Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Three new theatre alerts in the US and the UK today, January 29:

A world premiere in New Haven, CT:
The Moors
By Jen Silverman
Directed by Jackson Gay
January 29–February 20, 2016
Yale Repertory Theatre (1120 Chapel Street)

The bleak moors of England. The bleakest. Two spinster sisters—one desperately unhappy, the other resolutely miserable—live with their elder brother and their mastiff in a gloomy, old mansion. When a governess is summoned to their isolated home, teeming with secrets and desires, what price might they pay for love? Inspired (perhaps) by certain 19th-century gothic romances, and the sisters who wrote them, Jen Silverman’s The Moors courses with a distinctly contemporary, darkly comic sensibility.
The Moors is the recipient of a 2015 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

The Cast
Jeff Biehl (the Mastiff)
Hannah Cabell (Marjory)
Birgit Huppuch (Huldey)
Jessica Love (a Moor-hen)
Kelly Mcandrew (Agatha)
Miriam Silverman (Emilie)
A new chance to see the Rosemary Branch Theatre production of Jane Eyre in Islington, London:
Jane Eyre
Directed, adapted, and designed by Bryony J. Thompson
Featuring original music composed for the production by James Young
Lighting by Ned Lay

29 January - 14 February
Tuesday-Saturday 7.30, Sunday 6pm
Rosemary Branch Theatre, Islington, London

To celebrate Charlotte Brontë's 200th birthday and 20 years with Cecilia Darker & Cleo Sylvestre at the helm of the Rosie, Bryony J. Thompson's well loved production of Jane Eyre returns.
Orphaned into an unloving household, subjected to poor treatment at a charity school, Jane Eyre emerges to seek her fortune unbroken in spirit and integrity. She becomes a governess to the ward of the enigmatic Mr Rochester, eventually falling in love with him and he with her. This story surpasses mere melodrama and illustrates a passionate and tenacious woman's search for a wide rich life.
Part ghost story, part Gothic romance, and part religious tract, this gripping adaptation of a favourite classic remains faithful to the text. The book literally comes to life with imaginative staging and a cast of only six. Set in 1840s northern England, the early stirrings of feminism shine through the strict adherence to social structure giving this venerated novel its iconic status.

The cast includes: Alice Coles, Jack Collard, Madeline Gould, and Alice Osmanski with Ben Warwick as Rochester and Emilia Williams as Jane Eyre.

And in New York a reading of new play based on Charlotte Brontë's letters:
Irish Repertory Theatre
Reading Series 2015-2016

Charlotte's Letters 
by Jennifer O'Grady
Friday, January 29, 2016
3:00 pm at the DR2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street

Charlotte’s Letters will be read by  Bianca Amato* (The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, Macbeth), Colby Minifie* (Punk Rock, “Blue Angel”), Madeleine Rogers* (Still, Arcadia at Juilliard), Margo Seibert* (Rocky, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now) and David Christopher Wells* (Mothers and Sons, The Coast of Utopia). *courtesy of AEA

A fresh, imaginative take on the Brontë sisters, Charlotte’s Letters intertwines novelist Charlotte Brontë’s two years as a young woman at a girls’ school in Brussels—where she became close to her married teacher and employer, Monsieur Heger—with her friend and biographer Mrs. Gaskell’s struggle to salvage Charlotte’s posthumous reputation and save her trailblazing novels. Linking the stories is the mystery of Charlotte’s attraction to Heger, who encouraged her rare writing talent and that of her sister, Emily, while helping inspire scandalous books like Jane Eyre. Charlotte’s Letters is a vividly theatrical and wryly humorous exploration of the boundaries between love and friendship and the making of art and identity.


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