Sense and Sensibility

August 5 – September 4, 2022

Select Thursdays – Sundays at 7:00pm (see calendar)
playing in rep with Measure for Measure
Sanborn Skyline County Park, Saratoga, CA
Tickets $20-$50

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and sensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, do you make the choice to follow your heart?

“…an unconditional delight…invigorating…a bouncy, jaunty take on Austen…remains remarkably true to the values and priorities of its source. The classic Austen preoccupations with real estate, income, class, reputation and equilibrium in life are all rendered brightly and legibly here.” —New York Times

“…so full of galloping comic vitality as to suggest a bunch of stupendously clever kids playing dress-up in the nursery. It’s by far the smartest Jane Austen adaptation to come along since Amy Heckerling’s Clueless, and at least as much fun.” —Wall Street Journal

Written by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen

Rated E for Everyone

Are you a member of our Donors Circle?

Donors Circle members receive 20% off all tickets plus first access into the seating areas at our Sanborn shows. Members of our Donors Circle should have received an email with their discount code and links to purchase tickets. Didn’t receive your code? Email Development Director Melissa Jones at  melissa.jones@svshakespeare.org.

Learn more about joining our Donors Circle.

Subscribe and save!

Purchase a subscription to our 2022 Sanborn Park shows Measure for Measure and Sense and Sensibility for a 10% discount on tickets. Plus, subscribers get early entry to the show, meaning they get to pick their seats before the general public!

How subscriptions work:

  1. Purchase your subscription. We offer various subscription levels.
  2. In your confirmation email, you will receive a code to redeem your subscriptions, as well as the links to reserve your tickets immediately.
  3. Choose the date you’d like to attend for each show and select the ticket level that matches the subscription level you purchased. Click the Buy Tickets Now button.
  4. Apply your subscription code on the Checkout page.

This activity is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at  www.arts.ca.gov.

Meet the Cast

Elinor Dashwood … Alika U. Spencer
Marianne Dashwood … Jen Maggio
Margaret Dashwood/Anne Steele … Alliana Lili Yang
Mrs Dashwood … Cynthia Lagodzinski
John Dashwood … Drew B. Jones
Fanny (Ferrars) Dashwood … Melissa Jones
Edward Ferrars … Christian Pizzirani
Colonel Brandon … James Lucas
John Willoughby … Myles Rowland
Sir John Middleton … Ron Talbot
Mrs Jennings … Regina Kohl
Lucy Steele … Annalisa Tkacheff
Gossip/Anne Steele … Valerie Valenzuela
Gossip/Servant … Hannah Milon✝

✝2022 Acting Trainee

Safety Requirements

Silicon Valley Shakespeare prioritizes the safety of our artists and patrons, and we are committed to doing our part to stop the spread of the coronavirus. In 2022, we are requiring all of our actors, designers, and other staff to be fully vaccinated.

Our ticketed Shakespeare productions at Sanborn Park take place in an outdoor venue, with folding chair seating. Our venue is general admission seating, so patrons pick their own seats; however, at this time, we cannot guarantee distanced seating. Following Theatre Bay Area’s joint COVID protocols , we will require that:

• Patrons of eligible vaccination age be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination (a vaccination card/photo of vaccination card, or a Digital Vaccine Record; and your ID). People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.
• All patrons 2 years and older wear masks, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed when actively eating or drinking.

Please note that we will continue to monitor local COVID safety requirements and recommendations and will update our guidelines accordingly.


What time are the performances?

All performances of Shakespeare in Sanborn Park begin at 7pm.

How long is the performance?

Sanborn Park has a curfew requiring all participants (audience, performers, and staff) to leave the park by 10 pm. Therefore, all performances end at or before 9:30pm, for a total run time of no more than 2.5 hours, including intermission.

How much are tickets?

Tickets for Shakespeare in Sanborn Park range $20 to $50, with discounts available for students, seniors, military, healthcare workers, and educators. Youth 17 years of age and under attend for FREE, with a paid adult admission. Children still need a reserved ticket, to guarantee seat availability.

Where can I buy tickets?

Tickets for all productions are available here. Due to the limited capacity of the space, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Patrons who purchase their tickets in advance no longer need to check in at the ticket table at the park. When you purchase your tickets online, you will receive a confirmation email with your e-Tickets, which you can present to the ticket scanner. Please print your e-Ticket or save it to your phone before you arrive at the show, as cell phone service in Sanborn Park is poor.

People purchasing tickets at the park can pay with cash, Visa or Mastercard (cellular data access permitting), or a check made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.

What about parking?

Sanborn Park charges a parking fee of $6 per vehicle. There is limited lighting in the parking lots after performances, so you might consider bringing a small flashlight.

Is the seating reserved?

Seating in Sanborn Park is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The house opens for seating at approximately 6:30pm, though those of you in our Donors Circle and subscribers get earlier access. At that time, you can claim your seats with a blanket and then continue to enjoy a picnic in the park.

All seating consists of gray folding chairs with padded seats and backs.

Will there be food available at the show?

We have a well-stocked concessions stand where you can purchase wine, water, snacks, cookies, candy, and both cold and hot beverages, perfect for complementing a picnic you bring before the performance.

Can I drop my child off at the park and pick him or her up after the show?

Children must be supervised at all times. We ask that at least one adult be present for every six children in attendance. If you choose to drop a teenager off, note that Sanborn Park closes for entry at sunset and you cannot drive into the park later to retrieve your child. Cellular phone service in the park is very limited, so your child will not be able to reach you if they wish to leave early. Silicon Valley Shakespeare is not responsible for any child left unattended.

Is Shakespeare in the Park a dress-up affair?

Not at all! The performance is outdoors in a park where the terrain is primarily dirt and gravel. We recommend wearing shoes that let you walk safely to and from the theatre (high heels are not a good choice). The weather can change quickly, so we recommend that you bring something warm to put on later in the evening. If you bring/wear a hat, we request that it be one that won’t obstruct someone else’s view.

What about dogs?

Well-socialized dogs on a leash are welcome, but we ask owners to choose seats on the left side of the audience, closest to the creek. This lets people with allergies or fear of dogs to keep a suitable distance. Exceptions can be made for qualified service dogs.

Are the plays appropriate for children?

We pride ourselves on providing entertainment for the entire family. Due to graphic content inherent in many of Shakespeare’s works, we recommend parents familiarize themselves with the plays and determine if they are appropriate for your particular child. To assist parents we have provided a rating system.

Can we bring a picnic?

Of course! There are several areas in the park to enjoy a picnic. If you come early to picnic, we recommend you have someone get in line 30-45 minutes before the performance to reserve seats, then return to finish your picnic. Peterson Grove, though conveniently located, is available to our patrons only if there is no wedding or other event present. Other picnic tables are available, just up the hill. When you walk out of the parking lot, turn left.

Will you be passing the hat at Sanborn Park?

SVS does not pass the hat at ticketed performances. However, if you wish to make a donation to continue to support Shakespeare in the Park, and to help us keep it free for kids, there is a donation box in the concession area. Checks can be made out to Silicon Valley Shakespeare.

What are those cool thrones in the back of the theatre? How can I sit there?

Royal Seating is an exclusive SVS experience! Extra-comfortable seats, a private seating area, a designated usher pre-show and at intermission – this is the lap of luxury for your evening’s entertainment.

Available as a benefit to select members of our Donors Circle, though some are available for purchase at some performances. You can become a member of our Donors Circle, or ask about upgrading at the Box Office if you see those seats are empty.

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