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Tom Stoppard's Intellectual Mystery "Arcadia" Opens April 1 at Reed College

TITLE: Arcadia, by British playwright Tom Stoppard

WHAT: Set in an English country house, Tom Stoppard's play Arcadia explores the connections between past and present, the search for wisdom and affinities, and the twists of fate that shape our lives. It is an intellectual mystery, wrapped around a romance, as modern-day scholars attempt to determine the affairs of their estate's past tenants. Adding to the humor is the audiences’ unique perspective, seeing both the events of the past and those of the present, in which the scholars try to shape an understanding of the past from clues left in letters, lesson books, game books, and drawings. A play of wit, language, and passion, Arcadia won the New York Drama Critics' Circle award for best play in 1995.

Director: Kathleen Worley
Starring: Kate Magill as Thomasina and Ian Larue as Septimus
Set design: Max Muller
Costume design: Cara Carr

7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 7, 8, and 9

WHERE: Reed College Mainstage Theater (Entrance on Botsford Drive just off of SE 28th Avenue)

$5 general; $3 students and seniors; $1 Reed students, faculty, and staff.

For more information, please consult the Reed events website or call the theater box office after March 21 at 503/777-7284.


Tom Stoppard
Arcadia first debuted in London in 1993. Renowned for his erudition, wordplay, and clever and intricate plotting, British playwright Tom Stoppard's other plays include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, The Real Thing, Hapgood, and The Invention of Love. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties, and The Real Thing received Tony Awards.

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Reed College
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