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Contributed by Claire Gleitman on 11/29/2005
On Thursday, December 1st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Handwerker Gallery, the "On the Verge" reading series will present a staged reading of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia, featuring performances by Ithaca College students and faculty members (including Jim Swafford, Michael Twomey and Krista Scott) and directed by English department faculty member Claire Gleitman.
Since this is a play by Tom Stoppard, it is about many other things as well, including the conflict between Classicism and Romanticism, the second law of thermodynamics, chaos theory, iterated algorithms, landscape architecture in the 19th century, and, naturally, sex. Stoppard has a great deal of fun ridiculing academics of varying stripes, while displaying a deep appreciation for the more serious aspects of the work that they do.