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Southern Oregon University

by Tom Stoppard

How do scholars determine the truth about historical events? Can their interpretation of surviving evidence be valid knowledge? Playwright Tom Stoppard explores these ideas at the meeting point of characters separated by two centuries.

The Crooms’ hosting of Lord Byron at their manor in 1809 has drawn the attention of researchers from the present. The characters, past and present, debate literary criticism, scientific discoveries, and mathematics in the school room of Sidley Park, a country estate that all of them have known.

Stoppard’s trademark wordplay is at its best in this comedy, which was awarded the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for “Best New Play” in 1993.

Show times:
Thursday, November 8 (Preview) at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 9 (Opening) at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Run length: Two hours and 45 minutes

Director: Dennis Smith

Lead actors: Ashley Scallon (Tomasina), Michael Fallon (Septimus Hodge), Deborah Jensen (Hannah Jarvis), Samuel Dinkowitz (Bernard Nightingale)

Designers: Jennifer Ward (scenic design), Lauren Lind (costume design), Chris Sackett (lighting design)

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Playbill

Slide show  Photos by Brian Prechtel