JANE EYRE Brings Victorian Romance and Inventive Staging to Cincinnati Playhouse

Critically acclaimed adaptation runs March 11 – April 8, 2017

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Margaret Ivey as Jane Eyre. Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

(CINCINNATI) — Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings Charlotte Brontë’s timeless coming-of-age novel to life beginning March 11. The production combines Victorian-era costumes and romance with inventive staging to bring new creativity and vitality to the classic story, considered one of the most widely read novels in the English language.

Adapted by British playwright Polly Teale, the play distills the book to the most essential moments and dramatic action. Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist and Director KJ Sanchez envisioned music, movement and choreography to transport Jane Eyre’s story to the stage.

“Because the adaptation is so strong, we – the design team, the actors and me – are bringing our own artistry to it,” Sanchez explains. “The actors play musical instruments. I’m working with a great choreographer, Peter Kyle, who I have worked with and admired for years. And I’m thrilled that we have one of the best sound designers in theatre today, Jane Shaw, writing original music for this production.”

Published in 1847, JANE EYRE is a rare classic that moves through time and continues to capture audiences. Poor and plain but with a fiery spirit, Jane overcomes a troubled childhood to land a position as a governess at a mysterious estate, where she falls for the enigmatic master and finds her love returned. When the past threatens her newfound happiness, Jane decides to forge her own path, which enables her to be true to herself and follow her heart. The unconventional heroine, played by Margaret Ivey, will cast a spell on fans of the classic novel and on newcomers drawn to her story.

Beyond the beauty, costumes, artistry, choreography and music lies a story with a message that resonates today, and to which Sanchez relates personally.

“I read this book when I was 13 and it honestly changed my life,” Sanchez explains. ”Jane Eyre was a heroine altogether different from any I had encountered. She was smart and strong and not afraid to speak her mind. She was most comfortable in nature, least comfortable when required to be charming. In fact, she’s reviled, punished and mistreated because she is ‘plain’ — yet Jane is essentially downright beautiful but hated because her beauty is unique and doesn’t fit what is expected by social norms.”

JANE EYRE is sponsored by Leading Ladies, a group of 161 theatre enthusiasts who collectively supported the production with financial gifts while learning about theatre through behind-the-scenes experiences throughout the season.

Prices for JANE EYRE start at $35; they vary depending on seat location and performance day and are subject to change. Tickets for teens and students are $30. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7:00 p.m. performances just $10.The Playhouse is fully accessible. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit the Playhouse website at http://www.cincyplay.com

The 2016-17 Marx Theatre season is presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation. The Playhouse’s Leading Ladies serve as production sponsor of JANE EYRE. Artist Sponsors are Bill and Barbara Weyand, in honor of KJ Sanchez, and Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel. Season Sponsor of New Work is The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation. Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor is Macy’s.

The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of more than 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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JANE EYRE
By Charlotte Brontë
Adapted by Polly Teale
Directed by KJ Sanchez
March 11 – April 8, 2017 (Opening – March 16)
Robert S. Marx Theatre
Production (Sponsor) — Leading Ladies
Artist Sponsor (in honor of KJ Sanchez) —Bill and Barbara Weyand
Artist Sponsor (Jane Eyre) —Bahl & Gaynor Investment Counsel
Robert S. Marx Theatre Season presented by The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Season Sponsor of New Work —The Lois and Richard Rosenthal Foundation
Marx Theatre Season Design Sponsor — Macy’s

DESCRIPTION (Two Acts)
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.

CAST (in alphabetical order)
RIN ALLEN (Bertha); DAMIAN BALDET (Brocklehurst / St. John Rivers); RICHARD BUCHANAN (Ensemble); GEORGE BULL (Ensemble); REBECCA MIYAKO HIROTA (Helen Burns/Adele/Mary Rivers); MARGARET IVEY (Jane Eyre); CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON (Bessie / Blanche Ingram / Grace Poole); ANDY PATERSON (Richard Mason); MICHAEL SHARON (Rochester); TINA STAFFORD (Mrs. Reed / Mrs. Fairfax)

PRODUCTION
KJ SANCHEZ (Director); PETER KYLE (Movement Director); KRIS STONE (Set Designer); RACHEL HEALY (Costume Designer); BRIAN J. LILIENTHAL (Lighting Designer); JANE SHAW (Sound Designer/Composer); STEPHANIE KLAPPER (Casting Director); ANDREA L. SHELL (Stage Manager); JENIFER MORROW (Second Stage Manager); BROOKE REDLER (Second Stage Manager)

PERFORMANCES
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 7:30 p.m.
Friday: 8 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Additional Matinee: 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 5
Please note: There are no performances on Wednesday, March 22.

TICKETS
Prices for Jane Eyrestart at $35; they vary depending on seat location and performance day and are subject to change. Tickets for children and students are $30. Student tickets are just $15 on the day of the show. Plus, Sunday is College Night, with tickets to all 7:00 p.m. performances just $10. In addition to calling the Box Office, tickets can also be purchased by visiting the Playhouse website at www.cincyplay.com.

ACCESS
The Playhouse is fully accessible. Large print programs and hearing enhancement receivers are available upon
request.

BOX OFFICE
513-421-3888 or 800-582-3208 toll-free in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana; or 513-345-2248 – TDD access (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf).

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