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August 14, 2012
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Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 4 p.m.

Center for the Arts Concert Hall


FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 14, 2012 – One of Shakespeare’s most cherished comedies is brought to the stage this fall when acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre presents “The Taming of the Shrew” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall in Fairfax on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the concert on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts. 

Set in Northern Italy, this enduring tale is the classic battle for power between the sexes. Bianca, the beautiful youngest child of a lord, cannot marry until her elder sister, Katherina, finds a husband of her own. However, the older girl’s caustic wit and fierce temper frighten away all prospective suitors, until she meets her match in Petruchio, a newcomer who is hired to seduce and tame her. This timeless play, with its controversial depiction of marriage and domestic life told in Shakespeare’s sharp, witty language has inspired countless imitations, from Cole Porter’s “Kiss Me, Kate” to the modern retelling in “10 Things I Hate About You.” Aquila Theatre’s production will be set in modern day with contemporary dress.

Praised by The New York Times as “extraordinarily inventive and disciplined,” Aquila Theatre was founded in London 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, the troupe has performed across the globe 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 arts education, 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 has 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 Friday, January 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. with Edmond Rostand’s “Cyrano de Bergerac.” Please visit for more information. “Cyrano de Bergerac” will also appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 at 8 p.m. Please visit for more information. 


Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” are $20, $32 and $40 and are on sale as of Aug. 1. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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.


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