First published in the Nov. 5 print issue of the South Pasadena Review.
In a triumphant return to live theater, the award-winning South Pasadena Drama Department will present Kate Hamill’s wild, hilarious and charming adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility,” based on the beloved novel by Jane Austen.
For three evenings — Nov. 12-14 — at sunset, the story of the unforgettable 19th-century English sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood will unfold in a fast-paced production that is literally on wheels. The specially-constructed stage and set pieces will keep the actors in motion.
“We are thrilled to be getting back to live productions after two years without, and for this exciting comeback, the crew is building an entire outdoor stage complete with lighting, mics and sets-on-wheels,” said Nick Hoffa, South Pasadena High School drama director. “I hope everyone will join us for a rollicking evening as we tell this story of two young women struggling — amidst the constricting social norms of Austen’s England — to find happiness. It’s truly a timeless tale — and a darn good time.”
Hamill’s adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of sensible Elinor and impassioned Marianne after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. The story explores universal human reactions to societal pressures, both reasonable and ridiculous, posing the question, when reputation is everything, how does one follow their heart?
The New York Times described the play as being “… an unconditional delight … invigorating … a bouncy, jaunty take on Austen … remains remarkably true to the values and priorities of its source. The classic Austen preoccupations with real estate, income, class, reputation and equilibrium in life are all rendered brightly and legibly here.”
Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Tiger Patio at South Pasadena High School. Concessions will include snacks and hot beverages.
“Come for the hot cocoa and cider, and stay for the heartwarming production — and the renewal of live theater at SPHS,” Hoffa said.
General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at sphsasb.org, in the SPHS student bank after noon, and at the door. For updates on the production, visit southpasdrama.com/senseandsensibility.