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January 11, 2012
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Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 7, 2011 – “Fair is foul and foul is fair” in this acclaimed British/American touring company’s rendering of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. In this brutal and chaotic tale, nothing is as it seems and men combat their own madness and fates. Aquila Theatre brings a modern-dress production of “Macbeth” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 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.

First published in 1623, “Macbeth” tells the tale of Scottish general Macbeth, who, fresh from victory, encounters three witches in the forest on his journey home. The witches present a fascinating prophesy: one day, Macbeth will become the King of Scotland. When Lady Macbeth hears the news, she persuades her husband to commit regicide, leading the couple down a murderous and maddening path into war, insanity, guilt and death. Superstitiously called “the Scottish play,” “Macbeth” has enjoyed substantial success throughout history, despite its reputation for being a cursed play.

Hailed as a “classically trained, modernly hip troupe” by The New York Times, Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by its artistic director, Peter Meineck, who sought to create fresh, new interpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences. Based in New York City since 1999, Aquila Theatre 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 to between 50-70 cities 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 also perform Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 4 p.m. Please visit for more information.


Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “MACBETH” are $20, $32, $40. 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 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

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