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The STEAM Table at George Mason University In cooperation with Mason’s School of Theater Presents “A Sense of Wonder” Based on the life and works of Rachel Carson Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus

January 7, 2015
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The STEAM Table at George Mason University

In cooperation with Mason’s School of Theater


“A Sense of Wonder”

Based on the life and works of Rachel Carson

Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m. in Harris Theatre, Fairfax Campus


FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 7, 2015 – The STEAM Table at George Mason University presents the true story of one woman’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it in “A Sense of Wonder,” a one-woman play written and performed by Obie Award-winning actress Kaiulani Lee, coming to Harris Theatre on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Lee portrays the extremely private Rachel Carson, thrust into the role of controversial public figure. Carson, a marine biologist, zoologist, poet and author comes to life in a performance that has served as the centerpiece of regional and national conferences on conservation, education, journalism, and the environment. Hailed by many as “the Patron Saint of the Environmental Movement,” Carson wrote the groundbreaking 1962 book “Silent Spring,” which alerted the world to the dangers of chemical pesticides.

For the past 35 years, Kaiulani Lee has appeared in a more than a dozen on and off-Broadway plays, and worked in film and on television. She is the recipient of the Obie Award for “Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement” and has been nominated for a Drama Desk Award. Lee has performed “A Sense of Wonder” for the past 22 years at high schools and universities across the country, as well the Smithsonian Institute, the Albert Schweitzer Conference at the United Nations, the Department of the Interior’s 150th anniversary and on Capitol Hill. It has been the subject of an hour-long interview on “Bill Moyers Journal” and was filmed by award-winning cinematographer Haskel Wexler. Lee has received the Rachel Carson Award by the National Audubon Society. Lee is also the author of “Can’t Scare Me: The Story of Mother Jones,” and is a professor in George Mason University’s School of Theater.

This special presentation of “A Sense of Wonder” is the first in a series of events presented and sponsored by the STEAM Table at Mason, whose mission is to demonstrate the importance of arts education in stimulating creative thinking and discovery for the 21st century. The STEAM Table events and its Discovery Forum, scheduled for October 2015, are supported by its Presenting Sponsor, Boeing. Visit for more information.

Tickets to the performance are $25 for adults, and $15 for students, faculty, staff, seniors and groups. Tickets can be purchased by calling 888-945-2468, by visiting or at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall ticket office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


George Mason University’s Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the main stage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. For more information, please visit



About the School of Theater

Mason’s School of Theater provides a rigorous, creative and nurturing environment where we encourage conceptual and cultural diversity. Students establish a professional work ethic, collaborate with others and take responsibility for individual as well as group efforts as they prepare for a life and career beyond graduation. We challenge our students to think critically, write clearly and persuasively and express themselves through a course of study combining a liberal arts education with practical training and production experience. Theater is a universal expression of the human spirit. Our school embraces and ensures this expression through the study of historical, contemporary and cultural traditions; training in the craft; and the presentation of plays.


About the College of Visual and Performing Arts

The College of Visual and Performing Arts (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.