Enthralling Theater (2014-15 Season)
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Series Prices: $178.00, $153.00, $107.00 for 5 events | ORDER
- October 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm
This renowned theater company brings a classic of English literature to the stage, featuring one of fiction's most tempestuous romances. Set in a farmhouse on the stormy Yorkshire moors, this epic saga follows the turbulent life-long relationship between Catherine, daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, and Heathcliff, an orphan who is taken in by her benevolent father. The ill-fated pair develops an inseparable bond as children, but Catherine eventually chooses comfort and security over love, and marries a man of high social standing, leaving Heathcliff tormented and vengeful. The sole work of Emily Brontë, this riveting tale of passion, revenge, family, social class, and the supernatural is performed by acclaimed British-American touring company Aquila Theatre.
$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on September 23, 2014
- November 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm
This gripping detective murder mystery is a vivid portrayal of the black experience in the deep South during the 60s. This powerful story, brought to our stage by America's premier radio theater company, begins on a steamy August night in a small Southern town, where the body of a wealthy white man is discovered. Police arrest a black stranger passing through town for the murder, only to learn that he is a respected homicide detective. The detective reluctantly finds himself working with the chief of police to solve the murder, while wrestling with the fear, hatred, and prejudices prevalent at the time. John Ball's timely novel became an Academy Award-winning film and an Emmy Award-winning television show, as well as a series of subsequent novels. This stunning stage adaptation is written by acclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey.
$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on November 4, 2014
- January 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Shakespeare's ultimate commentary on life and art, vengeance and forgiveness is unique among his work and is widely considered to be one of his finest. The acclaimed British-American touring company, Aquila Theatre, brings to our stage this tale of shipwrecks, magical powers, vengeance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. The Bard's tale is the story of Prospero, the Duke of Milan and self-taught sorcerer, who was put to sea with his daughter, Miranda, but found exile on an exotic and mystical island. Seeking justice against those who usurped him, and with retribution finally within his grasp, his relationship with his child is tested when she falls in love with the son of one of the conspirators. Prospero's memorable soliloquy and epilogue, in which he vows to give up magic, is thought to be Shakespeare's retirement speech. "If energy be the food of Shakespeare, then Aquila Theatre serves up a smorgasbord." (Boston Globe)
$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 13, 2015
- January 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm
By the 1920s, Harlem had become the heart of the African-American community in New York, and was a breeding ground for intense creativity. This outpouring of artistic expression became known as the Harlem Renaissance. In an extraordinary performance, renowned actress, singer and dancer Jasmine Guy, along with the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, honors these legendary artists, who struggled against racial inequality, prejudice, and segregation. Weaving together text, song, movement, and imagery into a panoramic experience, Guy and the trio transport audiences to this prolific period through the voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston and W.E.B. Du Bois. Ms. Guy is well known for her extensive work on stage, film, and television, including her starring role on the Cosby Show spin-off, A Different World. Mr. Sharpe is considered one of the greatest jazz bassists of his generation. "Lively, informative, motivating, and entertaining." (Dayton Daily News)
$48, $41, $29. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 13, 2015
- February 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre presents David Mamet’s humorous and thoughtful play about two actors competing for the spotlight — and the dressing room! Inspired by his background as an actor, this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright wrote a very funny and touching story about two actors in a repertory company: Robert, a veteran actor, and John, a promising young actor. This hilarious work provides a backstage glimpse into the world of show business, and the challenges of the relationship between this mentor and his apprentice — from rehearsals to reprisals, and ego trips to acting tips. "Mr. Mamet has written — in gentle ridicule; in jokes, broad and tiny; and in comedy, high and low — a love letter to the theater. It is quite a feat, and he has pulled it off." (New Yorker)
Please note that this performance includes mature language.
$44, $37, $26. 1 Free Student Ticket Available with Mason ID on January 27, 2015