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Danea C. Osseni. Photo courtesy of Portland Center Stage.
By Christen McCurdy | The Skanner News
Published: 14 December 2018

Portland Center Stage at The Armory brings Kate Hamill’s hit adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” to Portland in a production originally created by renowned New York theater company Bedlam. Hamill’s fresh take on female-centered classics made her one of the most-produced playwrights across the country for the past two season.

Eric Tucker, who directed the world premiere of Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility at Bedlam, directs a cast that includes Portland favorites Danea C. Osseni ("The Color Purple"; pictured here) as Elinor Dashwood and Quinlan Fitzgerald (The Humans at Artists Repertory Theatre) as Marianne Dashwood. They are joined by Lisa Birnbaum, Kelly Godell, Lauren Modica, Chris Murray, Violeta Picayo, Darius Pierce, Ryan Quinn, and Jamie Smithson. Previews begin Jan. 12; the production officially opens Jan. 19 and runs through Feb. 10 on the U.S. Bank Main Stage at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave.

Eric Tucker directed Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility (Off-Broadway Alliance Award; four Helen Hayes awards, including Best Director and Best Production) and was named “director of the year” by the Wall Street Journal in 2014. Tucker leads a creative team that includes Scenic Designer John McDermott and Choreographer Alexandra Beller from the original Bedlam production, as well as the Off-Broadway, American Repertory Theater, and Folger Theatre productions. They’re joined by Costume Designer Alison Heryer (Fun Home, Wild and Reckless); Lighting Designer Sarah Hughey (A Christmas Memory/Winter Song, Major Barbara); Sound Designer Alex Neumann (current national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I); Stage Manager Kristen Mun, and Production Assistant Molly Shevaun Reed. For more information visit www.pcs.org or call (503) 445-3700.

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