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THE ACTING COMPANY PRESENTS JOHN STEINBECK'S "OF MICE AND MEN" AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2013 AT 4PM

April 2, 2013
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE ACTING COMPANY

WITH JOHN STEINBECK’S “OF MICE AND MEN”

Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., April 2, 2013 – Renowned theater troupe The Acting Company brings a deeply moving stage adaptation of American literary classic “Of Mice and Men” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 4 p.m. Based on Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Steinbeck’s revered novel, this play explores themes of loneliness and companionship, the imbalance of power and victimization and most of all, the impossibility of the American dream. The play is directed by Ian Belknap, The Acting Company’s artistic director. “The Acting Company’s ‘Of Mice and Men’ packs a punch,” raves Backstage News, while the New York Post called the production a “stirring revival” and “superb.” 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.

Steinbeck’s controversial masterpiece “Of Mice and Men” follows the story of two childhood friends: smart but idealistic George and intellectually challenged but physically strong Lennie. The two migrant workers travel together as they go from farm to farm looking for work in Depression Era California. After they find jobs as field hands at Tyler Ranch, their shared dream of one day owning their own piece of land finally seems within reach. When fate intervenes in the form of the boss’ aggressive son and his flirtatious wife, Lennie finds himself in a dangerous situation. George must now make a life-altering decision as he contemplates how to react to the disastrous turn of events with Lennie, who through it all dreams only of their future. 

Founded in 1972 by the late John Houseman and Producing Director Margot Harley, The Acting Company is one of America’s leading touring repertory theaters. It has launched the careers of some of today’s finest actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Rainn Wilson, Jeffrey Wright, Frances Conroy and Jesse L. Martin, among many others. Throughout the years, The Acting Company has performed more than 135 productions for more than three million people across the globe. Many of these performances are part of the company’s education program, which promotes theater and literacy in communities that lack live performance venues and theater arts education. Its work has earned the company numerous awards, including Obies, Audelcos, Los Angeles Critics Circle Awards and a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Acting Company will present Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 8 p.m. Please visit HyltonCenter.orgfor information about this performance at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

 

 

This tour engagement of The Acting Company is funded through the

Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

Tickets for THE ACTING COMPANY’S production of “OF MICE AND MEN” 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.

 

About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.