Sense and Sensibility (2016)

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Folger Theatre performed their production of Sense and Sensibility from September 13 to November 13, 2016.

Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Director of the Year), this adaptation was first premiered in New York City by Bedlam (Eric Tucker, Artistic Director; Andrus Nichols, Producing Director). Produced in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity (through November 6, 2016).


Entertainment unions represented in Folger Theatre productions include The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (**), United Scenic Artists (***), and the Actors' Equity Association (*), which includes members of the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.


  • Lisa Birnbaum*: Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele
  • Caroline Stefanie Clay*: Mrs. Jennings
  • Jacob Fishel*: John Dashwood/John Willoughby
  • Michael Glenn*: Sir John Middleton
  • Nicole Kang*: Margaret Dashwood
  • Maggie McDowell*: Elinor Dashwood
  • James Patrick Nelson*: Colonel Brandon
  • Jamie Smithson*: Edward Ferrars
  • KathrynTkel*: Fanny Dashwood/Lucy Steele
  • Erin Weaver*: Marianne Dashwood


  • Cate Brewer: Mrs. Jennings
  • Vince Eisenson: John Dashwood/John Willoughby
  • Amanda Forstrom: Marianne Dashwood
  • Connor Hogan: Edward Ferrars
  • Lilian Oben: Mrs. Dashwood/Anne Steele, 2nd cover Mrs. Jennings
  • Alex Piper: Colonel Brandon, Sir John Middleton
  • Laura Rocklyn: Elinor Dashwood
  • Sara Dabney Tisdale: Margaret Dashwood, Fanny Dashwood/Lucy Steele

Creative team

  • Kate Hamill, Playwright
  • Eric Tucker**, Director
  • Alexandra Beller, Choreographer
  • John McDermott***, Scenic Design
  • Mariah Hale***, Costume Design
  • Jesse Belsky, Lighting Design
  • James Bigbee Garver, Sound Design
  • Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg
  • Daryl Eisenberg, CSA, Daryl Eisenberg Casting, New York Casting
  • Teresa Wood, Folger Casting
  • Diane Healy*, Production Stage Manager
  • Elisabeth Ribar*, Assistant Stage Manager

Production team

  • Katie Burris, Assistant Director
  • Bailey Nassetta, Assistant to the Director
  • Elizabeth Brodie, Production Assistant
  • Diane Healy*, Dance Captain
  • Lisa Birnbaum*, Assistant Dance Captain
  • Clifton Chadick, Assistant Scenic Designer
  • Tony Koehler, Props Master
  • Bella Faccia, Inc., Scenic Construction
  • Sarah Cubbage, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Anne Nesmith, Wig Designer
  • Cidney Forkpah, Wardrobe Head
  • Ansaldo Costumes, Adalia Tonneyck, Natalia Kurkzewski, Tessa Lew, and Jane Hosticka Fink, Costume Construction
  • Brandon Roe, Sound Engineer
  • James Neylon, Master Electrician
  • Amanda Kircher, Assistant Master Electrician
  • Catherine Flye, Dialect Coach
  • Jon Farber, Casting Coordinator for Eisenberg/Beans Casting
  • Sasha Pensanti, Casting Assistant for Eisenberg/Beans Casting
  • WiT Media, Advertising Agency
  • Emily Tartanella, Marketing Design Consultant
  • James Kegley, Pre-Production Photography
  • Teresa Wood, Production Photography
  • Lee Fanning, Mark Fastoso, and APTV, Promotional Video
  • WAPAVA, Archival Video
  • C2, Open Captioning

Folger Theatre

  • Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Producer
  • Beth Emelson, Associate Artistic Producer
  • David Polk, General Manager
  • Charles Flye, Theatre Production Manager
  • Rebekah Sheffer, Assistant Technical Director
  • Katharine Pitt, Humanities Programs Assistant

Other Media

Watch the trailer for this production of Sense and Sensability


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