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January 18, 2008
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.

Sunday, March 2, 2008 at 7 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 18, 2007 – “A poignant one man show.” ( The tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 inspired Rik Reppe to give up his career as an L.A. business consultant and make a cross-country trek in his in his pick-up truck to visit the crash sites in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania and New York. Out of this unusual journey comes an extraordinary one-man production that is both humorous and heartbreaking, as Reppe recounts and reenacts his experiences with the people he encountered along the way. “An exceptionally moving and insightful glimpse into the nation’s psyche immediately following the tragedy.” (American Theatre Web) Rik Reppe performs "Staggering Toward America" at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

In this captivating performance, Reppe seamlessly weaves a new picture of patriotism, and challenges each of us to answer the question, “What does it mean to be an American?” “It’s difficult not to cry during "Staggering Toward America." It’s equally difficult not to laugh.” ( Described by the Los Angeles Times as “hilarious and heartwarming,” "Staggering Toward America" is a hymn to the indomitable spirit of America, and one man’s search to find out what it means to be an American post-9/11.


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

Tickets for STAGGERING TOWARD AMERICA are $30, $22, $15. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 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.

About George Mason University

George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.