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Mother’s Day Tea with Jane Austen
Sunday, May 12
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Museum Members $60; Public $70 Buy tickets
Please note: Reserved seating is assigned by ticket purchase date.
The Driehaus Museum’s popular Mother’s Day celebration returns with a special literary guest!
Jane Austen wrote some of literature’s most memorable mothers—from the strict Mrs. Ferrars of Sense and Sensibility, who expected great things of her son Edward, to the famous matchmaker Mrs. Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, with her five spirited daughters. During the Museum’s annual Mother’s Day Tea, which falls this year on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, learn more about the personal history of the author who was inspired to invent not only these, but also other mothers and their relationships with their children.
Enjoy a Victorian-style tea service in the Museum’s ballroom with an array of fine teas, petite scones, finger sandwiches, and butter cookies, as Jane Austen—played by the talented actress Debra Ann Miller—joins you in person. Through engaging conversation and quotes from letters, juvenilia, and novels, she shares anecdotes about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra, and the loves and losses that shaped her life and informed her perception of the world.
There are two opportunities to attend this special Mother’s Day tea, commencing at either 11 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. Following each one-hour tea service, guests are treated to a complimentary guided tour of the Driehaus Museum.
About the Performer
Debra Ann Miller has been an actress and voiceover talent for more than 25 years, and has worked as a historical impersonator for the last 15 years. Throughout her career, she has toured the country with Child’s Play Touring Theatre, Artreach, and the Reading is Fundamental program, as well as worked in Chicago theatres, including The Organic, Royal George, Noble Fool and Victory Gardens. In 2004, Debra won the Best Actress award at the Chicago Indie Fest for her first film, Zen Noir. In addition to portraying Jane Austen, Debra is currently touring the country with Lincoln Productions’ Visiting the Lincolns and Mrs. Lincoln’s Salon as Mary Todd Lincoln.
Image: Debra Ann Miller
Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at registration that evening.
Mansions and Millionaires: The McCormickville Walking Tour
First and third Saturdays, May 3 through November 15
Step back in time to enjoy a special walking tour of Chicago's River North district, led by historian Sally Sexton Kalmbach. Read more
Book Club: I Am Madame X
Saturday, September 6
Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. In this remarkable novel, author Gioia Diliberto tells the story of American beauty Virginie Gautreau, the subject of John Singer Sargent’s famous 1884 painting Portrait of Madame X. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Achievements of the Low Art Tile Company
Thursday, September 18
The Low Art tile Company produced some of the finest ceramic tiles ever produced in the United States. Between 1878 and 1904 Low tiles were displayed in more than eighteen distributors showrooms around the United States, Canada and Britain. The talk will provide a window into the artistic world of late 19th century America. Read more
Book Club: The Picture of Dorian Gray
Saturday, October 11
Discuss Gilded Age fiction, biography, and history with the authors and historians. Join us for a lively discussion of Oscar Wilde’s only published novel. Read more
Gypsy Jazz: Swing Gitan
Friday, October 17
Back by popular demand! Chicago's premiere gypsy-jazz band, Swing Gitan, led by Alfonso Ponticello returns to the Museum for an evening of foot-tappin' swing played on acoustic instruments in the 1930's-style music of guitarist Django Reinhardt. Read more
Nickerson Lecture: Gardens for a Beautiful America
Thursday, October 30
Gilded Age industrialism brought a new prosperity, but at the price of once pristine forests, rivers, and blue skies, devastated by continental railroad building and factory pollution. This lecture will explore the work of wealthy women and landscape architects to green America. Read more
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