Photo Flash: Portland Center Stage Presents SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Portland Center Stage at The Armory brings Kate Hamill's hit adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility to Portland in a vivacious production originally created by renowned New York theater company Bedlam. Hamill's fresh take on female-centered classics made her one of the most-produced playwrights across the country for the past two season.

In keeping with that spirit of re-invention, Bedlam's production combines a traditional regency setting with a fast-paced, kinetic, theatrical staging that fills Austen's iconic romance with warmth, wheels, and one or two surprises, leading The New York Times to call it an "enchanting romp of a play ... furniture is being constantly rearranged (often at dizzying speed) to denote not only changes of place but also of emotional temperature." As The Boston Globe put it, "Jane Austen is alive and well and rolling on casters."

Eric Tucker, who directed the award-winning world premiere of Hamill's Sense and Sensibility at Bedlam, directs a cast that includes Portland favorites Danea C. Osseni (The Color Purple) as Elinor Dashwood and Quinlan Fitzgerald (The Humans at Artists Repertory Theatre) as Marianne Dashwood. They are joined by Lisa Birnbaum, Kelly Godell, Lauren Modica, Chris Murray, Violeta Picayo, Darius Pierce, Ryan Quinn, and Jamie Smithson.

"I wrote Sense and Sensibility because I believe so deeply that the classics belong to everyone," Hamill said. "I think its popularity is a testament to how many people - like me - are hungering for female-centered stories."

Photo Flash: Patrick Weishampel/blankeye.tv.

Photo Flash: Portland Center Stage Presents SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Violeta Picayo and Chris Murray with members of the cast

Photo Flash: Portland Center Stage Presents SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Members of the cast of Bedlam's "Sense & Sensibility"

Photo Flash: Portland Center Stage Presents SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Members of the cast of Bedlam's "Sense & Sensibility"

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