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Stage Left Theatre hosts online play readings of new, though-provoking plays once a month allowing actors, directors, and playwrights to advance their artistic visions while interacting with the perceptions of engaged audience members like you!

The readings take place over Zoom and will feature discussions on the play following the reading with the playwright (when available). 

Audiences will receive a link to join the reading after purchase of a pay-what-you-can ticket ($5 minimum.)

Up Next

Monday, February 20, 2023 - 7:00pm CST

via Zoom


Written by Sarah Olender

Directed by Natividad Salgado


Mrs. Rochester explores the backstory of Bertha, the “madwoman in the attic,” from the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. This ensemble piece weaves parallel timelines of Victorian England, where Bertha is imprisoned by Rochester, to her youth in early 19 th century Jamaica. As the story builds, audiences may question, who is truly mad?

Set in a tumultuous time in history, Mrs. Rochester resonates with modern American audiences who are navigating a world with its own contentiousness and political instability. Audiences will also identify contemporary themes of racial identity, autonomy, and women’s rights.

Sarah is a research specialist and playwright from Chicago, IL. She is a network member at Chicago Dramatists, a member of the Playwrights Center and the Dramatists Guild. She co-founded and was production manager of Foreground Theatre Company. Sarah has an extensive background in stage management and has worked with prestigious companies including Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Gate Theatre in London. Her work is meticulously researched and characterized by the rich and complicated characters she develops in her plays.  

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