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THEATER AT MASON & MASON PLAYERS PRESENT PETER SHAFFER'S "EQUUS" DIRECTED BY TOM PRESCOTT
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY THEATER AT MASON
AND MASON PLAYERS
Written by Peter Shaffer
Directed by Tom Prescott
TheaterSpace, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus
March 3, 4 and 5, 2011 at 8 p.m.
March 5 and 6, 2011 at 2 p.m.
*PLEASE NOTE: This production contains explicit scenes and nudity.
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 10, 2010 – George Mason University Theater at Mason and Mason Players bring Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” to the stage this spring. Directed by Tom Prescott, the production will be performed in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on March 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and March 5 and 6 at 2 p.m. Please Note: This production contains explicit scenes and nudity.
Written in 1973, this dark drama is based on a real-life incident that intrigued Shaffer, who wished to write a fictional account of a morbid crime that took place in rural England. Child psychologist Martin Dysart’s world turns into chaos when he receives the case of a disturbed 17-year-old named Alan Strang, who blinded six horses with a metal spike in a single night. As Dysart attempts to uncover Strang’s motivations behind the attack and attempts to cure him of his psychosexual obsession with horses, he is enveloped into a twisted series of events, beginning with Alan’s childhood and ending with what exactly happened in the stables that night.
“Equus” was originally staged at the Old Vic in London in 1973, starring Peter Firth as Alan Strang, and moved to Broadway’s Plymouth Theater in 1974, starring Firth and Anthony Hopkins as Martin Dysart. The production received a Drama Desk Award and Tony Award for Best Play in 1975. In 1977, the play was adapted for film, starring Richard Burton and Peter Firth, and directed by Sidney Lumet. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and Burton and Firth each won Golden Globe Awards. The roles have attracted numerous renowned actors, including Tom Hulce, Anthony Perkins, Leonard Nimoy, Charles S. Dutton, George Takei and, most recently, Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths, who appeared in the play’s West End revival in 2007, and at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre from 2007 through 2009. Radcliffe received a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his role as Strang.
Director Tom Prescott is a senior theater and music major. He has appeared in 12 Theater at Mason productions and in “As You Like It” and “A Man For All Seasons” with Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Tickets for Mason Players’ production of “Equus” are $12 general admission and $8 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. 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.
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