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USD Theatre goes on a witty quest for knowledge with Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre presents the insightful comedy “Arcadia” by three-time Tony Award-winning playwright Tom Stoppard, Oct. 9-13, in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

“Arcadia” is a story that blurs the lines between past and present, and the audience will see the story unfold in 1809 and into the present day. The play examines the nature of truth, time and the influence of sex on people’s lives, and the desire for knowledge is at the heart of the story. In 1809, the precocious young Thomasina Coverly played by Ceci Quintero of Centennial, Colo. and her tutor, Septumus Hodge, played by Brian Muldoon of Sioux Falls, S.D., must address the meaning of a “carnal embrace,” while in the present day at the same home Hannah Jarvis, played by Jamie Fields of Bellevue, Neb., and Bernard Nightingale, played by Andy Hanson of Rapid City, S.D., search for answers about Lord Byron’s time at the estate. It isn’t until the two worlds overlap that either group finds the answers they’ve been looking for. The production is under the direction of third-year M.F.A./Directing candidate, Callie Hisek of Ames, Iowa.

“Arcadia” performs Oct. 9 -12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens (62+), $10 for K-12 and non-USD students with ID, and $5 for USD students with an ID. Tickets can be reserved online at or in the afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400.

Download a photo from “Arcadia” featuring (front, left) Jamie Fields and Tim Huggenberger (as Valentine Coverly) of Sioux City, Iowa and (back, left) Brian Muldoon and Ceci Quintero.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News