Theater at Mason 2019-2020 is a season not to be missed!
As I start the next act of my professional career elsewhere, I am delighted to share with you our exciting plans for the 2019-2020 season!
Our School of Theater’s Mason Players Productions will offer a variety of entertaining styles and stories, presented in our several state-of-the-art venues, all while teaching young artists professionalism and meeting the highest standards.
The Originals! offers an exciting start to the season. Experience innovative student work, as our students’ imaginations and creativity provide the framework for each story and mini-masterpiece. The student directed and designed Studio Season provides rousing choices again this year. Woodstock, the archetype for counter-culture rock-n-roll festivals, provides the conceptual context for Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Kayla Schultz. Expect pulsating music and cool vibes. Em German directs Deborah Brevoort’s poignant The Women of Lockerbie. Ancient Greek theater supplies structure for this poetic play in which a mother searches for the remains of her son in the aftermath of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Beautiful, thought-provoking productions are inevitable in our TheaterSpace.
Faculty members will direct two stunning Mainstage Productions. The Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, Rick Davis directs Rags. Joe Walsh will be the musical director for this Charles Strouse, Joseph Stein, Stephen Schwartz musical. The show has been substantially rewritten by Schwartz and David Thompson. This important, all-American immigrant story will resonate with meaning and theatrical invention in our Center for the Arts. Assistant Professor Mimsi Janis will direct the thrilling and widely acclaimed contemporary play by Jaclyn Backhaus, Men On Boats in the Harris Theater. Charting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is a swashbuckling comic romp in this gender-bending ensemble piece.
Back on the TheaterSpace stage, the Mason Fringe will alternate between The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. The former directed by student Tyler Shores, and the latter directed by faculty member and guest artist David Gaines. These shows will run in repertory, with themes alternating between passionate courtroom dialogue as metaphor for the human condition, and side-splitting farce that lampoons it.
New this season, we will offer an opportunity to engage with new and important plays, selected and directed by our students. Offered free of charge throughout the season on Friday afternoons, each will allow for talkbacks between audience and artists, providing an opportunity to examine deeper meanings beyond edgy topics and mature subject matter.
Please take a look at all we have to offer. The students, faculty and staff in Mason’s School of Theater do wonderful work, and under the new leadership of Interim Director Kevin Murray, this season is not to be missed. Thank you for all the support, and I may still see you in the theater!
—Ken Elston, Director