Directed by Timothy Douglas, the limited engagement will continue through May 25 and star Maxine Linehan (South Pacific national tour). Brontë, according to press notes, "is based on letters written between Charlotte and her childhood friend and confident, Ellen Nussey. The play sheds light on Charlotte's fears, her need for love, her sense of loss and quiet suffering. Most importantly it casts light on the genius of the woman, who despite the repressive environment she grew up in, dared to challenge conventional wisdom that women 'ought to confine themselves to making puddings… knitting stockings… playing on the piano.' Her fierce independence and remarkable imagination is perfectly relevant today. Almost 200 years after her birth Charlotte Brontë's writings are equally powerful and relevant anthems for the new challenges facing women in the 21st century."
The play marks Alloy Theater Company's first Off-Broadway production. The company has also produced the American premiere of Jacqueline McCarrick's The Mushroom Pickers and the first New York revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me On a Sunday.
Theater 511 is located at 511 West 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit AlloyTheater.org.