Boston University School of Theatre Presents Arcadia April 26-30, 2006

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April 26th, 2006

Contact: Ellen Carr, 617-353-8783 | emcarr@bu.edu

(Boston) — The Boston University School of Theatre presents Arcadia, Tom Stoppard’s masterful play merging science with human concerns and ideals, on the Boston University Theatre mainstage, April 26-30. The production is directed by Eve Muson, assistant professor in the BU School of Theatre.

Stoppard’s absorbing play takes the audience back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and Romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex – “the attraction which Newton left out” – in the orbits of life. By setting much of the action in 1809, Stoppard pits two opposing historical epochs against each other. The eighteenth-century Age of Enlightenment stressed orderly, rational thought and conformity to accepted rules and forms, and looked to the Classical Greeks and Romans as models of simplicity, proportion and restrained emotion in culture, art and literature. Romanticism of the early nineteenth-century was a deliberate revolt against Enlightenment ideals. Romantic philosophers and poets experimented with literary forms and stressed individuality, subjective observation, and the extremes of emotional experience. The characters of Arcadia, in both past and present scenes, represent both kinds of thought.

Playwright Tom Stoppard, born in Czechoslovakia in 1937, was raised in Singapore and England. Leaving school at the age of seventeen, he began working as a journalist, specializing in film and theatre criticism, and then ventured into playwriting. In the decades since, Stoppard became a prolific playwright, creating such well-known works are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers, and Travesties. Stoppard’s plays consistently deal with complex philosophical issues presented with verbal wit and visual humor. Combining puns, jokes, and innuendo, he has made linguistic complexity a hallmark of his work, and firmly established his international reputation as a writer of serious comedy. Arcadia is perhaps the best example of this unique style of writing.

Director Eve Muson received the 2002 Addison Award for Best Direction for the Boston University production of Venus. Her new play, Pearls from Salt, an adaptation of folk tales about girls entering womanhood, will be presented at the Olney Theatre Center in the summer of 2006. She has directed at the Olney Theatre Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, American Stage Festival, and Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At BU, she has directed dozens of plays, including The Trojan Women, The Lower Depths, Two Shakespearean Actors, On the Razzle, The Three Sisters, and Orpheus Descending. She was twice cited for Outstanding Direction by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival for her work on two new plays, Un Tango En La Noche and a musical version of Jack London’s Call of the Wild. She is an Assistant Professor at BU’s School of Theatre, where she teaches acting, playwriting, and dramatic literature.

The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, founded in 1954, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. Notable School of Theatre alumni include actors Jason Alexander, Michael Chiklis, Geena Davis, Faye Dunaway, Julianne Moore, Brad Oscar, and Alfre Woodard. Other notable alumni are Broadway producer Stewart Lane, whose hits include “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Gypsy,” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie”; Andrew Lack, Chairman, Sony BMG Music Entertainment; Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment; Russell Morash, public television producer and creator of “This Old House”; playwrights Craig Lucas and Martin Sherman; and theatre and film production designer Wynn Thomas, whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind,” “Analyze This,” and “Malcolm X.”

The College of Fine Arts at Boston University is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering professional training in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts, along with liberal arts electives, to graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

Venue, Performance and Ticket Information

Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Wednesday, April 26 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 28 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 30 2:00 p.m.

Tickets $10 general admission
$8 students and senior citizens
BU community: one ticket free with BU i.d., day of performance, subject to availability

Box Office 617-933-8600
www.BostonTheatreScene.com

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