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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS AQUILA THEATRE “FAHRENHEIT 451” Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 7 p.m.
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 7 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 5, 2013 – Acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre brings Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry when it presents “Fahrenheit 451” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. This 20th century literary classic is set in a strange world where books have been outlawed and the attainment of knowledge has been discouraged. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 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. This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary, “Fahrenheit 451” raises questions about the impact of technology on literature and society – questions that are even more relevant today than when the book was first published in 1953. The novel follows fireman Guy Montag, who is responsible for uncovering and burning the books and homes of dissenters. His younger neighbor, Clarisse, causes him to recognize the emptiness of his existence and he begins to question his work and the oppressive society in which he lives. Though the dystopian novel, which was originally considered a work of science fiction, is often seen as a commentary on censorship, Bradbury himself has indicated that his intention was to draw attention to the dangers of technology and mass media. Bradbury adapted the novel for the stage and François Truffaut directed a film version of the work in 1966.
Aquila Theatre was founded in London in 1991 by Artistic Director Peter Meineck, who sought to create 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.
This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre 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 AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “FAHRENHEIT 451” 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.
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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.
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