2018 Season



















Sense & Sensibility

Based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, Jessica Swale's adaptation finds fresh humor and vitality in the sometimes stuffy world of the British bourgeoisie. Gender politics, romance, family bonds, and cultural competition have made this story a lasting favorite. Swale's ability to convey the lighthearted humanity in Austen's characters will surprise and thrill. Beneath the melodrama of circumstance live relatable, beautiful characters we are bound to fall in love with.



Charlie Marie McGrath (Director) is thrilled to make her ISF Premiere! BROADWAY: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny). REGIONAL: Director, Birmingham Children’s Theatre: The Jungle Book: Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC): God Is Dead and April Is Getting Married. Assistant Director, STC; South Coast Repertory; Goodman Theatre; Court Theatre; Northlight Theatre. DC: Director, Pointless Theatre: Imogen (Washington Post Critics’ Pick). CHICAGO: The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance [Remount], House of Mirth; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. Charlie is a member of Directors Lab North and alumnus of Northwestern University. She’d been awarded two SDCF Observerships and an STC Directing Fellowship.

Sense & Sensibility (Directors notes)

4 women. 3 sisters. 2 heartbreaks. 1 tiny cottage. Endless gossip. The Dashwood sisters are three women with three very different sets of values. Marianne says what’s in her heart. Elinor says what’s proper. And Margaret says that she’s going to become a scientist. In today’s world, the three of them would likely lead full, free, lives. But they’re suffering the fate of being born before their time - into the Regency period, where ‘freedom’ and ‘woman’ are two words you rarely find side by side. The Dashwood sisters live amidst a cadre of ruthless gossips who believe that upholding regency decorum is the greatest accomplishment you can make - aside, of course, from being wealthy.

Growing up on the sumptuous country estate of Norland allows the Dashwood sisters the space to be themselves. But when the estate is passed to their half-brother, they’re forced to move to Barton Cottage, living on the generosity of relatives and learning that their ‘freedom’ is tenuous at best. They do end up paying for their new home, plagued by intrusive neighbors and family members who aren’t as altruistic as they seem On top of this, the tiny cottage puts the three sister and their grieving mother in close quarters. Living in the cramped cottage makes communication between the four women suddenly more necessary, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

In our world, confiding in family members about anything meaningful can be trying, frustrating, and even impossible. We love them, but even after years of cohabitating, we may still not understand them. Even though our technologically advanced world provides an exponential ease of achieving contact, it can feel like the content being transmitted over our devices is exponentially less meaningful. It’s no different for the Dashwoods. Even standing right next to one another, admitting their deepest truths, it’s a challenge to be heard. How does a woman find freedom in a world that seems insistent on not listening?

In the midst of grieving the death of their father, these three sisters have to learn how to make their way in the world in spite of merciless gossips and fair-weather suitors, how to care for each other, and how to make peace with each other and themselves.









Sense & Sensibility

Based on the classic novel by Jane Austen, Jessica Swale's adaptation finds fresh humor and vitality in the sometimes stuffy world of the British bourgeoisie. Gender politics, romance, family bonds, and cultural competition have made this story a lasting favorite. Swale's ability to convey the lighthearted humanity in Austen's characters will surprise and thrill. Beneath the melodrama of circumstance live relatable, beautiful characters we are bound to fall in love with.



Charlie Marie McGrath (Director) is thrilled to make her ISF Premiere! BROADWAY: SDCF Observer, A Time to Kill (dir. Ethan McSweeny). REGIONAL: Director, Birmingham Children’s Theatre: The Jungle Book: Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC): God Is Dead and April Is Getting Married. Assistant Director, STC; South Coast Repertory; Goodman Theatre; Court Theatre; Northlight Theatre. DC: Director, Pointless Theatre: Imogen (Washington Post Critics’ Pick). CHICAGO: The Side Project: Lysistrata; AstonRep Theatre Company: Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Dead Writers Theatre Collective: Game of Love and Chance [Remount], House of Mirth; Proud Kate Theatre Project: The Ruby Sunrise, November, Dumb Waiter; G&S Opera Company: HMS Pinafore. Charlie is a member of Directors Lab North and alumnus of Northwestern University. She’d been awarded two SDCF Observerships and an STC Directing Fellowship.

Sense & Sensibility (Directors notes)

4 women. 3 sisters. 2 heartbreaks. 1 tiny cottage. Endless gossip. The Dashwood sisters are three women with three very different sets of values. Marianne says what’s in her heart. Elinor says what’s proper. And Margaret says that she’s going to become a scientist. In today’s world, the three of them would likely lead full, free, lives. But they’re suffering the fate of being born before their time - into the Regency period, where ‘freedom’ and ‘woman’ are two words you rarely find side by side. The Dashwood sisters live amidst a cadre of ruthless gossips who believe that upholding regency decorum is the greatest accomplishment you can make - aside, of course, from being wealthy.

Growing up on the sumptuous country estate of Norland allows the Dashwood sisters the space to be themselves. But when the estate is passed to their half-brother, they’re forced to move to Barton Cottage, living on the generosity of relatives and learning that their ‘freedom’ is tenuous at best. They do end up paying for their new home, plagued by intrusive neighbors and family members who aren’t as altruistic as they seem On top of this, the tiny cottage puts the three sister and their grieving mother in close quarters. Living in the cramped cottage makes communication between the four women suddenly more necessary, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

In our world, confiding in family members about anything meaningful can be trying, frustrating, and even impossible. We love them, but even after years of cohabitating, we may still not understand them. Even though our technologically advanced world provides an exponential ease of achieving contact, it can feel like the content being transmitted over our devices is exponentially less meaningful. It’s no different for the Dashwoods. Even standing right next to one another, admitting their deepest truths, it’s a challenge to be heard. How does a woman find freedom in a world that seems insistent on not listening?

In the midst of grieving the death of their father, these three sisters have to learn how to make their way in the world in spite of merciless gossips and fair-weather suitors, how to care for each other, and how to make peace with each other and themselves.

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July 14-September 3,
Shows Thursday through Sunday at 6:00,
(matinees at 1:00 Sundays in August).
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