PHILADELPHIA, PA — Philadelphia Artists’ Collective presents a World Premiere Adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s masterpiece Jane Eyre, adapted by Jessica Bedford, Kathryn MacMillan, Charlotte Northeast and Meghan Winch, and directed by Kathryn MacMillan.
“Jane Eyre has been a project four years in the making,” said PAC Co-Founder/ Producing Artistic Director Damon Bonetti. “We were originally asked by a university to produce a Jane Eyre. We read a number of adaptations but were dissatisfied with them all. The Creative Team just had a hit with The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged. Charlotte being with that cohort and also being tapped to play Jane, it made sense to create our own. The pandemic made us rethink how we wanted to present this play in terms of location and making it an all professional cast. So we decided to make it part of our first full season back.”
He added, “PAC produces theatre that is epic, but with a visceral intensity and a focus on the humanity in these stories. This is a new play, but the story is almost 200 years old, and, in my recollection of working in the area since the mid 90’s, there has never been a production of Jane Eyre. PAC produces rare classics and this is a story rarely told on stage.”
The production will run from May 11 to May 28, 2023, at Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street, in Old City Philadelphia. Brought to you by the team behind Tiny Dynamite’s acclaimed The Complete Works of Jane Austen, Abridged, this thrilling version of the beloved novel features a large ensemble and utilizes a chorus of “Janes” to theatricalize the heroine’s rich inner life. Jane Eyre runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, and is recommended for ages 10 and up.
This production was made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation, with additional support from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Honorary Producers for Jane Eyre are Angela Muller and Lisa Yanak. Tickets are on sale now for $10 for students, $20 for subscribers, $25 for seniors and $30 general admission.
For show information and tickets, visit https://www.philartistscollective.org/jane-eyre.html.
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