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October 7, 2003
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

Performed by the GMU Players,
At George Mason University’s Harris Theater
The Heiress
Based on Washington Square
October 23 through November 2

Fairfax, Virginia, October 6, 2003—At twenty-two, Catherine Sloper is neither clever nor beautiful, but to her delight she finds herself courted by the handsome and charming Morris Townsend. Is it her good and gentle heart that he desires, or her inheritance? THE HEIRESS, by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, based on the Henry James novel Washington Square, is performed by the GMU Players, October 23 through November 2 in Harris Theatre, on the campus of George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Howard Vincent Kurtz directs this production. The exploitation of a tender heart has surprising consequences in this theatrical adaptation of one of the great American novels.

The setting is 1840 in the fashionable New York home of Dr. Austin Sloper. Sloper, whose daughter Catherine is a shy and plain young girl, is quick to point out his daughter’s shortcomings. When she falls desperately in love with Morris Townsend, a handsome young man of questionable means, and is spurred on in the romance by her aunt Lavinia, her father sets a wily trap to learn the truth about Townsend’s intentions. The Heiressis a great love story, with a twisting plot, dangerous emotions and subtle, complex characters. Townsend could be the knight in shining armor who will rescue Catherine from a stifling, loveless home, or he could be the most cunning of wolves in the sleekest of sheep’s clothing. For Doctor Sloper keeping his daughter from her lover is a duty, a challenge, and an entertainment...

October 23,24,25,30,31,
November 1 at 8:00pm
October 25, November 1, 2 at 2pm

Tickets are $10. ($7. For students, seniors, and GMU faculty/staff)
Limited free tickets available for GMU students.
All performances are in Harris Theatre, a short walk from the GMU Parking Deck. Free parking available in adjacent surface lots. Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets by phone, or for directions, please contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 703-993-8888. For information on group sales, please call Kimberly at 703-993-8600
For Information on the GMU Theater Department, please call

The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.