Sense and Sensibility Like You’ve Never Seen It Before

Enjoy a refreshing take on Jane Austen’s beloved 18th-century novel at the Annie.

It’s a story we think we know, told in a fresh and funny way on the Annie Russell stage. The beloved Jane Austen novel follows the Dashwood sisters after the sudden death of their father leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Elinor, the “sense,” is governed by her head, and Marianne is all heart and “sensibility.” A spirited new adaptation by Kate Hamill incorporates a chorus of chattering “gossips,” an ever-present reminder of the social mores of late 18th-century England.

“I love the widening of the scope of the story to the social world of Austen’s England,” says director Dr. Marianne DiQuattro, on faculty at Rollins. “The physical presence of a gossip-laden culture changes our perspective on Elinor and Marianne’s conflict, both with each other and with society.”

The gossips quite literally swirl around the story’s main players. “It’s a dance,” says DiQuattro. “It’s about who we bump into and who we avoid.” Set Designer Molly J. Finnegan-Pepe has created every (sometimes massive) piece on wheels, allowing the band of gossips to quickly manipulate the scene. And it’s all in period dress. Costume designer Lisa Cody-Rapport is creating the late 18th-century gowns from scratch with a team of students and our dedicated staff.

Sense and Sensibility Performances
Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Our opening-night performance on Friday, November 17, will be followed by a reception in the Bush Atrium with light hors d’oeuvres, live music, and a butlered champagne toast to celebrate our talented creative team.

Additionally, all performances of Sense and Sensibility will incorporate American Sign Language. The November 29 performance will be a fully interpreted performance, followed by a talkback about accessibility and the arts.

As always, Rollins faculty and staff get two free tickets, and students receive one complimentary ticket. Call 407-646-2145 or email for reservations.