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 www.usd.edu/theatre or in the afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) by calling the USD Theatre Box Office at (605) 677-5400.