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AQUILA THEATRE PRESENTS EDMOND ROSTAND'S "CYRANO DE BERGERAC" ON JAN. 18 AT 8PM
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
EDMOND ROSTAND’S “CYRANO DE BERGERAC”
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 3, 2012 – One of the most vibrant characters in all of literature comes to life in this stunning production of Edmond Rostand’s classic tale of unrequited love, presented by acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre. “Cyrano de Bergerac” appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 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 and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
In this funny and poignant play set in the Gascony region of France, Cyrano de Bergerac is a man of many talents, but whose notoriously large nose hinders him from pursuing the beautiful Roxanne, who he believes could never have feelings for him. Suffering in silence, he instead expresses his love by helping a handsome but simple-minded suitor named Christian de Neuvillette win her heart, thus beginning a decades-long love triangle. Based on a historical figure, this famous French play still delights today and has attracted some of the world’s most renowned actors for the lead, including José Ferrer, Gerard Depardieu and even Steve Martin in the modern American retelling, “Roxanne.” Aquila Theatre’s production is set in Paris in the 1920s.
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.
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “CYRANO DE BERGERAC” are $20, $32 and $40. 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 cfa.gmu.edu. 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 cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa 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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