Guthrie's Jane Eyre, with a Trio of Janes, Begins Previews Sept. 8

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Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte's tale of romance and suspense — which has been adapted by Alan Stanford — begins previews at the Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis Sept. 8. The production, which runs through Nov. 10, will officially open on the Wurtele Thrust Stage Sept. 14.
Stacia Rice in rehearsal for Jane Eyre.
Stacia Rice in rehearsal for Jane Eyre. Photo by Michal Daniel

Directed by John Miller-Stephany, the production features Jane at three ages, played by three different actresses: Stacia Rice plays the adult Jane, while Lucy Lawton and Margaret Daly play, respectively, Child Jane and Jane Senior. Sean Haberle is Edward Rochester.

The cast also includes Jessie Austrian (Blanche Ingram/Barbara), Jennifer Blagen (Miss Scatcherd/Diana Rivers), Barbara Bryne (Mrs. Fairfax), Caroline Cooney (Leah), Laura Esping (Miss Temple/Mary Rivers), Nathaniel Fuller (Mr. Brocklehurst/Mr. Wood), Peter Christian Hansen (St. John Rivers/Surgeon), Charity Jones (Mrs. Reed/Bertha), Barbara Kingsley (Lady Ingram/Hannah), Ron Menzel (Richard Mason), Peggy O'Connell (Grace Poole), John Skelley (Davie) and Peter Thomson (Lord Ingram/Briggs).

The children's cast comprises Makenzie Allen (Georgiana Reed/School Girl), Grace Blevins (Adele), Shane Ellis (John Reed) Shelby Flannery (Helen Burns/School Girl), Alexis Gaither (Girl Pupil #1/School Girl), Hanna Kowalczyk (Orphan/Annie), Mac Rasmus (Broughton Brocklehurst), Amy Schroeder (Orphan/School Girl), Tiara Shockency (Eliza Reed/School Girl) and Caledonia Wilson (Orphan/Marjory).

"Having survived an orphan childhood made painful at the hands of an unkind aunt and a cruel school headmaster," press notes state, "a young Jane Eyre accepts the position of governess to a ward at Thornfield Hall. There, she wins the heart of her employer, Edward Rochester, a kind yet mysterious man. On their wedding day, Jane's love, strength and determination are tested as Rochester's long-kept secrets are unveiled, changing both their lives forever."

The artistic staff includes Andrew Cooke (composer), Patrick Clark (set and costume designer), Matthew Reinert (lighting designer), Scott W. Edwards (sound designer), Carla Steen (dramaturg), Lucinda Holshue (voice and dialect coach), Marcela Lorca (movement), Peter Moore (fight director), Chris A. Code (stage manager), Amy Monroe (assistant stage manager) and Suzy Messerole (assistant director). The Guthrie is located at 818 South 2nd Street (at Chicago Avenue) in downtown Minneapolis. To purchase tickets call (612) 377-2224 or visit www.guthrietheater.org.

Stacia Rice (Jane Eyre), Sean Haberle (Edward Rochester) and Margaret Daly (Jane Senior) in rehearsal for <i>Jane Eyre</i>.
Stacia Rice (Jane Eyre), Sean Haberle (Edward Rochester) and Margaret Daly (Jane Senior) in rehearsal for Jane Eyre. Photo by Michal Daniel
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