September 2018
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Closing Sunday
Arcadia
One of the greatest plays of the 20th century

From the author of Shakespeare in Love,
Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia plays through September 9th in the Solvang Festival Theater.


Grace Theobald as Thomasina Coverly
Luke Myers as Septimus Hodge

Arcadia delves into science, math, landscapes, and poetry. It is part mystery, part comedy, and part romance... Everyone will be talking about this play for a very long time. Be part of the conversation.


Wallace Bruce as Valentine Coverly
George Walker as Bernard Nightingale


"The play is a meditation of knowledge and its different forms and the way it consumes those who seek it. Knowledge exists in Stoppard's play as an intellectual pursuit, a quest for filling the mind with satisfactory information that blossoms into a greater meaning of purpose. But there also exits within Stoppard's far-reaching world, a thirst for the knowledge of love." -Sun

"...[a] wonderfully entertaining show. It's full of zingy one-liners straight out of the Bernard Shaw / Oscar Wilde tradition, the sinuous plot creates genuine suspense, and there's plenty of unresolved sexual tension among the various figures in both time frames." - SB Independent

Visit the Arcadia web site for more photos, information, and watch the interview with Resident Artists Katie Fuchs-Wackowski and Polly Firestone Walker as they discuss the play.



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Special Engagement
Two astonishing one-woman shows
An Iliad and Muthaland
in rotating repertory October 4 - 21
in the intimate Severson Theatre.
Tickets are on sale now.

Tarah Flanagan & Eva Scholz-Carlson in An Iliad
Photo: John Osterhoundt

An Iliad is a modern rendering of Homer’s classic story, adapted for the stage by Lisa Peterson and Dennis O’Hare. In a virtuoso performance, Tarah Flangan inhabits over fifty characters with language that ranges from contemporary realism to epic poetry. The production includes live music by Eva Scholz-Carlson on the cello.

Through poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theatre. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. “Every time I sing this song, I hope it’s the last time,” begins the poet who pleads with us to comprehend our past, contemplate our future. He is fated to tell this story throughout history, a story that deals with humankind’s perpetual capacity for violence.





Both Tarah Flanagan and Minita Gandhi are graduates of PCPA's two-year acting conservatory.


Minita Gandhi in Muthaland

Muthaland, written and performed by Minita Gandhi, takes us on an epic coming of age journey. The life of a young woman is forever changed on a trip to India where she unearths family secrets, encounters a prophet, and ultimately discovers her voice within a culture of silence. The familiar and the foreign swap roles in this dark comedy about culture, identity, spirituality, and sexuality.

In 2014, while foraging through her parents’ basement, she discovered her father’s worn suitcase from his very first journey to the United States, with a single statement scribbled in black Sharpie on the back of the bag: “When I die, discard this bag if you like, until then it stays.” This sparked a curiosity about her parents’ life journey and led to vulnerable interviews where they shared stories from their history they had never spoken of before. The telling of these stories began to bridge the cultural and generational distance between her and her family. Gandhi then realized by weaving their stories with her own life-changing journey to India in 2009 for her brother's arranged marriage, she had a powerful story she had to share with the world. Muthaland shares the magic of her journey to India, full of prophets, ritual, and the convergence of American and Indian cultures.

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Announcing a Stunning 55th Season!

A thrilling selection of stories that are inviting and deep, vibrant and resonant, await you in Season 55. With a special engagement of a two-play repertory leading the way October 4 - 21, the main season runs from November 8, 2018 through September 8, 2019 playing in three venues.

Artistic Director Mark Booher said of the line up, “When our world increasingly seems to meet us with hardened hearts and closed minds, PCPA remains committed to creating exemplary art that welcomes our audience with open arms.”

Single tickets for Season 55 go on sale October 12, or Subscribe now and receive the best seats at the lowest price.

Peter Pan November 8 - December 23
Marian Theatre
Shakespeare In Love February 7 - March 3, 2019
Marian Theatre
The Wolves March 7 - 24, 2019
Severson Theatre
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder April 25 - May 12
Marian Theatre

June 13 - 30
Solvang Festival Theater
Million Dollar Quartet June 20 - 29
Marian Theatre

July 5 - 28
Solvang Festival Theater
The Addams Family July 18 - 27
Marian Theatre

August 2 - 25
Solvang Festival Theater
The Importance of Being Earnest August 15 - 24
Marian Theatre

August 29 - September 8
Solvang Festival Theater

*Member, Actors' Equity Association

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