Aquila Theatre Company Presents ‘Catch-22’ at Center for the Arts

Posted: September 21, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Aquila Theatre Company will bring a dynamic, timely and hilarious new production of Joseph Heller’s stage production of his classic novel, “Catch-22,” to Mason’s Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

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Aquila’s production of “Catch-22” is the first professional production to tour nationally and is the first major production of the play in New York and London.

Set in the island of Pianosa, off the coast of Italy, “Catch-22” finds World War II bombardier Yossarian caught in a world of bureaucratic absurdity and irrational madness. Determined to keep the squadron active and on the front line, the superiors keep increasing the number of required flying missions, making it impossible for anyone to complete the missions and be discharged from duty.

Yossarian fails in trying to plead insanity because his superiors believe concern for one’s own safety displays a healthy mental state. Hilarious complications occur as Yossarian attempts to avoid flying missions, thus prolonging his duty. A maze of inter-related “Catch-22’s” develop as the play unfolds, all fodder for thought and discussion on the nature of war and its absurdities.

Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Artistic Director Peter Meinick. The company has since moved to New York City and tours nationally and abroad. Past productions include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “The Invisible Man,” “Agamemnon,” “A Very Naughty Greek Play” and others.

Tickets are $34, $26 and $17. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit tickets.com.

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