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.

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