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January 30, 2004
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Theater at the Moment of Discovery
First Light is a full day of new play readings and interaction with
the creative forces behind new drama

Fairfax, Virginia, January 29, 2004Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason University’s professional theater company in residence at the Center for the Arts, continues its mission of exploring new plays, with its 4th Annual First Light Festival on Saturday, February 14, beginning at 11AM. First Light, TFA's annual developmental program for new plays and playwrights, features a day of new play readings – combining the talents of playwrights, directors, dramaturgs and actors with audience feedback after each reading – and encourages attendees to be a part of the theatrical creative process.
The day of new play readings is presented at George Mason University’s Harris Theater. Admission is $10 for the entire day or any part thereof.

4th Annual First Light Festival at TFA:

11:00amThe Treehouse by Gwydion Suilebhan
The story of four men in their 30's whose watered-down religious traditions leave them lost and confused when they're faced with the death of the one man who could have provided the guidance they desperately need--but didn't.

2:00pmOpen the Door, Virginia! by Dianne McIntyre and Olu Dara
On the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown vs. the Board of Education, this glimpse of the newest dance/theater musical from the creators of TFA's "Blues Rooms" and "I Could Stop on a Dime..." is based on interviews with Virginians who brought the case which led to the desegregation of America's schools.

3:30pm -- The World of Others by Catherine Trieschmann
Set in an isolated landscape both wondrous and violent, this dark new work explores themes of desire, racism and the effects of past transgressions. The story of a young brother and sister ill-equipped to confront the intrusion of a corrupt outside world.

Neither The Treehouse nor The World of Others is suitable for children.

The 4th Annual First Light Festival at Theater of the First Amendment is Saturday, February 14 in George Mason University’s Harris Theater, on Mason’s Fairfax campus. Admission is $10 for the entire day or any part thereof. $10 admission for the entire day includes refreshments served between readings to allow for informal continued conversation with the artists. For tickets, call 703-218-6500, logon to, or visit the Center for the Arts box office in the lobby of the Concert Hall on Mason Pond Drive on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University. For information call 703-993-8888. The 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 mainstage Center for the Arts Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

First Light is a production of the GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON series of performing arts events.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. 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.