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By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Robert Estes

January 20 to February 18, 2012 - Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm.
February 12, 2012 - Sunday at 2:00 pm.
$15 for adults - $12 for students and seniors.

From its first line, "what is carnal embrace?," ARCADIA brilliantly intermixes sex, mathematics, romance and landscape architecture in a contemporary comic drama that deftly travels from today's England back to the time of the wild poet Lord Byron. All in pursuit of desire--desire for love, desire for fame, and the desire for simply knowing how it all turns out.




Part mystery, part history - all engrossing intrigue. Filled with Stoppard's (author of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Shakespeare in Love) shining wit and darting intelligence, ARCADIA is considered one of the greatest plays written in the last twenty years.

Directed by Robert Estes (well known for his "Grove Talks" before performances at California Shakespeare Theatre), last seen at AE helming George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" in January of 2011. He has also directed Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class for AE", "Other People's Money" for Masquers' in Point Richmond, as well as numerous staged readings around town.  With Paul Stout as Septimus Hodge, sterling newcomer Alona Bach as Thomasina Coverly, Christopher Kelly as Bernard Nightingale, Rachel Ferensowicz as Chloe Coverly, Aaron Lindstrom as Valentine Coverly, Shifra Pride Raffel as Lady Croom, and Jody Christian as Hannah Jarvis.  Also featuring Barry Eitel, Matthew Surrence, Al Badger, Greg Estes, Cameroon Dodd, Anthony Sorrels, and Greer Janesen.  With costumes by Hilary Seeley,
music composed by Richard Herrera, lighting design by Alecks Rundell, set design by Jerome Solberg, and graphic design by Human Fiction.

Performances are Friday and Saturday, Jan 20th through Feb. 18th at 8:00 pm. with a matinee on Sunday, Feb. 12th at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. There is a special rate of $10 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets Visit our website: www.aeofberkeley.org

The Performers

Thomasina Coverly Alona Bach
Septimus Hodge Paul Stout
Jellaby Matthew Surrence
Chater Barry Eitel
Nokes Al Badger
Lady Croom Shifra Pride Raffel
Captain Brice Jerome Solberg
Captain Brice Greg Estes - 27th, 28th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Hannah Jarvis Jody Christian
Chloe Coverly Rachel Ferensowicz
Bernard Nightingale Christopher Kelly
Valentine Coverly Aaron Lindstrom
Augustus / Gus Coverly Anthony Sorrels-Jager (Sat+Sun) / Cameron Dodd (Fri)
Thomasina Coverly (understudy) Greer Jansen
Chloe Coverly (understudy) Greer Jansen


Additional Downloads

Arcadia Program Download PDF



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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley

P.O. Box 663

Berkeley, California, 94701

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Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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Actors Ensemble of Berkeley - P.O. Box 663 - Berkeley - California - 94701 ¦ Our Answering Service: (510) 649-5999 ¦

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