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GMU PLAYERS PRESENTS KEN LUDWIG'S "SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD"

October 29, 2008
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S THEATER DEPARTMENT & GMU PLAYERS

ANNOUNCES

SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD

BY KEN LUDWIG DIRECTED BY MARY LECHTER

George Mason University’s TheaterSpace

Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2008 at 8 p.m.

Oct. 25, Nov. 1-2, 2008 at 2 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 7, 2008 – Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! Directed by Mary Lechter, the GMU Players present Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood” – an entertaining fusion of Hollywood glitz, classic comedy and Shakespeare’s poetry. The play will be performed at TheaterSpace on George Mason University’s Fairfax campus on Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

Set in 1934, “Shakespeare in Hollywood” features Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, who have magically appeared on the Warner Brothers Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Dazzled by the world of show biz, the two fairies are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. “‘Shakespeare in Hollywood’ is so deliciously inventive, you'd swear Ludwig and the Bard were in cahoots. At once poignant and funny, literary and farcical, sophisticated and silly, political and fanciful, high-brow and low-brow … a delight!" the Baltimore Sun said of this deliciously witty show.

Ken Ludwig’s work has been performed on Broadway, in London and in more than 30 countries throughout the world in at least 20 languages. He has received numerous accolades, including London’s highest theater honor, the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award; as well as two Tony nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards. His proudest accomplishment was being commissioned by England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, for which he wrote “Shakespeare in Hollywood,” which received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2004. Ludwig is an associate artist of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas.

The GMU Players is a dynamic faculty-directed student organization within the Theater Department. The Mainstage Series provides students the opportunity to work directly with Mason theater faculty and guest artists, while the Studio Series is selected, directed and designed by students. The GMU Players produce eight productions each season. Director Mary Lechter is a member of Mason’s adjunct faculty in the theater and music departments. She is founder, president and director of A Class Act – Acting for Young People & Adults, Inc., and is artistic director of its sister organization, AFYP Stages, which produces new, thought-provoking works for young and family audiences. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she works professionally as an actor in the Washington, D.C. area, New York and Los Angeles.

 

Tickets are $12. ($8 For students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff)

Limited free tickets available for GMU students.

All performances are in the TheaterSpace. Free parking available in adjacent surface lots. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets by phone, or for directions, please contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at (703) 993-8888.

For information on group sales, please call Kimberly Schall at (703) 993-8600

For Information on the GMU Theater Department or the GMU Players, please call (703)-993-1120

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.