Off-Broadway's Brontë: A Portrait of Charlotte, Featuring Maxine Linehan, Opens May 8

News   Off-Broadway's Brontë: A Portrait of Charlotte, Featuring Maxine Linehan, Opens May 8 The Alloy Theater Company presents a new production of William Luce's Brontë: A Portrait of Charlotte, officially opening Off-Broadway May 8, following previews that began May 3, at Theater 511.

Maxine Linehan
Maxine Linehan Photo by Ronnie Wright

Directed by Timothy Douglas, the limited engagement continues through May 25 and features Maxine Linehan (South Pacific national tour).

Brontë, according to production 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, both featuring Linehan.

Theater 511 is located at 511 W. 54th Street. For more information and tickets, call (866) 811-4111 or visit AlloyTheater.org.

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