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THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS RETURN TO GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 2, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009 at 4 p.m. 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 2, 2009 They aren’t Russian. They aren’t brothers. And they certainly don’t fly. Misnomers aside, this four-member comedy troupe is as wacky as their name implies. A zany combination of theater, comedy, music and juggling (with objects as diverse as bowling balls and chain saws) with a bit of philosophy thrown in for good measure, The Flying Karamazov Brothers are the most enduring, immensely popular and unique phenomena performing today. Once again, Center audiences will have the opportunity to witness this funny foursome when they return to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. This performance is family friendly, and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers formed in 1973, when founders Paul Magid and Howard Patterson were working as juggling street performers in San Francisco. After spending two years honing their craft, Magid and Patterson began performing on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and were soon joined by Randy Nelson and Timothy Furst. They christened themselves The Flying Karamazov Brothers after seeing a comparison between themselves and the characters in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel “The Brothers Karamazov,” and each chose a Russian stage name. After spending several years performing on the street and in smaller venues, The Flying Karamazov Brothers graduated to performing in more established theaters, and their professional debut in the Goodman Theater in Chicago in 1980 helped launch the Karamazovs onto the national scene. Among their most notable performances are appearances in the film “The Jewel of the Nile” starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito, and in an episode of “Seinfeld” titled “The Friars Club,” in which they appeared as The Flying Sandos Brothers. They have also performed a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at Lincoln Center that was aired on PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center.” The Karamazovs also incorporate music into their performances and are adept with a wide variety of musical instruments, including percussion, brass and woodwinds. In 1981, they had the opportunity to perform music live with the Grateful Dead at a performance in Germany.

Throughout the course of the group’s history, The Flying Karamazov Brothers have performed at numerous venues both in the United States and abroad and have gone through several lineup changes, but they have always stayed true to presenting comedy that appeals to audiences of all ages. The current incarnation of The Flying Karamazov Brothers includes writer, director and founder Paul Magid (Dmitri), resident musician, composer and conductor Mark Ettinger (Alexei), master juggler Roderick Kimball (Pavel) and Stephen Bent (Zossima), the newest Karamazov, whose parents attended a Flying Karamazov Brothers performance in 1982 as their first date.

Tickets for the THE FLYING KARAMAZOV BROTHERS are $42, $34, $21.  Family Friendly: Youth through grade 12, half price! Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.