Theater Department and GMU Players Announce ‘Shakespeare In Hollywood’

Posted: October 16, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Lights, camera, Shakespeare! The GMU Players will soon present Ken Ludwig’s “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” Directed by Mary Lechter, the play is an entertaining fusion of Hollywood glitz, classic comedy and Shakespeare’s poetry.

The players will perform at TheaterSpace on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Oct. 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 and Nov. 1 at 8 p.m.; and Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 2 at 2 p.m.

Set in 1934, “Shakespeare in Hollywood” features Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, who have magically appeared on the Warner Brothers Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Dazzled by the world of show biz, the two fairies are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves.

Ludwig’s work has been performed on Broadway, in London and in more than 30 countries throughout the world in at least 20 languages. He has received numerous accolades, including London’s highest theater honor, the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award; as well as two Tony nominations and two Helen Hayes Awards.

His proudest accomplishment was being commissioned by England’s Royal Shakespeare Company, for which he wrote “Shakespeare in Hollywood.” The production received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play in 2004. Ludwig is an associate artist of the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas.

The GMU Players is a dynamic faculty-directed student organization within the Theater Department. The Mainstage Series provides students the opportunity to work directly with Mason theater faculty and guest artists, while the Studio Series is selected, directed and designed by students. The GMU Players produce eight productions each season.

Director Mary Lechter is a member of Mason’s adjunct faculty in the Theater and Music Departments. She is founder, president and director of A Class Act – Acting for Young People & Adults Inc. Lechter is also artistic director of its sister organization, AFYP Stages, which produces new, thought-provoking works for young and family audiences. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she works professionally as an actor in the Washington, D.C., area, New York and Los Angeles.

Tickets are $12; $8 for students, seniors and Mason faculty and staff. Limited free tickets are available for Mason students.

Tickets may be purchased at the door one hour prior to the performance. To purchase tickets by phone, contact the Center for the Arts Box Office at 703-993-8888.

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