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Ryan Farley as Ferdinand, Kate Eastwood Norris as Adult Esme, Barnaby Carpenter as Jan in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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David Chandler, Kate Eastwood Norris, Julie Czarnecki, Seth Reichgott, Mary McCool, Jered McLenigan, Libby Woodbridge, Barnaby Carpenter; photo by Jim Roese.

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Kate Eastwood Norris as Adult Esme, Libby Woodbridge as Alice in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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David Chandler as Max, Mark Cairns as Milan in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Ryan Farley as Ferdinand, Barnaby Carpenter as Jan in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Victoria Frings as Magda, Barnaby Carpenter as Jan in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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David Chandler as Max, Barnaby Carpenter as Jan in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Barnaby Carpenter as Jan, Ryan Farley as Ferdinand in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Kate Eastwood Norris as Eleanor, Victoria Frings as Gillian in Rock ‘n’ Roll

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Libby Woodbridge as Young Esme, Jered McLenigan as The Piper in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rock ‘n’ Roll
by Tom Stoppard
directed by Blanka Zizka
September 7, 2008October 26, 2008

This monumental and extraordinarily theatrical event from Academy Award and four-time Tony® Award winner Tom Stoppard (The Invention of Love), was a recent hit on Broadway following a record-breaking run in London. In 1968, as the world is ablaze with rebellion, Jan, a young Cambridge graduate student with little but a prized collection of rock albums, returns to his homeland of Czechoslovakia just as Soviet tanks are rolling into Prague. Back in England, Jan’s mentor, Max, a professor of Marxism, faces his own crisis as the idealism he so strongly held onto smashes against the landscape of political upheaval. Stoppard’s epic tale combines history, conflict, and passion, and spans 22 turbulent years, at the end of which, love remains – and so does rock ‘n’ roll.

Press / News

“The Wilma Theater rocks another Tom Stoppard production! Nobody in Philadelphia does Tom Stoppard better than The Wilma Theater…an adroit and smart production, but also a very human one.”
— Philadelphia Weekly
“Don't miss it - it's brilliantly conceived!”
— WRTI
“Rock ’n' Roll dazzles us with a spectacular political debate…a brilliant, ferocious performance…rock and roll is here to stay!”
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
 • Jan
 • Max
 • Candida
 • Ferdinand
 • Interrogator/Nigel
 • Young Esme/Alice
 • Set and Projection Designer
 • Lighting Designer
 • Sound Designer
 • Hair and Make-up Designer
 • Interim Production Manager

Cast

Mark Cairns • Milan/Policeman #2/Waiter
Victoria Frings • Gillian/Magda/Deirdre
Mary McCool • Lenka
Jered McLenigan • The Piper/Policeman #1/Stephen
Kate Eastwood Norris • Eleanor/Adult Esme

Production Team

Blanka Zizka • Director
Oana Botez • Costume Designer
 • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager