By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Kathryn MacMillan
September 25, - November 9, 2014
Tom Stoppard's masterpiece is one of the greatest plays of the last 20 years – a tale of two centuries, shifting as seamlessly between eras as it does between farcical comedy and heartbreaking romance. It is 1809 and young Thomasina is working on geometry and poetry, while her tutor Septimus is working on her mother. It is also the present day, and Hannah and Bernard are scholars and sleuths trying to rediscover the events we see unfold in Thomasina's world. This comedy of misunderstandings and misinterpretations is set up against a passionate quest to unravel the mysteries of history, art, science, and love.
Cast & Production Team
Alex Boyle as Thomasina Coverly • Mike Dees as Jellaby • Maxwell Eddy as Septimus Hodge • Trevor William Fayle as Gus/Augustus • Nathan Foley as Captain Brice • Daniel Fredrick as Valentine Coverly • Joe Guzmán as Bernard Nightingale • Charlotte Northeast as Lady Croom • Kittson O'Neill as Hannah Jarvis • Angela Smith as Chloe Coverly • Mal Whyte as Richard Noakes • Bradley K. Wrenn as Ezra Chater
Meghan Jones, Production Manager & Set Designer • Janus Stefanowicz, Costume Designer • Thom Weaver, Lighting Designer • Christopher Colucci, Sound Designer & Original Music • K. O'Rourke, Choreographer • J. Alex Cordaro, Fight Director • Marla Burkholder, Dialect Coach • Meghan Winch, Dramaturg • Dale Roth Nadel, Props Master • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Chelsea Sanz, Assistant Stage Manager • Laurel Hostak, Assistant Director
News & Reviews
"This is a fantastic cast, with each link stronger than the next. This production, directed by Kathryn MacMillan, unites the show's disparate elements and demonstrates why a play of two hours, 45 minutes with embedded physics lessons still flourishes all these years later as a perennial." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"It's hard to tell what's more impressive about Arcadia – Tom Stoppard's brilliant boil-over of ideas or his unchecked propensity for making characters blather on to the point of audience exhaustion. The brilliance and the blather are inseparable in Stoppard's masterpiece, which...is being given a great ride by Lantern Theater Company. The acting is uniformly class-A. So is the story, one of our great modern plays, brilliance and blather and all." –WHYY NewsWorks
"In the right hands, Arcadia is a delightful, engaging, and engrossing escapade, and Kathryn MacMillan has the right hands. There isn't a false note in the Lantern Theater's production. MacMillan's production benefits greatly from the tight confines of the Lantern, which puts the audience practically onstage with the performers and makes for a more intimate Arcadia. The acting is topnotch, without a single dud in the cast. It's impressive stuff, through and through." –Broad Street Review
"The Lantern's Arcadia is a hugely entertaining production, funny and smart, well acted across the board. This is one of the first productions of the 2014/15 season, but there won't be many better shows in Philadelphia this year." –Phindie
"Each time I see Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, it's in a smaller theater...the 150-seat St. Stephen's Theater put me in the front row of director Kathryn MacMillan's production – the best I've seen yet. MacMillan's erudite cast makes the play clear, fun and exciting for those willing to dive in. Lantern's 21st-season opener makes this daunting play appropriately intimate – magnifying and celebrating Arcadia's considerable assets." –Philadelphia City Paper
Arcadia "holds rewards for those with the patience and intellectual capacity to stay with it. And if you do go, feel free to drop me a line and explain it to me." –Philadelphia Daily News
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.