Friday, June 08, 2007

Seattle Public Theater’s Alumni Ensemble to perform Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia

Carnal embrace, hermits, waltzing, dueling, and the breakdown of the Romantic Imagination all find their way to Green Lake when Tom Stoppard’s landmark production comes

to the Bathhouse for one weekend only

"If ideas were flesh and all conception carnal, Tom Stoppard would be the sexiest writer of the modern stage."— Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Examiner

SEATTLE—Seattle Public Theater will be producing its Alumni Ensemble’s rendering of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia , playing June 28-29, 2007. This is the inaugural production of the alumni ensemble, a group of college students who share the experience of being shaped by Seattle Public Theater through their middle and high school years, who then return in the summer to produce a show of their choosing.

Arcadia is a brilliantly inventive play that moves back and forth between centuries, populated by a varied and vastly entertaining cast of characters who discuss such topics as the nature of truth and time, the difference between the classical and the romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life--according to the author, "the attraction which Newton left out.”

“That they chose Arcadia is no great surprise”, observes director Shana Bestock. “This is a smart and passionate group of young people, and I’m delighted to be working on Stoppard with them. I am honored that our education program has expanded to include college students. I expect audiences to be as thrilled as I am by watching the energy and verve that are trademarks of the youth program combined with the intelligence and sensitivity that define our Mainstage productions.”

Arcadia will be playing June 28-29, 2007, Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Attendance is free with suggested donation going to the SPT youth program.

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