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L.A. THEATRE WORKS PERFORMS "WAR OF THE WORLDS" AND "THE LOST WORLD"

September 14, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

L.A. THEATRE WORKS

PERFORMING

ORSON WELLES’ “WAR OF THE WORLDS”

AND SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE’S “THE LOST WORLD”

DIRECTED BY JOHN DE LANCIE

 Friday, Oct. 23, 2009 at 8 p.m. 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 11, 2009 “Original, exciting and highly theatrical.” (American Theatre Magazine) America’s premier radio theater company presents a double bill of chills, thrills and great literature with two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure, one a dramatic thriller, and one an enjoyable comedy. L.A. Theatre Works performs “War of the Worlds” and “The Lost World” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. Both productions are directed by stage, television and film actor John de Lancie. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Recreating the breathless pace and convincing details of Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast “War of the Worlds,” L.A. Theatre Works shows why H.G. Wells’ classic novel, on which the broadcast is based, is truly the mother of all space invasions. Welles’ live broadcast in 1938 of an “eyewitness report” of an invasion from Mars caused a nationwide panic, and still resonates today. The company also brings to life Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s comedy, “The Lost World,” the tale of a harrowing expedition into the Amazon. Determined to prove the existence of prehistoric animals, Professor Challenger and his cohort discover a primeval plateau in the Amazon where dinosaurs and ape-men coexist and the human race hangs in the balance.  This performance stars actors from the Sci-Fi Channel, “Star Trek” and “X-Files.”

For more than two decades, L.A. Theatre Works has presented radio dramas onstage with first-rate casts, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. The Philadelphia Inquirer called the company “a national theatrical treasure.” Under the leadership of Susan Albert Loewenberg, the company has been broadcast on NPR, XM Satellite Radio, the BBC, the CBC and Voice of America, bringing the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions. The company records the majority of its productions in Los Angeles before an enthusiastic and loyal audience of season subscribers. Works by Eugene O’Neill, David Henry Hwang, Athol Fugard, Wendy Wasserstein, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Charlayne Woodard, Arthur Miller and others have been performed and recorded by L.A. Theatre Works with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors. On the road, L.A. Theatre Works has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater style performances in small towns and cities across America. The company performed “The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial,” starring Edward Asner, at Mason last February.

Tickets for LA. THEATRE WORKS are $36, $28, $18. 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.