The 2017-2018
Mason Players Season




Three approaches to making theater – the professionally-directed Mainstage Series, the student-directed Studio Series, and the Mason Fringe, which emphasizes imaginative use of space and minimal design while focusing on text and performance.




Dead Man's Cell Phone

By Sarah Ruhl | Directed by Mary Burgess
Mason Fringe

October 4 & 6 at 8 p.m.; October 7 at 2 p.m.: TheaterSpace

October 12 & 14 at 8 p.m.: Gregory Family Theater

An incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café leads a stranger at the next table to get involved — with a dead man — and a lot of loose ends. This wildly imaginative comedy, by MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Sarah Ruhl, is the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world.

$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

1984

Adapted by Robert Owen, Wilton E. Hall, Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr.
Based on the novel by George Orwell
Directed by Brooke Gorsica
Mason Fringe
October 5 & 7 at 8 p.m.; October 8 at 2 p.m.: TheaterSpace
October 13 at 8 p.m.; October 14 at 2 p.m: Gregory Family Theater:

Lies are called truths, political enemies are demonized, scapegoating divides the populace, rational critique is harshly denounced… and Big Brother is watching. Orwell’s last work is a prescient take on a dystopian society.


$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

The Gondoliers

Libretto & Lyrics by Sir William S. Gilbert | Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
Directed by Ken Elston
Musical Direction by Dennis M. Layendecker
Choreographed by Morgan Taylor
Mainstage, Center for the Arts Concert Hall
October 26, 27, & 28 at 8 p.m.;
October 28 at 2 p.m.; October 29 at 4 p.m.


Gilbert and Sullivan’s last great success hilariously satirizes class distinctions. Due to an error of identity when they were young, a gaggle of charming Venetian gondoliers are informed that one of them is the heir to the throne of Barataria. The tribulations of governing and romance are lampooned in this delightful musical theater piece by the masters of comic opera.

 

$30 Adult; $15 students, staff, seniors and groups


THE PILLOWMAN

By Martin McDonagh | Directed by Hollyann Bucci
Studio Series
TheaterSpace: November 16, 17, & 18 at 8 p.m.; November 18 & 19 at 2 p.m.


With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and even the Brothers Grimm, an unnamed totalitarian state interrogates a writer about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of murders. The result is an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art in a time of political urgency.


$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups


THE IMAGINARY INVALID

By Molière
Translated and adapted by Ken Elston | Directed by Nicholas Horner
Studio Series
TheaterSpace: March 1, 2, & 3 at 8 p.m.; March 3 & 4 at 2 p.m.


A fearful and miserly hypochondriac divides his time and energy between summoning doctors to care for his illusory ills and not settling the resultant bills. Moliere’s final work combines the genres of satire and farce in a fast-moving plot that lampoons doctors, hypochondria, romance, and the fantasy of control.


$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

THE NIGHT THOREAU SPENT IN JAIL

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee | Directed by Edward Gero
Mainstage
Harris Theatre: March 29, 30, 31 & April 5, 6 & 7 at 8 p.m.;
March 31 & April 7 & 8 at 2 p.m.

With contemporary resonance, Lawrence and Lee imagine circumstances surrounding 19th Century writer Henry David Thoreau’s imprisonment for his refusal to pay a poll tax designed to support an unpopular war. Reflected through the memories of his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, the play explores the roles of government and the governed, the connections between civil disobedience and education, and the interdependence of man and nature.


$30 Adult; $15 students, staff, seniors and group



Special Events:


THE EULOGY

Written, directed, and performed by Michael Burgos
TheaterSpace: November 3 at 8 p.m.


Mason Theater alum Michael Burgos offers an absurd, theatrical parody of a funeral speech in The Eulogy, featuring a menagerie of characters whose inept and inapt speeches give anything but a proper homage. Winner of the Critics’ Choice Award, 2016 Atlanta Fringe; Best Show, 2016 Pittsburgh Fringe; Best Comedy, 2016 Adelaide Fringe; and Quirky Award, 2015 IndyFringe.

$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups

THE MASON CABARET IN CONCERT

Directed by James Gardiner and Erin Gardiner| Musical Direction by Joseph Walsh
Harris Theatre: February 3 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater: April 13 at 8 p.m.


A perennial favorite, our Musical Theater ambassadors, the Mason Cabaret, return with a fresh line up of stellar vocalists offering showstoppers, ballads and duets from the Great White Way. As Sondheim once wrote, "Something familiar, something peculiar, something for everyone…"This "Fun-raiser" will have you dancing in your seats and humming all the way home!

 

$30 Adult, in support of Mason’s Musical Theater Program


35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION

By Ryan Scott Oliver | Directed by Angelica Miguel & Maxwell Snyder
A Concert-Style Musical Theater Performance, featuring members of the Green Machine
Harris Theatre: February 16 & 17 at 8 p.m.; February 17 at 2 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater: February 23 & 24 AT 8 p.m.

 

In this student collaboration between the Mason Players and Mason’s Green Machine, a picture is worth 1,000 words. The songs may be worth more. Inspired by the photographs of Matthew Murphy, 35mm is an intricately woven collection of stories told through song that re-imagines what the modern American musical can be.

$20 Adult; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups


MASON PLAYERS ORIGINALS!

TheaterSpace: April 27 & 28 at 8pm & April 28 at 2pm

 

Expect a few changes to our approach to student artistic expression! New scripts, artistic
performances and creative offerings by our students will drive this final theatrical celebration of the season. Programming varies throughout the weekend and will be announced in the spring.


Daily Pay What You Can ($5 increments only)




Pricing Information


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.

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