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Theater of the First Amendment produces "Three Hotels"

August 18, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S PROFESSIONAL COMPANY-IN-RESIDENCE
THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
OPENS 05-06 SEASON WITH JON ROBIN BAITZ’S
THREE HOTELS
SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 2
PRESS NIGHT: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 8PM


Fairfax, Virginia, August 11, 2005—The New York Times calls playwright Jon Robin Baitz, “an exciting writer…,” his work possessed of “…humanity, lacerating wit and theatricality...” In Baitz’s Three Hotels (called “one of the ten best plays of 1994” by Time magazine) the audience meets Kenneth Hoyle, a former ‘60s idealist engaged in the questionable practice of marketing baby formula to the Third World. His disillusionment, and that of his emotionally scarred wife, unfolds over time in three very different hotel rooms in this searing drama opening the Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) 2005-2006 season at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. Directed by TFA’s artistic director Rick Davis, Three Hotels runs in Harris Theater from Thursday, September 15 through Sunday, October 2, 2005. Performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 2 & 8PM and Sundays at 4PM. Tickets are $30, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and $25, all other performances. To charge by phone, call Tickets.com at 1-888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.
“It’s a richly textured story about two people who lose their way in the modern world,” states Kevin Murray, who plays Hoyle in this spare, electrically-charged, two character drama. Intersecting themes in the play include exploitation of the Third World for capital gain, moral ambiguity, and the power of influence. Through a series of monologues the main characters explore their marriage, morals and the events that have brought their marriage to the brink. Murray, currently TFA’s managing director, has been with the company practically since its inception in 1990, and last appeared onstage here in Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum. Murray has performed in several films including The Day Lincoln was Shot and Runaway Bride. Mary LechterThe Memorandum, The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay, Sweet Ike, The Living, Cellophane Xerox, and countless First Light Festivals. Lechter runs “A Class Act – Acting for Young People and Adults, Inc.” in Fairfax. Both Murray and Lechter serve on the Mason Theater faculty.

Director Rick Davis joined TFA in 1991, and has staged a broad range of productions for the company, as well as theater and opera across the country including at Center Stage in Baltimore where he worked for six seasons, American Ibsen Theater in Pittsburgh, Lake George Opera, Capital City Opera, the IN Series, The Kennedy Center, and many others. Davis, who is associate dean of Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, is also artistic director of the Center for the Arts.

The creative team for Three Hotels includes scenic designer Anne Gibson who has designed several TFA productions, including Nathan the Wise, The Sins of Sor Juana, and Tigertigertiger. Costume designer Howard Vincent Kurtz has designed for numerous TFA productions as well, including, Dream of a Common Language, The Lady from the Sea, John Gabriel Borkman, Faulkner's Bicycle, Sweet Ike, Things That Break, Tigertigertiger, Crystal, Dr. Faustus, and Grimm Tales. TFA welcomes back lighting designer Martha Mountain, who lit the TFA productions Betty the Yeti, Dream of a Common Language, The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay, Things That Break, Blues Rooms, and The Lady from the Sea, among many others. Sound designer David Maddox – best known for composing Sing Down the Moon, Perseus Bayou, Mississippi Pinocchio and other family musicals for TFA – has also worked on The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay, Sweet Ike, and Things That Break.
Jon Robin Baitz was born in Los Angeles and grew up there, in Brazil, and in South Africa. His plays include A Fair Country, The Substance of Fire, The End of the Day, The Film Society, Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Dutch Landscape, Ten Unknowns, and a 1999 adaptation of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. His television writing credits include The West Wing, Alias, and the Showtime anthology series Fallen Angels. He wrote and directed Three Hotels as a teleplay for PBS-TV’s American Playhouse, for which he received a Humanitas Award. Mr. Baitz is a recipient of the Rockefeller and Revson fellowships, the Newsday Oppenheimer Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts playwriting fellowship. His most recent work, The Paris Letter, was produced off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theater (spring/summer ’05).

Three Hotels contains strong language.

Tickets for Three Hotels are $30, Fridays and Saturdays; $25 all other performances. Charge by phone at 1-888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

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