At 73, Stoppard is intense and charming—and now he pauses to reconsider what he's just said.
A thoughtful purveyor of intellectual ideas, Stoppard also cares about a mass audience.
During preview performances for the Broadway production, Stoppard sat in the audience taking notes.
"A lot of it has to do with entertaining an audience," says Stoppard.
Stoppard may be his generation's most gifted and cerebral playwright.
"It's an intellectual abstraction that we are running out of time and living in a doomed universe," says Stoppard.
Maggie Smith was at the Eisenhower Theatre doing a Stoppard play at the same time.
Stoppard's ability to see many sides of a question—in real life and on the stage—gives extraordinary depth to Arcadia.
"It still surprises me how many Bernards there can be," Stoppard says.