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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS L.A. THEATRE WORKS “THE GRADUATE” Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m.
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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 3, 2013 – Hailed as a “national theatrical treasure” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, America’s premier radio theater company, L.A. Theatre Works, brings an American classic to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at 8 p.m. when it performs a radio theater version of the coming-of-age tale, “The Graduate.” This groundbreaking satire-comedy may forever be associated with the 1960s, but its universal themes of youth, rebellion, confusion, love and redemption are as familiar today as they were half a century ago. 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.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013, Charles Webb’s acclaimed novel, “The Graduate” tells the tale of Benjamin Braddock, a young man wandering aimlessly through his post-collegiate life. Benjamin soon finds himself caught up in an affair with a seductive older woman, Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father’s business partner. To complicate the situation further, he falls in love with her daughter. Written shortly after Webb himself graduated from college, the novel was adapted for film in 1967. Mike Nichols directed the film, which starred Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross, who all earned Academy Award nominations for their roles; Nichols won the Academy Award for Best Director. One of the highest-grossing films of all time, the film was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry. The stage adaption of the film opened in London’s West End in 2000, and later moved to Broadway, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs. Robinson.
Under the leadership of its producing director, Susan Albert Loewenberg, L.A. Theatre Works has developed an outstanding reputation for staging radio dramas with first-rate casts and live sound effects, resulting in a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting. Broadcasting on NPR, BBC, CBC and Radio Beijing Network in China, and streaming live online on its website, www.latw.org, L.A. Theatre Works brings some of the finest recorded dramatic literature into millions of homes across the globe. The company records the majority of its productions in Los Angeles with casts of critically acclaimed film and stage actors before a live audience of season subscribers. Today, the company’s Audio Theater Collection includes more than 500 classic and contemporary titles – the largest library of its kind – and its collection is available in more than 9,000 libraries around the world. In addition, more than 3,000 high schools nationwide use L.A. Theatre Works’ recordings and study guides to teach literature, language arts, history and civics through the company’s “Alive & Aloud” educational outreach program. L.A. Theatre Works’ “The Play’s the Thing” initiative makes more than 300 digitized works available for universities and colleges across the country. The company has received numerous accolades from the Audio Publishers Association, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Publisher’s Weekly, Writer’s Guild of America, American Library Association and Grammy Awards, among others.
Tickets for L.A. THEATRE WORKS’ production of “THE GRADUATE” 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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