Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents a celebration of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the classic novel, the writer Tracy Chevalier was approached to create an anthology, inviting contemporary writers to pen stories inspired by it.  The result was Reader, I Married Him:  Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre.  We invited Chevalier and some of her authors to a special evening at Symphony Space.

On this program, you’ll hear Tony Award winner Joanna Gleason (“Into the Woods”) read from the original.  Then, a rebuttal from Rochester, in Salley Vickers’ “Reader, She Married Me.”  Vickers’ novels include Miss Garnet’s Angel, Mr. Golightly’s Holiday, and The Cleaner of Chartres.  Reader Chris Sarandon’s films include “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Princess Bride,” and “Fright Night.” On television he’s appeared in “Orange is the New Black,” “The Good Wife,” and “Law & Order: SVU,” among other shows.

Our final story is by Audrey Niffenegger, who chose to look at an earlier period in Jane Eyre’s difficult life: her time at the orphanage.  But typically for the author of fantasy-tinged novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, and a favorite story of ours, “The Night Bookmobile,” this Jane has been transported to a dystopian world that is not Eyre’s London.   “The Orphan Exchange,” is read by Tovah Feldshuh, whose long career on stage, film and television includes roles in “Golda’s Balcony” and “Yentl,” “Holocaust” and “Law & Order,” and most recently “The Walking Dead.”

 

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