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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Aquila Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet”

October 9, 2015
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George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Presents Aquila Theatre’s “Romeo and Juliet”

Shakespeare’s Famous Star-Crossed Lovers Come to the Center for the Arts on Oct. 11, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va.– On Oct. 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. Aquila Theatre returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts with a production of “Romeo and Juliet.” This acclaimed British-American troupe brings Shakespeare’s tragic tale of love and loss. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance in Grand Tier III at the Center for the Arts. The Friends of the Center for the Arts sponsor the pre-performance discussion.

Romeo and Juliet are star-crossed lovers whose fate has been sealed before they ever meet. Romeo first beholds Juliet when he sneaks into her family’s masked ball. They become infatuated with each other, and the teenagers quickly succumb to the passion of their forbidden love. Filled with romance, heartbreaking tragedy and Shakespeare’s delicate prose, this story has touched the hearts of theater lovers for centuries.

The cast includes Kirsten Foster (New Vic’s Around the World in 80 Days,” BBC's “Eastenders”) as Juliet; Michael Rivers (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre’s “Continental Fist Fight,” BBC’s “Casualty” and “Doctors”) as Romeo; Peter Groom (Courtyard Rep Company’s  “Ring of Fire”) asParis, Nurse and Tybalt; Loren O'Dair (West End’s “Once”) as Lady Capulet; and Hemi Yeroham (FX’s “Tyrant,” BBC’s “The Long View” and “Ambridge Extra”) as Mercutio and Friar Lawrence. Aquila Theatre’s Artistic Director, Desiree Sanchez, directs this production.

Founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck, Aquila Theatre started creating 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 tours nationwide to 50 - 60 cities each season. The troupe has performed in numerous 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 presents live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in cultural institutions, to engage and invigorate the public discussion of the arts. Aquila Theatre is the professional company-in-residence at New York University’s Center for Ancient Studies.

Please note: Aquila Theatre also performs “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at 8 p.m. and at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Ticket Information: Tickets for “Romeo and Juliet” are $44, $37 and $26.  The Center for the Arts ticket office is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in person at the ticket office, by phone at 888-945-2468, or online at 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. 25th Anniversary Season hashtag: #GMUCFA25.

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.

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