Two very different sisters yearn for love and fear the loss of their lifestyle in an unpredictable and fast-paced adaptation of the Jane Austen classic.
Escondido, CA October, 2019– Patio Playhouse Community Theater presents Sense and Sensibility by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen. First premiering in 2014, Hamill’s version of Sense and Sensibility—along with her theatrical adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, Vanity Fair and, most recently, Little Women—have quickly become some of the most produced plays in the United States. Hamill’s play is unique because she upends the Masterpiece Theatre tone of the original narrative and turns it into something highly comic and very energetic, with a quick and lively pace. While the change might surprise dedicated “Janeites,” as Austen’s devotees are known, it will also delight them. In Sense and Sensibility, Hamill takes on the indomitable Dashwood sisters, pragmatic Elinor and passionate Marianne, and explores the foibles of their family, the complications of their romances, and the challenges of an era when women could not inherit property, which could stand in the way of marrying for love.
The cast includes Maisy Holmes (Marianne), Tori Bleher (Elinor), Martie Clark (Mrs. Dashwood), Amy Hypnarowski (Margaret), Spencer Farmer (Colonel Brandon), Steve Warrick (Mrs. Jennings), Daniel Cook (Edward Ferrars), Jacob Painter (Willoughby) and Becca Pilcher (Fanny.)
Patio Playhouse’s production of Sense and Sensibility is proud to be partnering with The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides educational exhibits and programs focused on science, art and world cultures for over 100,000 visitors annually. San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum also provides early learning supplemental educational resources to children, parents, and educators, and is committed to access for all. They offer free admission to military families and children and adults in the SanDiego Literacy Program, field trip scholarships to over 10,000 children in low-income or Title-I schools, and internship programs for middle school through university students, among other programs. By partnering with our community, The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum strives to inspire creativity, curiosity and innovation through hands-on, playful and experiential learning. Throughout the run of Sense of Sensibility, Patio patrons are encouraged to support the mission of the Museum by donating any amount through our lobby display. After the show closes, proceeds will be delivered to the Museum to support their work. For more information or to donate, please visit their website at www.sdcdm.org.
Tickets: Performances of Sense and Sensibility will run Friday, October 25 through November 17 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:00 at our mainstage theater at 116 W. Kalmia Ave. in downtown Escondido. The full schedule is available on our website. Tickets for this production are available for the cost of $20 for Adults, $18 for Seniors/Military/Students, and $12 for Youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For reservations, contact the Patio Playhouse box office at 760-746-6669, via email, or via the website www.patioplayhouse.com. Directed by Kelli Harless. Produced by Brenda Townsend. Licensed by arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
About Patio Playhouse — is Escondido’s only community theater. Established in 1967, the playhouse is located in the heart of Escondido near the intersection of Kalmia and Grand Avenues. Patio Playhouse presents a full season of musicals, dramas, and comedies, but is also known for its unique fee-free youth theater, which produces several shows a year while introducing live theatre to children through performance/crew opportunities and school performances. Patio also presents an annual summer season called Patio Plays in the Park, where patrons can enjoy an evening of musical theater under the stars at Kit Carson Amphitheater. In 2019, the summer shows The Wizard of Oz and Little Women, The Broadway Musical partnered with Words Alive San Diego. Patio Playhouse is an independent, all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. To find out more about Patio Playhouse, please visit www.patioplayhouse.com or find us on social media. Patio Playhouse is also a proud partner of San Diego Theatre Connection, a group that fosters and supports service opportunities between arts organizations and nonprofit partners around San Diego County.