“I have not wanted syllables where actions have spoken so plainly.” –Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
Photo courtesy of Portland Center Stage at The Armory, by Patrick Weishampel/Blankeye.TV
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Sense & Sensibility

NYC 2014, 2016 | National 2017–2019

written by Jane Austen
adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill
directed by Eric Tucker

With a blend of playfulness Bedlam’s “signature do-it-yourself resourcefulness” the original production of Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility “expands and magnifies Austin’s delicate comedic world without cracking a single teacup.” Bedlam’s Production ran for ten months Off-Broadway and has been revived in several major regional theatres.

Meet the cast




Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Bedlam’s Sense and Sensibility; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (WSJ Best Classical Production 2015), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times top 10/2014; Time Magazine top 10/2013; NY Times, Backstage Magazine Critics’ Pick; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014), Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times top 10/2014;Time Out NY and Backstage Critics’ Pick), Tina Packer’s Women of Will; The Belle of Belfast. For Bedlam: New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014) and Sense and Sensibility (NY Times top 10 of 2014; NY Times/Wall Street Journal/Time Out Critics Pick), Saint Joan and Hamlet (NYC, D.C, Boston, Elliott Norton Outstanding Visiting Production and Outstanding Ensemble, Saint Joan 2015, Boston Globe Top Ten of 2015). Other: Sense and Sensibility (The Folger), Copenhagen (Central Square Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), The Libertine (The Kirk and Boston Center for the Arts, IRNE nomination, Best Director). Hamlet (with William Hurt, Stella Adler Theatre, L.A.), Mate (The Actors’ Gang), Macbeth (nominated Best Overall Production and Best Director by LA Weekly). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Artistic Director of Bedlam.


Set Designer

For Bedlam: New York Animals, Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, Hamlet, Saint Joan. Off-Broadway: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Pearl); The Revisionist, Asuncion (Rattlestick); The Singing Forest (The Public); Play Yourself (NYTW); Prayer For My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons). More than 150 plays, mostly world premieres, including: The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Dry Land, Lady, The Belle of Belfast, There Are No More Big Secrets, Everything Is Ours, Saved or Destroyed, American Sligo, Kaspar Hauser, Girls in Trouble. Regional: Intiman, Seattle Rep, Long Wharf, Creede Rep, South Coast Rep, Dorset Playhouse, Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Member, Colt Coeur. Associate Professor, Adelphi University.


Lighting Designer

Previous collaborations with Bedlam include: New York Animals, Twelfth Night, What You Will, Sense & Sensibility, The Seagull, Hamlet, and Saint Joan. Broadway: Wrong Mountain (Assistant), High Society (Assistant). Off-Broadway: Atlantic Theater, Rattlestick Theater, P73, Theatre Row, Ensemble Studio Theatre, InViolet Rep, others. Regional: Shakespeare & Company, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Geva Theatre, Perseverance Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Triad Stage, Arden Theatre, others. Dance: White Oak Dance Project, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Joffrey Ballet. International: Centre Pompidou, La Scala, and the National Ballets of England, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Canada, and Russia. Les is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.


Costume Designer

Ms. Huff was born and educated in Düsseldorf, Germany and has worked in London, Los Angeles, and New York. Her work on feature films includes Little Women, Gulliver’s Travels, and The Crucible. In London, she collaborated with opera director Philip Parr on productions of La Bohème, The Magic Flute, and Così Fan Tutte, among others, and designed the puppets for the diorama at the Globe Theatre. In New York, she has designed many productions for Dicapo Opera Theatre, National Lyric Opera Touring Company, Encompass New Opera Theatre, and theatre company Playhouse Creatures (The Libertine), as well as The Turn of the Screw and Der Kaiser von Atlantis for new opera company Opera Moderne. She is currently working in collaboration with Opera Moderne on a new Opera Burlesque fantasy production for the burlesque group The Hot Box Girls. Since moving to New York, Ms. Huff has received two awards for her work: from Opera Online for Romeo & Juliet in 2008, and from ME Entertainment World for The Libertine in 2013. www.angelahuff.com



Portland Center Stage

Portland, OR
Jan/Feb 19





Cambridge, MA
December/January 17/18


Off Broadway | The Gym at Judson

New York, NY

January 24–November 20, 2016


The Sheen Center

New York, NY

November 7–December 21, 2014

(in rep with The Seagull)


Praise for Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility

It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen onstage. Save your ‘Hamilton’ dollars and go see it.”

The Washington Post

Blissfully delightful”

Huffington Post

Downton Abbey on roller skates…Go! Go! Go!”

Philadelphia Inquirer

Irresistible theater”

New York Times

Goofy, joyous and deeply moving”

Daily News

By far the smartest Jane Austen adaptation to come along since Clueless”

Wall Street Journal