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OneAmerica Mainstage
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About the Play


Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility
adapted by Jessica Swale
directed by Peter Amster
April 14 - May 10, 2020

beloved romance

Three sisters and their widowed mother lose their family home and must create new lives for themselves in a tiny seaside cottage. Along the way they face kindness and cruelty, duty and deception, as they try to navigate the complex social rules for proper young ladies. What will lead to lasting happiness and true love: practical good sense or following the sensibility of your heart? Sit back and indulge yourself in the wit and wisdom, the beauty and charm of Jane Austen.

APPROXIMATE RUN TIME: 2 hours and 35 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission

Sense and Sensibility is a period romance by Jane Austen. Recommended for patrons 9th grade and above. Due to content and length, children under 4 years of age are not permitted in the OneAmerica Mainstage and Upperstage Theatres. Learn more about our attendance policies here.

Artistic Note:
“Jane Austen originally published her novels anonymously; today, she is one of the most wildly popular classic authors. Why? Her best books are breathlessly compelling; I find that once I get started, I can’t put them down. Jane Austen writes about the emotional and economic tangles of family and relationships with clear, direct honesty, warm-hearted humor, and gripping storytelling. Our production of Jessica Swale’s stage adaptation of Sense and Sensibility offers a timely and timeless point of view on today’s ongoing struggle to make equal space for women in a man’s world.” –Richard J Roberts, Resident Dramaturg

Special Performances
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OPENING NIGHT
Friday, April 17, 2020 | Performance at 7:30 PM

Raise a glass and cheers to the cast and crew at IRT’s Opening Night! After the show, delight in a champagne toast, hors d’oeuvres, and a one-time-only chance to explore the set with IRT Artisans.

IRTEA TALK
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

Stay after the performance to take part in a post-show discussion led by actors, staff and special guests. Learn behind-the-scenes details and additional information about the show and its themes while enjoying tea and cookies courtesy of the IRT.

ASL/AD PERFORMANCE
Sunday, April 26, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

The IRT offers ASL/AD services to our patrons with vision and hearing needs. Patrons with hearing needs are encouraged to sit in the interpretation zone and meet with the interpreter before the show. We also offer Assisted Listening Devices free of charge at each performance.

To learn more visit irtlive.com/accessibility

HAPPY HOUR
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Happy Hour starts at 5:30 PM | Performance at 6:30 PM

Start your evening at the Theatre with IRT’s Happy Hour! Beginning at
5:30 PM, sample appetizers and drinks from local distilleries, breweries and more before the performance. Sip, savor, and save with half-price drinks at the bar available throughout the evening.

BACKSTAGE TOUR
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | Following the 6:30 PM performance

Immediately following this performance, join IRT staff for an explorative and informative backstage tour. Tours typically last 30 minutes.

POST-SHOW DISCUSSION
Friday, May 1, 2020 | Following the 7:30 PM performance

Join IRT staff and cast immediately after the performance for a post-show discussion that covers a variety of interesting topics related to the show. Post-show discussions typically last for 20 minutes.

COOKIES & COFFEE
Thursday, May 7, 2020 | Performance at 2 PM

Before the 2 PM performance, sweeten your afternoon at the IRT with complimentary cookies, tea and coffee provided by Bee Coffee Roasters served in the lobby..

Cast Members


Cassandra Bissell
CASSANDRA BISSELL
Elinor Dashwood
JASON BRADLEY
JASON BRADLEY
Edward Ferrars, Robert Ferrars, Thomas Palmer
NATE CHEESEMAN
NATE CHEESEMAN
John Willoughby, John Dashwood
ERICA COLLARUSO
ERICA COLLARUSO
Lucy Steele
GRANT GOODMAN
GRANT GOODMAN
Colonel Brandon
PRISCILLA LINDSAY
PRISCILLA LINDSAY
Mrs. Jennings
Devan Mathias
DEVAN MATHIAS
Fanny Dashwood, Charlotte Palmer, Sophia Grey
JENNY McKNIGHT
JENNY MCKNIGHT
Mrs. Dashwood
SYDNEY PINCHOUCK
SYDNEY PINCHOUCK
Margaret Dashwood
GRACE SMITH
GRACE SMITH
Marianne Dashwood
Henry Woronicz
HENRY WORONICZ
Sir John Middleton, Thomas, Mr. Perks, Doctor

Creative Team

Jessica SwalePlaywright
Peter AmsterDirector
ANN SHEFFIELDScenic Designer
TRACY DORMANCostume Designer
MICHAEL LINCOLNLighting Designer
TODD MACK REISCHMANSound Designer
MIKE TUTAJProjections Designer
GREGG COFFINComposer

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