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Local Spotlight: "Sense and Sensibility"

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We hear a lot about balance. We talk about balancing acts, keeping things in balance, and work-life balance.

It's not a new concept. In fact, it was a major theme in Jane Austen's first published work back in 1811 and for the next couple of weeks, you can catch the PCPA's production of that dramatic classic under the stars at the Solvang Festival Theatre.

The story focuses on two sisters growing up in late 18th century England. When their father dies and leaves his estate to their brother-in-law, who's not inclined to share the wealth, the sisters are forced to make their own way and try to find the balance between sense and sensibility.  

One is impulsive and full of adventure.  The other is more rational and restrained in her outlook.  Actor Matthew Koenig plays Edward Ferrars, one of the sister's suitors. He says the story feels modern--almost like a soap opera, because it's a struggle most people understand.

"All of these characters are constantly fighting between the two ideologies," he says. "You'll see these characters at your next family reunion."
But Koenig says while both struggle to find middle ground there are also lessons about taking risks.

"One of my favorite lines in the show is, 'it is profoundly sad to feel tenderness and be incapable of acting on it, to see something that i want so badly, but know that my sense of propriety and honor won't allow me to do it.' "

Koenig says he hopes people leave the show encouraged to follow their dreams.  "It sounds so cheesy to say but, maybe we should not just stick to the path that's set for us."

"Sense and Sensibility" runs Wednesdays through Sundays until August 21st at the Solvang Festival Theatre.

For tickets and more information, log onto pcpa.org.

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