected the changing quality of queer relationships successful the aftermath of the 2015 Supreme Court determination that affirmed matrimony equality.

Digital Trends precocious chatted with the creator and pb stars of Gay Pride & Prejudice to sermon wherefore Jane Austen is inactive applicable successful 2022 and however Pride & Prejudice is the perfect caller to bespeak the LGBTQ community.

Digital Trends: How did Gay Pride and Prejudice travel about?

Zachary Grady (creator): It was an thought I had successful college. I’ve ever been a instrumentality of Jane Austen, and the time matrimony equality passed successful 2015, I retrieve joking, “Oh, we tin bash Pride and Prejudice now,” but I wasn’t truly being superior astir it then. As the years crept on, I was like, “That’s not a atrocious idea. Let maine effort it out.” Then determination were a fewer years of researching and penning drafts and past the podcast itself with Gimlet took 2 years.

Blake Lee (actor): I’ve been friends with [co-star] Jesse Tyler Ferguson and [executive producer] Justin Mikita for 15 years and I’ve ever wanted to enactment with them. And truthful erstwhile Justin called maine asking if I would beryllium interested, I conscionable jumped astatine the opportunity. When they sent maine the script, I conscionable fell successful emotion with it. I thought it was truthful great.

Ronald Peet (actor): I really went to play schoolhouse with Zachary backmost astatine Tisch [School of the Arts], and helium reached retired and asked if I could bash this. And I thought, “Absolutely.”

Artwork for the wage  pridefulness  & Prejudice podcast.

The archetypal occurrence of Gay Pride and Prejudice begins astatine a pivotal infinitesimal successful history, with the Supreme Court determination affirming matrimony equality. Why commencement the bid there?

Grady: It is conscionable a infinitesimal that I person specified a vivid representation of and I ever deliberation about. The communicative takes spot implicit a twelvemonth with a radical of friends. It begins successful June 2015 and it ends successful June 2016. And truthful overmuch happened successful that twelvemonth successful America. It was truthful recent, but it instantly feels truthful agelong agone that the podcast is astir similar a play piece. It’s lone six years old, but there’s thing astir penning a large lawsuit that is already successful a clip capsule that I bask a small much due to the fact that you’re not trying to beryllium relevant, you’re trying to beryllium accurate.

What I wanted to seizure was for queer radical who grew up without the enactment of marriage, what does matrimony mean present to them? We weren’t consecutive radical who were ever reasoning astir their wedding. And truthful that was the question I kept asking: What is this? What does this mean? And hopefully, the amusement answers that.

How did you assemble specified a terrific formed similar Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rosie O’ Donnell, Ronald Peet, Blake Lee, and others for this podcast?

Grady: I’ve worked with Jesse and his husband, Justin, connected projects before, and they’ve been friends for implicit a decade. And I was benignant of moving connected this connected my own, and they said to me, “We would emotion to nutrient it and benignant of instrumentality it to a higher level and instrumentality it astir studios.” And they were precise pivotal successful making definite that the publication got to endowment due to the fact that that is the hardest part. You tin person a large script, but past getting it into the hands of the actors that you would emotion to cast, that is the hardest part.

They were instrumental successful making definite that radical not lone got the script, but work it and took the connection seriously.

What makes Pride and Prejudice an perfect root worldly to remark connected and correspond this peculiar infinitesimal for the LGBTQ+ community?

Grady: The backdrop of Pride and Prejudice is relationships and utilizing matrimony arsenic a mode to determination up successful society. And Elizabeth Bennet, the main quality successful Austen’s novel, doesn’t privation that. She volition not wed for money.

With this podcast, I got to research done a cheery quality what relationships mean and however prime and household felt much important than romanticist emotion to Bennet, who is my mentation of Lizzie successful the podcast. And helium truly fought for his chosen household implicit a fellow and that was my model into wherefore Pride and Prejudice is truthful iconic. We emotion Lizzie Bennet due to the fact that she’s unwavering successful what she wants. I was capable to look astatine my ain beingness successful 2015 arsenic a cheery antheral and find a similarity that wasn’t conscionable similar a c copy, but really much rooted successful my ain truth.

Lee:  With Zachary utilizing cheery matrimony becoming ineligible arsenic a backdrop, it was the cleanable mounting due to the fact that it was this clip for queer radical to realize, “Oh my God, we tin legally beryllium married.” We tin person what we’ve wanted for truthful long.

Peet: Pride and Prejudice deals with class, otherness, and cosmopolitan themes of vulnerability, romance, and judging books by their covers, and desire. All of those themes use to each azygous quality being, including radical who place arsenic LGBTQ+.

Also, the information that Zach was capable to weave successful matrimony equality, which is simply a precise large woody that’s besides positioned truthful specifically successful a governmental time, feels precise overmuch grounded successful the romanticist and socio-economic realities the queer assemblage is inactive reeling from and grappling with. It doesn’t consciousness flimsy to me. It feels similar it is substantive.

Darcy & Elizabeth basal   adjacent  to each   different   successful  Pride & Prejudice.

Ronald, you represent Darcy successful the podcast. What was your attack to playing him? Were you informed by different portrayals of Darcy that you whitethorn person seen, the Colin Firth mentation from the 1990s?

Peet: I deliberation that it really benefited maine to not person a batch of different people’s interpretations successful my mind. I came successful treating it similar it was a caller piece, which took the onus disconnected of maine to effort to reinvent immoderate benignant of wheel. I didn’t consciousness similar I had a work oregon an involvement successful making it my ain oregon anything. I conscionable trusted that maine doing it honestly would inherently marque it original.

Blake, what was your attack successful portraying Bennet?

Lee: Well, Zachary and I were precise fortunate due to the fact that we had 3 oregon 4 days of rehearsal. It was conscionable truthful adjuvant to beryllium capable to speech done scenes and cognize that this nonstop enactment comes from the publication and this infinitesimal is simply a Jane Austen Easter egg. It was large to speech astir wherever Bennet was successful his caput abstraction and fig retired wherever helium was emotionally successful each scene. More than anything, it was truly conscionable trying to find those affectional beats.

What bash you privation your assemblage to instrumentality distant aft they’ve listened to Gay Pride & Prejudice?

Lee: What listeners should instrumentality distant is that you tin instrumentality 1 of the astir famous, beloved pieces of lit and marque it gay. And it works and it’s wonderful. Love is emotion nary substance what clip play you’re in.

Peet: As an artist, my lone extremity is to marque radical consciousness seen and little alone. I got into acting due to the fact that I felt seen and not unsocial and witnessed by radical similar Philip Seymour Hoffman. And truthful I privation idiosyncratic to locomotion distant from this acquisition and consciousness similar they beryllium successful each the stories that tin beryllium told astir what it means to unrecorded and to love.

Grady: I deliberation I would emotion for radical to instrumentality distant however amusive communicative podcasts tin be. The possibilities of audio storytelling are limitless, and I would emotion for audiences to get excited astir it. And past connected a communicative level, I deliberation I would emotion for radical to travel into a queer communicative and spot themselves successful it, adjacent if they’re not queer. I deliberation this is simply a cosmopolitan communicative that we’re telling, and I’ve already heard radical accidental like, “Oh, my God, I cognize that character” oregon “that quality is my friend.” That’s however alteration happens. And I would emotion for audiences to spot these characters arsenic afloat rounded, grounded people.

You tin watercourse each 10 episodes of Gay Pride & Prejudice connected Spotify. For different LGBTQ content, delight sojourn our best LGBT documentaries list and best LGBTQ movies and TV shows for teens list.