"Anoka's Lyric Arts in the Main Stage Theater reprises a 200 year old tradition when the company stages Jane Austen's famous bestselling novel Sense & Sensibility--For the company's recent production, which opened on a February weekend, Director Natalie Novacek choose an adaptation by actor/playwright Kate Hamill, whom the Wall Street Journal awarded Playwright of the Year in 2017. Known for her contemporary takes on classical novels, Hamill channels Austin's spirit by incorporating forty percent of her original text, and invokes sixty percent of Hamill's innovation to create the hybrid script. This method abridges the lengthy literary novel and allows for immense interpretation where audiences will ultimately benefit and enjoy.
Scenic Designer Sarah Brandner together with Lighting Designer Jim Eischen create an ethereal, timeless setting for Austen's English countryside and her heroines Elinor and Marianne.
Sense & Sensibility
Runs through March 3
Called an “unconditional delight” and “a bouncy, jaunty take on Austen” by the New York Times, this playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable.
Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions to societal pressures—both reasonable and ridiculous.
Tickets range from $29-32. Please visit the Ticket Information section of our website for more details.