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Sense and Sensibility – Aquila Theatre

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Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility

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One of the most popular and beloved authors of all time, Jane Austen wrote with insight and wit about her own 18th century English upper middle class. “Sense and Sensibility” poignantly and cleverly illustrates the economic uncertainty created by the rigid rules of male inheritance and the limited choices for women of that era. After the untimely and unexpected death of their father, two sisters, the level-headed sensible Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne, along with their mother, are forced to leave their comfortable way of life. With their only hope a profitable marriage, this classic romantic comedy is filled with love, heartbreak and unexpected twists as the sisters forge a new future for themselves.  Aquila Theatre adapts Austen’s work in a bold and exciting new production which incorporates artistic director Desiree Sanchez’ innovative use of space, movement, design, and sound.

Elisabeth Rosenthal

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An American Sickness: Healing our Health System

Why are American health costs 2-3 times more than elsewhere in the developed world? What are the challenges and threats that it faces today?

Elisabeth Rosenthal is the author of the best selling An American Sickness, a penetrating investigation into America’s healthcare system. She holds an MD from Harvard Medical, worked as an ER physician and for 22 years was an award-winning reporter at The New York Times – acclaimed for coverage of health and policy issues. Her presentation will show ways that America could make reforms in the delivery and financing of health care and how changes would affect us.

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