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After Mrs. Rochester ()

Produced by

Alumnae Theatre Company

Playwright: Polly Teale
Director: Laura Roald


Alumnae Mainspace Theatre


September 23rd, 2011 – October 8th, 2011


Jean Rhys  was a troubled, Caribbean-born chorus girl turned writer who strongly identified with a fictional counterpart – Mr. Rochester’s mad first wife in Charlotte Brontë‘s classic 1847 novel Jane Eyre. In 1966, after decades of silence, Jean Rhys produced her masterpiece, a Jane Eyre prequel titled Wide Sargasso Sea told from the perspective of Rochester’s unhappy West Indian bride. British playwright Polly Teale’s labyrinthine drama interweaves the demons haunting Jean with her fictional obsession to explore their toll on the writer’s stormy life. (


Susan Q Wilson Jean Rhys
Laura Jabalee Johnston Jean’s Daughter/Jane Eyre / Gilly / Maudie
Tina McCulloch Mrs. Bertha Rochester
Jessica Rose Ella
Julie Burris Ella’s Mother / Chorus Girl / Landlady / Police Officer / Stella
Kanika Ambrose Tite / Meta / Chorus Girl
Laine Newman Ella’s Father / Voice Teacher / Lancelot / Lenglet / Husband
Tabitha Keast Rochester / Gentleman / Teacher / Theatre Manager / Shop Assistant/Man / Police Officer / Ford Madox Ford

Creative Team

Polly Teale Playwright
Laura Roald Director
Taryn Jorgenson Assistant Director
Laura Roald Set Designer
Paul Hardy Lighting Designer
Megan Benjafield Sound Designer
P. J. Hammond Costume Designer
Chris Mott Fight Director


Karen Elizabeth Stage Manager
P. J. Hammond Producer
Tabitha Keast Producer
Lynda Yearwood Props Co-Ordinator
John Fleming Dialect Coach
Emily Macnaughton Assistant Stage Manager
Angus Barlow Sound Operator
Susan Down Lighting Operator
Stacy Halloran Lighting Operator
Cameron Lapp Master Carpenter
Howard Smith Set Construction Crew
Karen Elizabeth Set Construction Crew
Vivien Fierson Scenic Painter
Roxann Ritchie Scenic Painter
Angus Barlow Lighting Hang Crew
Jon Maybury Lighting Hang Crew
Karen Elizabeth Lighting Hang Crew
Tina McCulloch Marketing
Tina McCulloch Publicity Director
Jo-Anne Wurster Reservations Manager
Sandra Schneider Opening Night Reception
Bev Atkinson Opening Night Reception
Suzanne Courtney Web Goddess
Dahlia Katz Production Photographs