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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS AQUILA THEATRE “TWELFTH NIGHT” Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m.

August 12, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 12, 2013 – “If music be the food of love, play on,” begins one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, “Twelfth Night.” Acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre brings this hilarious and romantic tale – complete with shipwrecks, illusions, disguises, deception, the brilliant poetry of the Bard and an original musical score – to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, 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.

Published in Shakespeare’s First Folio in 1623, “Twelfth Night” (or “What You Will”) was written as the entertainment for the eve of the Christian feast day of the Epiphany—literally, the twelfth night and the end of the Christmas season. Set on the seacoast in Illyria, this uproarious play follows Viola, an aristocratic woman stranded on land after a shipwreck. She disguises herself as a man named Cesario and goes to work for Duke Orsino, who has long pined for Lady Olivia. Viola falls in love with the duke, while Lady Olivia falls in love with Cesario. When Viola’s missing twin brother Sebastian appears, he is mistaken for Cesario, and confusion and hilarity ensue as tempers and passions flare. Aquila Theatre presents this production in contemporary dress.

            Founded in London in 1991 by Artistic Director Peter Meineck, Aquila Theatre started creating fresh new interpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences, making these works accessible to the greatest number of people. Based in New York City since 1999, the company regularly presents its season at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and also tours nationwide to 60-70 cities each season. The troupe has performed in numerous diverse venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, the Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and the White House. 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 classical drama; and “Theatre Breakthrough,” which provides an opportunity for school-aged children in underserved communities 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 and invigorate the public. Aquila Theatre is the professional company-in-residence at New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies.

 

Please Note: Aquila Theatre also performs “Fahrenheit 451” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at 8 p.m. and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. For more information about these performances, please visit HyltonCenter.org and cfa.gmu.edu.


Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “TWELFTH NIGHT” are $44, $36 and $22. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. 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, Art and 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.

 

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