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Chawton House's Summer Series continues with playwrights Sarah Rose Kearns and Nandita Shenoy discussing adapting Jane Austen.

Join actors and writers Sarah Rose Kearns & Nandita Shenoy as they discuss the challenges and joys of adapting Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1817) and Northanger Abbey (1817) for the stage. This pre-recorded discussion, including readings from the work of both playwrights, will be followed by a live Q&A session on Zoom.

Sarah Rose Kearns is a writer, performer, and lifelong Jane Austen enthusiast. Her stage adaptation of Persuasion will debit off Broadway in New York in the Autumn of 2021, directed by Eric Tucker for his company Bedlam. Rose was selected as the JASNA International Visitor for 2020, although her visit to Chawton has been postponed due to the pandemic.

Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer and actor. Her first full-length play, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by theHegira in Washington, DC in 2011. Inspired by Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Lyme Park follows the adventures of Kavita and her friend Violet on a tour of the English countryside as Kavita tries to find her own Mr. Darcy.

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