After Mrs. Rochester closed on Friday, October 7. It was a fantastic experience and a wonderful show. All who were involved are so proud of it, and amazed and delighted by the unprecedented amount of feedback it generated.
The last thing I read about Jean Rhys was a book of her letters 1931 – 1966, compiled by her editor Diana Athill and author/journalist Francis Wyndham. In one of the last, a letter to Athill dated February 15, 1966, Jean explained her motivation for writing her long-in-the-works masterpiece Wide Sargasso Sea, now regarded as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre: “I’ve never believed in Charlotte’s lunatic [Bertha, the first Mrs. Rochester], that’s why I wrote this book…” Wide Sargasso Sea was finally published in October 1966, and remains a beautiful legacy to Rhys’ unhappy life.