Staged Reading of “Manydown”

Sarah Rose Kearns

One pivotal night in December 1802, Jane Austen faces a difficult choice around love, money, family, and art. Emilee Dupré directs this thirty-minute play by Sarah Rose Kearns, featuring the playwright as Cassandra and Trenell Mooring as Jane.

Sarah Rose Kearns is a writer, performer, and lifelong Austen enthusiast. She studied acting with Dan Daily, Ragnar Freidank, Austin Pendleton, and many others; and she holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Columbia University. Her stage adaptation of Persuasion debuted off-Broadway in 2021, while her one-act play Manydown has been performed at numerous venues in the US as well as in the UK and New Zealand. Rose is the most recent recipient of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) International Visitor Program fellowship; she traveled to Chawton, UK, in the summer of 2022 to perform Manydown at Chawton House and to conduct research for another biographical play about the Austen sisters. She is a frequent speaker on Austen and the art of adaptation, and has discussed her work at The Peabody Institute in Baltimore, The Jane Austen Summer Program in Chapel Hill, HB Studio, and The New York Society Library. Rose serves as a member of the JASNA committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and in 2023, she assumed the post of co-Regional Coordinator for the JASNA New York Metropolitan region.


Sunday, February 12, 2023
2:00 AM - 2:300 PM
Free with registration.

Community Building Auditorium

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