University of Evansville Theatre Continues the 2017–2018 Shanklin Theatre Season with SENSE AND SENSIBILITY

Posted: Thursday, February 1, 2018

The University of Evansville Department of Theatre proudly presents its third production of the season, Kate Hamill’s SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, based on the novel by Jane Austen. This production opens Friday, February 16, at 7:30 p.m., in Shanklin Theatre. Additional performances are at 7:30 p.m. on February 17, 22, 23, 24, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 18 and 25.

Reputation, redemption, and romance—this feisty new play is a fresh and witty take on the Jane Austen story audiences know and love. When the Dashwood sisters suddenly find themselves at the bottom of the social food chain, the quest to claw their way back to the top consumes them. High society and wicked gossip collide in a whirlwind of scandal and passion and betrayal. Oh, my!

Professor of Theatre Diane Brewer directs SENSE AND SENSIBILITY. Elizabeth Tredinnick, a senior from Madison, Wis., serves as the scenic designer; Assistant Professor of Theatre Sarah J. Smith is the costume designer; Baxter Pitt, a senior from Dallas, Texas., is the lighting designer; Austin Kuhn, a sophomore from Evansville, Ind., serves as the sound designer; Jesse Robkin, a senior from Duvall, Wash., is the dramaturg; Jalyn Kowalski, a junior from Lanesville, Ind., is the stage manager; and assistant technical director Adam Rager serves as the technical director.

The cast features junior Alexi Lewis, from Seattle, Wash., as Elinor Dashwood; junior Alexandra Curren, from McKinney, Texas., as Marianne Dashwood; freshman Emma Tolleson, from Temple, Texas., as Margaret Dashwood; freshman Jordan Williams, from Edmonds, Wash., as Mrs. Dashwood; freshman Luke Moran, from Mount Vernon, Iowa., as John Dashwood; junior Matthew McDonald, from Carmel, Ind., as Edward Ferrars; junior Kathleen Finch, from College Station, Texas., as Fanny Dashwood; junior Marshall Hopkins, from Baldwin City, Kan., as Colonel Brandon; freshman Jackson Burnham, from Houston, Texas., as John Willoughby; sophomore Luke Lowrance, from Arlington, Texas., as Sir John Middleton; junior Meredith Ham, from Castle Rock, Colo., as Mrs. Jennings; sophomore Alexis Seay, from Louisville, Ky., as Lady Middleton; senior Paige Ward, from Round Rock, Texas., as Lucy Steele; freshman Grace Maddux, from Dubuque, Iowa., as Anne Steele; freshman Evan Lawson, from Arvada, Colo., as Robert Ferrars; and junior Amanda Suggs, from Cedar Park, Texas., as Lead Gossip/Mrs. Ferrars.

Ticket prices are $18 for adults and $16 for senior adults, students, and UE faculty and staff.

UE students may obtain one free student rush ticket beginning at 12 noon on the day of the performance they wish to attend.

Following SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, the 2017-18 Shanklin Theatre Season closes with Frank Galati’s GRAPES OF WRATH, based on the novel by John Steinbeck, April 13 through 22, which concludes the 50th anniversary of Shanklin Theatre.

Tickets may be purchased by calling (812) 488–2031, Monday through Friday, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.

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