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Santa Maria, CA 93454 United States
Show Dates and Times Vary (see below)
Arcadia is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
1809 reveals a household in transition. As the Arcadian landscape is being transformed into picturesque Gothic gardens, complete with a hermitage, thirteen year-old Lady Thomasina and her tutor delve into intellectual and romantic issues.
The present day finds the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron.
Stoppard’s brilliant play traverses the centuries exploring the nature of truth and time, the difference between Classical and Romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits – the attraction which Newton left out.