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It's so easy to just move forward in life without questioning the past. But what if the past reveals answers to questions for the future?

Theatre UCF presents its first play production of the year — Arcadia, showing from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1 at the UCF Theatre, Main Stage 107.

Arcadia is a play by well-known playwright Tom Stoppard and directed by associate professor and graduate acting program coordinator Kate Ingram. The play takes place on an elegant 1809 English estate. When 13-year-old Thomasina makes a breakthrough scientific discovery, the way people understand the world changes.

Two hundred years later, researchers and scientists seek the truth by piecing together clues leading to past scandals of the estate.

"This production really makes you ask the big questions about life. It makes you take a step back to look at how far we have come as a civilization in just a couple hundred years," said senior acting major Patrick Mounce.

Exploring the different periods, audiences get to watch as researchers in 1999 try to uncover what exactly took place in 1809. Two modern scholars and the home's current residents are merged with those who lived in the house in the earlier period.

Mounce plays the character Valentine Coverly in his fifth and favorite UCF production.

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"Valentine is an intelligent, witty and grounded man. He spends most of his time working on his house project but when things get hectic in the house, he is willing to step in and try to find the logical and mutual solution to whatever the problem is," Mounce said.

Senior acting major Eric Earley plays Septimus Hodge, a scientist who lives in the Croom's estate as a tutor, in his fourth campus production. Earley was featured in productions such as Bury the Dead, Boeing Boeing and Shipwrecked!

As for what the audience can expect from the production: Complexity and amusement are anticipated to win over the crowd.

"I'm hoping the audience will take away from Arcadia that behind all the binary codes, fractals and formulas we still have the power to live life with no regrets," Earley said. "No matter how dark and gloomy the future may seem, we have the right to choose our own path… or do we?"

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If you go. . .

The production will take place at the UCF Theatre, Main Stage 107 from Jan. 22 to Feb. 1. Tickets are available at the Theatre UCF box office and online starting at $10 for students and $20 standard.

Jan. 22 to 24 and Jan. 29 to 31 at 8 p.m.

Jan 25 and Feb 1 at 2 p.m.

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Marina Guerges is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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