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Rolling One Deep with Lord Byron

I’ve accepted the role of “Septimus Hodge” in a production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, which goes up the first two weekends of September (4th – 6th & 11th-12th) at the RPI Playhouse on 15th Street in Troy, New York.

A synopsis of the play for theatrical dunces & laymen such as myself (from the play’s Wikipedia entry):

Arcadia is set in Sidley Park, an English country house, in the years 1809–1812 and 1989, juxtaposing the activities of two modern scholars and the house’s current residents with the lives of those who lived there 180 years earlier.

In 1809, Thomasina Coverly, the daughter of the house, is a precocious teenager with ideas about mathematics well ahead of her time. She studies with her tutor, Septimus Hodge, a friend of Lord Byron (who is an unseen guest in the house). In 1989, a writer and an academic converge on the house: Hannah Jarvis, the writer, is investigating a hermit who once lived on the grounds; Bernard Nightingale, a professor of literature, is investigating a mysterious chapter in the life of Byron. As their investigations unfold, helped by Valentine Coverly, a post-graduate student in mathematical biology, the truth about what happened in 1809 is gradually revealed.

What little I’ve read of the script (we get our copies tomorrow) is dense, poetic, and has me thrilled to be getting the opportunity to hit the stage again despite the challenges inherent in the role.

Septimus Hodge is a rake and a cad, with a penchant for sleeping with anything absent a Y-chromosome.  He’s incredibly British, and as such was born with the ability to deliver the gravest of insults and deepst verbal cuts in a polite, reserved, matter-of-fact manner.  When he’s not tutoring teenaged phenoms he can be found rolling one deep with Lord Byron in tow.

More details on tickets and showtimes will be posted on here, Twitter, and Facebook as they become available.  In the meantime I’m going to try blogging about the process of discovering this character, his motivations, and tackling the welcome challenge of his character arc.

Stay tuned, kids.

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