Press Room

For Press Inquiries, please call 703-993-8794.

THE ACTING COMPANY: "JANE EYRE," 2/14/06

January 11, 2006
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES BACK THE ACTING COMPANY
IN POLLY TEALE’S ADAPTATION OF
JANE EYRE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2007, 8PM

Fairfax, Virginia, January 11, 2007—Every year, The Acting Company engages an ensemble of the best-trained, talented young actors available to perform classic plays and contemporary works in repertory. Center for the Arts audiences have been fortunate to experience Acting Company productions of Tartuffe, O Pioneers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and The Rivals. Now, this nationally touring company brings an intriguing adaptation of Brontë’s classic Jane Eyre to Fairfax on Wednesday, February 14, 2007 at 8:00 p.m. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.
Polly Teale, playwright, director, and founder of London’s Shared Experience theater company, dissects this classic tale – using character development – to examine the causes of Jane Eyre’s repression. The Daily Telegraph (London) declared Teale’s direction “inventive…combines startling intelligence, passion and flashes of humour.”
Was Jane’s natural youthful exuberance stifled due to a succession of severe guardians as a child? Are her passions locked away, until she becomes governess to Rochester’s young child and finds her arduous nature reawakened? But, as everyone knows, dark secrets are at work elsewhere in the house. Before casting her inventive eye on Jane Eyre, Polly Teale adapted such other classic novels as Anna Karenina (which also made a well-received stop at BAM), The Mill on the Floss and the monumental War and Peace.
The Acting Company has been fulfilling its mission to tour the United States, commission new work and rediscover classics, and provide opportunities for gifted young actors, and make theater accessible to all, since it was formed out of the first graduating class of the Juilliard School’s Drama Division in 1972. Founding Artistic Producer




Margot Harley (who laid the initial groundwork for the company with co-founder, the late John Houseman) explained the company’s mission to bring theater to the masses and at the same time provide ongoing professional training to young actors, as well as being inspired by the students themselves. “That’s how [London’s] Old Vic got started. In England and Russia and other parts of Europe, there is very much a tradition for this sort of enterprise.” Since its beginnings, the company has logged over 500,000 miles through 48 states and nine countries, performing a repertoire of 77 plays for more than 2 million people. The company collaborates occasionally with distinguished American theaters including the Goodman in Chicago, the Guthrie in Minneapolis, the Hartford Stage Company and Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theater.
# # #




Tickets for The Acting Company’s production of Jane Eyre are $36, $28, $18. Charge by phone at 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