Christine Toy Johnson, Rebecca Miyako Hirota, Margaret Ivey, Rin Allen, Damian Baldet, Andy Paterson, Michael Sharon, Tina Stafford and More Set for JANE EYRE at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson
Christine Toy Johnson. Photo by Bruce Alan Johnson

The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s production of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, adapted by Polly Teale and directed by Cincinnati Playhouse Associate Artist and Director KJ Sanchez, is currently in previews 
at the Robert S. Marx Theatre, 962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. Opening night is March 16th, with performances continuing through April 8th.

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.

The cast features 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 Patterson, (Richard Mason); Michael Sharon (Rochester); Tina Stafford (Mrs. Reed / Mrs. Fairfax)

The creative team includes 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); Stefphanie Klapper (Casting Director); Andrea L. Shell (Stage Manager); Jenifer Morrow (Second Stage Manager); Brooke Redler (Second Stage Manager)

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.

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. For the performance schedule and 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 www.cincyplay.com

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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