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GMU PLAYERS AND DEPARTMENT OF THEATER PRESENT DAN DIETZ'S "tempODYSSEY"

February 17, 2010
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GMU PLAYERS AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER

PRESENT

A GMU STUDIO PRODUCTION

DAN DIETZ’S “tempODYSSEY”

DIRECTED BY JOSHUA McCREARY

Feb. 18-20 at 8 p.m., Feb. 20-21 at 2 p.m.

Preview: Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

Black Box Theater

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 28, 2010 – GMU Players and George Mason University’s Department of Theater present Dan Dietz’s hilarious, wacky and strangely touching dark comedy “tempODYSSEY” at the Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Feb. 18, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. A preview of the performance will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.

“tempODYSSEY” follows a young temporary office worker named Genny through her first and only day in a new office. Genny is a girl from the Georgia countryside who is convinced that she is the “goddess of death.” As a young child, she possessed a rare talent for choking chickens without them feeling a thing on her parents’ poultry farm, and since then, all the people with whom she forges a close bond end up dying. Determined to leave her past behind, Genny escapes to the West Coast and accepts a temp job in a Seattle office, only to find out that the company’s business is making bombs, which causes her to obsess over black holes and the concept of scientists creating them, given that she is constantly running from her own “black hole.” The story jumps back and forth in time as Genny encounters the fellow immortals and ghosts from her past on her journey home. This funny and poignant comedy touches upon themes of work, family, the virtual reality of the Internet, and our relationships to death, time, mythology and the market economy.

A resident of Austin, Texas, Dietz’s plays include “Dirigible,” “Blind Horses,” “Tilt Angel,” “tempODYSSEY” and “Americanmisfit.” He has been honored with a James A. Michener Fellowship, a Josephine Bay Paul Fellowship and an Austin Critics Table Award for Best New Play. He is a two-time finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and a nominee for the Oppenheimer Award, the Osborn Award and the ATCA/Steinberg Award. Dietz’s work has been developed at CenterStage (Baltimore), Annex Theatre (Seattle), Horizon Theatre (Atlanta), The Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis), Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, Texas) and the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, N.Y. His work has been published by Samuel French; Heinemann, Smith & Kraus; and Stage & Screen. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from Kennesaw State University in 1995, and his Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999. Dietz has been a resident company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater and a core member of the Playwrights’ Center. “tempODYSSEY” received critical acclaim for its premiere from the National New Play Network at the Curious Theatre in Denver in 2006-07, and it was also presented at the Studio Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis) and New Jersey Rep (Long Branch, N.J.)

The GMU Players ensemble 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. Joshua McCreary is directing for the first time at George Mason 
University. In his time with the GMU Players he has performed in 12 
productions as well as filling the shoes of props designer and master electrician. He has performed in two staged readings of new plays as a 
part of Theater of the First Amendment's First Light Discovery Program, 
and also teaches for Acting for Young People's after-school theater 
program and summer camp.

 

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.

For information on group sales, please call Kimberly Schall at (703) 993-8600

For Information on the GMU Theater Department or the GMU Players, please call (703)-993-1120.

 

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.

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