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Mamaí Theatre Company presents Arcadia by Tom Stoppard

While the current members of the 20th century household try to unravel the mysteries of the former noted occupants...
While the current members of the 20th century household try to unravel the mysteries of the former noted occupants...
Mamaí Theatre Company

Mamaí Theatre Company
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Christine McBurney
Scenic Design by Don McBride
Costume Design by Jenniver Sparano
Lighting Design by Benjamin Gantose
Sound Design by Cyrus O. Taylor
July 17th - August 3rd 2014
7:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.

With the co-production with Theater Ninjas “Stranded on Earth” wrapped up, Mamaí Theatre Company continues its 2014 season with Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia”. The play will be directed by Co-Artistic Director, Christine McBurney.

Considered by many to be one of the finest plays ever written, “Arcadia” time shifts between the 19th and 20th centuries as it attempts to interpret the past through the eyes of the present. This theatrical journey will take you into such far flung subjects as math, sex, Byron and South Pacific botany just to name a few as the links are established between a mystery hermitage, a transitory tortoise and a brilliant young female mind from the past.

While the current members of the 20th century household try to unravel the mysteries of the former noted occupants, the former residents live their lives to their foregone conclusions proving or disproving the theories that the new residents have concocted. Although considered a comedy, it has its dark moments as the fates of those in the past are unveiled.

Director Christine McBurney says of Arcadia: “Everyone is in search of knowledge in Arcadia: mathematical, carnal, historical, you name it. What an absolute treat to work on this comedy of manners…this detective story…this love story…this intellectual and emotional roller coaster. Playwright Tom Stoppard challenges the actor, the director, and the audience, while also trusting us with this masterpiece. As we bask in his luxurious and complex characters, situations, language, and ideas, we are rewarded for our efforts. Some characters find what they are looking for. Some don’t. No matter. As Hannah tells us, “it’s the wanting to know that makes us matter.”

The Cast includes: Christopher M. Bohan*, Scott Esposito, Amy Fritsche, Meghan Grover, Charles Hargrave, Khaki Hermann, Stuart Hoffman, Jason Kaufman*, James Lally, Joseph Milan, Michael Sharon and Valerie Young

(*Actor appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)

The play will run from July 17 to August 3, 2014, Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Historic Tremont, 2592 West 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113 (The production space is Air Conditioned and ADA accessible.)

Tickets may be purchased on line at or by phone by calling (216) 382-5146

Ticket Prices

Adult: $20
Senior (65 & Older): $18
Student (25 & Under): $10

About Mamaí Theatre Company

Mamaí Theatre Company was founded in 2010 by Bernadette Clemens, Wendy Kriss, Christine McBurney, and Derdriu Ring. Mamaí (pronounced Mah' may) is the Gaelic word for “mother.” Four working mothers, theatre artists, colleagues, and friends arrived at a place where it was time to create opportunities for themselves and their community. “Don’t wait to create” became the inspiration for Mamaí Theatre Company. Our mission is to create intelligent, relevant classical theatre that offers an artistic home for Cleveland's theatre artists, and equal opportunity for women in the professional theatre community.

Open seating with the exception of press and sponsors. Please arrive early.
Facebook: Twitter: Bernadette Clemens, Co-Artistic Director, clemens.bernadette@gmail.comChristine McBurney, Co-Artistic Director,

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