“Jane Eyre” Begins Performances at Milwaukee Repertory Theater April 25-May 21

CONTACT: Frances White, Director of Media Relations

414-290-5362 or fwhite@milwaukeerep.com

IMAGERY: http://www.milwaukeerep.com/Press-Room/

www.MilwaukeeRep.com | @MilwRep  | #JaneEyreMKE

Photos available for download HERE.






March 23, 2017- [Milwaukee] Milwaukee Repertory Theater presents the critically acclaimed adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic story Jane Eyre in the Quadracci Powerhouse beginning April 25 through May 21. Directed by KJ Sanchez (Harvey, The Diary of Anne Frank), Jane Eyre is a passionate romance meets thrilling psychological drama performed by ten actors playing more than 20 roles.  The production combines Victorian-era costumes with inventive staging to bring new creativity and vitality to the classic story, considered one of the most widely read novels in the English language.


Jane Eyre cast features Margaret Ivey (Epic Theatre Ensemble’s Measure for Measure), Rin Allen (New York Classical Theatre’s Cyrano de Bergerac), Michael Sharon (New York City Opera’s The Fantasticks), Andy Paterson (Peter and the Starcatcher), Christine Toy Johnson (Broadway’s The Music Man), Tina Stafford (Paper Mill Playhouse’s Cinderella), Rebecca Hirota (Manhattan Theatre Club’s Vietgone), Damian Baldet (Broadway’s Machinal), Jesse Bhamrah (Rep EPR), and Tanner Medding (Rep EPR).


Jane Eyre is adapted by Polly Teale (Tricycle Theatre’s The Clearing), directed by KJ Sanchez (Harvey, The Diary of Anne Frank), with set design by Kris Stone (Milwaukee Shakespeare Theatre’s Julius Caesar), costume design by Rachel Healy (Seafarer, The Cherry Orchard), lighting design by Brian Lilienthal (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), and sound and composition design by Jane Shaw (Hartford Stage’s Hamlet).


Jane Eyre begins performances April 25 and runs through May 21 in the Quadracci Powerhouse. Opening night is set for Friday, April 28 at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at the Ticket Office (108 E. Wells Street).


Jane Eyre is proudly presented by Associated BankJane Eyre is a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Rep is sponsored in part by The United Performing Arts Fund.


“You’ve never seen a Jane Eyre like this one!” – Cincinnati Enquirer




Margaret Ivey, Jane Eyre


Ms. Ivey’s off-Broadway credits include Measure for Measure and Dominique Morisseau’s Mend (Epic Theatre Ensemble). Regionally, she has appeared in The Legend of Georgia McBride and Good People (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati); pen/man/ship and The Wedding Gift (Contemporary American Theater Festival); Richard III, All My Sons, and Stargirl (People’s Light); As You Like It (Georgia Shakespeare); Les Misérables (Aurora Theatre); and A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre). She trained at the University of Southern California, the British American Drama Academy and the American Theatre Wing’s Springboard NYC program. Based in New York, Ms. Ivey is a teaching artist with Epic Theatre Ensemble and she leads high school summer abroad programs with the Experiment in International Living.


Rin Allen, Bertha


Ms. Allen’s New York credits include Cyrano de Bergerac with Gabriel Barre, As You Like It, and The Tempest (New York Classical Theatre). Regional credits include Urinetown and The Mikado (Weston Playhouse); The Three Musketeers (Cincinnati Playhouse); Grease!, CATS, and Chicago (Cortland Repertory Theatre, where her performance as Velma Kelly was nominated for a SALT Award). Ms. Allen enjoys some occasional stunt work in the New York film and television industry. Her voice is featured on musical demos for Things I Left on Long Island by Sara Cooper and Mike Pettry and Strega Nona The Musical by Aron Accurso, Roberta Carlson, and Thomas W. Olson. She received her BFA from New York University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG.


Michael Sharon, Rochester


Mr. Sharon’s international and New York credits include Leontes in The Winter’s Tale (GBS Theatre, London), El Gallo in the historic off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, and The Most Happy Fella at New York City Opera, Lincoln Center. Regional credits include title roles in Macbeth (Los Angeles Theatre Center), Julius Caesar (Folger Theatre), Pericles (Connecticut Repertory Theatre) and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Bristol Riverside), as well as Emile DeBecque in South Pacific (Delaware Theatre Company), Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage), Starbuck in The Rainmaker (People’s Light), Mr. Knightley in Jane Austen’s Emma (Pioneer Theatre Company), and Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (Fulton Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre; Broadway World and Carbonell Award nominations). Mr. Sharon’s credits also include the Shakespeare Theatre Company (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Goodspeed Opera House, and multiple seasons at the Oregon, Utah and Alabama Shakespeare Festivals. Film and TV credits include “Identical,” “According to Jim,” “Unforgettable,” and “One Life to Live.” Mr. Sharon received his training at the University of Southern California and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London.



Jane Eyre Public Performance Calendar

Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change




::Fact Sheet::


Jane Eyre

April 25 – May 21 (Opening Night Friday, April 28 at 8pm) in the Quadracci Powerhouse

Written by Charlotte Brontë

Adapted by Polly Teale

Originally Produced by Shared Experience Theatre

Directed by KJ Sanchez

Jane Eyre is a co-production with Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.


Talks and Events

Rep-in-Depth: A pre-show conversation with a member of the Jane Eyre cast. Rep-in-Depth occurs 45 minutes before curtain for every performance.

TalkBacks: a discussion with members of the cast and artistic team following the 7:30pm performance on the following Wednesdays: May 3, May 10, and May 17.

For more information on these events please visit: https://www.MilwaukeeRep.com/Tickets–Events/Events/


Access Services

Audio-Described Performance: Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm – the show will be described for patrons who are blind or have low vision.

Captioned Theater Performance: Sunday, May 21, 2pm – the show includes captions.

American Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thursday, May 18, 7:30pm – the show will be signed for patrons who are deaf or have low hearing.



Tickets: www.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490, or at the Ticket Office at 108 E Wells Street, Milwaukee.

Hours: 12noon – 6pm; on performance days the Ticket Office remains open until 15 minutes past curtain.

Student Discounts: Students 18 and under can purchase $20 tickets for select seating areas.

35 & Under: Select tickets available for $20 for patrons 35 & Under. (Select 35 & Under price at checkout online)

Group Sales: Discounted tickets for parties of 10+. Call 414-290-5340.


About Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Milwaukee Rep is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works and full-scale musicals housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol, which featured a World Premiere of a new adaptation in 2016, at the historic Pabst Theater.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, Milwaukee Repertory Theater ignites positive change in the cultural, social, and economic vitality of its community by creating world-class theater experiences that entertain, provoke, and inspire meaningful dialogue among an audience representative of Milwaukee’s rich diversity.

Sign Up for Arts Beat

Get involved with local arts news. Sign up for our FREE e-newsletter and you'll always have local performing arts information at your fingertips.