The Hard Problem

by Tom Stoppard
directed by Blanka Zizka
January 6, 2016February 6, 2016

Tom Stoppard’s first new play since Rock ‘n’ Roll introduces us to Hilary, a 22-year-old psychology student applying for a coveted position with the Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As Hilary prays for strength to move beyond personal regrets, she passionately explores the blurred lines between science and psychology with her colleagues and her sometimes-lover Spike. Ethics are called into question as they delve into the “hard problem” of consciousness versus gray matter, and debate whether altruism even exists. Following a sold-out run at the National Theatre in London, the Wilma – “synonymous with Tom Stoppard in Philadelphia” (Metro) –is proud to be among the first to bring The Hard Problem to U.S. audiences.

“A rich, ideas-packed work that offers a defense of goodness whatever its ultimate source.” – The Guardian

Running Time: 
1 hour 45 minutes with no intermission




Shravan Amin • Amal
Krista Apple-Hodge • Ursula
Ross Beschler • Spike
Sarah Gliko • Hilary
Steven Rishard • Jerry
Lindsay Smiling • Leo
Jeena Yi • Bo
Gaby Bradbury • Cathy

Production Team

Matt Saunders • Set Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Thom Weaver • Lighting Designer
Daniel Perelstein • Composer and Sound Designer
Michael Pedicin • Musician (Saxophone)
 • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Resident Stage Manager / AEA