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'Arcadia' Comes to WIU's Hainline Theatre Nov. 6-10

November 5, 2019

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University Department of Theatre and Dance will present "Arcadia," by Tom Stoppard at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 6-9 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Hainline Theatre.

The play is directed by WIU Associate Professor Carolyn Blackinton.

"ARCADIA takes on the concepts of the meaning of life through the love of learning; the disruption of Newton's theory by the variables of love and sex; and the sparring of Classical and Romantic perceptions," said Blackinton. "It was such a joy working with the cast, designers and crew members on this timeless play."

The performance moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at an 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, 13-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.

General admission tickets are $15; $13 for senior citizens and students and free for WIU students with valid student identification.

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