Tom Stoppard Laces His Latest Play With Psychology

Later this month the National Theatre will premiere a new play by Tom Stoppard, The Hard Problem.  I mention it here because the hard problem of the title refers to consciousness.  Specifically, the subjective experience of those cognitive and behavioral functions that make up our existence.

Where his previous play Arcadia, dabbled in mathematics and physics, The Hard Problem explores the interaction between biology and psychology.  Details are currently scarce (as the play has not yet been performed in public), but the protagonist, Hilary, is a psychology researcher.  Somehow the hard problem of the title puts her in conflict with colleagues and leadership at the research institute where she works.

The first preview is scheduled for January 21.  Depending on reviews, the play may travel to the United States within the next couple of years.


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