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The Hard Problem

Closed January 6, 2019

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Why See The Hard Problem?

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Directed by Jack O'Brien

Well known for his cerebral plays exploring difficult ideas, Tom Stoppard does not deviate from form with this 2015 outing, set to premiere off-Broadway this fall. Through the eyes of Hilary, an optimistic psychology researcher, The Hard Problem investigates the intellectual mire around human morality and behavior, asking the question 'If we are nothing but matter, then what is consciousness?'

One of the most celebrated living playwrights, Tom Stoppard is famed for his stimulating works, layering witty word play and dramatic conversations over a compelling notion, asking the viewer to draw his or her own conclusions on each subject. Previously he has tackled the gap between the past and the present (Arcadia), art verses reality (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead) and the fallibility of memory (Travesties).

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Previews from: 25 October 2018

Opening night: 19 November 2018


Children under the age of 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

100 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative


Adelaide Clemens as Hilary
Jon Tenney
Robert Petkoff
John Patrick Doherty
Eleanor Handley
Olivia Hebert
Sagar Kiran
Madeleine Pace
Baylen Thomas
Kim N. Wong
Eshan Bay
Nina Grollman
Katie Beth Hall
Tara Summers
Karoline Xu


Directed by Jack O'Brien
Set Design by David Rockwell
Costume Design by Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design by Japhy Weideman
Sound Design by Marc Salzberg
Music by Bob James

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