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Las Positas College presents 'Arcadia'

Comedy explores chaos and its underlying order

Las Positas College Department of Theater Arts will explore the nature of evidence and truth in the context of modern ideas about love, attraction, mathematics and physics in Tom Stoppard's play, "Arcadia." It will play at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 19-28 at the Black Box Theater in the Mertes Center for the Arts.

Set in Sidley Park, an English country house in Derbyshire, Arcadia takes place in both the early 1800s and 1990s and showcases the activities of the home's current residents -- two modern scholars -- juxtaposed with people who lived in the home more than a century before.

Stoppard uses concepts of the chaos theory to reveal the underlying order to seemingly random events. In 2006, the play was named one of the best science-related works ever written, by the Royal Institution of Great Britain. The New York Times called it Stoppard's "richest, most ravishing comedy to date, a play of wit, intellect, language, brio and emotion."

The Las Positas performance is directed by Titian Lish and stars Alfonso Jesus Gonzales (Valentine Coverly), Carter Creamer (Augustus Coverly), Celia Reddoch (Chloe Coverly), Elijah W. Maycon (Gus Coverly), GenevaMay Colcol (Thomasina Coverly), Jack Petrin (Septimus Hodge), John Ruzicka (Jellaby), Jose Nicholas-Fernandez (Richard Noakes), Kaitlin Bailey (Hannah Jarvis), Kody Forbes (Bernard Nightingale), Kyle Burgess (Ezra Chater), Raymond Borden (Captain Brice) and Veronica Valenti (Lady Croom).

Tickets are $10-$15. Visit laspositascollege.edu/theater/events.php or call (650) 424-1120.

College expands music department

Eight new instructors have been added to the Las Positas College Music Department.

Three of the newcomers have joined the brass faculty: trumpeter Mario Silva, trombonist Will Baker, and hornist Sadie Glass.

In the strings department, two faculty members have been added: violinist Rebecca Wishnia and cellist Jessica Ivry.

Two newcomers in the percussion faculty are Michael Downing and Vinnie Rodriguez.

And Las Positas College has added one new member to its woodwind faculty, bassoon instructor Katie Brunner.

Each of these new instructors currently performs and teaches throughout the state and brings a vibrant performance and instructional career to their new position.

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