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March 8, 2013
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By Michael Patrick Smith

Directed by guest artist Stevie Zimmerman

March 28 – April 7, 2013

Harris Theater, George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus


FAIRFAX, Va., March 8, 2013 – The Mason Players present the world premiere of a stellar new play written by a student of Mason’s playwriting program. The ensemble performs Michael Patrick Smith’s “Passaggio,” directed by guest artist Stevie Zimmerman, at Harris Theater on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on March 28, 29 and 30, 2013 and April 4, 5 and 6, 2013 at 8 p.m. and on March 30, 2013 and April 6 and 7, 2013 at 2 p.m.

“Passaggio” is set in a small Italian town, where the annual festival of the Madonna lies in the hands of the opera-loving mayor. As the secret lives, hidden loves and faithful passions of the townsfolk intersect, the mayor’s belief in the power of song collides with the demands of the people to bring a little wealth back to the town. What everyone needs is a miracle – is there any such thing anymore?

 Playwright Michael Patrick Smith studied in Theater at Mason’s playwriting program and Theater of the First Amendment’s First Light play development program. His short play, “Master of the House,” was produced as part of Mason’s Ten Minute Play Festival in 2012. Smith serves as a graduate studies advisor and instructor in Mason’s English Language Institute. He co-teaches a course in which international students study cultural awareness and dialogue skills with students in Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; he is currently working with Theater at Mason to develop a course in cultural awareness and theater skills based on the same model.

Director Stevie Zimmerman is a Washington, D.C.-based theater director and teacher who has recently worked with McLean Drama Company’s Ten Minute Play Festival at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.; “Driving Miss Daisy” at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, Conn.; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “By Jeeves” at 1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner, Va.; and Kitty Felde’s “Alice: An Evening with Alice Roosevelt Longworth” at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. Zimmerman directed the staged reading of “Passaggio” for Theater of the First Amendment’s First Light play development program in 2011 and now brings the play to its fully-staged fruition in its world premiere production.

Tickets to Mason Players’ production of “Passaggio” are $15 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups and $20 general admission. Purchase at the box office in George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or online at or by calling 888-945-2468. A limited number of free tickets are available to Mason students (with a valid Mason student ID) at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts box office. Harris Theater is located on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. Free parking is available in University Lot K and paid parking is available in the Mason Pond Parking Deck. Please visit the “Theater at Mason” Today! group on Facebook and follow @TheateratMason on Twitter.





About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (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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