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Aquila Theatre Presents Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights” George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, Fairfax Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m. William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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Emily Brontë’s “Wuthering Heights”
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, Fairfax
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”
Hylton Performing Arts Center, Manassas
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX and MANASSAS, Va., Aug. 19, 2014 – Renowned British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre brings two classics of English literature to the stage when it performs one of fiction’s most tempestuous romances, “Wuthering Heights,” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m., followed by William Shakespeare’s magical tale of shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation with “The Tempest” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 8 p.m. Pre-performance discussions, free to ticketholders will be held 45 minutes prior to each performance in the Buchanan Partners Art Gallery at the Hylton Center and Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts (sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts).
“Wuthering Heights” was written under a pseudonym and first published in 1847, a year before Emily Brontë’s untimely passing at age 30; it was her sole work. Set in a farmhouse on the stormy Yorkshire moors, this epic saga follows the turbulent relationship between Catherine, the daughter of Mr. Earnshaw, and Heathcliff, an orphan who is taken in by her benevolent father much to chagrin of Catherine’s bitter and jealous brother, Hindley. The ill-fated Catherine and Heathcliff develop an inseparable bond as children, but Catherine eventually chooses comfort and security over love, marrying a man of high social standing. After becoming the new master of Wuthering Heights upon the death of his father, Hindley humiliates and torments Heathcliff, leaving him vengeful. This riveting tale of passion, revenge, family, social class and the supernatural has had numerous adaptations for film (including the Oscar-nominated 1939 film starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon, and the acclaimed 1992 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche), opera, musical theater and even a graphic novel.
Believed to have been the last play that Shakespeare wrote while working alone, “The Tempest” is set on an exotic, mystical island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan and a self-taught sorcerer, has been exiled with his daughter, Miranda. He seeks revenge against those who usurped him, using his magical powers to conjure up a storm to wreck their ship. With retribution finally within his grasp, Prospero finds his relationship with Miranda tested when she falls in love with the son of one of the conspirators. Prospero’s memorable soliloquy and epilogue, in which he vows to give up magic, is thought to be Shakespeare’s retirement speech.
Founded in 1991, Aquila Theatre 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 diverse venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, the Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and the White House. The company is now led by Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez, formerly a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, who directed previous Aquila Theatre productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Fahrenheit 451,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Macbeth,” “The Importance of Being Earnest” and “Six Characters in Search of an Author.”
Aquila Theatre will also perform Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 8 p.m. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu.
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TICKETS AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS:
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “WUTHERING HEIGHTS” are $44, $37 and $26. 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 and Instagram at @GMU_CFA.
TICKETS AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER:
Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “THE TEMPEST” are $44, $37 and $26. 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. and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit HyltonCenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit HyltonCenter.org. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/HyltonCenter and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @Hylton_PAC.
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 the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls more than 33,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility. Mason is also one of the best values in higher education, producing graduates who lead all Virginia schools with the highest annual salaries.