Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7pm, Music Building, $20
o m t o p p a r d
with Leonard Lopate
is a recipient of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, and a four-time recipient of the Tony Award. He is the author of the plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, Jumpers, Travesties, Night and Day, Hapgood, Arcadia, The Invention of Love, The Coast of Utopia (a trilogy), Rock ’n’ Roll, as well as India Ink and The Real Thing, revivals of which are being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York in the fall of 2014. His screenplays include Empire of the Sun, Brazil, Enigma, Anna Karenina, and Shakespeare in Love, as well as the television series Parade’s End. Clive Barnes, writing in The New York Post, has described the work of Mr. Stoppard as “a stupendous achievement… The most ambitious British drama since Bernard Shaw.” The Sunday Times (London) has said: “Nobody in theater today can match [Stoppard] for a combination of sinuous argument, intellectual élan, and sheer coruscating wit.” Salon has said: “Stoppard’s work invariably demands much from its audiences—head, heart, libido… They must come prepared to laugh and to ponder the gravest of thoughts. If they do, they will find themselves not just intrigued and enlightened, but also moved and enlivened, with all their switches flicked on and buzzing.” The New York Times has said: “[Stoppard’s work] is simply dazzling. It takes your breath away with its sheer exuberance of literacy… It is also extraordinarily funny…. One of the wittiest and most stimulating [playwrights] of the last decade or so.” Newsweek has said: “Stoppard is the master comedian of ideas in the English language.”
Tom Stoppard will be interviewed by Leonard Lopate.
photo of Tom Stoppard: Arnie Frank