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MRT 2012/13 Season

Gutenberg! The Musical!  •  Assassins  •  The Mountaintop  •  Blues in the Night  •  The Diary of Anne Frank •  A Christmas Carol  •  Sense and Sensibility
Mind Over Milwaukee  •  How The World Began  •  Rep Lab  •  Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash  •  Clybourne Park  •  A Raisin In the Sun  •  One Night With Janis Joplin

Sense and Sensibility

“Hopeless romantics will devour every last scone and sigh in this heart-tugging Regency-era adventure”

San Jose Mercury News


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By Jane Austen
Adapted by Mark Healy
Directed by Art Manke

December 11- January 13
Quadracci Powerhouse

From the author of Pride and Prejudice comes this heartwarming, humorous tale of two sisters struggling to move past a family disaster. Sensible, reserved Elinor and passionate, impulsive Marianne find the road to true love beset with dashing suitors and well-meaning relatives, devoted friends and devious rivals, and scandalous secrets and unexpected twists in a period-perfect adaptation that captures all of the deliciousness, flirtation, and folly of Austen’s well-loved novel.

Associate Producers: Steve and Nancy Einhorn; James and Pati Ericson

“Visually stunning”OnMilwaukee

“Lovely”ThirdCoast Digest

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Mark Clements

Sense and Sensibility is my favorite of Jane Austen’s wonderful works. I love the relationship between the two sisters —their contrasts, their journeys, their growth throughout—and how this 200-year-old story still resonates. We all fall in love, we all have our hearts broken, we all go through periods where our lives are suddenly turned upside-down, and Austen’s beautiful prose manages to get right to the heart of those moments and makes us feel and say “wow, I know that, I felt that, I understand that.

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   from Artistic Director Mark Clements


* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



Jonathan Altman (EnsembleI) is a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble and has been seen this season in The Rep’s productions of The Diary of Anne Frank and Assassins.  -Top-


Emily Berman (Ensemble), is also a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble who just appeared as Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank; she is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan.   -Top-


Anna Cline (Ensemble) is making her Milwaukee Rep debut with this production; she recently received her BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University where she received three Irene Ryan nominations and went on to win “Best Ensemble Work” and “Best Comedy Acting” at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival.   -Top-


Jonathan Gillard Daly (Henry/Carey/Sir John/Dr. Grogan), a Rep Associate Artist, was most recently seen on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage as Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank; other roles include The Proprietor in Assassins and Heck Tate in To Kill a Mockingbird, among many others; Daly is also a founding member of the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN.   -Top-


John-Patrick Driscoll (John Dashwood/Colonel Brandon), returns to The Rep after being an acting intern during the 02/03 Season; he was most recently seen as MacDuff in Shakespeare Theatre of Rhode Island’s production of Macbeth and as Boo Radley and Mr. Gilmer in To Kill a Mockingbird at Arkansas Repertory Theatre.   -Top-


Nick Gabriel (Edward Ferrars/Robert Ferrars) is a member of the Core Acting Company at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; he received his MFA from ACT and serves on the faculties of all five educational programs offered by the institution.   -Top-


Laura Gordon, a Rep Associate Artist, was most recently seen as Mrs. Frank in The Rep’s The Diary of Anne Frank; she has performed in over 75 productions at The Rep including Death of a Salesman, The Lady with All the Answers, Pride and Prejudice, Enchanted April, The Crucible and Doubt, among many others.   -Top-


Brandon Herr (Ensemble), making his Rep debut, is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with his BA in Theater Arts with a concentration in Acting; recent productions there include Cloud Nine, MacBeth, Much Ado About Nothing, All My Sons and Hamlet.   -Top-


Kate Hurster (Elinor Dashwood) is also making her Rep debut; credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Denver Center Theater Company and Lantern Theater, among others; she received her MFA in Acting from Swarthmore College.   -Top-


Ben Jacoby (Willoughby), makes his Rep debut with this production; credits include The Glass Menagerie, Romeo and Juliet, Richard III, Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Les Miserables at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.   -Top-


Victoria Mack (Marianne Dashwood), also making her Rep debut, was seen on Broadway in Venus In Fur (Vanda understudy); Off-Broadway credits include: A Little Journey (Drama Desk nomination, Best Revival), The Truth About Blayds, Mr. Pim Passes By and Far and Wide at the Mint Theater and Flight at the Lucille Lortel Theatre; film credits include The Stare, Atlantis and A Song in the Shell. TV: The Good Wife, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and MTV.   -Top-


Meaghan Sullivan (Fanny/Lady Middleton/Lucy), a Chicago native, received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois and an MFA in acting from the University of Delaware’s PTTP; regionally she has worked at Delaware REP, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Texas Shakespeare Festival; she is a proud alum of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble.   -Top-


Jess Prichard (Ensemble), a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble who was just appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, completed his MFA in Acting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Prichard has been a touring company member with Imago Theatre as well as a professional clown; he has also spent two summers with Associate Artist Jonathan Gillard Daly at the The Great River Shakespeare Festival.   -Top-


J.R. Yancher (Ensemble), a member of The Rep’s Artistic Intern Ensemble, was just seen in The Rep’s production of Assassins as James Blaine and in the Chorus and in the Ensemble in The Diary of Anne Frank; he is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.  -Top-


Creative Team

Jane Austen

Jane Austen (Author) was born in 1775 in the English village of Steventon. She grew up in a highly literate family. Austen’s father was an Oxford-educated clergyman and her mother was a humorous, aristocratic woman. Educated only briefly outside of her home, Jane Austen read freely in her father’s library of 500 books. This left her better educated than most young girls of the time. At 15, Austen began writing her own novels, and by age 23 she had completed the original versions of Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. After Austen's father died in 1805, Jane, her mother, and sister lived in a small house provided by her then-wealthy brother in the village of Chawton. When Jane received a proposal from the wealthy brother of a close friend, for whom she felt no affection, she initially accepted him, only to turn him down the next day. This was a difficult decision for her, as she understood deeply that marriage was the sole option women had for social mobility. She further understood the vulnerability of single women without family estates who depend on wealthy relatives for a home. This subject is at the heart of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen died on July 18, 1817, at age 41.


Mark Healy (Adaptor) has adapted several novels for the stage, including John Fowles The Collector and The French Lieutenant’s Women, Dracula and Jane Austen’s Persuasion. A native of England, Healy attended the Welsh College of Music and Drama and toured with Royal Shakespeare Company. His perfoming credits include Woman In Black on the West End, Hamlet in Hamlet (Northcott Exeter), Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility (Northcott Exeter), Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (National Tour) and numerous television series including Ghost Squad, Doctors and Family Affair.  -Top-


Art Manke (Director) is a five-time winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his productions of a wide range of classics and new work. His staging of The Three Musketeers opened the Denver Center Theatre Company’s current season, and in February, he will direct Noel Coward’s Fallen Angels for the Pasadena Playhouse. Mr. Manke is a co-founder and former Artistic Director (1991 – 2001) of A Noise Within, L.A.’s acclaimed classical theater company, where he directed the work of Shakespeare, Moliére, Wilde, Coward and Sophocles. Other credits include work with South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Laguna Playhouse, Magic Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Players Theatre and Connecticut Repertory Theatre, among others. He directs for television, holds a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.  -Top-


Scott Bradley (Scenic Designer) whose Broadway credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Seven Guitars; Off-Broadway credits include Eurydice, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Second Stage Theatre Company); regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Fest, Long Wharf Theatre, Hartford Stage, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Seattle Repertory Theatre.   -Top-


Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Designer), a Los Angeles-based designer with over 100 productions in regional and L.A. theatres, recent designs include The Great Wall Story and To Kill a Mockingbird at Denver Center Theatre Company, Trip to Bountiful and The Weir at South Coast Repertory; Calin’s designs garnered L.A. Drama Critic’s Circle, Backstage/Garland and Drama-Logue Awards.  -Top-


Thomas C. Hase (Lighting Designer), a frequent Rep collaborator, is an international lighting designer whose work in the U.S. includes: Los Angeles Opera, New York City Opera, BAM, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Goodspeed Opera House, Portland Opera, New Orleans Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and Center Stage Theatre, among many others.  -Top-


Steven Cahill (Sound Designer) has designed Off-Broadway at Daryl Roth Theatre (A Woman of Will); regional credits include The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Theatre Center, The Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Chautauqua Theatre Company and Pasadena Playhouse.  -Top-


Jill Walmsley Zager (Dialect Coach) recently returned to Milwaukee from three years as Co-Head of Voice and Dialects and the Company Coach at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; recent Rep credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank, The Mountaintop, Assassins, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Lombardi, Yellowman, Ten Chimneys, Cabaret, My Name Is Asher Lev, Laurel and Hardy and The 39 Steps.  -Top-

Learn more about the background of the show and/or the themes explored in this production.

» Jane Austen Center

» The Jane Austen Society of North America

» PBS Airing of Sense and Sensibility

The Rep Experience

Each of our shows offers opportunities for our audience to engage in conversations and discussion with our staff, artists and guest speakers. Please join us!

Rep in Depth | Pre-Show
45 minutes prior to curtain | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Get an insider’s look at the play from Meghan Sullivan with a discussion that begins 45 minutes prior to every performance of Sense and Sensibility.

TalkBacks | Post-Show
Wednesday, December 19, 26, January 2 and 9 | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater
Take part in a lively post-play discussion with members of the cast and artistic staff.

‘Round Six Happy Hour
Thursday, December 13 • 6pm | Quadracci Powerhouse Theater Lobby
Join us for a pre-show happy hour featuring live music from Peter D’Amore and complimentary appetizers and beer from Rock Bottom. ‘Round 6 is free with your ticket.

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Lunch Matinee
Wednesday, January 2 • 11:45am | at the InterContinental Hotel
Join us for lunch and a discussion about the elements of the show that you will see onstage. Cost is $15 per person. Please RSVP by Mon. Dec. 24 to Jennifer Bloomer at 414-291-4790 or jenniferbloomer@intercontinentalmilwaukee.com.


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Running Time
Approx. 2hrs. and 15 min

Performance Times
Tuesday: 6:30pm*
Tuesday - Thursday: 7:30pm
Sunday Evening: 7:00pm
Fri/Sat Evening: 8pm
Saturday Matinee: 4pm
Sunday Matinee: 2pm
Wednesday Matinee: 1:30pm
*Once per run otherwise 7:30pm

Recommended Age
10 years and older

Access Dates
Audio Described
Tues. Dec. 18, 6:30pm
ASL Interpreted
Thurs. Jan. 3, 7:30pm
Sun. Jan. 6, 2pm

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