Performance: Laura Rocklyn as Jane Austen: Who Dares to Be an Authoress?
The year is 1815, and Miss Austen has just returned from a visit to the Prince Regent’s London residence. The honor of this invitation prompts her to reminisce about the events that led the daughter of a country clergyman to a position of such notoriety. She shares her thoughts and feelings about her novels and how their publication changed her life forever.
Playwright and actress Laura Rocklyn portrays Jane Austen, with discussion and Q&A about Regency deportment and etiquette.
Laura Rocklyn is an actress and writer based in Boston. She has performed with regional theater companies across the country, where some favorite shows have included The Glass Menagerie and A Tale of Two Cities at Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Sense & Sensibility at The Folger Theatre, Pride & Prejudice at Round House Theatre, As You Like It at Kentucky Shakespeare, and Red Velvet (2018 BroadwayWorld Baltimore Award for Best Actress in a Play) and A Christmas Carol at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, where she is an Associate Company Member. She has been seen on TV in Legends & Lies:The Patriots and on Investigation Discovery: Southern Fried Homicide. Next, Laura will be touring with History At Play in How Long Must We Wait? a new performance art piece chronicling 100 years of suffrage history, and in the one-woman show I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone. As a freelance artist, Laura writes and performs one-woman historic character portrayals for educational groups up and down the East Coast, and her original short play Emma is Presented in Washington City was presented as the curtain raiser for the Jane Austen Society of North America's 2016 Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC. She has published two articles of literary criticism in Brontë Studies. Laura is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College. She holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting at The George Washington University, and a BA in Theatre and English Literature from Middlebury College.
This event is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger.