Longtime Local Comes Back to Play Eleanor Roosevelt

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Byline: The Register-Guard

Former Eugene actress Jane Van Boskirk will return to the area this week in "Eleanor Roosevelt: Across a Barrier of Fear," a one-woman touring show written by playwright Sharon Whitney and directed by Jane Unger, artistic director of Profile Theatre.

The 65-minute show is suitable for families with children of middle school age or older. Performances are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Willamalane Senior Adult Activity Center, 215 West C St., Springfield.

Admission is free.

Van Boskirk was prominent in Eugene theater circles in the 1970s and '80s, when she founded and performed with Oregon Repertory Theatre and Eugene Theatre Company. After marrying then-Eugene City Attorney Tim Sercombe in 1985, the couple moved to Portland in 1990.

Since then, she has performed with Northwest Children's Theatre, New Rose Theatre, Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

Mainly, however, Van Boskirk, 53, has performed around the state as some of the 25 characters in her one-woman shows "Pioneer Women," "Hillbilly Women," "Prodigal Daughters" and "Armed in the Spirit," and the two-person play "Abigail and Harvey."

Van Boskirk also has taught and directed children's theater in Portland schools and at the First Presbyterian Church in Portland.

Van Boskirk and Sercombe, a senior partner with the Portland law firm of Preston Gates and Ellis, have three children, Emma Van Boskirk, 14, and twins William and Benjamin Sercombe, 12. …