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George Mason University's Center for the Arts Presents Aquila Theatre with William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 8PM

December 2, 2014
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Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., Dec. 2, 2014 – Acclaimed British-American touring troupe Aquila Theatre brings William Shakespeare’s bittersweet farewell to the stage, “The Tempest,” to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 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.

Believed to have been the last play that Shakespeare wrote while working alone, “The Tempest” is a tale of shipwrecks and storms, magical powers, vengeance, forgiveness and enlightenment. The Bard’s work 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’s relationship with his child is 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 have been Shakespeare’s retirement speech. This production is directed by Aquila Theatre’s Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez

Founded in 1991, Aquila Theatre regularly presents its season at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and tours nationwide to approximately 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. For more information about Aquila Theatre, please visit


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 ticket office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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 Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram 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 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.