Tennessee Shakespeare branched out this Christmas and brought us a warm, witty, intelligent, absolutely marvelous play about Mary Bennet, the middle sister from Pride and Prejudice. I was delighted and ended up going three times. Partly because two of my favorite actors were in it (Lydia Barnett-Mulligan was totally fantastic as Mary, and Merit Koch rocked Elizabeth) and partly because it was a thoroughly respectful but also resourceful working of Austen, who is my favorite prose writer. Nice to have her next to Shakespeare, the two greats of the English language as far as I'm concerned, along with William Butler Yeats. I also went back to sketch. I really like to go to a play a second time if I want to draw it, because the first time I'm enjoying it for the production but also paying attention to the times and angles I want to draw to be prepared to dive in the second time around. Here is the batch of sketches over two nights of drawing and one night of just drinking it in.