| July 14 – September 7
by TOM STOPPARD
Directed by EDA HOLMES
Designed by SUE LEPAGE
Lighting designed by MICHELLE RAMSAY
Music composed by ALAN COLE
“We’re better at predicting events at the edge of the galaxy or inside the nucleus of an atom than whether it’ll rain on auntie’s garden party three Sundays from now.”
Arcadia is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
You know that the name Stoppard means you’re in for an intellectually dazzling ride. In this case you’re also in for a tale of secrecy and intrigue that’s been hailed by critics as a masterpiece. Set in both 1809 and the present day, it’s a mystery wrapped up in a love story, wrapped up in a scandal. In its unraveling, Stoppard playfully zigs and zags through many realms, including mathematics, poetry, sex and gardening. A roller-coaster ride that is also one of Stoppard’s most moving plays.
A play that is set in the past and the present; a past that is seen through the eyes of the present; worlds that are inhabited by very smart, funny, flawed and deeply human characters – surely Arcadia is the perfect play for us! We welcome perhaps the ultimate Contemporary Shavian – Tom Stoppard – to the Shaw Festival. – JM
Arcadia is recommended for ages 17+