Sense and Sensibility


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B. Iden Payne Theatre
Given the urgency of the situation regarding COVID-19, the recommendations from leadership at The University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), it is with great consideration and sadness that we have made the difficult decision to suspend the remainder of our Spring 2020 Season indefinitely. This suspension applies to mainstage season performances, studio productions and all public events at the department for the remainder of the semester. Learn more here.

Adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan

Directed by Laura Gordon

When their father suddenly passes away leaving his estate to his son, sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood find themselves financially destitute and their reputations tarnished. The personifications of good sense and emotional sensibility, the Dashwood sisters must now navigate their new lives and romantic entanglements under the judgmental eyes of 19th-century English society in order to regain their social standing and find true love.

Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility comes to life on the stage with vivid imagery, biting wit and undeniable passion through the Dashwood's adventures and misadventures on their journey to find happiness.

In a world where money and power define your worth, can you really be true to your heart?


Preview: April 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Opening: April 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Additional Performances: April 10, 14–18 at 7:30 p.m. and April 18–19 at 2:00 p.m.

About the Director

A Milwaukee-based actor and director, Laura Gordon's directing credits include The Unexpected Man, An Ideal Husband, The Royal Family, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Old Times (American Players Theatre); The Foreigner, Venus in Fur, Speaking in Tongues, Almost Maine, Laurel and Hardy, Gutenberg! the Musical! (Milwaukee Rep); Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing (Santa Cruz Shakespeare); Measure for Measure, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Winter’s Tale (Utah Shakespeare Festival); In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Actors Theater of Louisville); Russian Transport, Skin Tight, Amelia (Renaissance Theaterworks); Heisenberg, Red, Going to St. Ives (Forward Theater); Richard III (Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival); Anna Karenina (Utah State University), Eurydice (Nevada Conservatory Theatre). Her acting credits include "Margie" in Good People, "Linda Loman" in Death of a Salesman, "Elizabeth Proctor" in The Crucible, "Sister Aloysius" in Doubt, "Elizabeth" in Richard III, "Maureen" in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and "Queen Elizabeth I" in Mary Stuart. Gordon is a Lunt-Fontanne Fellow and an Associate Artist with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and a member of SDC and Actors Equity Association.

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