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September 7, 2012
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By Terrence McNally

Directed by Katie Brunberg

The Mason Players Studio Series

TheaterSpace on Mason’s Fairfax Campus

Oct. 4, 5 and 6, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Oct. 6 and 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 7, 2012 – Theater at Mason kicks off The Mason Players Studio Series this fall with Terrence McNally’s witty and brilliant play, “Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?” directed by Katie Brunberg. The play will be performed in TheaterSpace on the ground floor of the de Laski Performing Arts Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Oct. 4, 5 and 6, 2012 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 6 and 7, 2012 at 2 p.m.

“Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?” is a hilarious and exciting journey through the life and mind of Tommy Flowers, a rebellious 30-year-old who refuses to grow up. As he freeloads his way through New York City accompanied by his trusty dog Arnold, a hobo named Ben and a struggling cellist named Nedda Lemon, you’ll find yourself wondering, “Do I feel sorry for Tommy Flowers, or do I secretly wish to be him?” McNally’s irreverent dark comedy originally opened off-Broadway at the Eastside Playhouse on Oct. 7, 1971 and ran for 78 performances, closing two months later on Dec. 12.

Called “one of our most original and audacious dramatists and one of our funniest,” by The New Yorker, American playwright Terrence McNally has had numerous successes with works such as “Bad Habits,” “The Ritz” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” He has received an Obie Award, an Emmy Award, two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Rockefeller Grant, a Lucille Lortell Award and a citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also earned four Tony Awards for his extensive work on Broadway, including “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Master Class,” “Ragtime” and “Love! Valour! Compassion!”

The Mason Players Studio Series showcases innovative student work in all aspects of production in an experimental theater environment. Director Katie Brunberg is a senior theater major at Mason, pursuing her K-12 certification in theater education, and attended high school in Chesapeake, Va.

“I am confident this play will make people laugh, but hopeful that it will make them think,” Brunberg said. “I hope they will leave the theater having learned something about Tommy Flowers, about Nedda Lemon and about themselves. No one really wants to grow up, but I think this play shows us, in the end, why we all have to.”


Tickets for Mason Players’ production of “Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?” are $15 for adults and $10 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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 main stage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit For more information on Theater at Mason, please visit Like “Theater at Mason” Today! and follow @TheateratMason on Twitter.

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