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September 19, 2005
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Fairfax, Virginia, September 8, 2005—They’ve been performing together since 1973, in their early days on the streets of San Francisco, and more recently, on television and Broadway. The Flying Karamazov Brothers have been seen in the most prestigious theatres in the English-speaking world from Singapore to Scotland; and toured extensively throughout the United States. The Center for the Arts welcomes this imaginative and wildly entertaining quartet, who have elevated juggling to high art, on Sunday, October 9 at 7PM. Now, in collaboration with Director Michael Preston (a Karamazov alum), and New York choreographer Doug Elkins, the brothers – Paul Magid (Dmitri), Howard Jay Patterson (Ivan), Mark Ettinger (Alexei), and Roderick Kimball (Pavel) – make their Center for the Arts debut with what is perhaps their most ambitious work yet, LIFE: A Guide for the Perplexed. The performance is Family Friendly – all children 12 and under are half price. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.
The Flying Karamazovs have enjoyed six successful and critically acclaimed runs on Broadway, and in addition to their juggling shows, the Karamazov's have created and performed in their own off the wall adaptations of Dumas' Les Trois Musketeers (The Three Moscowteers), Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale), and Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. In 1997 they premiered their revival of Room Service at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Washington, followed by runs at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, CA.
In Life: A Guide for the Perplexed, the mischievous brothers receive a box from a mysterious “Man in Black.” When opened it reveals the enigmatic “Guide for the Perplexed.” This journey through the pitfalls (and pratfalls) of life features the Juggletron – a circular 6-octave electronic instrument played by the Brothers – while simultaneously singing and juggling; Bollywood ala Flying Karamazovs – the Brothers’ take on the Mahabarrata, featuring 8 life-sized puppets; 4X4, in which trust is the defining characteristic – the Brothers play each others’ musical instruments and sing different tunes – again, all while juggling! The action-filled Life: A Guide for the Perplexed also features Dmitri’s Gamble in which he challenges the audience to provide juggling objects (heavier than an ounce, lighter than 10 pounds and no bigger than a breadbox!), and the four Flying Karamazovs assuming the personalities of over twenty characters.
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Tickets for THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit 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

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. 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.