Arcadia is a 1993 play by Tom Stoppard moving between 1809 and the present, exploring the nature of truth and time and the difference between classical and romantic temperaments. It has been praised by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language.
“Many of Great Escape’s longtime audiences will remember when we presented this wonderful play as a ‘drama slam’ several years ago at the Franke Center,” said Great Escape’s artistic director, Randy Lake. “Now that we’ve grown into our own black-box theatrical space in downtown Marshall, it’s time to give a full treatment to this superb and innovative script.”
Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, an English country house in Derbyshire, and takes place in both 1809/1812 and the present day (1993 in the original production). The activities of two modern scholars and the house’s current residents are juxtaposed with those of the people who lived there in the earlier period.
“The play is not only very funny, but it’s very challenging, because it moves between 1809 and the present as it explores the nature of truth and time and the difference between classical and romantic temperaments,” Lake said.
In 2006, the Royal Institution of Great Britain named it one of the best science-related works ever written.