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