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Tom Stoppard's "Arcadia" opens this week in Austin

Playwright Tom Stoppard wanted to incorporate ideas of chaos theory and thermodynamics into the intricately structured plot of his play Arcadia. His archive shows how he consulted with his son, a physics graduate student at Oxford University, and with his son’s colleagues to get the details just right.

The play opened to acclaim at the National Theatre in London on April 13, 1993, and now Austinites can see an Austin Shakespeare performance of Arcadia, which opens Thursday and runs through February 19 at the Rollins Studio Theater at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

The Stoppard archive, which was acquired in batches between 1991 and 2000, spans more than 60 years and includes materials related to Arcadia and other well-known works, such as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1968) and Shakespeare in Love (1998).

To celebrate the opening of Arcadia this week, the Ransom Center is giving away two tickets to the Sunday, February 5 performance at 3 p.m. Ransom Center Director Thomas F. Staley will speak about “The Real Tom Stoppard” before the performance at 2:15 p.m.

Email hrcgiveaway@gmail.com with “Arcadia” in the subject line by midnight CST tonight to be entered in a drawing for the tickets. [Update: A winner has been chosen and notified for this drawing.]

Photo Friday

Each Friday, the Ransom Center shares photos from throughout the week that highlight a range of activities and collection holdings. We hope you enjoy these photos that reveal some of the everyday happenings at the Center.

In conjunction with the exhibition 'Becoming Tennessee Williams,' actors from Austin Shakespeare perform selections of Tennessee Williams's play 'Not About Nightingales' in the galleries of the Ransom Center. Photo by Pete Smith.
In conjunction with the exhibition 'Becoming Tennessee Williams,' actors from Austin Shakespeare perform selections of Tennessee Williams's play 'Not About Nightingales' in the galleries of the Ransom Center. Photo by Pete Smith.
Photographic Archivist Mary Alice Harper with one of photographer Carleton Watkins’s images of Yosemite. Photo by Pete Smith.
Photographic Archivist Mary Alice Harper with one of photographer Carleton Watkins’s images of Yosemite. Photo by Pete Smith.
Library Assistant Emilio Banda returns paged manuscript materials to the stacks.  Photo by Pete Smith.
Library Assistant Emilio Banda returns paged manuscript materials to the stacks. Photo by Pete Smith.