This month, we check in with Rick Boynton, Creative Producer at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, as he tells us about their upcoming production of Sense and Sensibility, by Paul Gordon (Fest ’13-Analog & Vinyl; Fest ’06-Jane Austen’s Emma).
Sense and Sensibility traces the lives of Elinor & Marianne Dashwood—two sisters whose fortunes change following their father’s untimely death. One cool and deliberate, the other consumed by youthful passion, Elinor and Marianne journey to make life anew while testing the bonds of sisterhood and the power of love.
How did Chicago Shakespeare meet Paul Gordon and why was he an artist you wanted to work with?
I first was introduced to Paul when I was serving on the Festival committee and read his Emma in 2006. I loved the adaptation. Paul is such a gifted composer, lyricist and book writer. Not only is his music beautiful, but he brings classical text to life with a great sense of wonder, passion and humor. I knew we had to work with him.