Young Jane Eyre
Though an orphan, Jane Eyre is a spirited girl who loves learning and is determined to make her way in the world. At the age of 10, she finds herself sent away from her uncaring aunt’s home and thrust into the strange and harsh world of Lowood School. There Jane is confronted with meager living conditions: little food, somber clothing, and strict rules. At first, she only finds joy in school books, but then she comes to know a kind teacher, Miss Temple, and a gentle classmate, Helen. It is through these companions that young Jane Eyre’s life is enriched. Many joys are discovered in her friendships. But above all, Jane learns to cherish life and look without fear towards her future.
Charlotte Bronte, author
Marisha Chamberlain, playwright
111 pgs. 31 female, 4 male
Originally produced in CTC’s 1987-1988 season
Run Time: 2 hours
Audience Recommendation: 9+
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“Marisha Chamberlain’s script remains close enough to the novel to retain the story’s captivating strength, but the play isn’t so wordy that it might lose a ten-year-old’s attention.” – Minnesota Daily