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August 27, 2002
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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.

TFA will be participating in the New Play Network series at The Kennedy Center's Prelude Festival with 2 events:

At 6:00PM on the Millenium Stage (north), we will present "Dapper Foxes, Singing Pigs and Cajun Lullabies," a musical retrospective of the work commissioned by TFA from Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox. This 50-minute program features delightful selections from "Sing Down the Moon" and "Perseus Bayou" (both of which will enjoy revival productions at George Mason's Concert Hall in the Spring), as well as "Mississippi Pinocchio" and other new works by the Surface-Maddox team. CD's will be on sale at the event!

At 9:30PM in the Terrace Theatre, a reading of Karen Zacarias's latest play "Mariela In the Desert," recently featured in our 2nd Annual First Light Festival of New Plays. The playwright of TFA's highly successful "The Sins of Sor Juana" continues her development of this new work set in an all but abandoned artists' colony in the Mexican desert. A new play full of passion and mystery, isolation and lies, this reading is a co-presentation with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

We will return to the Kennedy Center for their Open House on Sunday, September 8. Be sure to drop by the TFA table and say hello.

The Right Start Company has bought out Zany Brainy, and is having a grand (re-)opening of their store on Saturday Sept 7. A 30-minute version of "Dapper Foxes,..." will perform at 12:00 and again at 1:30 in the store at the intersection of Main Street and Picket Road in Fairfax. Drop in and see us, and bring the little ones. They may even get a chance to meet Scooby Doo.

FALL FOR THE BOOK, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 AT GMU (FREE) TFA will be participating in this celebration of the book by hosting several playwrights, who will discuss their recent work, their process and have excerpts of recent work read by a core of professional actors. Karen Zacarias and Ernest Joselovitz (First Light's "Saving Edgardo for God") will join several more writers for this event. Time tbd.

THE PING CHONG PROJECT, "CHILDREN OF WAR," DECEMBER 5 - 15 IN THEATERSPACE This New York-based company led by Artistic Director Ping Chong will create a new work derived from the stories of children and young people who are refugees from war-torn homelands. These young story-tellers will perform the piece under the direction of Ping Chong. Proceeds will benefit the Center for Multicultural Human Services (CMHS)in Falls Church, VA. Benefit performances will be held on December 5 and 6 at 8:00pm, followed by a reception with Ping Chong. These specially priced tickets are available through the CMHS at 703-533-3302, ext. 128. Tickets for performances December 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 & 15 are available through at 703-218-6500 after September 3.

IN THE CONCERT HALLThese two family-friendly musicals by Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox enjoyed great success in our original productions in TheaterSpace, garnering awards for both the productions and the subsequent original soundtrack CD's (available at Now, they triumphantly return in revival productions on the stage of the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Bring the whole family! Tickets go on sale September 3 through at 703-218-6500.