Theater of the First Amendment Presents a Staged Reading of ‘Habeas Corpus’

Posted: September 23, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment, Mason’s professional theater company, presents a staged reading of Alan Bennett’s hilarious farce “Habeas Corpus” at the Old Town Village Gallery on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Kevin Murray, the reading is a part of the Fall for the Book festival going on this week in Northern Virginia.

“Habeas Corpus” (for those unfamiliar with English Common Law, the term is Latin for “you should have the body”) highlights the sexual excesses of the British middle classes in the 1960s.

Alan Bennett, author of “The Uncommon Reader,” this year’s All Fairfax Reads selection, has been a household name in British theater ever since he starred and co-wrote the satirical review “Beyond the Fringe” with Dudley Moore, Peter Cooke and Jonathan Miller in 1960 at the Edinburgh Festival.

Later, the same show played to packed houses in London’s West End and in New York. With such works to his credit as “The Madness of George III” and “History Boys,” he is now regarded by many as the premiere English dramatist of his generation.

There will be a brief intermission.

The reading is free. The Old Town Village Gallery is located at North Street and Chain Bridge Road in the City of Fairfax. Free parking is available in the parking garage on University Drive.

For complete information about the 2008 Fall for the Book festival, see the web site.

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