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ARCADIA
By Tom Stoppard

September 5-22, 2013

Cited by many critics as the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights in the English language, the witty and enchanting ARCADIA is set in an English country house in two time periods, 1809 and present day. Two modern day scholars, obsessed with the lives of those who lived in the house two centuries earlier, try to connect the pieces of history they discover about the 19th century inhabitants’ notion of order and chaos, desire and intellect, and love and loss.

 


ARCADIA STUDY GUIDE
Information about the concepts and themes explored by Tom Stoppard in ARCADIA

Strogatz Interview. Excerpts from Susan Loewenberg's LA Theatre Works July 16, 2009 interview about the history and significance of chaos theory and fractal geometry as they relate to the play with Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. READ the transcript here.

Chronology. Click Here to see a chronology of the history and events referenced in the play.

Glossary Of Terms. Click Here to see a glossary of words and terms used in the play.

 

This production is funded, in part, by grants from Community Foundation Santa Cruz County; Arts Council Santa Cruz County; and Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


 

THE DIRECTOR:

Susan Myer Silton, a visual artist her entire life, took her first theatre arts class in 1990 and hasn't looked back. After training at the National Shakespeare Conservatory under a Merit Scholarship, Susan acted in dozens of plays for companies such as Actors' Theatre, Pacific Repertory and Central Coast Theatre Works. She began producing and directing in 1999, the year she co-founded Pisces Moon Productions, Inc., where she currently is Artistic Director. A freelance director and producer with nearly 30 plays to her credit, including Jewel Theatre's Clouds, The House of Blue Leaves, and Mary Stuart, Susan has served on the advisory committee for the Cultural Council's Arts in Education program, was nominated for and received a prestigious Rydell Visual Arts Organizational Grant, was recognized with the Gail Rich Award in 2009 for her contribution to the cultural landscape of Santa Cruz County and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She dedicates this production to the memory of Robert Owens Greygrass, who played Talbot in Mary Stuart last year.

 


THE PLAYERS:

William J. Brown III (Valentine) is thrilled to make his debut with Jewel Theatre. Other credits include On the Waterfront (Luke/Sonny/Swifty), Persuasion (Charles/Benwick), Mourning Becomes Electra (Orin), Fighting Mac! (Mac), An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein (Daddy/Jimbo/George/Leonard), Special Forces (Braver and Hazlitt), Bach at Leipzig (Steindorf), Mrs. Warren's Profession (Frank), Northanger Abbey (Thorpe), The Way of the World (Waitwell/Mincing), The Shawl (Charles), The Tortilla Curtain (Delaney), Enchanted April (Wilding), Lion in Winter (Richard), Lewis and Clark (Clark), Troilus and Cressida (Diomedes), Comedy of Errors (Angelo), As You Like It (Silvius), King Lear (Edmund), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), The Winter's Tale (Polixenes), Much Ado About Nothing (Borachio), Julius Caesar (Decius/Lucilius), Twelfth Night (Orsino, Toby, Malvolio, and Antonio on two occasions), The Tempest (Sebastian), and Hamlet (Marcellus, Rosencrantz, and Hamlet on two occasions). William was named a "Silicon Valley Actor to Watch" by the Wave Magazine in 2010. William is also the Artistic Director and Founder of the Arabian Shakespeare Festival (www.arabianshakespearefestival.org).

 

Kendall Callaghan (Chloe) is delighted to return to Jewel Theatre Company and feels immensely lucky to work on this genius play with such a talented cast. She recently received her MA in Theatre Arts from UCSC with an emphasis in performance. Previous JTC credits include Edith in Blithe Spirit and Corrinna Stroller in The House of Blue Leaves. In addition to acting, she Assistant Directed JTC's Mary Stuart and more recently, Tom Jones at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, where she was very lucky and proud to have been an acting intern in their 2012 summer season. Up next she will play Tilly Evans in She Kills Monsters at Renegade Theatre Experiment in San Jose.

 

 

Andrew Davids (Captain Brice) is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has performed in many off-Broadway productions in New York City, including Heat and The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie. He was an original cast member of the play Dancers, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Later, he moved to Los Angeles and joined the avant garde theater troupe Elephant Off Main, which eventually morphed into Elephant Stageworks in Hollywood. There, he performed in many acclaimed productions: ZZYZX, Gecko Chestnut Super Genius, and War Prayer/ Apples, to name a few. Andrew is proud to return to the Jewel Theatre stage after performing in last season's productions of Mary Stuart and The Lover. His next project is The Mooring, the latest tour de force from local playwright Deborah Bryant, due to be staged early next year.

 

Jeff Garrett* (Bernard) loves his job, whether it’s getting whipped as the Marquis de Sade up in San Francisco, getting drunk with Falstaff at the Shakespeare Festival or bringing “truth to the young” here in Arcadia at Jewel Theatre. He can next be seen in the one-man show QED up in Berkeley. This holiday season he will be doing his One-Man Christmas Carol with the Shotgun Players and producing his own script Sherlock Holmes: The Broken Mirror at Berkeley City Club with Theatre@Liberty.

 

 

John Girot* (Jellaby/Mr. Noakes) is privileged to be making his debut with Jewel Theatre Company. Bay Area credits include Exit the King at EXIT Theatre, Andromache and The Golden Era with Central Works, Element with Berkeley Theater Project, and Fool for Love at the Julia Morgan Theatre. New York credits include Replacing Max at the Looking Glass Theatre, Pocahontas at Grove Street Playhouse, and The Kiss for The Urban Fairytale Festival.

 

 

Julie James* (Hannah) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed several shows, including The Lover, Company and Raised in Captivity, and acted in Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and One for the Road, among others. She has also performed with several other theatres, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and is getting her Masters in Drama at San Francisco State University.

 

Hannah Mary J. Keller (Thomasina) has been working with Jewel Theatre since she was eight years old, and is very excited to be on stage in this production of Arcadia. She has been acting for several years in school productions and studied at A.C.T.'s Young Conservatory this past summer. Her credits include Once Upon a Time (Mrs. Walker), How to Eat Like a Child (Child), Women on Fire (Kalisha), and It's All in the Timing (Betty).

 

 

Robert Anthony Peters (Septimus) is a third generation San Francisco native thrilled to be working in his childhood summer haunt of Santa Cruz. In 2001, he completed his BS at the University of Arizona in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, was a Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow in DC, and trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in NYC. Since last at Jewel Theatre in Mary Stuart, he has performed as George Gibbs in Our Town at the Phoenix Theatre in Arizona and as Tripp Davenport in Arizona Onstage Productions' Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Presently he is recording audiobooks for Laissez Faire Books. A few of his films available to the public are The Pursuit of Happyness, Revolution Summer, The Village Barbershop, and Wasted. He lectures on art and institutions internationally for a number of organizations, including the Institute for Liberal Studies, Foundation for Economic Education, and Students for Liberty. He is president of the Culture of Liberty Institute, a producer with Ozymandias Media, and a member of SAG-AFTRA and Theatre Bay Area. His website is www.robertanthonypeters.com

 

Christopher Reber* (Ezra Chater) was seen last season in Gunmetal Blues at Jewel Theatre. His Bay Area credits include 42nd St. Moon's Three Sisters, and San Diego Rep's A Christmas Carol 2.0. NYC credits include Betty and the Bellrays, Life During Wartime, and The Time of Mendel's Trouble. Regional credits include Inherit the Wind, Carnival, 1776, Evita, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Illusion, Romance/Romance, A Romantic Comedy, The Mound Builders, Our Country's Good, The Frog Prince, and Biloxi Blues.

 

 

Adam Stanton (Gus/Augustus) is excited to debut with Jewel Theatre in Arcadia. Since moving to Santa Cruz four years ago, Adam has had the honor to act, direct, design, and play music for several companies in the area. He has been seen at Cabrillo College in Three Sisters, The Mikado, and most recently, directing Death for the Cabrillo Theatre Festival 2013. He originated the role of Johnny in Cabrillo Stage's Escaping Queens last year, and was assistant director for this year's restaging. He also enjoys working with youth theatre companies, recently having played saxophone in All About Theatre's 42nd Street and designing/building the Audrey II plant in Spotlight Stage's Little Shop of Horrors. Adam is the founding executive/artistic director of Jacks of All Trades Theatre, a newborn company that will continue producing new and classic works in early 2014.

 

Shannon Warrick (Lady Croom) This is Shannon's first show with Jewel Theatre. National tours include nearly 2 years with the London 360 production of Peter Pan as Mrs. Darling, a role she performed over 460 times. Regional work includes Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Sister Woman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Young Miss Fezziwig in A Christmas Carol, Paulina in The Winter's Tale). Bay Area credits include Shakespeare Santa Cruz (Maria in Twelfth Night, Adriana in Comedy of Errors, Audrey in As You Like It, Valeria in Coriolanus), TheatreWorks (Maria in Twelfth Night), Tides Theatre (Miss Lucy in Sweet Bird Of Youth), City Lights Theatre (Annie in In The Next Room), The Western Stage (Becca in Rabbit Hole) and Palo Alto Players (Becca in Rabbit Hole, Irma in Looking For Normal). She holds an MFA in Theatre through the ASF/ PAT program, has studied with RADA and Shakespeare & Company, and is the mother of two children – daughter Porter and son Thatcher.

 

*Member, Actors' Equity Association.