FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2017
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog,Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
Romantic Period Piece in the Next Stage
Memphis, TN—Sense and Sensibility, a Jon Jory adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel, plays in the Next Stage at Theatre Memphis February 10 – 26, 2017. (PLEASE NOTE: Wednesday performances have been added to the normal production run.) In this story, sisters find themselves captivated by two very different men and when a scandalous past and a secret engagement come to light, the sisters must rely on themselves and each other to weather the heartache as they learn what love can be.
Director John Rone admits he has a "thing" for 19th century novelist Austen. "Like Shakespeare, her stories have endured the test of time. Austen’s characters are three dimensional, fully formed, magnificent (however flawed) human beings." Having previously directed the Theatre Memphis productions of Austen's Pride and Prejudice (2008) and Emma (2011), Rone is returning there to direct a stage adaptation of Austen's first novel, Sense and Sensibility. What keeps drawing him back? Rone explains, "Although Ms. Austen never married, she managed to write some of the world's most memorable love stories which resonate with us today because not much has changed. We still fall in love with people we can’t have and people we shouldn’t have and people our parents hate." Clearly the stories pull in the audiences as well in that Theatre Memphis has added Wednesday performances to the regular run for this production that normally would run Thursdays through Sundays.
Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch looks at presenting Sense and Sensibility at Theatre Memphis as completing a cycle. She explains, “Classic works always have a place on our season schedule, year after year. And it is worthy to note that Mr. Rone has returned to us to direct this adaptation of Austen’s first novel after having successfully directed later works. The stories are timeless and universal and John understands that so well. Having him helm this production simply brings us full circle.”
TITLE: Sense and Sensibility
ADAPTED BY: Jon Jory from Jane Austen’s novel
DIRECTOR: John Rone
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: February 10 – 26, 2017
TIMES OF SHOWS: Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
TICKETS: $25 adults, $15 student; $20 Military and 62 and older
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: Gene and Sandra Cochran
MEDIA SPONSORS: The Best Times and WKNO FM
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Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from:
First Tennessee Foundation/ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission.