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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS SITI COMPANY “CAFÉ VARIATIONS” Anne Bogart, artistic director Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m.

September 25, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 25, 2013 – For more than two decades, the seven-time Obie Award-winning SITI Company has committed itself to the creation of groundbreaking new works, cross-cultural collaborations and the training of young theater artists. This outstanding ensemble-based theater troupe appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax for the first time on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at 8 p.m., performing “Café Variations,” an exquisite production that explores longing, passion, love and romance through a collection of related vignettes set within the social arena of a café. 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.



Praised by the Boston Globe as “unabashedly romantic … a series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love and identity [that] cast Gershwin classics in a new light,” “Café Variations” is based on the works of playwright and longtime SITI Company collaborator Charles Mee. “One of Mee’s recurring themes is the philosopher Heidegger’s notion that we become who we are through our relationships to people and the environment,” said Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of SITI Company. “I imagined that a café environment would be the perfect world for this investigation.” The work emerged from a collaboration between SITI Company and Emerson College’s undergraduate theater program, ArtsEmerson, led by Robert Orchard, who had been working with the Gershwin family to bring the music of George and Ira Gershwin into the 21st century in new and engaging ways. “Café Variations” premiered as a large-scale production at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston in April 2012 and has evolved into a smaller, more intimate dance, music and theater piece for SITI Company to take on tour.



In 1992, Anne Bogart founded SITI Company with Tadashi Suzuki to combine their unique but complementary acting philosophies and to revitalize and redefine contemporary theater in the United States and abroad, while serving as a vehicle for social change. Originally created as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., SITI Company eventually expanded to encompass a year-round company based in New York City; the troupe also presents a summer program at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, and performs and leads training in countries across the globe. In addition to Anne Bogart, the company comprises 10 actors, four designers, a playwright and an executive director. Committed to collaboration, SITI Company has formed relationships with such prestigious organizations as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, ArtsEmerson, New York Live Arts, Carolina Performing Arts, New York University, Columbia University and the Juilliard School. The troupe has recently premiered works that are the result of collaborations with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.




Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation




 

American Sign Language interpretation is provided for this performance. Please call 703-993-8881 to ensure optimal seating location for viewing the interpreters.



Tickets for SITI COMPANY’S “CAFÉ VARIATIONS” 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 atFacebook.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

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