Auditions – Arcadia

The Greenbelt Arts Center announces upcoming auditions for its production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, directed by Randy Barth.

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia has won awards and accolades ever since its first appearance in 1993.  It is set in an English country house, and takes place in both early 1800s and in 2000.  There scholars debate the relationships between past and present, order and disorder, and certainty and uncertainty.    The (often inaccurate) sleuthing of the modern researchers is contrasted with those who lived there before and provide both comedy and drama.  And indeed, there are scandals, both academic and personal, that keep the plot shifting.   It presents a rich combination of farcical elements, clever wordplay, and omens of a dark future.

Auditions will be held at the Greenbelt Arts Center, located at 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD, 20771, on Wednesday February 26 and Thursday the 27th beginning at 6:30 pm. Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Audition scenes are available here to allow actors to be familiar with them, though no memorization is expected.

For information email the Director at

Rehearsals will be held three weekday evenings a week beginning March 9, leading up to nine performances beginning on May 15 and ending on May 31. Be prepared to detail all conflicts you may have throughout the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Character Descriptions:

Note: there is considerable flexibility in character ages, particularly in the older parts.  The information below is only a guideline  For more insight into the play and characters see  All roles are non-union and unpaid.

THOMASINA COVERLY – precocious daughter of Lord and Lady Croom, aged thirteen, later sixteen (actress may be older)
SEPTIMUS HODGE – her tutor, in his twenties
JELLABY – a butler, middle-aged
EZRA CHATER – a poet, aged thirty
RICHARD NOAKES – a landscape architect, middle-aged
LADY CROOM – Tomasina’s mother, middle thirties
CAPT. BRICE, RN – Lady Croom’s brother, middle thirties
HANNAH JARVIS – an author, late thirties
CHLOE COVERLY – daughter of modern (unseen) Lady Croom, late teens, early twenties
BERNARD NIGHTINGALE – a don, late thirties
VALENTINE COVERLY – Chloe’s older brother, late twenties, early thirties
GUS COVERLY & AUGSTUS COVERLY – former brother of Thomasina and latter brother of Chloe and Valentine, teenager