WOMEN’S EASTERN RECEPTION,
DIAGNOSTIC & CORRECTIONAL CENTER
VANDALIA, MO - MAY 2019
First Impressions is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. This original play incorporates the "first impressions" the women at the Women's Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center (WERDCC) experienced the first time they encountered Pride and Prejudice. From Pakistan to Paris to St. Louis to WERDCC, 200 years after it was penned, love of Pride and Prejudice still connects us. First Impressions was originally produced by St. Louis based theatre company, SATE, and used recollections from a variety of people’s "first impressions" upon reading the novel and/or watching a film adaption. Over a three month period, women at WERDCC wrote about Pride and Prejudice through several lenses – by reading the novel, watching a film adaption, and also reading and then watching a live performance of SATE’s adaption of First Impressions. First Impressions was conceived by Ellie Schwetye and Rachel Tibbetts.
"I loved seeing people as individuals who want to grow and contribute—who are willing and desire to transform and be their best selves."
"This was eye-opening. People from very different backgrounds from me can understand and express things beyond my abilities."
"Wonderful experience that I'll never forget!"