Persuasion: a New Play

July 14 - July 14, 2018

An original stage adaptation of Jane Austen's most romantic novel.

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July 14 at 3:30 P.M.


Claire Moyer directs a special, script-in-hand performance of Persuasion, a new play by emerging playwright Sarah Rose Kearns.

Jane Austen’s last and most romantic novel, Persuasion first appeared in print in 1818. Set in the immediate wake of the Napoleonic wars, it is a brilliant meditation on love and loss, and what is constant in a changing world.

This original stage adaptation, still in development, has received readings and workshops at such venues as the HB Playwrights Foundation in New York City; Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, Pennsylvania; the University of North Carolina Jane Austen Summer Program; and the Jane Austen Society of North America, New York Metropolitan Region.

Persuasion features a cast of both visiting and local actors, including Gary Ambler, Chris Brumley, Ariadne Calvano, Barb Evans, Kelly Moore, Amanda Jill Robinson, Kyle Ware, Coy Benning Wentworth, Maggie Wetzel, and Actors Theatre alumna Jenna Zhu (Professional Training Company 2017-2018).


Claire Moyer holds an MA in directing from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and she is the Associate Director and Literary Manager of Philadelphia’s Inis Nua Theatre, which produces new writing from the UK and Ireland. Directing credits include Inis Nua, Curio Theatre, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Revolution Shakespeare, and more. Her work has been recognized with two Barrymore nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Play, with another for Outstanding Overall Production of a Play.

Sarah Rose Kearns is a writer, performer, and lifelong Austen enthusiast. As an actress, she has appeared at Symphony Space, Baltimore Center Stage, Chez Bushwick, and elsewhere; and she holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Columbia University. She is also the author of Manydown, a thirty-minute play about Jane Austen and her sister Cassandra, recently presented at the Dramatists Guild and Nardin Academy in New York.

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