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AQUILA THEATRE PRESENTS "AS YOU LIKE IT" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

October 20, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

AQUILA THEATRE

PERFORMING

“AS YOU LIKE IT”

 Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 at 8 p.m.

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 20, 2009Described by The New York Times as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” this illustrious British-American touring company presents Shakespeare’s classic comedy “As You Like It.” Set in a period of revolution in France, this hilarious play tells the story of power hungry men exiling their brothers, girls portraying guys and love found in unexpected places. Fast becoming a favorite at George Mason University, Aquila Theatre returns to perform “As You Like It” at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. “The Aquila Theatre brings intelligence and laser-sharp line readings to this eminently enjoyable modern-dress take on Shakespeare's comedy.” (L.A. Times Critic’s Choice)

“All the world’s a stage” in this witty tale, in which Frederick has exiled his brother, Duke Senior, so he can reign over a French duchy. Simultaneously, Orlando has also been forced from town by his bloodthirsty brother Oliver. Meanwhile, the Duke’s daughter Rosalind has been permitted to stay at court because she is the closest friend and cousin of Frederick’s only child, Celia. However, Frederick becomes angry and banishes Rosalind, who flees to the Forest of Arden with Celia and the court jester Touchstone, with Rosalind disguised as a man. The story takes a hilarious turn when the characters encounter one another and the disguised Rosalind counsels Orlando on love—even though she is the object of his affection and vice versa. Shakespeare’s comic brilliance is wrapped up in gender-confused unrequited love, and Aquila infuses the play with their unique blend of fun and entertaining theatricality. This production is completely faithful to Shakespeare, and yet perfectly accessible to modern audiences.

Aquila Theatre 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)

Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “AS YOU LIKE IT” are $34, $26, $17. 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.