Coming to Theatre UCF: Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

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Are you a fan multiverse stories like Pleasantville or the BBC mini-series Lost In Austen — with a scientific twist? Then you will really enjoy Theatre UCF‘s latest production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia beginning January 22 with a run extending through February 1st. (Added bonus, there will be a pre-show discussion prior to the Friday, January 23rd show! More info below…)

Dramaturg Teresa Kilzi has prepared a guide for patrons to read prior to attending Arcadia. The dramaturgy will be on display in the theater lobby, and an abbreviated version will be given to all attendees with their playbill. Patrons can also download the materials in advance and watch some background videos with the cast and director at theatre.ucf.edu.

Having a background in literature, physics, and nineteenth-century England would certainly enhance the experience of seeing Arcadia, but that’s not a combination that most people have. All the audience really needs is an eagerness to know and to learn,” says Kilzi.

 

Kilzi continues, “If there were one key piece of information for audience members to know, it would be for them to have a grasp on the erotic and glamorous nature of Lord Byron! He is central to Arcadia, and yet, he never appears in the play. Byron was revered for his work in literature and lusted after by all who knew him, and he used that magnetism to navigate his way through high society.

Tickets are $10-$20 for Arcadia are available (with NO fees!):

  • Over the phone via Theatre UCF’s Box Office at (407) 823-1500,
  • In person Monday-Friday: 12pm – 6:00pm at PAC-M, Building 119 [2 hours before Theatre Performance in the Theatre, Building 6]
  • Or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34486

Be sure to check out their Season Ticket packages too!

More information about Arcadia:

Stoppard’s Arcadia blends arts, sciences, and language play with human emotions 

ORLANDO, Fla. January 13, 2015 — Theatre UCF, part of the UCF School of Performing Arts, will present Tom Stoppard’s play Arcadia from January 22February 1, 2015 in the Main Stage theater on the University of Central Florida campus.

Arcadia is a witty and complex story that switches between two time periods, 1809 and 1999. In the earlier time period, thirteen year-old Thomasina makes a startling scientific discovery that will change the way people understand the world. Around her, the adults, including her tutor Septimus, are busy with their illicit passions, intense rivalries, and fast-fired bon mot. In 1999, residents and visitors of the same English estate have similar preoccupations, while they piece together puzzling clues to uncover its past scandals.

Director Kate Ingram has long wanted to bring this play to UCF because of how it brings the sciences and mathematics to the stage. “We have such a strong history of sciences at UCF. It’s a perfect fit for the university.

She quotes character Thomasina as she talks about why she appreciates Arcadia. “‘I, Thomasina Coverly, have found a truly wonderful method whereby all the forms of nature must give up their numerical secrets and draw themselves by number alone.’ And I love that because this play combines human nature, and math, and physics all rolled into one. And if that’s not enough to make someone want to come see this play, I don’t know what is.

Ingram and UCF Physics professor Enrique Del Barco will host a free preshow discussion on Friday, January 23 at 7 pm, in which they will discuss some of the scientific principles of the play. Del Barco, a longtime patron of Theatre UCF, has been working with the cast during the rehearsal process so that they develop a deeper understanding of the content of the play.