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GMU PLAYERS AND DEPARTMENT OF THEATER PRESENT STUDIO SERIES #1 DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE'S "FUDDY MEERS"

September 11, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S


DEPARTMENT OF THEATER & GMU PLAYERS


PRESENTS STUDIO SERIES #1


“FUDDY MEERS”


BY DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE


DIRECTED BY DANNIE SNYDER


Oct. 8, 9, 10 at 8 p.m., Oct. 10, 11 at 2 p.m. 


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 11, 2009 This fall, the GMU Players and George Mason University’s Department of Theater bring David Lindsay-Abaire’s critically acclaimed farce “Fuddy Meers” to the stage. Directed by Dannie Snyder, “Fuddy Meers” will be performed in the Black Box theater on Mason’s Fairfax campus on Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.


“Fuddy Meers” is a wacky ride through the fractured viewpoint of a “memory-challenged” woman and the zany characters she encounters along the way. The play begins when Claire awakes one morning to find herself in an unknown bedroom. Having psychogenic amnesia, Claire’s husband and son must imprint the facts of her life to her every day. However, on this morning, she awakes to find a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask in the room, who claims that he is her brother and is there to rescue her from her husband. He steals her away to their mother, who recently suffered a stroke, and as a result, only speaks gibberish. This postmodern absurdist comedy is about how to find and accept the dark pasts each of us has. “A dark, sweet and thoroughly engaging comedy,” said Ben Brantley of The New York Times. “Willfully silly and grotesque, yet there’s a cool satisfying strategy in its piecing together of its jigsaw puzzle of a plot.”


Lindsay-Abaire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 and received five Tony nominations for his play “Rabbit Hole,” which he is currently adapting for a feature film that will star Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. He also received the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, a Garland Award, the Kesserling Prize, awards from the Berrilla Kerr Foundation, the LeComte du Nuoy Fund, and many more, thanks to his popular plays “Fuddy Meers,” “Kimberly Akimbo,” “Wonder of the World,” “A Devil Inside,” “Snow Angel,” “The Li’l Plays,” “Dotting and Dashing” and “The Kitchen Sink Drama.” “Fuddy Meers,” his first play, debuted at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1999 in an acclaimed production directed by David Petrarca to a sold-out audience and positive critical reactions with The New York Times, New York Magazine and Variety. In addition to his work in theater, Lindsay-Abaire wrote the screenplay for the film “Inkheart” and is currently working on the script for “Spider-Man 4.”   He recently completed the books for the musicals “High Fidelity” and “Shrek.”


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. Dannie Snyder is a director and playwright/screenwriter currently studying at George Mason University for a B.A. in theater and a B.A. in film and visual studies. She is the recipient of the 2008-09 ARTS by George! Scholarship and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship for her artistic efforts in the community, from her work as the musical theater director at J. L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, Va. from 2008 to 2009, to working with Acting For Young People. On www.danniesnyder.com, she is an activist for online conversations on theater, and not just assessments on theater, hosting a series of projects including the “Astonish Me” and “Directing Dark Comedies” projects.



Tickets are $6. ($3 For students, seniors and GMU faculty/staff)


Limited free tickets available for GMU students.


All performances are in Black Box. Free parking available in adjacent surface lots on weekends, paid parking available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck. 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.


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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.