Enthralling Theater (2017-18 Season)

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Sense & Sensibility

Aquila Theatre

  • October 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

by Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s beloved novel about the two Dashwood sisters is brought to life by one of the foremost producers of classical theater. Set in the English countryside at the close of the 18th century, Sense & Sensibility revolves around the lives of the levelheaded Elinor and the hopelessly romantic Marianne. Following the unexpected death of their father, the sisters and their widowed mother must leave their comfortable family estate, which has been left to their half-brother, and move into a modest cottage. In a time when options for women are limited, the only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Austen’s classic tale—in which seduction, courtship, love, and heartbreak abound—is brought to life by the signature boldness and spirit of this esteemed company.

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Oct 1, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on October 1, 2017

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Hamlet

Aquila Theatre

  • November 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Concert Hall

by William Shakespeare

Aquila Theatre sheds new light on this tragic story by William Shakespeare. Recognized by many as his greatest and most popular play, Hamlet is a compelling tale of familial conflict, personal ambition, love, and revenge. Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play centers on Prince Hamlet and his pursuit for vengeance against his uncle, Claudius, who murdered his own brother—Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet. Claudius seized the throne and married King Hamlet’s widow. Guided by his father’s ghost, Prince Hamlet is driven to avenge this treason and from there ensues an epic drama replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet remains one of the classics of the world stage and Aquila Theatre’s signature physical style honors this masterpiece with a stellar production that is “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect” (The New Yorker).

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Member of the Company (Nov 12, 2017) Pre-Performance Discussion

$44, $37, $26. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on October 31, 2017

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Walnut Street Theatre

  • March 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Madcap mastermind, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo), reinvents Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1902 classic mystery into a hilarious romp about everyone’s favorite detective and his most infamous case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered one by one, and Sherlock Holmes, along with his trusted sidekick Dr. Watson, must work feverishly to crack the mystery of the curse before it dooms the newest heir. With only five energetic actors playing the roles of more than 40 quirky characters, this production from America’s oldest theater takes the audience on a sidesplitting caper through the Devonshire moors, crowded railway stations, foggy London streets, and gloomy baronial mansions where the duo searches for clues, runs into dead ends, and puzzles out the truth for the shockingly funny conclusion.

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The Mountaintop

L.A. Theatre Works

  • April 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Fifty years ago, on April 3, 1968, after delivering his famously prescient speech, punctuated by the immortal line, “I’ve been to the mountaintop,” an exhausted Martin Luther King Jr. retired to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. By the following evening, Dr. King had been assassinated. In her provocative play, The Mountaintop, Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired between the legendary civil rights leader and a seemingly inconsequential hotel maid on the eve of his assassination when a storm rages outside. Winner of the prestigious Olivier Award for Best New Play, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style, complete with sound effects made the “old-fashioned” way on stage, to this acclaimed and gripping play rife with humor, political jabs, and an intimate glimpse at Dr. King’s hopes, regrets, and fears. On this solemn anniversary, don’t miss this radio-style production of a contemporary play about this great man.

The Mountaintop contains mature language.

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