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L.A. THEATRE WORKS PERFORMS "THE REAL DR. STRANGELOVE"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
L.A. THEATRE WORKS
“THE REAL DR. STRANGELOVE”
By Peter Goodchild
Susan Albert Loewenberg, producing director
Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 9, 2010 – If you have the knowledge are you obligated to use it? America’s premier radio theater company brings Peter Goodchild’s gripping docu-drama to the stage to explore this critical question. This captivating tale tells of the fractured relationship between the scientists Teller and Oppenheimer, and outlines the dramatic events that set America on the path to becoming a nuclear superpower – and the resulting consequences. L.A. Theatre Works brings a riveting production of “The Real Dr. Strangelove” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at 8 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.
Two of the most controversial figures of 20th century science, Teller and Oppenheimer were at odds over the development of further nuclear weapons in the wake of the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Teller pushed for the creation of the H-Bomb, which was considered a genocidal weapon by many in the scientific community and favored by the U.S. government in the international arms race against the Russians. The father of the atom bomb, Oppenheimer was a complicated figure. Considered a pacifist and a communist sympathizer, he was the chief obstacle to Eisenhower and the Pentagon in the creation of a more destructive nuclear weapon. Seeking to discredit him, the U.S. government sought to remove Oppenheimer by revoking his security clearance – a move that divided the scientific community for many years and set the tone for U.S. military policy for the next 50 years.
The production features an exciting cast of seasoned performers. This outstanding group is led by television and film actor John Getz as Oppenheimer. Getz is featured in the new film “The Social Network,” and is a veteran of dozens of television shows, including “NCIS,” “Prison Break,” “Mad Men” and “Trust Me,” among others. Esteemed stage actor and L.A. Theatre Works regular John Vickery will play Teller. Vickery was the original Scar in “The Lion King” on Broadway and is known to television audiences from his work on “Star Trek” and “Babylon 5.” He is also the voice of Lucifer in the wildly popular video game “Dante’s Inferno.” Also in the cast are film and television actor Michael Canavan (“Murder by Numbers,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” “Mad Men,” “Bones,” “Big Love,” “Seventh Heaven” and others) and Geoffrey Wade (“Law & Order,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and others). The rest of the fine cast includes Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Diane Adair and Peter McDonald. Obie Award winner Shannon Cochran, of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, directs this production.
Under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works has presented radio dramas on stage with incredibly relevant works, first-rate casts, live sound effects and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. This remarkable company records the majority of its productions live before an audience in Los Angeles, and has brought some of the finest recorded dramatic literature into the homes of millions via broadcasts on NPR, BBC, CBC and its website, latw.org. L.A. Theatre Works’ Audio Theater Collection boasts more than 400 recordings – the largest library of its kind – and it is available in more than 9,000 libraries and has received awards from the Audio Publishers Association, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Publisher’s Weekly, Writer's Guild of America, American Library Association, Grammy Awards and many others.
Tickets for L.A. THEATRE WORKS’ production of “THE REAL DR. STRANGELOVE” are $18, $28, $36. 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.