By V. Glasgow Koste.
Cast: 1w. Now, through the power of theatre, Austen is alive and well and living in any place where she chooses to "body forth" at the flamboyant age of 218-going-on-forever. Quirky, jubilant, curious, this Jane's ironic comic edge cuts her losses to reveal a fiercely independent woman, liberated by her work's immortality to speak her mind and open her heart. A tour de force part for an actor of any age, this Jane wears whatever current clothes she fancies and "speaks American." This is Jane of infinite variety—not staled by custom or stereotype, facing death and the loss of love, laughing at herself, reveling in the sound and sense of language, burning with work, demanding, raging, discovering, still growing. From Seattle to New York, audiences have found the play "superb and totally absorbing...spell-binding." Bare stage. Approximate Running Time: 25 minutes.