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DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND MASON PLAYERS PRESENTS NEIL SIMON'S "BAREFOOT IN THE PARK"

September 16, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S DEPARTMENT OF THEATER

AND MASON PLAYERS

PRESENT

“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK”

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Emma Hull

TheaterSpace, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus

Oct. 6, 7 and 8, 2011 at 8 p.m.

Oct. 8 and 9 2011 at 2 p.m. 

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 14, 2011 – George Mason University’s Department of Theater and the Mason Players kick off their 2011-12 season of theater with Neil Simon’s classic romantic comedy, “Barefoot in the Park.” Directed by Emma Hull, the production will be performed in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on Oct. 6, 7 and 8, 2011 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 8 and 9, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Written by Neil Simon, “Barefoot in the Park” is the story of a newlywed couple who have recently moved into tiny walk-up apartment in Greenwich Village in New York City. Corie is spontaneous, free-spirited and a romantic-at-heart, while her husband, Paul, is a hard-working attorney who is unadventurous to the point that his wife calls him a “stuffed shirt.” The couple discovers the realities of marriage through encounters with eccentric neighbors and Corie’s meddling mother, and troubles with their less-than-luxurious new apartment with no heat and a hole in the skylight.

“Barefoot in the Park” premiered on Broadway on Oct. 23, 1963, featuring Robert Redford as Paul and Elizabeth Ashley as Corie, and directed by Mike Nichols. The play was nominated for three Tony Awards in 1964 and Nichols won the award for Best Director. The play was also adapted for film in 1967, with Robert Redford reprising his role of Paul and Jane Fonda as Corie.

Director Emma Hull is a junior English major and theater minor from Baltimore. She is president of Mason’s chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theater Honor Fraternity. For the Mason Players, she has served as stage manager for “Pericles” and the Ten Minute Play Festival in 2010 and 2011, property designer for “The Nerd” and as a member of the run crew for “Temp Odyssey.”

 

 

Tickets for Mason Players’ production of “Barefoot in the Park” 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.

 

About the Mason Players and the George Mason University Department of Theater

The Mason Players is a faculty-directed student organization within the Department of Theater. Students, faculty, staff and community supporters come together to produce and enjoy plays in the Mainstage Series, the Studio Series and the Ten-Minute Play Festival. In Mason’s Theater program, undergraduate students train with and work alongside theater professionals who encourage them to engage their skills in professional, academic, regional and global communities. Unique resources, exciting work and academic rigor blend to provide a professional approach in a liberal arts environment. 

 

About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (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.