Upcoming Meetings

Holiday Party & Persuasion Independent Film by Allison Calloway

Join us for our annual Birthday/Holiday Party, featuring a screening of the new, independent adaptation of Persuasion! The writer and director, Allison Calloway, will be joining us for a live Q&A.

This Persuasion is a modern retelling of the novel and was shot entirely in Corpus Christi, TX with a local cast and crew. This version uses the original language in comedic contrast with the updated setting.

Allison Calloway is a filmmaker based in Texas. She has an MFA in Film and her graduate thesis A Placement played in multiple festivals including USA Film Festival in Dallas and was broadcast in the series Frame of Mind on PBS. Persuasion is her first feature. She wrote the screenplay, directed, produced, and edited it. Before graduate school, Allison interned for Richard Linklater at Detour Film Production in Austin, TX.

View the teaser trailer here!

Date: 12/10

Time: 12 – 2:30 pm

Bring: A $15 Austen/Regency themed white elephant gift and a snack to share

Location: Austin History Center – 810 Guadalupe St. – Click here for the website

Past Meetings

Manydown Audio Play and Q&A with Sarah Rose Kearns and Laura Rocklyn

Join us for an audio ‘screening’ of Manydown, an original play by Sarah Rose Kearns starring Laura Rocklyn as Jane. After the play, we’ll have a Q&A with Rose and Laura.

Manydown features a dramatization of one of Austen’s more interesting biographical points: the proposal of Harris Bigg-Wither!

Date: 11/13

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom!

Alyssa C. Opishinski – Good, Quick, Cheap: Historically Inaccurate Costume Design Choices in Austen Adaptations

Join us for this wonderful talk from the 2021 Chicago AGM!

Historical accuracy in film and theatre is extremely rare and difficult to achieve. This presentation offers insight into the roles of the designer and costumes to foster an understanding and appreciation of it as a living art form, rather than as a failed historic recreation. The audience will be taken on the journey of “concept to costume,” exploring costume design theory to practical problems faced by the designer.

Date: 5/22

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom! Send an email to jasnasctx@gmail.com to RSVP.

Box Hill Picnic

Box lunch, books and being outside together!  Hope you can join us in person for our annual Box Hill Picnic!  Bring a bag or box lunch for yourself and something yummy to share with everyone.  If you have a book that you can bring to exchange that would be even better. A tour around the grounds, a game of Whist, some conversation with new or old friends.  Please join us!  

Please bring a brown bag or picnic lunch for yourself and a dessert to share with others! We will provide some tea, but please bring water or any other cool beverage you like. The event is outside, so we suggest brining a parasol or a bonnet to keep sun or rain off your delicate skin!

Date: 4/3

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Pioneer Farms (click here to learn more!)

Regency Life: An Exploration in Artifacts

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Join us for a discussion on some of the Regency’s lesser-known artifacts! Talk presented by Emily Christ.

Date: 3/6

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom! Send an email to jasnasctx@gmail.com to RSVP.


Card games were a popular way of whiling away an evening at home or with friends. The game of whist is one that was common during Jane Austen’s era.    

“Whist and speculation; which will amuse me most?” Mansfield Park

Date: 2/6

Time: 1:00 pm

Location: Zoom! Send an email to jasnasctx@gmail.com to RSVP.

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