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AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY RETURNS WITH SHAKESPEARE'S "THE COMEDY OF ERRORS"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY SHAKESPEARE’S THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
Friday, Nov. 7, 2008 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 10, 2008—“If energy be the food of Shakespeare, then Aquila Theatre Company serves up a smorgasbord,” the Boston Globe wrote of this esteemed British/American touring company, which returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with an imaginative and exuberant production of Shakespeare’s classic farce, "The Comedy of Errors" on Friday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. The New York Times extolled the production: “No one who sees this rousing production by the excellent Aquila Theatre Company will forget a whit of it.”
This glorious farcical romp about two pairs of identical twins separated during a shipwreck features mistaken identity, assumed personas, hilarious machinations and whimsical family ties. Shakespeare expertly weaves together these boisterously entertaining elements, always keeping the audience one step ahead of his characters, with hilarious results. This uproarious production is a “must-see” for newcomers to Shakespeare and Bard enthusiasts alike.
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 "Catch-22." Aquila’s unique and ingenious staging of the classics has received prestigious international prizes and high praise from audiences, critics and scholars. Aquila recently represented the National Endowment of the Arts at the White House, performing Shakespeare for the president and first lady. “There is little doubt that the Aquila Theatre Company is one of the most daring and inventive theater companies in the country.” (Lincoln Star Journal)
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-09 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE COMPANY’S production of "The Comedy of Errors" are $34, $26, $17. Family Friendly! Children 12 and under half price! 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
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.