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Very Superstitious: Sense and Sensibility’s Cast on Theater Rituals

With Halloween here, we asked the cast of Sense and Sensibility about superstitions and how they protect themselves against ill luck in the theater. Find out which tricks (and treats) they use to make sure the show goes on! Featuring: Laura Rocklyn, Michael Glenn, Connor Hogan, Lisa Birnbaum, Cate Brewer, and Sara Dabney Tisdale Surveying our… Continue Reading »


Dancing the Night Away at Folger Theatre

“One cannot have too large a party.” – Jane Austen, Emma Folger Theatre took Miss. Austen’s advice to heart on Friday, October 21, with its first Ladies’ Night pre-show event. Patrons enjoyed numerous activities on offer, including a coloring station with scenes from Austen’s novels, a magnetic poetry mash-up that combined the word craft of Jane Austen… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Director’s Notes

From Sense & Sensibility Director Eric Tucker:  Jane Austen would love Facebook. She would spend endless hours tweeting her friends all about Edward Ferrars’ newest waistcoat. She’d Instagram and Snapchat her way through London society. She’d thoroughly enjoy watching Mr. Darcy on The Bachelor with a bevy of eligible, young creatures swarming and swooning around… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Dramaturg’s Notes

Shakespeare one gets acquainted with without knowing how.…one is intimate with him by instinct. -Jane Austen, Mansfield Park                                                                           … Continue Reading »


Interview with Sense & Sensibility Playwright Kate Hamill

Sense & Sensibility adapter Kate Hamill is an NYC-based actor and writer who originated the role of Marianne Dashwood in the Bedlam production of Sense & Sensibility. She spoke with Folger Theatre on opening day of our production. This interview has been edited and condensed. FT: Why did you decide to adapt Sense & Sensibility? KH: When you are an actress in… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Production Photos

Enjoy photos from the Folger Theatre production of Sense & Sensibility, now on stage through October 30, 2016. Adapted by Kate Hamill from the novel by Jane Austen and directed by Eric Tucker.


It’s the Little Things: Lace Details in Sense & Sensibility

In this post, designer Mariah Hale explains where she found the lace for the beautiful costumes in Sense & Sensibility. Some of the details on the dresses are so small they are almost invisible from the audience, so we’re giving you a close-up look! Check out Mariah’s post about neckties for a detailed look at the men’s costumes, and read on to find out… Continue Reading »


The Many Neckties of Sense & Sensibility

In this post, designer Mariah Hale takes us a deep dive into the Regency neckware featured in Sense & Sensibility. Check out her costume sketches for more backstage insights, and read on to learn how Mariah uses different styles of neckties to help define the colorful characters of Sense – particularly when one actor is playing multiple roles! From Mariah:  The internet abounds with good… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Set Designer John McDermott – Part 2

Sense & Sensibility set designer John McDermott designed Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility in New York and has designed over 100 productions in theaters around the country. Check out the first part of his reflections on the Folger’s Sense & Sensibility and read on to learn about about why designing this production made him feel like “a glittery vagabond”! FT: Where did you find the all the pieces you… Continue Reading »


Sense & Sensibility Set Designer John McDermott

Sense & Sensibility is set designer John McDermott’s first Folger production. He designed Bedlam’s Sense & Sensibility in New York and has designed over 100 productions in theaters around the country. You can learn more about John’s work and see photos of his previous designs on his website. Read on for his reflections on the Folger, “period-ish” design, and the world of Jane Austen…. Continue Reading »