“Sense and Sensibility” follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — as they find love and experience heartbreak after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, the play is full of humor, emotional depth and bold theatricality.
Hamill has earned critical raves for her version. The New York Times said it is “an unconditional delight” that “remains remarkably true to the values and priorities of its source,” while the Wall Street Journal called it “by far the smartest Jane Austen adaptation to come along since Amy Heckerling’s ‘Clueless,’ and at least as much fun.”
Hamill grew up in nearby Lansing and earned her B.F.A. in acting from the Ithaca College theatre program in 2005. She has written original plays in addition to creating innovative, contemporary adaptations of some of the best-known works of English literature, including “Pride and Prejudice,” “Vanity Fair” and “Little Women.” One of the top 20 most-produced playwrights for 2017–18, she was named Playwright of the Year by the Wall Street Journal. Hamill has also taken to the stage herself, performing roles ranging from Becky Sharp and Marianne Dashwood in her own works to Polina in Chekhov’s “The Seagull” and Mrs. Shin in Brecht’s “The Good Person of Szechwan.”
“Sense and Sensibility” will be directed by associate professor Norm Johnson Jr., who will be retiring after 28 years of teaching and inspiring IC theatre arts students.
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