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This library guide is intended to accompany the performance of Tom Stoppard's play "Rock 'n' Roll" on January 19, 2012.
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Welcome! V&V LibGuide: Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'n' Roll"

Welcome to the "Rock 'n' Roll" Research Guide, intended to augment the USC Visions & Voices performance of Academy- and Tony-Award winning playwright Tom Stoppard's play "Rock 'n' Roll" in Bovard Auditorium January 19, 2012.


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Tom Stoppard's "Rock 'n' Roll"

"Rock 'n' Roll" by Tom Stoppard features two main characters, Max, a Marxist professor at Cambridge and his student, Jan, who is obsessed with his Rolling Stones vinyl records, and who is also fighting for freedom in Soviet-dominated Prague. 

The play, highly praised by The New York Times' Ben Brantley and other critics, will be presented as a concert reading.  The event is organized by the USC School of Theatre and Visions & Voices and is free to USC and the public, but one must RSVP at the website.


    About Tom Stoppard

    British playwright Thomas (Tom) Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia in July, 1937, which helps explain his character of Jan and one of the themes of "Rock 'n' Roll."  His original family (Stoppard is his stepfather, who adopted him) had a Jewish background, so they had to flee from the Nazi's.

    Stoppard worked as a reporter and wrote radio plays before writing for the stage.  He is probably best known for his 1966 play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," which looks at Shakespeare's "Hamlet" and it's setting from these two minor characters' viewpoints.

    Stoppard was knighted in 1997, and has won numerous awards.

    Links to several biographical resources in the USC Libraries' electronic resources collections are below.

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