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January 06, 2016

Tom Stoppard's play 'The Hard Problem' opens at the Wilma Theater

January will have special events before and after performances

The play "The Hard Problem," created by famed playwright Tom Stoppard, officially opens on Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. That date has already sold out, but the Wilma Theater is offering special events during January performances that will make missing opening night worthwhile.

"The Hard Problem" introduces audiences to Hilary, a 22-year-old psychology student applying for a coveted position with the Krohl Institute for Brain Science.  Throughout the play Hilary explores the blurred lines between science and psychology, trying to answer difficult questions about consciousness. 

Since the play centers on a student, one of the first events the theater put together is College Night on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 before the 7:30 advanced showing. The pre-show reception is a chance for students to meet those at other colleges and universities. 

The next event before opening night is on Friday, Jan. 8. Guests can enjoy a complimentary pre-show beer tasting with Saint Benjamin Brewing Company in the theater lobby.

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 21 there will be a post-show discussion at 9 p.m. The audience will learn about the production process.

The next event is complimentary coffee from Saxby's following the Wednesday, Jan. 27-afternoon performance.

Then, on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. the theater will host a panel discussion on current studies in philosophy and psychology. The talk is titled "Altruism and the Hard Problem."

While the January events stop there, the play will continue for another week ending on Saturday, Feb. 6.

"The Hard Problem"

Wednesday, Jan. 6 - Saturday, Feb. 6
Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St.
(215) 893-9456