2016-2017 Season of
Traditions and Transitions




A Talk Back/Q&A with the cast will take place after the first Friday performance of each production.




THE LARAMIE PROJECT

Written by: by Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project   |   Directed by: Heather Hicks
A Studio Series Production

TheatreSpace (Fairfax) - Oct. 6, 7 & 8, 8 pm, Oct. 8 & 9, 2 pm
Gregory Family Theater (Manassas) - Oct. 13, 14 & 15, 8 pm, Oct. 15, 2 pm
In October 1998, Matthew Shepard was viciously beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. Following the attack, Moisés Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theater Project conducted interviews with hundreds of Laramie residents. These interviews were used to create this emotionally charged story that will leave you considering the past, present, and hope for a better future.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


THE THREEPENNY OPERA

Written by: Bertolt Brecht, Music by Kurt Weill, Translation by Michael Feingold   |   Directed by: Ken Elston; Musical Direction by Stanley Engebretson
A Mainstage Production

Center for the Arts Concert Hall (Fairfax) - Oct. 27-29, 8 pm, Oct. 29, 2 pm & Oct. 30, 4 pm
Merchant Hall (Manassas) - Nov. 3, 4 & 5, 8 pm, Nov. 5, 2 pm
Heavily inspired by John Gay's acclaimed Beggar's Opera, Brecht and Weill teamed up to create this daring social satire that would also prove their most popular. Haunted by spirits of the German Music Hall, this perennial Broadway favorite offers much more than the popular ballads, "Mack the Knife" and "Pirate Jenny." Wartime camaraderie and sacrifices set the stage for this humorous examination of class struggle and sexual politics in Post-WWI New York City.
Tickets: $30 general admission; $15 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Written by: William Shakespeare   |   Directed by: Mia Amado
A Studio Series Production

TheaterSpace (Fairfax) - Nov. 17, 18, & 19, 8 pm & Nov. 19 & 20, 2 pm
Shakespeare's celebrated comedy follows three couples as their stories intertwine with the artistic pursuits of the "rude mechanicals" and the domestic dispute between Titania and Oberon, which has shocked the fairy world. Few can resist the power of dreams, or the pranks of young Puck, but if chaos is ever to be restored—in the fairies' world or ours—the lovers must wake up to each other and forgive.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


THE MIKADO

Written by: Gilbert & Sullivan   |   Directed by: Sara Hart and Matt Nall
A "Mics-Only" Musical Presentation

Harris Theatre (Fairfax) - Feb. 17 & 18, 8 pm
Gregory Family Theatre (Manassas) - Feb. 24 & 25, 8 pm
Arguably one of the most popular Gilbert and Sullivan operettas ever written, and representing these artists at the height of their creative genius, this story has delighted audiences for more than a century. Originally staged at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885 at the height of Europe's fascination with the East, this production launches a year-long celebration of G & S at Mason for 2017.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


THE FANTASTICKS

Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, Music by Harvey Schmidt   |   Directed by: Hayley Dandreaux
A Studio Series Production

Harris Theatre (Fairfax) - Mar. 2-4, 8 pm, Mar. 4 & 5, 2 pm
Gregory Family Theatre (Manassas) - Mar. 9-11, 8 pm, Mar. 11, 2 pm
Inspired by The Romancers by Edmond Rostand, The Fantasticks tells the charming musical tale of a boy, a girl, their parents, and the wall that keeps the lovers apart. The narrator, El Gallo, takes the audience on a magical journey as the boy and girl fall in love, grow apart, and discover the truth that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow."
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


GOGOL'S NOSE and Other Strange Tales from the City

Adapted from Nikolai Gogol by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati and David Gaines   |   Directed by: Kristin Johnsen-Neshati; Movement Direction by David Gaines
A Mainstage Production

TheatreSpace (Fairfax) - Mar. 30-Apr. 1, Apr. 6-8, 8 pm, Apr. 1, 8 & 9, 2 pm
In the Petersburg Tales, Gogol depicts a 19th-century Russian capital that's surreal but recognizable, ridiculous and grotesque. Whether it's beauty, wealth, or social position you're after, you can find it in Petersburg—but you can lose it, too. This original, highly physical piece distills some of Gogol's best loved stories about a city where a nose can go missing, a clerk can turn king, and a man can find true love in a piece of outerwear.
Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.




Special Events:


THE 100th MERIDIAN PROJECT

Harris Theatre, during Fall For the Book in September

During Fall For the Book in September - Dates coming soon!
The American West is parched. We were warned as early as the 1870s by John Wesley Powell, soldier, ethnologist, and director of the U.S. Geological Service. Uniting students and faculty from the sciences, arts, and humanities, the Project examines the "River of American History," whose tributaries include science, policy and finance, in an effort to understand why Powell's recommendations were ignored, and whether there are contemporary parallels to past centuries' willful rejection of sound scientific guidance. Presented in cooperation with the School of Theater's STEAM at Mason initiative.
Admission is free.


TO SWING THROUGH THE SKY

Center for the Arts Concert Hall (Fairfax) - Oct. 16, 7 pm
Also presented in cooperation with STEAM at Mason, this exciting original work celebrates the spirit of American innovation with narration, dramatic visuals, lively dance and the swinging big-band sound of the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra. The intertwined histories of America's two most iconic innovations — jazz and aviation — are explored in this special performance. (Part of the Great Performances at Mason 2016-2017 Season - Learn more)
Tickets: $46, $39, $28 - Single Tickets available August 1, 2016. Subscribe now and save!


Kid Pan Alley

TheatreSpace (Fairfax) - Dec. 3, 8 pm
This staged reading, performed by Mason Musical Theater students, will be a first glimpse at an original musical by Paul Reisler, working with children as co-composers and lyricists for the not-for-profit Kid Pan Alley. Through creative learning and expression workshops, Kid Pan Alley’s songs have won Grammy nominations, WAMMIE and Parent’s Choice Awards, and have been recorded by such artists as Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Sissy Spacek, Amy Grant, and many more. The score will be drawn from the best KPA songs created over the last 18 years.
Tickets: Pay What You Can (increments of $5 only, please) - Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


THE MASON CABARET

TheatreSpace (Fairfax) - Feb. 4, 8 pm
The Mason Cabaret explores composers and lyricists who have left an indelible mark on Broadway and the American Musical. Enjoy traditional Broadway hits paired with new favorites from the Musical Theater repertoire, as performed by Mason’s emerging stars!
Special Friends of Theater Fundraiser for Scholarships!
Tickets: $30 - Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.


THE ANNUAL TEN-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL

TheatreSpace (Fairfax) - Apr. 28 & 29, 8 pm, Apr. 29, 2 pm
Our celebration of original student work continues! Student playwrights, directors, actors and dramaturgs take part in a ten-day creative journey culminating in a festive event that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation.
Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 students, staff, seniors and groups
Single Tickets available August 1, 2016.





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.

GMU School of Theater   |   Contact us at: theater@gmu.edu   |   Office: (703) 993-1120   |   Box Office: (888)945-2468   |   4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030