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 Join the inaugural Virtual Play Reading Book Club!

  • ZOOM in the first Thursday of every month at 7pm –next meeting  11/05/2020, 7pm
    • A link will be sent to your e mail the day before each meeting.
  • Sign up: www.stageworkstheatre.org  
  • Discussion led by: Jennifer Scher – jenniferscher@gmail.com 

The next reading will be: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

Description: ‘In a large country house in Derbyshire in April 1809 sit Lady Thomasina Coverly, aged thirteen, and her tutor, Septimus Hodge. Through the window may be seen some of the ‘500 acres inclusive of lake’ where Capability Brown’s idealized landscape is about to give way to the ‘picturesque’ Gothic style: ‘everything but vampires’, as the garden historian Hannah Jarvis remarks to Bernard Nightingale when they stand in the same room 180 years later.

Bernard has arrived to uncover the scandal which is said to have taken place when Lord Byron stayed at Sidley Park.

Tom Stoppard’s absorbing play takes us back and forth between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between the Classical and the Romantic temperament, and the disruptive influence of sex on our orbits in life — ‘the attraction which Newton left out’.

Upcoming Plays:

December 3rd For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange – this choreopoem, which premiered in 1976, tells the stories of seven nameless African-American women, identified only by the color of their clothing, who have suffered oppression in a racist and sexist society. It is a series of separate poems choreographed to music that weaves interconnected stories of love, empowerment, struggle and loss into a complex representation of sisterhood. The free-form poetic is an unflinching look at the racism and sexism faced by black women, and in some sense all women, making it as powerful and relevant today as it was over 40 years ago.

 

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