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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Pair of New Eyes: A New Play by Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka About Extraordinary Austenesque Women in 19th Century Ireland



Below is a press release I just received from Aintzane Mentxaka, the author of the article about lesbian aspects of the relationship between Mary Crawford and Fanny Price which I blogged about seven months ago:


For those reading this who live in Ireland and Great Britain, perhaps you will be interested in attending the play, I gather from the descriptions of the play at the linked website, that there would be strong resonance between this new play and Austen-related feminist themes.
And Aintzane's article demonstrates she is a sharp, sensitive, and insightful reader of literature, so I would expect her to exhibit the same talents and qualities as a playwright.

The historical quotations at the play's website...


...made me think that Jane Austen would have thought she had died and gone to heaven had she been able to see a play like this during one of her stays in London-- because it depicts strong, creative, independent women making a difference in the world, and taking care of each other, in the face of sexist resistance--i.e., women like Jane Austen herself!

Cheers, ARNIE
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PRESS RELEASE  
From Aintzane Legarreta Mentxaka <makentxu@gmail.com>

 Born to Burn productions, and the Hoops & Hammers theatre group, present...

A PAIR OF NEW EYES: A PLAY

by A.L. Mentxaka

world premiere tuesday 5th November 2013
Sean O'Casey Theatre
(behind the Dublin Convention Centre)

TICKETS NOW FOR SALE ONLINE!

www.borntonburnproductions.com <http://www.borntonburnproductions.com>

You think you know all about women in Ireland in the nineteenth century?

You think there’s not much to know?

Think again!
    
In a tiny town in the Irish Midlands in the nineteenth century, two ladies became world-wide pioneers of science, technology, and art. Meet the Countess of Rosse, architect, engineer, blacksmith (yes,
blacksmith), one of the best photographers in history, and an unmatched force in famine relief. Meet her cousin Ms Mary Ward, astronomer, entomologist, and accomplished artist, whose books of microscopic images brought a shock to the Victorians. 

These extraordinary women broke all the rules.

All… except one.

.................................................................................................................

Steam cars, romance, the Irish famine, telescopes, philosophy, conceptual art… 

A multimedia period drama for the crashed generation.

……………………………………………………………………………

for information on cast, crew, historical background, gallery, events...

check the play website: www.borntoburnproductions.com


or follow ‘Born to Burn productions’ on Facebook

 --Aintzane "Anne" Legarreta Mentxaka

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