Arcadia

About the Director

James J. Christy

For 38 years, Dr. Christy has been a professor and director with Villanova University’s theatre department, serving as chairperson of the department for 13 years. Last year, he directed Don Juan at Villanova Theatre and Proof at Arden Theatre Company locally, and had the pleasure of directing a new play, Never Tell, written by his son, Jimmy, for the New York International Fringe Festival. In 2003, he directed fellow faculty member Michael Hollinger’s Red Herring for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and received his sixth Barrymore Award nomination for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Merchant of Venice at The People’s Light & Theatre Company. Other recent credits include The Trojan Women, Arcadia, and The Passion of Christ at Villanova Theatre and The Laramie Project at Philadelphia Theatre Company, which received 2001 Barrymore Awards for Overall Production of a Play, Direction of a Play, and Outstanding Ensemble. This spring Dr. Christy will direct the Philadelphia Premiere of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out at Philadelphia Theatre Company.

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Get Involved

Ushering
Ushers are needed for every performance. Ushers arrive one hour before the show, hand out programs, help seat patrons, and see the show for free! Please contact the Villanova Theatre Box Office at 610-519-7474 if you would like to usher.

Production Crew
We need volunteer crew members to help build sets, hang lights, and sew costumes. This is a great way to experience theatre "behind the scenes" and meet new people. Please contact Business/Production Manager Elisa Loprete Hibbs at 610-519-4897 to volunteer for production crew.

Open Auditions
Want to be in the spotlight? Audition for Villanova Theatre productions! Auditions are held throughout the year. 

Cast of Characters

Thomasina Coverly:  Charlotte Cloe Fox
Septimus Hodge, her tutor: Séan Camoni
Jellaby, a butler: Ed Milliner
Ezra Chater, a poet: Ethan Cadoff
Richard Noakes, a landscape architect: Mark Gornto
Lady Croom, mother to Thomasina and Augustus: Amy M. Acchione
Capt. Brice, Lady Croom's brother: Jeb Kreager
Augustus Coverly, Thomasina's brother: Mike Neff
Hannah Jarvis, an author: Beth Bowden
Chloe Coverly, sister to Valentine and Gus: Jennifer Kulick
Bernard Nightingale, a Byron scholar: Jared Michael Delaney
Valentine Coverly, brother to Chloe and Gus: Carl Granieri
Gus Coverly, brother to Chloe and Valentine: Mike Neff