HARD PROBLEM by Tom Stoppard at the Wilma Theater, Philadelphia, January 6, 2016 — February 6, 2016

by Tom Stoppard
directed by Blanka Zizka

Wilma Theater, Philadelphia
January 6, 2016 — February 6, 2016

Tom Stoppard’s first new play since Rock ‘n’ Roll introduces us to Hilary, a 22-year-old psychology student applying for a coveted position with the Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As Hilary prays for strength to move beyond personal regrets, she passionately explores the blurred lines between science and psychology with her colleagues and her sometimes-lover Spike. Ethics are called into question as they delve into the “hard problem” of consciousness versus gray matter, and debate whether altruism even exists. Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London, the Wilma – “synonymous with Tom Stoppard in Philadelphia” (Metro) –is proud to be among the first to bring The Hard Problem to U.S. audiences.

“A rich, ideas-packed work that offers a defense of goodness whatever its ultimate source.” – The Guardian


December 9, 2016: A Night with Tom Stoppard: The playwright visits the Wilma to talk about his latest play —phindie >>

Few living playwrights have the same reputation and acclamation as Tom Stoppard, author ofRosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Arcadia, and dozens of other celebrated works. On December 14, 2015, Stoppard visits Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater for a conversation with philosopher and cognitive scientist David Chalmers, moderated by Elisabeth Camp, associate professor of philosophy at Rutgers University.


The Hard Problem: A Play Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802124463
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Published: Grove Press - October 6th, 2015