“Time will explain.” ―Jane Austen, Persuasion
Regency period illustration of people with strange hats


September 11–October 31, 2021

The Connelly Theater
220 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
A World Premiere by Sarah Rose Kearns
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Eric Tucker

In the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars, a shy English spinster seeks to win back the love of the man she jilted eight years before. Jane Austen’s last and most romantic novel, PERSUASION first appeared in print in 1818, and is a meditation on love and loss, and what is constant in a changing world.


Choose from showtimes below from SEPTEMBER 11―OCTOBER 31, 2021

The Connelly Theater Directions
220 East 4th St.
New York City
The Connelly is wheelchair accessible from street level.


F to 2nd Ave. (closest)
6 to Bleecker St.
B/D/F/M to Broadway-Lafayette
6/N/R to Astor Place & 8th St.


Nearest Parking
Edison ParkFast at 167 Essex St. btw Stanton and Houston (about a 6 minute walk)


Is the theater wheelchair-accessible?

Although the building is unfortunately not ADA-compliant (it was built in 1874), the theater is on ground level and is wheelchair-accessible (no steps). BEDLAM productions will be able to make room for patrons in wheelchairs*

To make arrangements for wheelchair-accessible seating please call 1-833-4BEDLAM or email: info@bedlam.org.


*Please note that although restrooms are accessible without stairs, there are no wide stalls.

Meet the cast


Cast 1

Coming soon



ERIC TUCKER: Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Bedlam’s The Crucible, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom., Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014)Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will.  For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.


SARAH ROSE KEARNS is a writer, performer, and lifelong Austen enthusiast. She studied acting with Dan Daily, Ragnar Freidank, Austin Pendleton, and many others; and she holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Columbia University. Her short play Manydown, which imagines one important night in the life of Jane Austen, was recently produced by Mia Moravis as a piece of audio theatre, featuring Laura Rocklyn as Jane and Lilli Cooper as the Narrator; it debuted in June 2021 at the Jane Austen Summer Program. Rose is the most recent recipient of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) International Visitor Program fellowship and, in 2022, will travel to Chawton, UK, to conduct research for another biographical drama about the Austen family. She serves as a member of the JASNA Committee for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.