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Theater department to host play inspired by Jane Austen

The Austin Peay State University Department of Theater and Dance and the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts will present Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical.

Written and performed by New York actress Karen Eterovich, the play is based on the life of the legendary novelist Jane Austen and highlights her contribution to the world of literature, her relationship with her family and her adventures as a flirtatious butterfly in rural England.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Theater and Dance and the Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts will present “Cheer from Chawton: A Jane Austen Family Theatrical.”

Written and performed by New York actress Karen Eterovich, the play is based on the life of the legendary novelist Jane Austen and highlights her contribution to the world of literature, her relationship with her family and her adventures as a “flirtatious butterfly” in rural England.

The play will start at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27 in the Trahern Theatre. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Trahern Theatre Box Office.

Eterovich just returned from Bath, England, where she performed “Cheer from Chawton” at The Mission Theatre for a week to glowing reviews. She also has performed the play at the renowned Players Club in New York City and at the Jane Austen Festival in England where Sue Hughes, editor of Regency World magazine, proclaimed it “the hit of the festival” on BBC Radio Scotland. In the November Issue of Jane Austen's Regency World, Hughes said, “The play's premise is an ingenious one. It was difficult to see when the applause was going to end.”

Due to the success of “Cheer from Chawton,” Eterovich has been in constant demand as both a lecturer and performer on the college circuit. Eterovich created the piece after performing in a play about Jane Austen and finding herself fascinated by the writer. Cynthia Kane, documentary producer and consultant at the Sundance Channel said, “Karen's performance as Jane Austen was sublime! I went home and dug out my complete anthology of Jane Austen to reread after spending an evening in her lovely, witty company!”

For further information regarding ticket sales, contact the box office by telephone at (931) 221-7379. Tickets are available from 3-5 p.m., Nov. 20, 26 and 27, as well as one hour prior to the performance.

For more information about the performance, contact Marcus Hayes in the department of theater and dance by telephone at (931) 221-6371. -- Jessica Baird