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A history teacher at Maricopa High School gives Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy a fresh makeover in the Maricopa Community Theatres upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. The play runs for 10 performances starting Friday. When...

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A history teacher at Maricopa High School gives Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy a fresh makeover in the Maricopa Community Theatres upcoming adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

The play runs for 10 performances starting Friday.

When history teacher Danielle Crosbie decided to rewrite Austen's masterpiece, she said she wanted something that hadn't been done before.

Tired of seeing versions sacrifice the historical accuracy for added entertainment, she decided to put the women back into history and tell the story the way she believes Austen meant to tell it.

Movie versions of Pride and Prejudice give people a different idea of the era because that's what we think women were at that point. As I read and reread the story and learned more about history, I realized that women were much more empowered, just in a different way then they are today, Crosbie said.

It took six months for Crosbie and the rest of the Maricopa Community Theatre to get to this point.

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