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“Arcadia” performed Nov. 19-24

Posted 11/13/13

Arcadia

Fitchburg State University’s fall theater production, Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, will be presented Tuesday, Nov. 19 through Sunday, Nov. 24 at the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. Admission is free.

Arcadia is regarded by many as the best play of perhaps the greatest living playwright, Tom Stoppard. One English country house, two moments in time: 1809 and the present. The story revolves around a mystery surrounding Lord Byron. It is a comedy, a love story, and an exploration of the soul. At the center of the play is a celebration of the universal human thirst to “find out” what is going on in order to make the world a better place. Presented by students in the Communications Media and Industrial Technology departments and directed by Professor Richard McElvain.

Arcadia will be presented in preview performances at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Wednesday, Nov. 20; at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23; and a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Reviewing the play after its debut in 1993, the Times of London praised the “perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy,” while a critic for London’s Daily Telegraph raved, “I have never left a play more convinced that I had just witnessed a masterpiece.”

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