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Sense and Sensibility
June 17th - August 19th on Barter's Gilliam Stage
Director's Note
Sense and Sensibility is my favorite of Jane Austen’s creations. She built the Dashwood sisters with such depth and personality that it’s impossible not to hope for them. Elinor Dashwood, the proverbial ‘sense’ of the story, holds her family together through her adherence to the rules of society and her ability to master her emotions. Marianne, the ‘sensibility,’ feels everything so deeply that her passion carries the family, and the story, forward in adventure. But here is where Austen’s hand tips—to find their true happiness, each sister must find the other side of themselves—the sense or sensibility they didn’t have before. Elinor allows her emotions to surface; Marianne finds joy in the peace of stability.
It sounds like a simple plot device, but it is so much more. As you turn the story over, you find more characters and moments that are enriched by discovering that the opposite of what they believed is also true. It’s an acting exercise I particularly like, to have a character explore the opposite of what they were just playing. It deepens the work and brings a richness and three dimensionality to the characters.
I believe the same is true in the ‘real world.’ Since the country reopened after pandemic shutdowns, people talk every day about their search for balance in their lives. We can feel that something in us is amiss… lopsided. It has been one of the great joys of this play to rediscover that, like the Dashwood sisters, we will find ourselves through the opposite of what we have been doing. If we have clung to our logic, we might need to listen to our heart more. And vice versa. If we are leaning into our work, perhaps we need some play. And vice versa. We are creatures of beautiful paradox. We can hold both at once: our care for ourselves and our care for others, our freedom and our responsibility, our stillness and our wanderlust, and on and on and on. Come with us as the Dashwoods find that they, and we, hold multitudes.
- Katy Brown, Director of Sense & Sensibility
Cast List

Elinor Dashwood
Zoë Velling

Marianne Dashwood
Libby Zabit

Margaret Dashwood/Mrs. Ferrars/Gossip
Kailey Kyle

Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele/Gossip
Carrie Smith Lewis*

John Willoughby/Josh Dashwood/Gossip
Justin Tyler Lewis*

Edward Ferrars/Robert Ferrars/Lady Middleton/Gossip
Garrett Houston

Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood/Lucy Steele/Lady Middleton/Gossip
Hannah Ingram*

Colonel Brandon/Thomas/Lady Middleton/Gossip
Sean Maximo Campos*

Sir John Middleton/Doctor/Servant/Gossip
Vince McGill*

Mrs. Jennings/Gossip
Paris Bradstreet*

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.


Director, Choregrapher
Katy Brown

Scenic Designer
Derek Smith

Lighting Designer
Andrew Morehouse

Costume Designer
Kelly Jenkins

Sound Designer
Miles Polaski

Dialect Coach
Carrie Smith Lewis

Intimacy Coordinator
Ashley Campos

Assistant Stage Manager
Elizabeth Anne Green*

Stage Manager
Megan Ward

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors, and Stage Managers in the United States.

Production Crew

Production Assistant
Natasha Carpenter

Production Assistant
EJ Freed

Swing Dresser
Chantell Fuller

Audio Supervisor
Matt Green

Gilliam Stage Carpenter
Franklin Hyder

Timothy Johnson

Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor
Beks Knost

Production Assistant
Lizzie Komosa

Wardrobe Supervisor
Emily Murray

Janis Nordeen

Light Board Operator
L’Via Rodriguez


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Production Credits

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.