For the record: A previous version of the headline on this article said SCR is set to open a production of "Sense and Sensibility." It will present "Pride and Prejudice."
Your first Austen experience?
Ursula Meyer, dialect coach: Reading "Persuasion" and then walking the cliffs of "Lyme" in England. It was like going back and being in the book.
Amalia Fite (Lydia Bennet): Going to see "Sense and Sensibility" with my mom in 1995.
Rebecca Lawrence (Jane Bennet): When my mother took me to see "Clueless" when I was 10 years old because, as she said, it was "both popular and literarily significant." When I later read "Emma," I felt the same excitement when Miss Woodhouse realized she loved Mr. Knightley that I felt when Cher realized she loved Josh.
Bert Hernert, wardrobe supervisor: "Sense and Sensibility." First the book and then the film.
Claire Kaplan ("The Girl," a character in the play who reads from the novel): Watching the "Sense and Sensibility" film. I've been a huge Emma Thompson fan since I was little.
Do you consider yourself an Elinor or a Marianne Dashwood (the sisters who personify reason and passion in "Sense and Sensibility")?
Meyer: Elinor — practical and feeling responsible. But sometimes I wish I were more like Marianne.
Fite: Marianne. Idealistic, spontaneous, passionate and often flighty. I could use more of Elinor's sense.
Lawrence: I am a post-Chapter 46 Marianne. I had a Mr. Willoughby, but now I'm looking for my Colonel Brandon...
Hernert: Definitely an Elinor. Although I've always liked Margaret Dashwood [the younger third sister] and want to see what her future holds in store for her.
Kaplan: A bit of both. I have Elinor's common sense, but I know very well I can get a bit carried away by ideals, like Marianne.
Best movie, public television movie or miniseries made from an Austen novel:
Meyer: The Colin Firth "Pride and Prejudice" is gorgeous. But the "Emma" miniseries is also excellent. I love Colin Firth because he was quoted as saying that the secret to Darcy was that he would think, 'I want to run and kiss her and hold her," and then he wouldn't do it but the camera would capture his desire in his eyes!
Fite: I love the BBC "Pride and Prejudice" with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Every other shot is a close-up of Colin Firth brooding in the background. It also has Saffy from "Absolutely Fabulous" playing the role of Lydia.
Lawrence: The BBC "Pride and Prejudice" miniseries with Colin Firth is a masterpiece. The chemistry between Firth's Darcy and Ehle's Elizabeth is so intense, I swoon vicariously.
Hernert: I really appreciate Emma Thompson and Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility." I think it really used the art of film to convey the characters and the novel rather than trying to put every word on screen.