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March 7, 2011
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Friday, April 15, 2011 at 8 p.m.


Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 4 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 7, 2011 – Take a trip back to the Golden Age of Radio as Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason University’s award-winning professional theater company in residence, recreates the distinctive look, exciting sound and nostalgic feel of the classic radio days of the 1930s with “Live Wire,” featuring a selection of authentic shows drawn from Mason’s extensive Federal Theatre Project archives. Directed by Rick Davis, “Live Wire” will be performed in the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall in Manassas on Friday, April 15 at 8 p.m. and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, April 17 at 4 p.m. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticket holders, begin one hour prior to the performance in the Buchanan Partners Gallery at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and 45 minutes prior to the performance at the Center for the Arts on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions at the Center for the Arts are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. Novant Health is the Inaugural Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.

Spanning a range of styles from “Living Newspaper” to mystery and musicale, Theater of the First Amendment’s original staging of “Live Wire” in 1992 was broadcast by National Public Radio.

The Federal Theatre Project was a division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which was launched as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal in order to provide employment for artists, writers and performers during the Great Depression. From 1935-39, the Federal Theatre was the only federally sponsored and subsidized theater program operating in the United States. The Federal Theatre Project Playscript and Radioscript Collection contains more than 200 copies of playscripts and radioscripts, written and performed in the 1930s as part of the Federal Theatre Project. The records were brought to George Mason University on permanent loan from the Library of Congress through Lorraine Brown, a Professor Emerita of English at Mason and former associate director of the Research Center for the Federal Theatre Project, who passed away in February 2010. TFA is dedicating this production to the memory of Professor Brown.

Founded in 1990, Theater of the First Amendment’s mission is to discover, develop and launch new, thought-provoking plays, and serve as an artistic home to the next generation of playwrights. TFA has produced 42 full productions, most of which have been world premieres, as well as numerous staged readings of new work by both professional artists and student playwrights. TFA’s productions have won 12 Helen Hayes Awards out of 37 nominations, and many of its plays have been published, produced nationally and internationally, televised and broadcast, or recorded as award-winning original soundtrack CDs.



Tickets for THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S “LIVE WIRE are $19, $27, $35. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit



Tickets for THEATER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT’S “LIVE WIRE” are $18, $28, $36. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


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.