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THE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS "JULIUS CAESAR" AT THE CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON APRIL 1 AT 7PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE ACTING COMPANY
A Co-Production with The Guthrie Theater
Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 7 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 23, 2012 – Hailed as “the major touring classical theater company in the United States” by The New York Times, The Acting Company celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2012 with a powerful production of one of the finest works in Shakespearean literature. In a co-production with The Guthrie Theater of Minneapolis, The Acting Company performs “Julius Caesar” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Sunday, April 1, 2012 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.
The classic story of opportunity and strategic error, historical events from the reign of this legendary Roman emperor are interwoven with tragic elements and gripping language in this compelling work, believed to have been written in 1599. Seen by many as overly ambitious and by others as a noble leader, Caesar chooses to ignore a soothsayer’s eerie warning to “beware the Ides of March.” The chilling prophecy becomes true when his friends and colleagues conspire to assassinate him, leading to perhaps the most famous death scene ever, and Mark Antony’s memorable funeral oration, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”
This thrilling, modern-dress production is directed by Rob Melrose, artistic director and co-founder of the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. Melrose said that he grew up in an era where reports of “voter apathy” filled the news cycles every election, in contrast to the highly polarized political atmosphere that exists today. “The intense passion that now permeates our politics and threatens to divide our country make this a perfect time to re-examine Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ – a play that looks at what happens when political convictions create conflict and sometimes tragic upheaval. We’re imagining a ‘Julius Caesar’ that captures the energy and excitement of American politics of the last presidential and mid-term elections: the rallies, the protests, the political spectacles of conventions, bill signings and the Congress, the high stakes speeches and debates, and, of course, the behind the scenes deal-making and strategizing.”
The Twin Cities Metro praised this new production of “Julius Caesar,” saying, “this solid production revels in connecting the tightly wound, politically charged world of ancient Rome to the disgruntled atmosphere that pervades 2012. Ancient Rome has never felt so close to home.”
The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Director Margot Harley. It has performed 136 productions for more than three million people around the globe. Committed to theater education, the company brings its productions to middle and high schools across the United States, particularly in under-served and disadvantaged communities that have little or no education in the arts. Alumni of The Acting Company include Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Frances Conroy, Jesse L. Martin and Rainn Wilson, among others. This company has been honored with numerous awards, including the Obie Award, the Audelco Award, Los Angeles Critics Circle Award, Citibank’s Excellence in Education Award and a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater.
Tickets for THE ACTING COMPANY’S production of “JULIUS CAESAR” 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
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