'Sense and Sensibility' coming to campus as theater production

Sense and Sensibilty

Pitt-Bradford Arts will bring Jane Austen's classic romance “Sense and Sensibility” to the Bromeley Family Theater later this month.


            The production by the New York-based Aquila Theater will take place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the theater in Blaisdell Hall. Tickets are $22 for the public and $10 for students.


            “Sense and Sensibility” is one of Austen's most popular novels. The story revolves around two sisters in Georgian Britain - the level-headed Elinor and the hopeless romantic Marianne. After the untimely and unexpected death of their father, the sisters and their mother are forced to leave their comfortable lives while their half-brother and his wife inherit their father's estate.


            The only hope for the sisters, of course, is a profitable marriage, and seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak, surprise and comedy ensue.


            Founded in London in 1991, Aquila has expanded the canon of classical works for the stage by adapting Austen's novel for this new production. Directed by the company's artistic director, Desiree Sanchez, the production incorporates innovative use of space, movement, design and sound.


            D.C. Metro said, “Sanchez is wildly inventive, and the production choices made were carried out beautifully.”


            NY Theater Review said, “Her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage movement.”


            “Sense and Sensibility” was Austen's first novel, published anonymously in 1811. Austen's novels are still taught in many college and high school literature courses and remain popular enough to spawn its own fandom of “Janenites,” complete with themed tea parties and balls, society, and fan fiction.


            For tickets, contact the Bromeley Family Theater box office at (814)362-5113 or cmealy@pitt.edu.