Jane Austen’s Most Popular Novel Comes to Life

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, February 19, 2018 – Jane Austen’s most popular novel comes to life on stageat Walton Arts Centerwith Aquila Theatre Company’s production of Sense and Sensibility on Thursday, March 8 at 7 pm as part of 10x10 Arts Series.

Tickets start at $10 plus applicable fess and can be purchased online at waltonartscenter.org, in person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office or by calling 479.443.5600. 

Aquila Theatre Company expands the canon of classical works for the stage by adapting Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility in a bold and exciting new production. Directed by Aquila’s artistic director Desiree Sanchez, this production will incorporate innovative use of space, movement, design and sound.

D.C. Metro said, “Sanchez is wildly inventive, and the production choices made were carried out beautifully” and NY Theater Review said, “her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment, has exceptional attention to detail and is a demiurge of direction.”

The characters of Sense and Sensibility live in a world in which choices are limited - especially for the women. The story revolves around the lives of two sisters - Elinor, who is level headed and full of sense, and the hopeless romantic, Marianne.

After the unexpected death of their father, both sisters and their mother are forced to leave their comfortable lives, while their half brother and his wife inherit the family estate. The only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy.

“...eclectically entertaining...” - The New York Times

“...the Aquila company’s acting is among the best...” - Anchorage Daily News

“Bold, resourceful, dynamic - and relevant” - The Santa Barbara News-Press

At 6 pm patrons are invited to attend a Creative Conversation with the ensemble led by a member of Walton Arts Center’s programming staff. Following the show, patrons are also invited to attend an after party with the artists in the Walker Atrium and share their thoughts about the show with the popular Post-It® Note responses.

Walton Arts Center’s 10x10 Arts Series brings a variety of groundbreaking artists and awe-inspiring performances to Northwest Arkansas at a price that allows more people to experience live theater performances.

For more information, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 195,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 400 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 45,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 200 volunteers donate 21,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to pay on average only 45% of the cost of programs offered. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.