Sense and Sensibility

Adapted by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Eric Tucker
September 13 – November 13, 2016
Folger Theatre

This production closed on Sunday November 13th.

"Austen herself would stand up and cheer" - Peter Marks, The Washington Post

Don't miss it! Extended an additional two weeks till November 13th!

Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Director of the Year), this adaptation was first premiered in New York City by Bedlam (Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Andrus Nichols, Producing Director). Produced in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity (through November 6, 2016).

Approximate run time is 2 hours and 45 minutes including an intermission. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theater. Every person entering the theatre must have a ticket. 


Special Performances

Free Folger Fridays
Join us on Fridays for free pre-show talks in the theatre.

Tuesday September 13, 7:30pm
Tickets available beginning at 5pm at the box office window; limit one ticket per person.

Stage Director Talk
Thursday September 15, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion with Sense & Sensibility director Eric Tucker.
Tickets are $20.

College Night
Friday September 23, 8pm
$15 tickets available for college students with valid ID. Call the box office or visit us in person to purchase your ticket in advance.

Pre-Show Talk
Wednesday September 28, 6:30pm
A scholarly, insightful discussion of the play with Austen expert Tara Ghoshal Wallace. Includes light fare reception.
Tickets are $20.

Special Morning Matinee
Thursday October 6, 10:30am
Limited seats are available for purchase for this morning matinee. Please call the box office at 202-544-7077 for more information.

Free Folger Friday: Jazz Funeral for Shakespeare
Friday October 7, 5:30pm
Join Michael White and the Liberty Brass Band for a rousing jazz tribute to Shakespeare in the Folger Theatre.
Free, but reservations are required.

Free Folger Friday: Theodore Leinwand on Writers Reading Shakespeare
Friday October 14, 6pm
Author, University of Maryland professor of English, and consulting editor for The Shakespeare Quarterly Theodore Leinwand discusses his new book The Great William: Writers Reading Shakespeare.
Free, but reservations are required.

Post-Show Talk with Cast
Thursday October 6, following the 7:30pm performance.
Join members of the cast for a post-show discussion about the play moderated by Resident Dramaturg, Michele Osherow.

Brews and Banter
Thursday October 13, 6:30pm
Join our young patrons for a pre-performance discussion with Sense and Sensibility cast members Maggie McDowell (Elinor Dashwood) and Jamie Smithson (Edward Ferrars). A beer reception with light fare is included.
Tickets are $15.

Sunday October 16, 2pm
Call the box office at (202) 544-7077 for details.
Folger Theatre's open-captioned performances are generously sponsored by Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.

Come for the Dancing, Stay for the Show
Friday October 21, 6:00pm
Join the Folger for a pre-show lesson in English Country Dance led by ECD in DC founder and director Michelle Sebastian with members of her performance group.
This event is currently full.

Free Folger Friday: Come for the Dancing, Stay for the Show
Friday Nov 4, 6:00pm
Join the Folger for a pre-show lesson in English Country Dance led by ECD in DC founder and director Michelle Sebastian with members of her performance group.


Season Sponsors:
Helen and David Kenney and Family
Roger and Robin Millay
Neal T. Turtell
Scott and Liz Vance

Production Sponsor:
Nicky Cymrot

Associate Sponsors:
Howard M. Brown
Louis and Bonnie Cohen
Denise Gwyn Ferguson
Gail Kern Paster 


Who's Who

Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele
Mrs. Jennings
John Willoughby/Mr. Dashwood
Sir John Middleton
Margaret Dashwood
Elinor Dashwood
Colonel Brandon
Edward Ferrars
Fanny Dashwood/Lucy Steele
Marianne Dashwood
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design and Additional Music
New York Casting
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager