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STUPID FRAILTY: PERFORMANCE PIECES BY LAURRA ZAM, 9/27-9/28

August 27, 2004
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S COLLEGE OF VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
INTERARTS AND MULTIMEDIA PERFORMANCE STUDIO
PRESENT
Stupid Frailty: Performance Works by Laura Zam
Monday, September 27 & Tuesday, September 28, 4:30 & 7:30PM

WHO:
Laura Zam is a writer and performance artist whose plays and solo pieces have been presented in New York at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, and others. In Washington, DC, Laura created eleven theater pieces for Arena Stage, showcasing writing by teens and elders in the community. Awards include: Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, Open Society Fund grant, Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and Salomon grantfor educational expansion. She’s taught at UC Berkeley, Brown University, Humboldt State University, Landmark College, the University of the South, and Southeastern University. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Art and Visual Technology at George Mason. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University.

WHAT: STUPID FRAILTY
This group of three short stories as multimedia performance for the stage: "Thursday Morning,"" Robert," and "Stupid Frailty " In each of these pieces, a woman contemplates an unsuitable object of desire. These include a drunkard masquerading as Jesus, an oblivious ex-lover, and a slew of on-line dating rejects. Zam’s work is known for its blend of dark subject matter and high doses of comedy. The performances are FREE.

WHERE: Harris Theater
Harris Theater, a part of the multi-venue Center for the Arts, is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. The Fairfax campus is at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. For directions to campus visit – http://www.gmu.edu/cfa/directions.html

WHEN: September 27 & 28, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.


The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.