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THE ACTING COMPANY & THE GUTHRIE THEATER BRING "THE COMEDY OF ERRORS" TO MASON'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

February 4, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE ACTING COMPANY

“THE COMEDY OF ERRORS”

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 4, 2011 – Now in its 38th season, this award-winning repertory ensemble presents Shakespeare’s witty farce about two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. One of the bard’s earliest plays, “The Comedy of Errors” involves a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leading to wrongful attacks, a near-seduction, an arrest and hilarious schemes. Shakespeare sets all this action in one day and features a recurring theme across the work: blending tragic situations with comedic resolutions and introducing slapstick, puns and wordplay to delight the audience. The Acting Company and The Guthrie Theater bring this hilarious comedy to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, March 4, 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.

Founded in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current producing artistic director Margot Harley, The Acting Company’s work is guided by its mission of touring the United States, commissioning new work, rediscovering classics, providing opportunities for gifted young actors and making theater accessible to all. The ensemble has performed 135 productions for audiences across the globe while developing the careers of some of America’s finest actors. Noted alumni include Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, David Schramm, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers and Rainn Wilson. A Tony honoree for Excellence in Theater, the company has won multiple Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Drama Circle awards. “The Acting Company endures as the major touring classical theatre in the United States.” (The New York Times)

The Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in Minneapolis in 1963, is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie’s mainstage, the company provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab. Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built on of the finest multistage proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works.

 

Tickets for THE ACTING COMPANY’S “THE COMEDY OF ERRORS” 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.