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Apr. 21 2023

MY DEAREST JANE cabaret at Theatre Project

By Gavin Witt | Posted in Host Blogs, Interviews, WBJC Programs | Comments Off on MY DEAREST JANE cabaret at Theatre Project

It was my pleasure to speak with writer/composer/performer Meg Huskin and stage director Elisheva Pront, who along with music director Ryo Hasegawa have conceived and created an original musical cabaret about, and in conversation with, beloved author Jane Austen.

The new piece, entitled My Dearest Jane, draws on text and characters created by Austen, mixing these with original writing and composition to explore favorite heroines from the novels, Austen’s experience as an author, and Huskin’s own journey to discover her voice as an artist.

Among the myriad adaptations and retellings of Austen that emerge almost annually, My Dearest Jane offers a unique blend of perspectives, content, and form–using live music and personal narrative alongside inspiration from the source material–to offer a new exploration of this familiar terrain.

The piece performs Tuesday, April 25th, at 8pm at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street in Baltimore.

More information, as well as reservations ($10 suggested donation to benefit the performers) at https://www.theatreproject.org/my-dearest-jane/


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WBJC listeners and Baltimore audiences may know Gavin from his nearly 20 years as dramaturg and associate artistic director at Baltimore Center Stage (in which capacity he was a frequent guest on WBJC to talk about programs and events), or from regular appearances alongside Jonathan Palevsky at the Charles Theater for Cinema Sundays discussions. A director, dramaturg, producer, translator, and adaptor who also teaches on the theater faculty at Towson University, Gavin is a recent addition to the WBJC team and delighted to play this new role.

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