THE HARD PROBLEM
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
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.