The Arvada Center presents

Sense and Sensibility

January 26 – May 6, 2018

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities continues the 2017 – 2018 Black Box Season with the regional premiere of SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Kate Hamill on Friday, January 26, 2018. Sense and Sensibility directed by the Arvada Center Director of Plays, Lynne Collins is a playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. The Off-

Broadway world premiere was named Top Ten of 2014 by Ben Brantley chief theater critic of the New York Times and by the Huffington Post, which called it “the greatest stage adaptation of this novel in history.” Sense and Sensibility is the first of three plays that will perform in repertory running into May.

This rollicking, ingeniously-theatrical new adaptation of the Jane Austen classic follows the Dashwood sisters – sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne as they pursue their quest for love and happiness. When they lose their fortune, marriage is their only hope but can love and marriage go together for women without money? Surrounding them is a company of shape-shifting actors who transform into characters, animals, and even scenery to bring Austen’s story to life in this goofy, joyous and deeply moving play.

SENSE AND SENSIBILITY is presented by members of the Center’s Black Box Repertory Company of actors, directors, technical artists, and designers. Audiences will see the company of actors introduced in Sense and Sensibility continue throughout the repertory season in a variety of roles. To read more about this season’s Repertory Company go to For information on the two other plays performed in repertory, The Electric Baby (February 9 – May 4) and All My Sons, (March 2 – May 3) go to

The cast features Regina Fernandez (Marianne Dashwood), Jessica Robblee (Elinor Dashwood), Zachary Andrews (John Willoughby/John Dashwood), Jessica Austgen (Lucy Steele/Fanny Dashwood), Abner Genece (Sir John Middleton), Kate Gleason (Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele), Geoffrey Kent (Colonel Brandon), Emma Messenger (Mrs. Jennings), Emelie O’Hara (Margaret Dashwood/Mrs.Ferrars), and Lance Rasmussen (Edward Ferrars/Robert Ferrars).

Sense and Sensibility, written by Kate Hamill, is an adaption of the novel by Jane Austen. In addition to director Lynne Collins, the creative team includes Clare Henkel (costume design), Brian Mallgrave (scenic design), Shannon McKinney (lighting design) and Jason Ducat (sound design).

Sense and Sensibility

Opens Friday, January 26, 2018

Runs January 26 – May 6, 2018

Select performances:

Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday matinée, 1:00 p.m.

Sunday matinée, 2:00 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility is underwritten by Diana and Mike Kinsey. The 2017 – 2018 Theatre Season is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinées on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m., through May 6. Preview performances are January 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Post-performance audience talkbacks will be offered on Friday, February, 16 and Wednesday, March, 14. Chats with the Cast are offered before and after every performance. These are informal discussions held in the Black Box Lobby, give patrons the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the play. To purchase tickets go to or call 720-898-7200.

Chats with the Cast

Before every performance, a member of the ensemble will be in the Black Box Lobby greeting guests and answering questions about the show. After every performance, ensemble members will be available for informal discussion.

Audience Talk Backs

These discussions after the performance will cover particular interesting subjects about the production with the cast, director, and/or designers Friday, February 16 after the 7:30 p.m. performance and Wednesday, March 14 after the 1:00 p.m. performance

About the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

Since its opening in July 1976, the award-winning Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities has grown to become one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary arts centers, devoted to all aspects of the arts and generously supported in part by the City of Arvada, the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and Colorado Creative Industries. The Arvada Center is located at 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. and provides free parking for all its patrons. For more information go to or call 720-898-7200.


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