Ohio Wesleyan to present award-winning ‘Arcadia’


Ohio Wesleyan University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present four performances of Tom Stoppard’s award-winning “Arcadia” between Oct. 8 and Oct. 10.

The witty comedy intertwines science, literature and human relationships as it follows two sets of family and friends – both at the same English country house but separated in time by two centuries.

Performances will begin at 8 p.m. Oct. 8, 9 and 10, with a special Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Oct. 10. All shows will be held inside OWU’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

OWU’s production of “Arcadia” is directed by theater professor Edward Kahn. Set design is by OWU technical director Chadwyn Knutson; lighting design is by theater professor D. Glen Vanderbilt Jr.; and costume design is by OWU costume shop manager Jacqueline Shelley with assistance from OWU junior Emily Poltor of Columbus and sophomore Adriana Rodriguez of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Stage management is by OWU senior Sarah Shulman of Brooklyn, New York.

Seniors Margot Reed of Brooklyn and Maeve Nash of Springfield, Virginia, play mother and daughter, Lady Croom and Thomasina Coverly, in the scenes set in the early 1800s. Junior Gabriel Caldwell of Columbus plays Septimus Hodge, Thomasina’s tutor. In the scenes set in the present, junior Reginald Hemphill of Cincinnati portrays Bernard Nightingale, and the role of researcher Hannah Jarvis is shared by senior Hannah Simpson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and sophomore Rachel Scherrer of Sebastopol, California, who will alternate performances. The cast features a total of 14 OWU students.

General admission is $10, and admission for senior citizens, OWU faculty/staff and non-OWU students is $5. Admission is free for OWU students with a valid university ID. Call 740-368-3855 for reservations, or visit http://theatre.owu.edu for more details.

Gabriel Caldwell, left, is Septimus Hodge and Maeve Nash is Thomasina Coverly in Ohio Wesleyan University’s production of “Arcadia.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/40/2015/09/web1_Arcadia.jpgGabriel Caldwell, left, is Septimus Hodge and Maeve Nash is Thomasina Coverly in Ohio Wesleyan University’s production of “Arcadia.” Courtesy photo | Alanna Easley

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