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THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT: PERSEUS BAYOU4/24-26

March 26, 2003
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THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT
PERSEUS BAYOU
Thursday, April 24, 7PM
Friday, April 25, 7PM
and Saturday, April 26, 2 & 7PM


Now presented at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Premiered at Theater of the First Amendment, March 14, 2001
Sold out run of 24 performances
Original cast album on CD


"Surface and Maddox work almost seamlessly together…melodies have a jaunty, Cajun feel…[Maddox] has a gift for moody incidental music, too…Surface and company flesh out the script with such an appropriate density of music and images…a true enchantment."—The Washington Post

Fairfax, Virginia, March 28, 2002—Theater of the First Amendment’s (TFA) Perseus Bayou is a whimsical retelling of the Perseus myth set in post-Civil War Louisiana. From Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox, creators of the smash hit Sing Down the Moon, the tale follows a young man’s quest into the darkest regions of the bayou to defeat the Cajun Medusa, rescue the beautiful Andromeda and, above all, save his mother from the grips of the evil Polydectes. The timelessness of myth, the inspiration of youth and heroic journeys, and the pairing of imagination required by artists and audiences to create stories on the stage — these are the elements blended together in Perseus Bayou. Children and adults alike are delighted with these Surface/Maddox family musical adventures traditionally presented by the Center for the Arts each spring.

A mix of puppetry, dance and impeccable ensemble performance, Perseus Bayou, is, as the press hailed, "filled with delightful surprises…beautiful special effects…infectious rhythms." "…so entertaining and energetic that it becomes a perfect family affair…" "its themes of courage and faithfulness to one’s family are timeless…"
Perseus Bayou is presented in the Center for the Arts’s Concert Hall on Thursday and Friday, April 24 and 25 at 7PM and on Saturday, April 26 at 2 and 7PM. Family-centered PRE-PERFORMANCE ACTIVITIES, FREE to ticketholders, include: an opportunity for young audience members to participate in face painting, creating paper masks, a movement workshop and "Adapt-a-Story" fun, and, while the kids are busy, the adults are invited to attend the Pre-Performance Discussion with the shows’ creative and directorial team of Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox on the Grand Tier! Pre-performance activities are scheduled to begin one hour prior to each curtain.

Dwayne Nitz reprises his role as Perseus and Jenna Sokolowski appears as Andromeda. Sherri L. Edelen is Danae, the role she originated. Eric Lee Johnson returns as Doucet and Steve Tipton as Acrisius. Amy McWilliams, returning to our stage after appearing in the recent production of Sing Down the Moon, is Medusa, and Panther Hermes is portrayed by Jason Gilbert, an alumni of the Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox musical Mississippi Pinocchio, produced at TFA in 2002. Appearing for the first time with TFA are Janice Menifee as Miss Athena and Ian LeValley as Polydectes.

The creative team assembled for this remounting includes set designer Tony Cisek, and lighting designer Dan Covey. The production features original costume designs by Jelena Vukmirovic and Marie Schneggenburger’s crafts and masks. Both Vukmirovic and Schneggenburger are recent Helen Hayes award nominees for their work on Mississippi Pinocchio. Additional costume designs created by Kate McGhee and props are by Jessie Duncanson. Choreographer Dan Joyce puts the ensemble through their paces.

In addition to playing guitar in the show, the band which composer David Maddox has recruited for this production to create the peppery Cajun-inspired score, includes Jon Carroll on piano, Zoltan Racz on accordion, Bruno Nasta on violin, Ralph Gordon on bass and David Lopez on drums.

Tickets for PERSEUS BAYOU are $25. FAMILY FRIENDLY! All children, 12 and under half price! Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. 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.
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