AQUILA THEATRE PRESENTS SHAKESPEARE'S BELOVED COMEDY "A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM”
Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 24, 2010 – “Gleefully engaging … almost unbearably fun,” The New York Times says of this acclaimed British/American touring company, which performs an imaginative interpretation of Shakespeare’s most timeless and beloved comedy. Aquila Theatre returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. to perform Shakespeare’s magical “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 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. This tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Set against an Athenian backdrop, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” examines the universal theme of love and its attendant complications: passion, lust, frustration, depression, confusion and marriage. Aquila Theatre weaves a theatrical web that shows audiences the heart of an enchanted forest, the injustice of an Athenian court and the political strife of the Fairy Kingdom. The plot of this delightful tale focuses on the challenges of two sets of lovers – the Fairy King and Queen and their servants, and a rag-tag group of rude mechanicals trying to stage a production of “Pyramus and Thisbe” for the wedding of the Duke of Athens. At the center of the story is the Fairy King’s servant, the impish Puck, whose magic creates an endless supply of mirth, mistaken identity and inappropriate, if not absolutely ludicrous passions. The New York Times praised Aquila Theatre’s production of this enduring masterpiece as “Timely and pleasing … this ‘Dream’ soothes the eye and tickles the funny bone.”
Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila Theatre is now based in New York City and continues to fulfill its mission of making classical works accessible to all audiences. In addition to producing a regular season in New York, the company tours 60 to 70 American cities each year. Aquila Theatre is also dedicated to theater arts education and produces three major education initiatives: Workshop America, a nationwide program that provides an opportunity for people to share in the art of Aquila; Theatre Breakthrough, which brings America’s schools to the stage; and Shakespeare Leaders, an after-school program that enables inner city students to perform the classics.
Next spring, Aquila Theatre returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with a production of Luigi Pirandello’s surrealistic tragicomedy “Six Characters in Search of an Author” on Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.
This tour is made possible by a grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM” are $34, $26, $17. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu.
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.