Enthralling Theater Series (2011-12 Season)
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- October 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm
The Importance of Being Earnest
This acclaimed British-American touring company presents a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. This deliciously witty comedy details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two members of the fashionable British upper crust. In an attempt to escape their dull country lives, they invent wild tales about the imaginary Ernest and Bunbury. Their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits. “Gleefully engaging…almost unbearably fun,” The New York Times says of Aquila Theatre, which brings this timeless comedy to the Center!
This performance will be sign language interpreted.
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
$40, $32, $20
- January 28, 2012 at 8:00 pm
“Fair is foul and foul is fair” in this acclaimed British/American touring company’s rendering of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. In this brutal and chaotic tale, nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Scottish general Macbeth, fresh from victory, comes across three witches in the forest on his journey home. The witches present an intriguing prophecy: one day he will be the King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth hears the news, she persuades her husband to commit regicide, leading the couple into a murderous and maddening descent into war, insanity, guilt, and death. Superstitiously referred to as “the Scottish play,” Macbeth
has enjoyed considerable success despite its notoriety as a cursed play, and Aquila Theatre breathes new life into this wickedly troubled work. “The most exhilarating, inventive theater company that has put down roots here in many years.” (American Reporter)
$40, $32, $20
- March 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm
This critically acclaimed theater company—from America’s oldest continuously operating theater—presents a luminous and touching play about fathers and daughters, genius and insanity, legacy and truth. Winner of numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a young woman who dropped out of college to care for her ailing father, Robert, who has just died. Robert, a professor and mathematical genius, struggled with mental illness for much of his adult life. After his death, Catherine (played by Fairfax native Alex Keiper) finds romance with her father’s former graduate student, Hal, who is searching for proof of his mentor’s genius. Also adapted into a film, this moving work is a delightful romance, a drama about family dynamics, and a mystery about the true nature of genius. “Impeccable production of the drama...played with a touch-life tone and acted with a regal undertone.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)
$40, $32, $20
- April 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm
One of Shakespeare’s great tragedies is brought to the stage by one of America’s leading touring theater companies. A classic story of opportunity and strategic error, historical events from the reign of this iconic Roman emperor are interwoven with tragic elements and linguistic devices in this compelling work. Seen by many as overly ambitious and by others as a noble leader, Caesar ignores a soothsayer who warns him to “beware the Ides of March.” This chilling prophecy comes to fruition in perhaps the most famous death scene ever written—“Et tu, Bruté?” The Acting Company, hailed as “the major touring classical theatre company in the United States” by The New York Times, celebrates its 40th anniversary with this powerful production from one of the finest works in the Shakespearean literature.
$40, $32, $20