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AQUILA THEATRE PRESENTS LUIGI PIRANDELLO'S "SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR"

January 6, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

AQUILA THEATRE

“SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR”

Friday, Feb. 11, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 6, 2010 – This illustrious British/American touring company returns for a second time this season with an exciting new theatrical production of this famous work by Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello. First staged in 1921, this surrealistic tragicomedy dared to ask fundamental questions about the very nature of art and entertainment, blurring the line between reality and artifice. Praised by The New York Times as “a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” Aquila Theatre brings “Six Characters in Search of an Author” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Friday, Feb. 11, 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.

The play opens with actors in rehearsal for a Pirandello play when six nameless characters unexpectedly appear. These characters are searching for the author who failed to finish their story, leaving them incomplete and unrealized. Throughout the play, the characters continue to question the reality of their situation, even in matters of life and death. When one character dies, they debate whether the situation is “real” or “make believe.” Finally the play’s producer admits that “all these realities of today are going to seem tomorrow as if they had been an illusion,” and that “perhaps you ought to distrust your own sense of reality.”

When the play opened in Rome, the audience erupted in cries of “manicomio!” (madhouse!), just as the audiences in London rioted at the opening of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” However, Pirandello’s play is now considered a groundbreaking work in modern drama and one of the most important plays of the 20th century. In the age of virtual reality, reality television, Internet hoaxes and entertainment “news,” this remarkable work is incredibly relevant today, as well as poignant and funny. 

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.

 

Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S “SIX CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN AUTHOR” are $17, $26, $34. 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.