Center for the Arts Welcomes Back The Acting Company

Posted: March 24, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Acting Company, an ensemble of the best-trained, talented young actors who perform classic plays and contemporary works in their repertory will perform two plays at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 5, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, the company will perform “Moby Dick Rehearsed,” Orson Welles’s play within a play, and on Sunday it will perform “The Tempest,” Shakespeare’s tale of reconciliation and forgiveness.

In Welles’s “Moby Dick Rehearsed,” directed by Casey Biggs, Herman Melville’s classic novel was adapted by Welles to draw a parallel between King Lear and Captain Ahab. In the play, an acting troupe abandons its rehearsal of a play about one unforgiving, vengeance-obsessed man (King Lear) to recreate another of the same emotional stripe (Captain Ahab).

Set in an empty theater, the tyrannical actor/manager leads his cast and transports audiences to Captain Ahab’s fateful voyage in search of the great white whale. Welles believed in the importance of treating the audience as a participant in creating illusion, which comes through in this production.

Mason Center for the Arts welcomes back The Acting Company, an ensemble of young actors who perform classic plays and contemporary works.

In the production of “The Tempest,” director Davis McCallum captures the love, tragedy and comedy found in Shakespeare’s last play and farewell to the stage. The banished wizard Prospero draws his enemies to his enchanted island to exact revenge, but in the end finds peace and the ability to forgive. Some believe that Prospero’s final speeches signify Shakespeare’s personal goodbye to the stage.

Other productions The Acting Company has performed at the Center for the Arts include “Tartuffe,” “O Pioneers,” “The Heart is a Lonely Hunger,” “The Rivals” and “Jane Eyre.”

The company’s work is guided by its mission of touring the United States, commissioning new work, rediscovering classics, providing opportunities for gifted young actors and making theater accessible to all.

Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and current Producing Director Margot Harley with members of the first graduating class of Juilliard’s Drama Division, The Acting Company has performed 129 productions for more than 2 million people in 48 states and nine foreign countries.

Tickets for the productions are $34, $26 and $17. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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