Coming Up in 2013-2014

The Rover

Written by: Aphra Behn   |   Directed by: Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
TheaterSpace - Mainstage: $20 | $15

Restoration Comedy set in the season of Carnival!
Sometime spy for Charles II and England's first professional woman playwright, Aphra Behn premiered her topsy-turvy comedy in 1677. Two sisters in Naples must summon their wits and virtue to evade arranged marriage, the convent, and—Heaven forbid!—the Banish'd Cavaliers.

Special Events:

A Commedia Prelude and Amahl & the Night Visitors

Hylton Center: Gregory Theater

Another School of Music/School of Theater Collaboration!
Performer and Mason Theater Professor David Gaines wowed audiences with his one-man rendition of The Seven Samurai in 2011. Now, he and his students from Advanced Movement for Actors present the opening act to this holiday classic. Drawn from work created in class, and inspired by the themes and wonder of the holiday, Professor Gaines promises a curtain-raiser that is "funny, probably ridiculous in some way, and if we can manage it, heartwarming by the end."

The evening's second act has become a holiday tradition at Mason. The School of Music presents Menotti's Italian operetta, Amahl and the Night Visitors, the classic story of the Magi's journey to Bethlehem.



Discovery Abounds in this End-of-Year Crowd-Pleaser.
The tradition continues as student writers, directors and actors present their newest work in an intense ten-day rehearsal process that culminates in a presentation that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation. It is always full of wonderful surprises!

Pricing Information

Mainstage Tickets:

$20 General Admission

$15 Students, Faculty, Staff, Seniors, and Groups

Studio Tickets:

$15 General Admission

$10 Students, Faculty, Staff, Seniors, and Groups

Tickets available in person at the CVPA Box Office.
Box Office: (888)945-2468

A limited number of free tickets are available with a valid Mason ID.
Please note that TheaterSpace is located on the first floor of the Performing Arts Building.

Past events:

Six Characters in Search of an Author

Written by: Luigi Pirandello   |   Directed by: Alec Henneberger

Oct. 3-5, 8:00 pm, Oct. 5-6, 2:00 pm
Theater of the Absurd from Italy!

"Manicomio!" ("Madhouse!"), shouted the Italian audience at its premiere in 1921, as the master of Absurdism unfolded this tale about the relationship between authors, their characters, and theater artists.

Discover Peking Opera

Harris Theater
Oct. 12, 7:00 pm
Explore the Ancient Form of Chinese Traditional Theater!

The Chinese Opera Societies of Washington DC and Philadelphia present a special concert and exhibit the unique beauty of Chinese (Peking) Opera, performing selections of classic plays and interacting with the audience through the combination of bilingual Chinese Opera narrative and professional on-stage demonstrations.

The Merchant

Written by: Titus Maccius Plautus   |   Adapted and Directed by: Edward Gero
Harris Theater

Oct. 24-26, Nov. 1 & 2 at 8:00 pm; Oct. 26, Nov. 2 & 3 at 2:00 pm
Roman Comedy Meets Commedia del Arte!

In this raucous romp, Plautus, one of the best known playwrights of ancient Roman comedy, spins a father and son rivalry over the same woman into a glorious web of confusion.

An Evening of One-Act Plays:
Experience multiple works and artistic voices
in one unforgettable night in the theater!

Nov. 21-23, 8:00 pm; Nov. 23-24, 2:00 pm

Women and Wallace

Written by: Jonathan Marc Sherman   |   Directed by: Casey Bauer

A Young Man’s Journey in 1980s America
Sherman’s 1988 work plays with time. At the age of six, Wallace walked into his home only to discover his mother, cold and lifeless, in the kitchen. As a handsome young man of eighteen experiencing other memorable moments in his life, he copes with growing up.



Written by: Georg Büchner  |  Translation by: Nicholas Rudall  |  Directed by: Rebecca Wahls

Working Class Tragedy from the German Theater
Left unfinished at the time of Büchner’s death, this influential European play examines the dehumanizing effects of doctors and the military on a young man's life. Although it premiered in Munich in 1913, it was written 80 years earlier and a variety of authors, editors and translators "finished" the play over time.

Hedda Gabler

Written by: Henrik Ibsen   |   Directed by: Halah Zenhom
TheaterSpace - Studio: $15 | $10

The Birth of Modern Realism from Norway’s Greatest Playwright!
Hedda is perhaps the turn-of-the-century’s most memorable female character. Sympathetic, striking and powerful, she struggles to find a means of escape from her loveless, ordinary existence. Hedda Gabler premiered in Germany in 1891, was a major Broadway success in 1902, and is recognized today as a modern classic of theatrical Realism.

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