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Marywood University Theatre presents Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in Scranton Nov. 16-17

Marywood University Theatre presents Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in Scranton Nov. 16-17
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From a press release:

Marywood University’s Music, Theatre, and Dance Department will present its fall production of the Jane Austen drama “Sense and Sensibility” on Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on the university’s campus in Scranton.

This playful adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel by playwright Kate Hamill 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?

Hamill is known for writing and acting in innovative, contemporary adaptations of classic novels for the stage, including Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” and “Pride and Prejudice” and William Makepeace Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair.” In 2017, the Wall Street Journal named Hamill “Playwright of the Year,” and she has been named one of the most-produced playwrights in America for three consecutive seasons by American Theatre magazine.

The Marywood show will be guest directed by Maura Malloy, master teaching artist for the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, $6 for students, and free for IHM Sisters or those with a valid Marywood ID. Credit card purchases can be made by visiting Cash or check purchases can be made at the box office on the evening of the performance.

For additional information, visit the Music, Theatre, and Dance Department online at or call 570-348-6268.

Marywood University (2300 Adams Ave., Scranton) prepares students to have a positive impact on society at regional and global levels while providing each student with the foundation for success in an interdependent world. Founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the university serves men and women from a variety of backgrounds and religions.

The university enrolls more than 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Committed to enriching human lives, Marywood provides a framework for educational excellence that enables students to develop fully as persons and to master professional and leadership skills necessary for meeting human needs.