Jane Eyre

JANE EYRE

October 26 – November 11, 2018
Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

Adapted from Charlotte Brontë’s novel by Polly Teale
Directed by Kathryn Walsh
An educational production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books

As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre is taught by a succession of severe guardians to stifle her natural exuberance and as a result, she locks a part of herself away out of view from polite society. That is until she arrives at Thornfield Hall to begin work as a governess to the young child of Edward Rochester. Quickly, the wealthy man’s passionate nature reawakens Jane’s hidden self, but darker secrets are stirring in the attic above. Kathryn Walsh directs Polly Teale’s bold adaptation of the literary classic that uses theatrical movement to put the interior life of the novel on stage in a way you’ve never experienced before.

'Polly Teale has liberated Jane Eyre in a way that Charlotte Brontë could not... Her most inspired idea is to fuse the mad woman in the attic with Jane's younger self' - Observer

'one of the finest and most searching stage adaptations I have ever seen... this Jane Eyre succeeds as both a wise distillation of the novel and a thrilling piece of theatre in its own right' - Daily Telegraph

'Puts the interior life of the book on stage as well as its narrative. Adaptations of this quality can't be dismissed as a poor second to reading the book' - Time Out

Estimated Running Time: 2hrs with one intermission.
Audience Advisory: Sexual violence. Rec Age: 12+



KATHRYN WALSH directs, coaches and teaches in Chicago. Directing credits include: KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL (Northwestern University), BALLOONACY (Flint Youth Theatre, Northwestern University), WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, RICHARD II, AS YOU LIKE IT (Two Pence Theatre Co), JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Filament Theatre); BREAKS & BIKES (Pavement Group); A VERY MERRY (UN)AUTHORIZED CHILDREN’S SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT (Next Theatre); KILL THE OLD TORTURE THEIR YOUNG (Steep Theatre). Text/verse coaching credits include: MARY STUART, CHARLES III, and the ShortShakes/Parks Tours of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET and TWELFTH NIGHT for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Kathryn received her MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, where she teaches and serves as the Program Mentor for the MFA Directing Program.

CHARLOTTE BRONTË (Author, 1816 –1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She enlisted in school at Roe Head in 1831 aged 15 years. She left the year after to teach her sisters, Emily and Anne, at home, returning in 1835 as a governess. In 1839 she undertook the role as governess for the Sidgewick family, but left after a few months to return to Haworth where the sisters opened a school, but failed to attract any students. Instead they turned to writing and they each first published in 1846 under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Her first novel THE PROFESSOR was rejected by publishers, her second novel JANE EYRE was published in 1847, although it was not initially well received; one critic described it as a "pre-eminently an anti-Christian composition".  The sisters admitted to their Bell pseudonyms in 1848, and by the following year were celebrated in London literary circles. Brontë experienced the early deaths of all her siblings. She became pregnant shortly after her marriage in June 1854 but died on 31 March 1855 of tuberculosis or possibly typhus.

POLLY TEALE (Playwright, Adaptor) has created a unique body of work as a writer and director that has won critical and audience acclaim with productions transferring to the West End and touring internationally. An award-winning theatre practitioner, she was artistic director of Shared Experience from 1995 – 2015. She has also authored a number of original plays and stage adaptations, including JANE EYRE, BRONTE and AFTER MRS ROCHESTER for which she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Director and the Time Out Award for Best West End Production. Other directing credits include: MERMAID (adaptation of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen), BRACKEN MOOR, MARY SHELLEY, SPEECHLESS, (co- writer/director), THE GLASS MENAGERIE, MINE (writer/director), TEN TINY TOES, KINDERTRANSPORT, MADAME BOVARY, THE CLEARING, A DOLL’S HOUSE, THE HOUSE OF BERNADA ALBA, DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS and as co-director, War AND PEACE (co- production with National Theatre) and MILL ON THE FLOSS. In 2014 she directed the UK premiere of BAKERSFIELD MIST by American playwright Stephen Sachs, starring Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid in the West End.

Creative Team

Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Costume Designer: Raquel Adorno
Lighting Designer: Anthony Forchielli
Sound Designer: Kevin O’Donnell
Stage Manager: Sophia Anne Barron
Movement Director: Stephanie Paul
Fight & Intimacy Choreographer: Gaby Labotka
Dramaturgy: Katy Murphy

Performance Schedule

Friday, October 26 at 7:30PM - SOLD OUT
Saturday, October 27 at 7:30PM
Sunday, October 28 at 2:00PM
Friday, November 2 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 3 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00PM
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30PM
Friday, November 9 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 10 at 7:30PM
Sunday, November 11 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing

Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $23
Area Educator $23
NU Faculty/Staff/Emeriti $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

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