Arcadia posterBy Tom Stoppard

Directed by: Gerd Hauck

Performances: March 11-13, & 18-20, 2010

Venue: Theatre of the Arts, Modern Languages Building


What do fractal geometry, the Second Law of Thermodynamics, iterated algorithms, chaos theory, classical horticulture, gothic architecture, carnal embrace, and Lord Byron’s sex life have in common? They are all ingredients in Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece comedy thriller Arcadia, the final UW Drama production of the 2009-2010 season.

But you won’t need a higher degree in nano computing or quantum mechanics to have a good time with this play.  Arcadia is emphatically not a dramatized academic seminar, but a tightly executed theatrical tour de force which is part satire, part detective-story, part debate about determinism and free will, part celebration of the ungovernable curiosity about the world around us.

Considered by many one of the greatest plays of our time, Arcadia celebrates the human thirst for knowledge fully cognizant that such knowledge will forever be elusive.  Yet in the pursuit of sexy ideas about the universe it also celebrates universal ideas about sex, the one unpredictable “attraction which Newton left out” in his deterministic model of the world.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Eileen Li - Thomasina Coverly

Red Vanier - Septimus Hodge

Josh Campbell - Jellaby

Paul Carere - Exzra Chater

Joseph Lauria - Richard Noakes

Sarah Sosnoski - Lady Croom

Chai Lavie - Captain Edward Brice RN

Kristi Dukovic - Hannah Jarvis

Adam Proulx - Bernard Nightingale

Caitlyn Robson - Chloe Coverly

David Morgan - Valentine Coverly

Greg Johnson - Gus/Augustus Coverly

Creative Team

Director - Gerd Hauck

Set & Lighting Designer - Laird MacDonald

Costume Designer - Jocelyne Sobeski

Stage Manager - Laisa Gillis

Assistant Stage Managers - Krysten Brown, Katie Honek, Hannah Michielsen

Program - Chai Lavie, Josh Campbell, Greg Johnson

Composers - Sascha Janko Dragicevic, Sigur Ros, Adele, Franz Liszt, Keith Jarrett, Joseph Hayden

Poster - Yen Chu

Production Team

Production Manager - Scott Spidell

Student Production Manager - Darcy Patrick

Technical Director - Gill Lesperance

Sound Operator - Tom Duff

Lighting Operator - David Metcalfe

Publicity - Robin Atchison, Jana Zacharias

Costumes Crew - Kate Burns (Head), Leanna Caligagan, Aviva Dreksler, Adele Robert, Stephanie Ionnides, Anthony Fick, Jenny Hunter, Laura Reitzel

Carpentry/Paint Crew - Gil Lesperance (Head Carpenter), Hannah Michaelsen (Head Painter), Jenn Schmolling, Jessica Singh, Mark Moon, David Bui

Lighting - David Metcalfe (Head), Deanna Underwood, David Morgan, Patrick Pinnell, Chai Lavie, Lauren Charette

Props - Reid Vanier (Head), Brittany Leite, Sarah Sosnoski, Olivia Ng, Lauren Theobalds, Emily Brame

Front of House - Jana Zacharias

Special Thank Yous

Lois Andison and Orest Tartaryn

Blair Benson

Blyth Festival

Canadian Stage Company

Elisabeth Honek

Ian McKenzie (Geography)

Hannah Michielen

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