Enthralling Theater (2013-14 Season)
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- October 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm
"If music be the food of love, play on." And so begins one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, a hilarious tale of love filled with shipwrecks, illusions, disguises, and deception. Viola, an aristocrat stranded in a strange land, disguises herself as a man named Cesario, and goes to work for Duke Orsino, who has long pined for Lady Olivia. Viola falls in love with the duke; meanwhile, Lady Olivia has fallen in love with Cesario. When Viola's missing twin brother Sebastian appears, he is mistaken for Cesario, and confusion and hilarity ensue as passions and tempers flare. The gifted actors of this renowned British-American theater troupe bring the Bard’s brilliant poetry to life in this delightful production that includes an original musical score.
American Sign Language interpretation is provided for this performance. Please call 703-993-8881 to ensure optimal seating location for viewing the interpreters.
$44, $36, $22
- November 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm
This groundbreaking satire-comedy may forever be associated with the 1960s, but its universal themes of youth, rebellion, confusion, love, and redemption are as familiar today as they were a half-century ago. This memorable, funny American classic is brought to the stage by America's premiere radio theater company, which was hailed as a "national theatrical treasure" by the Philadelphia Inquirer. A groundbreaking novel, a breakthrough film, and a successful Broadway adaptation, this American classic is about Benjamin Braddock, a young man wandering aimlessly through his post-collegiate life. The 1967 film adaptation's status as one of the highest-grossing movies of all time and a nominee for seven Academy Awards is a testament to its popularity with adults across generations.
Click here to read the opening night review of The Graduate.
$44, $36, $22
Anne Bogart, artistic director
- November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Café Variations explores longing, passion, love and romance through a collection of related vignettes set within the social arena of a café. Incorporating theater, music, and dance, this new piece is based on the works of playwright Charles Mee, and features Gershwin classics from the Great American Songbook. "Unabashedly romantic…a series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love, and identity [that] cast Gershwin classics in a new light." (Boston Globe) This award-winning theater company has committed itself to the creation of groundbreaking new works, cross-cultural collaborations, and training young theater artists. Anne Bogart and Tadashi Suzuki combined their unique but complementary acting philosophies to create SITI Company in 1992 to revitalize and redefine contemporary theater in the United States and abroad.
Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
$44, $36, $22
- January 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Ray Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry is set in a strange future world where books have been outlawed and the attainment of knowledge discouraged. Fireman Guy Montag is responsible for uncovering and burning the books and homes of dissenters. When his young neighbor, Clarisse, causes him to recognize the emptiness of his existence, he begins to question his work and the oppressive society in which he lives. Based on one of the most revered novels of the twentieth century, Fahrenheit 451 questions the impacts of technology on literature and society — issues that are even more relevant today than when it was first published in 1953. Though the novel is often considered a commentary on censorship and restriction of freedoms, Bradbury himself has indicated that his intention was to draw attention to the dangers of technology. This gripping play is brought to life by the acclaimed British-American touring troupe, Aquila Theatre.
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.
$44, $36, $22. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on January 7, 2014
- February 7, 2014 at 8:00 pm
One of America's most celebrated theater companies presents this delightful Pulitzer Prize-winning play about race, class, and friendship. Set in Atlanta beginning in 1949, this heartwarming tale is the story of Miss Daisy, an older Jewish woman, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke. The play follows the pair over the 25 years of their relationship as they develop a close friendship despite their differences. The racism and anti-Semitism they encounter is a common bond that makes their friendship even stronger. The successful film adaptation starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman earned multiple Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Join us for this memorable journey presented by the troupe Philadelphia Weekly calls "spectacular, electrifying, stupendous."
$44, $36, $22. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on January 28, 2014
- March 1, 2014 at 8:00 pm
This renowned theater troupe presents a modern masterpiece that explores the fundamental mystery of our existence. Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play turns Shakespeare's Hamlet on its head by examining the misfortunes and musings of two ill-fated, minor characters. This humorous work follows Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the Danish Prince's childhood friends, who are portrayed as pawns and clowns in the King's plot against his nephew. Much of the action takes place "in the wings" of Shakespeare's play, as the confused courtiers try to make sense of the dramatic events unfolding among the royal family and their own involvement in them. Tony Award winner and Broadway veteran John Rando directs The Acting Company in its performance of this witty and engaging tragic comedy.
Join us for a Free lecture in Manassas:
Holding Mirrors Up to Nature: Shakespeare, Stoppard, and the World of Hamlet*
by Rick Davis, Executive Director, Hylton Center
Thursday, February 27 at 1:30 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, VA.
*The lecture is free but we ask that you RSVP by emailing Hylton@gmu.edu. In the subject line please reference "Shakespeare Weekend."
$44, $36, $22. 2 Free Student Tickets Available with Mason ID on February 18, 2014