Sense & Sensibility by Michelle Deines
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen.
Two very different sisters—Marianne, free-spirited and romantic, and Elinor, sensible and reserved—find themselves thrown into an unkind world when their father dies.
Suddenly made poor and homeless by the rules of inheritance, Marianne and Elinor must leave their family estate with their mother and younger sister. They are not in their new home long, however, before Marianne falls in love with a man who appears to be a kindred spirit, but may be harboring secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Elinor suffers her own heartbreak but conceals her true feelings, even from Marianne.
In a world where rigid social conventions clash with impulses of the heart, Marianne and Elinor must navigate gossip and heartbreak before they can reconcile with each other, and find happiness.
Keywords: Jane Austen, Regency, sisters, ensemble
Sense & Sensibility was produced by Capilano University Theatre in November, 2018 in North Vancouver, BC.
Genre: Comedy, Adaptation
Run time: 120 minutes
Suitable for students 14+
Cast size: 17
Male roles: 9
Female roles: 11
Casting note: There are no trans or non-binary characters included as such, but the director may cast actors whom they find would suit the role. Marianne, Elinor, Mrs. Dashwood and Lucy Steele should be played women/female-identifying actors; Edward and Colonel Brandon should be played by men/male-identifying actors.
The characters of Elinor and Marianne sing.
The cast of 17 includes doubling. This can be expanded or made smaller, depending on the theatre's needs.