On this special episode, Julie and Janina speak with Julie Butters and Derron Wood of Flock Theatre in New London, CT, who will be debuting their production of Jane Eyre via Zoom film on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 7 pm. Julie Butters, a patron of Swampscott Public Library, wrote the adaptation of Jane Eyre and plays Jane in the production, and Derron Wood is the Executive Artistic Director at Flock. We discuss their process for adapting Jane Eyre for a Zoom film format.
They had planned to perform the production in the historic Shaw Mansion in New London, but had to move to filming on Zoom during the pandemic. The Shaw Mansion had provided an intimate and historical experience during their past period piece productions. They plan to perform Jane Eyre there after the pandemic is over.
Skip ahead in the episode to hear Julie and Derron’s answers to specific questions about the production:
The Swampscott Public Library will be hosting a viewing of the film on Zoom on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6 pm. After the film, we will be joined by Julie, Derron, and Eric Michaelian, the actor who plays Mr. Rochester in the production for a post-viewing discussion.
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