Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Drama Book Club: Arcadia by Tom Stoppard on January 8

The January 2013 selection of the Drama Book Club is Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, which also is the third production in the 2012-2013 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

The January meeting of the Drama Book Club will be Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Robots & Rogues: New & Used Books, 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The script can be purchased at Robots & Rogues during its business hours.

Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the elegant estate owned by the Coverly family. The 1809 scenes reveal 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. Present day scenes depict the Coverly descendants and two competing scholars who are researching a possible scandal at the estate in 1809 involving Lord Byron. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores 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 Newton left out.

For more information about the Drama Book Club, call Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette at 765-423-PLAY (7529) or Robots & Rogues at 765-409-5022.

The mission of Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette is to enhance the artistic and cultural environment of Greater Lafayette through theatrical productions and educational opportunities.

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