Winner! 1994 Olivier Award for Best Play
Arcadia moves back and forth between 1809 and the present at the 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, thirteen 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. This brilliant play moves smoothly between the centuries and explores the nature of truth and time, the difference between classical and romantic temperaments, and the disruptive influence of sex on our life orbits the attraction Newton left out.
Scott Kaiser (Director) is the Director of Company Development at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, where he has been a member of the artistic staff since 1993. While at OSF, Scott has served as a voice and text director on 93 productions, as well as an adaptor and associate director on numerous projects. Scott recently completed his “festival canon,” having worked on all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays during his tenure at OSF. He is the author of two books, Mastering Shakespeare: An Acting Class in Seven Scenes, and Shakespeare’s Wordcraft, both of which are being used in classrooms across the country. He has also penned three plays: Splittin’ the Raft, Now This, and most recently, Love’s Labors Won—a sequel to Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost. Scott regularly teaches and directs at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, where he oversees OSF’s Acting Company Trainee Program, and where he has staged Twelfth Night, Philadelphia Story, Ghosts, Anton in Show Business, and Three Sisters.