Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Brontë

Adapted by Polly Teale

Marx Theatre | March 11 - April 8, 2017

Directed by KJ Sanchez

Unlock the secrets.
Passionate romance meets thrilling psychological drama in this critically acclaimed adaptation. Poor and plain but with a fiery spirit, Jane Eyre overcomes a troubled childhood to land a position as governess at the mysterious Thornfield estate. Her fortunes take an improbable twist once she falls for Thornfield’s enigmatic master Mr. Rochester and finds her love returned. When secrets from the past threaten her newfound happiness, Jane decides to forge her own path, one in which she can be true to herself and follow her heart. Jane Eyre depicts an unconventional heroine for the ages who’s certain to cast a spell on fans of the novel and those new to her charms.

"One of the finest and most searching stage adaptations of a great novel I have ever seen." — The London Telegraph

Advisory: Jane Eyre is appropriate for adult and teenage audiences. This adaptation contains mature themes that capture the psychological intensity and sensuality of the novel.

Running Time: The show runs approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes, including one intermission.

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Secrets of the Victorian Era

Prologue, March 2017

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre has remained a beloved, coming-of-age novel since its initial publication in 1847. The story comes to life once more at the Playhouse under the guidance of Associate Artist KJ Sanchez who is directing the acclaimed adaptation by Polly Teale.

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Bringing Creative Nuance to a Timeless Heroine

Prologue, March 2017

Associate Artist and director of Jane Eyre KJ Sanchez shares her artistic perspective with the Playhouse on how this production resonated with her in the past and the creative opportunities she has in bringing the classic heroine to life for contemporary audiences.

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Preview Performances

March 11, 2017, at 8 p.m.; March 12, 2017, at 2 p.m.; March 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; March 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Be among the first to see the show before opening night and save! Preview performance tickets are discounted and begin at just $35. Not valid with other discounts.

Opening Night

March 16, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Share the excitement of Thursday opening nights with a lively post-show cast party with complimentary hors d'oeuvres by Vonderhaar's Catering.

Meet the Artists

March 19, 2017, at 2 p.m.; March 29, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.; April 2, 2017, at 2 p.m.; April 6, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Join in stimulating discussions with cast and crew following the performances.

Jane Eyre Book Club

March 6 and April 3, 2017, at 7 p.m.
at Joseph-Beth Booksellers' Rookwood location

This season, in partnership with Joseph-Beth Booksellers, the Playhouse is launching a book club for audience members interested in better understanding the process of adapting a book from the page to the stage. Playhouse book club participants are invited to attend special discussion events. We’ll talk about the book itself: the plot and characters, the overarching themes, how you might imagine it translates to a theatrical setting and even the challenges you see in adapting the story. Discussions that take place after you’ve seen the play focus on what excited and surprised you and how members of the artistic team approached the show.

Books can be purchased or ordered through Joseph-Beth. Discussion events are free, but registration is required in advance through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.

Playhouse Perspectives: Jane Eyre, Feminist Icon

Monday, March 13, at 7 p.m.

In Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Jane states: "Women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do." Such bold statements, coupled with her remarkable defiance and independence, make Jane one of literature’s finest feminist characters.

Discover how she subverted the social expectations of the Victorian Era to become the feminist icon we perceive her as today. Join us for an in-depth discussion about the historical and cultural context of Jane Eyre at Playhouse Perspectives on Monday, March 13 at 7p.m. at the Playhouse.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so reserve your spot through the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.

Afternoon Tea

Saturdays, March 18, 25, April 1 and April 8, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Join us before Saturday matinee performances of Jane Eyre for a special afternoon tea. Teas start at 2:30 p.m. for $32 per person.

The menu features:

• Homemade veggie cream cheese spread with fresh peppers.
• Boursin cheese spread with fresh cucumbers.
• Curried chicken salad with almonds, celery and golden raisins.
• Mini slice of homemade quiche.
• Thumbprint cookie.
• Mini double fudge brownie.
• Cup of fresh fruit
• Bagged cut-out cookie

Served with your choice of black, herbal or green tea. Teas are catered by The BonBonerie. To reserve your tea, call the Playhouse Box Office at 513-421-3888.  

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