Theater at Mason has an amazing season in store for 2018-2019
The exploration of genres this season will excite theatergoers and students alike. Audiences will enjoy this season's black box offerings in TheaterSpace, configured in an “alley” arrangement with the audience on two sides of the stage space.
This season brings powerful plays that evoke theater's social and spiritual power, brought to life by Mason's esteemed directors and talented students. Theater students Kayla Schultz and Miranda Newman will be making their directorial debuts with Machinal and Really Really, respectively. Kristin Johnsen-Neshati will be tackling the redemptive nature of the arts with Our Country’s Good.
Center for the Arts
On the Center for the Arts stage, our Professional Artist in Residence in Theater, Thomas W. Jones II, will helm Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With a book by William Hauptman, Music and Lyrics by Roger Miller, this adaptation of Twain’s 1884 novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, is a celebration of American music in the bluegrass and country traditions. We look forward to Thomas’ direction providing a broad view of the American journey. Thomas is well-known to DC area audiences, as he has worked with Woolly Mammoth, Olney, Round House and Studio Theatres, and he has done a large body of work with MetroStage. He lives in New York, works around the country, and we are delighted that he will be directing, as well as teaching a class in advanced directing techniques for musical theater and devised work for seven weeks in the fall.
Fringe and Original Work
Of course, we are still offering fringe and original work next season, but the position for those shows in the season will flip. Originals, new student work done on a short schedule, will continue to provide opportunities for many Mason Players. It will be a celebration of the NEW at the top of the fall semester. The Mason Fringe will continue to offer opportunities to explore theatrical expression with limited design and technical needs, and, at the end of the season, offer a launch into the summer fringe festival itself. Fringe 2019 will again be two shows in repertory. Adjunct faculty member, Theresa Ohanian, will direct the classical comedy, Lysistrata. Expect more than a few laughs in Aristophanes’ comic account of a woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War by engaging her country’s women in denying the men of Greece sexual congress, unless the war is ended. Student director, Jared Pugh, will guide Sarah DeLappe’s 2016 script, The Wolves. With overlapping dialogue and all the energy of teenage girls playing indoor soccer, the construct for the piece, the play forces you to tune into the collision of personalities, ideas and emotions. The script’s suspenseful, combustible freshness is framed by deft exposition and skillful writing that may leave you a little breathless.
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