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THE ACTING COMPANY BRINGS A SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY PERFORMANCE OF "ROMEO AND JULIET"

January 13, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE ACTING COMPANY

WITH A SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY PERFORMANCE OF

“ROMEO AND JULIET”

 Saturday, Feb. 14, 2010 at 4 p.m.

 

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 11, 2010 Hailed by The New York Times as “the major touring classical theater in the United States,” the Tony Award-winning ensemble The Acting Company, in collaboration with Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater, brings Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy of innocent young lovers falling victim to family hatred and cruel destiny to the stage this Valentine’s Day. Swords clash, everlasting love is promised and a treacherous sleeping potion is swallowed in the greatest love story of all time. This stirring new production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be performed at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

Evoking the lyricism of Shakespeare’s sonnets, “Romeo and Juliet” exquisitely embodies the brief joy of youthful passion and ecstasy. Timeless and deeply moving, this doomed couple love each other passionately as only teenagers can while their families’ mutual disdain and prejudice lead to revenge and an irreversible fate.

The Acting Company’s work is guided by its mission of touring the United States, commissioning new work, rediscovering classics, providing opportunities for gifted young actors and making theater accessible to all. Founded in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 133 productions touring to 48 states and 10 foreign countries. Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Jeffrey Wright and Rainn Wilson are but a handful of actors whose careers have been developed by The Acting Company. Honored by the Tony Awards for Excellence in Theater, the company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle awards.

The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie’s mainstage, the theater provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab.  Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a Tony Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.

Tickets for THE ACTING COMPANY 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.