Jane Austen isn’t synonymous with fight scenes — not yet, anyway.

But when CharACTers brings Kate Hamill’s 2012 adaptation of “Sense and Sensibility” to the Walnut Gallery stage Feb. 22, they’ll spark a few new associations with the classic author, including one knock-down, drag-out fight — played for laughs, of course.

“People are going to come expecting actors sitting with their legs crossed and hands folded, but they’re going to leave thinking, “Maybe [Austen] isn’t as boring as I thought,’” said Molly Page, who directs the show and stars as Elinore.

“Sense and Sensibility” follows the story of the Dashwood sisters, Elinore and Marianne, a pair of upper-crust women whose father recently passed away, leaving them destitute. The two handle societal pressure in ways both sensitive and sensible, while navigating their own relationships and the affections of their suitors, Edward, Willoughby and Colonel Brandon.

A choreographed fight is just one way the adaptation stands apart; the play keeps the book’s Victorian England setting, but modernizes the story through stage conventions. The plot is kept lean and quick through the use of a Greek chorus — in this case, a set of five “Gossips,” a cross between the witches of “Macbeth” and the high schoolers of “Mean Girls" — who help usher the plot along, whittling away the 400 pages of drama into a breezy, 65-page script. Extraneous characters and situations are withheld, but the book’s most famous elements — lines and scenes that have managed to keep readers coming back for two centuries — are given their due.

“There are some very specific lines that you have to say,” said Page.

One such line is spoken by Colonel Brandon, upon learning that Marianne is engaged to Willoughby: “To your sister I wish all imaginable happiness; to Willoughby, that he may endeavor to deserve her.” It’s the Victorian-era verbal equivalent of a choke-slam.

"To leave that out would be like if Rhett didn’t say ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,’” said Page. “People would riot.”

Other moments are slightly modified; when Elinore’s love interest confesses his feelings, the speech he gives is an amalgamation of lines from other Austen books, referencing Mr. Darcy of “Pride and Prejudice” and Captain Frederick of “Persuasion,” another fun nod for fans of Austen’s works.

Page said you don’t need to be a super-fan to enjoy the show, however, and in spite of whatever connections you might have to the work from boring English classes prior, the adaptation doesn’t feel like a dusty, old show.

“[The cast] felt very bogged down because it was written in the 1800s, but I told them to take that context completely out of their heads,” said Page. “Think more like a sitcom, be light and quippy, because that’s what it was for those people.”

“Sense and Sensibility” will be performed at The Walnut Gallery, 806 Walnut St. in Gadsden. The first show is at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 with a “pay what you can night,” with ticket sales starting one hour before the show at the door. The show continues Feb. 23 and 24 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and only 75 seats are available. Tickets for Feb. 23-25 can be purchased at wallacehall.org, by calling 256-543-2787 or by visiting the Hardin Center, 501 Broad St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.