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GMU'S THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT CELEBRATES 20TH YEARS OF PERFORMANCES

April 6, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S

THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT

PRESENTS

“TFA CELEBRATES 20 YEARS: ONLY THE BEGINNING”

COMMUNITY INVITED TO FREE CELEBRATION FEATURING SELECTIONS FROM TFA’S MEMORABLE PRODUCTIONS

Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8 p.m. in theSPACE in Old Town Fairfax

FAIRFAX, Va., April 6, 2010 George Mason University’s Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) proudly presents TFA Celebrates 20 Years: Only the Beginning,” a night of performances commemorating the company’s 20 years of professional theater in Fairfax. The event is open to the community and will be on Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m. in theSPACE, located at 3955 Chain Bridge Road in Fairfax. The event is free to all, but reservations are recommended. E-mail tfa@gmu.edu to reserve seats. Free parking is available onsite. The celebration is being held in conjunction with the City of Fairfax’s Spotlight on the Arts program.

The evening will feature a selection of scenes chosen from the many groundbreaking productions staged by TFA since 1990. Scenes are drawn from the works of acclaimed playwrights Paul D’Andrea (“Two-Bit Taj Mahal”), Heather McDonald (“Dream of a Common Language”), Dianne McIntyre (“Open the Door, Virginia!”), Jennifer L. Nelson (“24, 7, 365”), Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox (“Sing Down the Moon”) and Karen Zacarías (“The Sins of Sor Juana”).

Theater of the First Amendment is a professional theater company operating in Fairfax, in residence at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. TFA brings to the stage the best artists from the Washington metropolitan region and beyond. Theater of the First Amendment's vision is to be a nationally recognized theater company, incubator for new play development and launch pad for new works onto the national stage and into the American lexicon. Since 1990, TFA has produced 42 full productions and numerous staged readings of new work. Its productions have won 12 Helen Hayes Awards and earned 37 nominations.

Community members are encouraged to invite friends and family to attend “TFA Celebrates 20 Years: Only the Beginning” on April 30 and become acquainted with Fairfax’s professional theater devoted to fostering innovative new plays and supporting playwrights across all stages of their careers. 

For additional information about Theater of the First Amendment and “TFA Celebrates 20 Years: Only the Beginning,” please contact Managing Director Kevin Murray at (703) 993-2195 or tfa@gmu.edu

 

This event is free and non-ticketed, although reservations are recommended. theSPACE is located at 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030, in the Old Town Plaza retail complex. Free parking is available in the underground garage, accessible from either Chain Bridge Road or University Drive. Pedestrian entrance is on North Street, next to the fountain.

 

Theater of the First Amendment

In celebration of truly free speech, TFA’s mission is to provide playwrights the resources to explore and create new work, and to provide audiences the opportunity to experience thought-provoking plays. Our motto is “We entertain ideas.” TFA was founded in 1990 as the resident professional theater for George Mason University. To date, TFA has produced 40 plays (most of which have been world premieres) and 5 play festivals. The Helen Hayes Awards have nominated TFA’s work 36 times and have bestowed 12 awards on our work.

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.