Connecticut Repertory Theatre is the producing arm of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT produces under a year-round contract with Actors’ Equity Association, and serves as a cultural center for Connecticut and the New England region. CRT productions are directed and designed by, and cast with, visiting professionals, equity actors, faculty members and the department’s most advanced students.
Selling more than 20,000 tickets annually, and nearly 3,000 subscriptions, CRT presents a wide range of material including premieres, contemporary plays, classics of the American musical theatre, and great works from the canon of world drama presented with both traditional and experimental points of view. CRT is also the performance outlet for the Department of Dramatic Art’s internationally acclaimed Puppet Arts program, the only degree-conferring puppetry program of its kind in the United States.
CRT offers a subscription series of six plays and musicals during the academic year – two in the 486 – seat Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre, two in the 237 – seat Nafe Katter Theatre (the Main Stage series), and two in the 116 – seat Studio Theatre (The Studio Works Series, emphasizing new, more experimental texts and forms). CRT offers the very popular, three production, Nutmeg Series each summer. Each year, some of those productions comprise CRT’s Morning Matinee Series, which introduces more than 3,000 middle and high school students and senior citizen groups to theatre at CRT.
A constituent member of The Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for the professional theatre, CRT is committed to the development of new work. CRT world premieres include Mike Reiss’ I’m Connecticut starring Jerry Adler and Joyce DeWitt, Brad Korbesmeyer’s Open Window (a co-production with Merrimack Repertory Theatre, later sold to CBS for development as a television movie), Ellen M. Lewis’ Eastville, and Puppet Arts adaptations of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and The Bell. Recent CRT regional premieres include Teresa Rebeck’s O Beautiful, Stephen Svoboda’s Odysseus DOA, Simon Stephen’s Punk Rock, and Stephen Adly Guirgis’ The Last Days of Judas Iscariot: A Play.
Guest artists recently at CRT include actors Terrence Mann, Leslie Uggams, Pat Sajak, Jerry Adler, Richard Kline, Joyce DeWitt, Liz Larsen, Ariana DeBose, Kevin Meaney, Kim Zimmer, Andrea McArdle, David Patrick Kelly, Judy Kaye, Barrett Foa, Brandy Burre, Steve Hayes, Patrick Kerr; directors Joseph Hanreddy, Paul Mullins, Robert Ross Parker, Victor Maog, James Warwick, Victoria Bussert, Michael Montel, Nagle Jackson, B. Peter Westerhoff, Connie Grappo, Peter Bennet, Leah C. Gardiner, Larry Carpenter, and Peter Wallace; choreographers Sara Andreas, Gerry MacIntyre, Tony Stevens, Jayme McDaniel and Schellie Archbold; and designers Dennis Parichy, Campbell Baird, Jane Reisman, Mimi Sherin, Eric Renschler, Marilyn Rennagel, Crystal Tiala and Tim Hunter.
CRT to Stage Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
STORRS. Connecticut Repertory Theatre will present Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility by adapted for the stage by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan as the fourth show of its 2015-2016 season. The show is directed by Kristin Wold, a faculty member at UConn and member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Sense and Sensibility will be held in the Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre from February 25 through March 6, 2016. For tickets and information please visit crt.uconn.edu or call (860) 486 2113.
Full of passion, wit, and soaring emotions, this new adaptation of Jane Austen’s first published novel is co-written by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan, the writing team behind CRT’s extraordinarily popular Pride & Prejudice. Following their father’s untimely death, the penniless Dashwood sisters pursue life and love in their own distinctive ways. Elinor is smart and down-to-earth. Marianne is wildly romantic. They each attract suitors whose startling secrets obstruct the path to happily ever after.
Elinor Dashwood will be played by second year MFA Acting candidate Arlene Bozich, most recently seen in CRT’s Twelfth Night as Mariah. BFA Acting senior Susannah Resnikoff will play Marianne Dashwood. The cast features special guest artists Cynthia Darlow as Mrs. Jennings and Don Noble as Sir John Middleton/Henry Dashwood. Darlow is a founding member of American Repertory Theatre with Broadway roles in Billy Elliot, Accent on Youth, Rabbit Hole, Prelude to a Kiss, among others. Noble is a Broadway veteran whose credits include Once and The End of the Rainbow and the National Tour of Mamma Mia!.
Director Kristin Wold said, “Joe Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan’s adaptation is a lively, passionate romp into the hearts and minds of Austen’s characters. In rehearsal, we are exploring what it is to speak from your heart, to follow your desires and impulses unchecked; and also what it is to think before you act, to be wise and consider what may come from speaking your truth. It is exciting to
be telling a story that takes a stand for love. I find it fun, dangerous and full of joy!
Artistic Director Vincent J. Cardinal observes, “Sense and Sensibility gives CRT the opportunity to do what it does best with lavish period costumes by MFA designer Raven Ong and a theatrically elegant set by faculty member Tim Brown whose stage design was most recently seen in rapper J. Cole’s international tour and HBO special.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
The production team includes: Kristin Wold (Director), Tim Brown (Scenic Design), Margaret Peebles (Lighting Design), Raven Ong (Costume Design), Abbey Golec (Sound Design), Colby Herchel (Music Composition) and Tom Kosis (Stage Manager).
The cast includes: MFA Actors: Michael Bobenhausen, Arlene Bozich, Darren Brown, Natalia Cuevas, Sam Kebede, Curtis Longfellow, Emile Saba, Meredith Saran, Bryce Wood. BFA Actors: Coleman Churchill, Shavana Clark, Madison Coppola, Braley Degenhardt, Vivienne James, Lily Ling, Gavin McNicholl, Gillian Pardi, Susannah Resnikoff, Jenn Sapozhnikov. And BA Theatre Studies: Max Helfand.
Kristin Wold (Director) directing credits include Punk Rock, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party, Thin Air: Tales from a Revolution, Judevine, Brutality of Fact and Loose Knit at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, and Indian Blood at Mixed Company in Great Barrington, MA. She has been a member of Shakespeare & Company since 1987 where she most recently played Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s enigmatic wife in a one-woman show, Shakespeare’s Will. Other recent roles with the company include Julius Caesar (Portia/Calpurnia/Lucius), The Tempest (Ariel) King Lear (Regan), The Memory of Water (Teresa) and Othello (Emilia). She teaches acting and movement for Shakespeare & Company’s professional actor training programs and in the BFA and the MFA Acting programs at UConn.
Cynthia Darlow (Mrs. Jennings): Broadway : Billy Elliot, Accent on Youth, Old Acquaintance, Rabbit Hole,Taller Than a Dwarf , Present Laughter, Sex and Longing, Prelude to a Kiss, Rumors, and the original production of Grease! Off – Broadway : Fatal Weakness, Beyond Therapy, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Home, The Runner Stumbles, Sin:A Cardinal Deposed, Juno and the Paycock, Cider House Rules, June Moon, Death Defying Acts, Mere Mortals, Sister Mary Ignatius… Regional : A.R.T. ( founding member), Mark Taper, Balt. Center Stage , etc. T.V. : Elementary, Sopranos, Six Degrees, Soul Man,Law and Order, Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit. Square One T.V.(Children’s Television Workshop) , five seasons as a series regular. Film : I Smile Back, The Savages, 25th Hour, The Thomas Crown Affair, Garden State . Member : The Actors Company Theatre (TACT) , Actor’s Center. AEA, SAG/AFTRA,CAEA
Don Noble (Sir John Middleton / Henry Dashwood) Credits include the Broadway productions of Once and End Of The Rainbow, the National Tour of Mamma Mia! (Sam Carmichael), and regional productions across Canada and the United States. Some favorites: Jane Austen’s Emma (Mr. Weston), To Kill A Mockingbird (Atticus Finch), James Joyce’s The Dead (Gabriel Conroy), Funny Girl (Nicky Arnstein), An Ideal Husband (Lord Goring), Candida (Reverend Morell), The Importance…Earnest (Jack Worthing), Blood Brothers (The Narrator), Henry IV, The Tempest, Elizabeth Rex.
PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION
Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Select matinee performances start at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Season subscriptions and single tickets are available now. Single tickets range from $7 to $30. All student tickets are only $7.
Children must be at least 4 years old to attend CRT productions. For additional ticket information or to charge tickets by phone, call 860.486.2113. All sales are final; no refunds. Play selections and performance dates are subject to change.
Please call the box office at 860.486.2113 for tickets and additional information or visit www.crt.uconn.edu for specific show dates and times because performance schedules vary and are subject to change.
The Harriet S. Jorgenson Theatre is located on the campus of the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.
CRT is the professional producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. The synergy between professional and advanced student artists creates extraordinary theatre and a unique learning environment.