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AQUILA THEATRE PRESENTS OSCAR WILDE'S "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST" ON OCT. 9 AT 7PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST”
Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 17, 2011 – “Gleefully engaging … almost unbearably fun,” says The New York Times about this acclaimed British-American touring theater company that aims to make classical works accessible to the greatest number of people. Aquila Theatre performs Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 at 7 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. This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
First performed in London on Feb. 14, 1895, Oscar Wilde’s deliciously witty satire of Victorian-era social mores has become one of the most respected works of modern drama. “The Importance of Being Earnest” details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two wealthy young men who are members of Britain’s fashionable upper crust. Bored with their lives in the English countryside, they invent new personas as the fictitious Ernest and Bunbury to add excitement to their lives. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.
Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by Peter Meineck, who sought to create fresh, new interpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences. Based in New York City since 1999, Aquila has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, the Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and the White House. The company regularly presents its season at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and also tours nationwide each season. Committed to educating the public, especially young people, about dramatic arts and classical theater and literature, Aquila Theatre has organized several educational programs, including “Shakespeare’s Leaders,” an after-school program in Harlem and the Bronx; “Workshop America,” a nationwide initiative designed to expose individuals of all ages and backgrounds to the creative process; and “Theatre Breakthrough,” which provides an opportunity for school-aged children to experience a live performance by a professional theater. The company also recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Special Award for “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives,” a new national public program that places live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in cultural institutions to engage the public. Aquila Theatre is the professional company-in-residence at the New York University Center for Ancient Studies.
PLEASE NOTE: Aquila Theatre will return to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 8 p.m. for a performance of William Shakespeare’s wicked tragedy, “Macbeth.” Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more details.
Aquila Theatre also performs Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Prince William County on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 4 p.m. Please visit hyltoncenter.org for more details.
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program
of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” are $20, $32, $40. 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
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. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.