Tom Stoppard's Arcadia
a brilliant comedy of wit and romance
February 2-19, 2012. Thursdays - Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3 p.m. Special low-priced preview Feb. 1
High Tea Saturday 2/11 at 5p.m. followed by performance at 8 p.m. Discussion between audience and actors to follow every performance.
Rollins Studio Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts (click for map)
Tickets: (512) 474-LONG or buy online.
Valentine Weekend Sat Feb. 11 “High Tea” $50 pp; $80 pp to include High Tea and Arcadia ticket (seating limited) by “Full English Cafe” (a bit of cool Britannia). For reservations, contact alex AT austinshakespeare.org.
The New York Times praised Arcadia as a ‘perfect marriage of ideas and high comedy.’ Arcadia won the Tony Award for Best Play 2005 and again this year for Best Revival of a Play.
“We love bringing scripts to life that have sparkling wit and brilliant language side by side with sex, romance and complex ideas,” said Austin Shakespeare’s Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella.
Arcadia traverses the past and the present in alternating scenes at the same English country home from 1809 to 1993 when academics, mathematicians and literary types of the present seek to uncover a mystery in the home and garden two hundred years earlier. Audiences will be captivated by the whirlwind stirred up by Lord Byron, who is an unseen visitor to the 19th century characters. The parallel lives climax in a masquerade garden party with 20th Century characters waltzing the same moment of transformation with the lovers of the early 19th Century.
To enhance the romantic mood for Valentine’s Day weekend, Austin Shakespeare is hosting an unforgettable evening Saturday, February 11, 2012, including traditional English High Tea at 5 p.m. preceding the show at a lovely Austin private home, with an array of delicious teas, delectable tea sandwiches and authentic British sweets provided by Full English Café.