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‘Arcadia’ by Tom Stoppard Opens at UNH on Nov. 15

Release Date:
11/2/2012 9:00 PM

Nov. 2, 2012

 Arcadia rehearsal

WEST HAVEN, CONN. –“Arcadia,” winner of the 1995 Tony Award for Best Play, will be performed at the University of New Haven on Nov. 15 -18 in Dodds Hall Theater. 

“Arcadia” uses wit to examine deeply human acts of curiosity, fear, friendship, self-doubt and love. Written in 1993 by Tom Stoppard, the play looks at the relationship between past and present, and between order and disorder. It has been cited by many critics as the finest play written by Stoppard, one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language.

Set in an English country house, in both the early 1800s and the present day, the play uses a minimalist set that places maximum focus on Stoppard’s language and the actors.

Rachel Anderson-Rabern, assistant professor and theater program director, said the play poses two fundamental questions: how do we, in our contemporary world, encounter stories that ask for our full attention, and to what extent are explorations of analysis and logic, like theater making, also creative acts?

Tickets are available online at or at the door.  They are $5 for students; $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens; and $15 for general admission. 

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