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AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS JOSEPH HELLER'S "CATCH 22"

September 10, 2007
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY'S PRODUCTION OF
JOSEPH HELLER’S "CATCH-22"
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 10, 2007 – “It's a good sign when the audience breaks into a collective smile during the first minute of a production,” The New York Times said of Aquila Theatre Company. The New York-based company is comprised of British and American artists who aim to provide “fresh and inventive productions of classical drama designed to breath life into the texts, freeing the spirit of the original work.” (Theatre.com) Aquila Theatre Company brings a dynamic, timely and hilarious new production of Joseph Heller’s classic novel "Catch-22" to George Mason University Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Aquila’s production of "Catch-22" is the first-ever professional production to tour nationally and is the first major production of the play in New York and London. Set in the island of Pianosa, off the coast of Italy, "Catch-22" finds World War II bombardier Yossarian caught in a world of bureaucratic absurdity and irrational madness. Determined to keep the squadron active and on the front line, the superiors keep increasing the number of required flying missions, making it impossible for anyone to complete the missions and be discharged from duty. Yossarian fails in trying to plead insanity, because his superiors believe concern for one’s own safety displays a healthy mental state. Hilarious complications occur as Yossarian attempts to avoid flying missions, thus prolonging his duty. A maze of inter-related “Catch-22’s” develop as the play unfolds. With this production, Aquila Theatre Company hopes to provoke intense thought and discussion on the nature of war and its absurdities.

Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Artistic Director Peter Meinick. The company has since moved to New York City and tours nationally and abroad. Past productions include "Romeo and Juliet," "Othello," "Midsummer Night’s Dream," "The Importance of Being Earnest," "The Invisible Man," "Agamemnon," "A Very Naughty Greek Play" and others.

 

This tour of Aquila Theatre Company is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts Regional Touring Program.

PNC is the 2007-08 Season Sponsor for Great Performances at Mason.

Tickets for Aquila Theatre Company’s production of Catch 22 are $34, $26, $17 ff. 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

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