Meet "Fanny Dashwood" with JASNA-NY

Harriet Walter, the distinguished British actress who created the nose-twisting, absolutely infuriating role of Fanny Dashwood in the acclaimed 1995 film adaptation of Sense & Sensibility, has graciously accepted our invitation to come talk with us about her extensive and fascinating preparation for the part.

Currently appearing on Broadway as Queen Elizabeth in the critically lauded production of Schiller's Mary Stuart, her free time is limited and precious. When she learned of our special interest in "her" Fanny Dashwood, she offered to share with us notes she wrote in preparing for her performance. No stranger to Austen's work, Ms Walter has recorded Lady Susan, Mansfield Park and some of the Austen Juvenilia. Fans of the television series based upon Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels will recall her fondly as Harriet Vane.

What was it like to play the righteous (and grasping) villainess of an Austen film adaptation? What was her "take" on one of the most memorable conversations of any Austen novel as Fanny talks her husband out of a deathbed pledge to his father to take care of his half sisters?

Date and time: Friday, July 10 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street

Fee: $10 (to cover the cost of room rental)

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