Sense and Sensibility
by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Director: Kelli Harless
Producer: Brenda Townsend
Audition Dates & Times: August 19 & 20, 7-9pm
Audition Venue: Patio Playhouse Theater – On Kalmia at Grand Ave. Behind Vinz Wine Bar
Callbacks by invitation (if needed) : August 21
Performances: October 25 – November 17; Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 2pm
Venue: Patio Playhouse Theater, Escondido
This is a non-equity, volunteer position.
Auditions will consist of cold readings. Accents not required at auditions.
Please arrive promptly at 7pm.
This is an ensemble piece. Cast will be on stage throughout the show; including moving lightweight set and prop pieces as appropriate.
Please bring a resume and headshot if you have them and come prepared to provide a list of schedule conflicts.
Synopsis: A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?
Elinor Dashwood – the eldest Dashwood sister; sensible
Marianne Dashwood — the middle Dashwood sister; sensitive
Actors in the ensemble will be required to perform 2 or more roles from the following:
Margaret Dashwood — the youngest Dashwood sister; 10-13 years old
Mrs. Dashwood — mother to the Dashwood sisters.
John Dashwood — half-brother to the Dashwood sisters (from their father’s side; no blood relation to Mrs. Dashwood).
Edward Ferrars — a gentleman; a bachelor.
Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood — wife to John Dashwood and sister to Edward; nasty.
Colonel Brandon — an older bachelor; over 45 years old
John Willoughby — an unusually handsome young man.
Sir John Middleton — a country gentleman; distant relation to Mrs. Dashwood
Mrs. Jennings — a good-natured, boisterous woman; mother-in-law to Sir John and a terror to the countryside.
Lady Middleton — an over-bred lady
Lucy Steele — a young girl from no fortune.
Anne Steele — Lucy’s sister; indiscreet.
Robert Ferrars — a callow young man; Edward Ferrars’ younger brother.
Gossips 1 – 5: A chorus of high-society creatures.
Servants — including Thomas
Mrs. Ferrars — mother to Edward, Fanny, and Robert
The roles of Elinor and Edward require moments of physical intimacy. (stage kiss at end of play)
Note: Age range represents the portrayal of the character. Actors of all ages are invited to audition.