I tend to mix the scripts around a bit from year to year for this task. Unfortunately, when I do seek out a suitable script, I’m searching for female roles as I teach all-girls. The best type of script for this topic is one with little or no stage directions. I then get the students to add stage directions themselves. Student-written scripts would work well, also. Set the boys up with a topic or theme familiar to them, get them to write a five-minute play script about it, then they add realistic stage directions at a later stage to match the written student-written script, then rehearse with their own directions, refine, and perform. Simple is best. – Justin
Hear hear. They were also ineffective; Lydia ends up in a marriage trap and poverty, and Mrs. Bennet throws away what agency she has with willful selfishness and silliness. If one has to insist on imposing modern values over these characters, the only one who stands up for herself is Charlotte, who walked deliberately and clear-eyed into exactly what she wanted. Lizzie was not embittered at her choice, but shocked, and disappointed in her friend, however she has to reevaluate her own prejudices when she sees how very well Charlotte has managed things, and how content Charlotte is.