Theater of the First Amendment Announces September Events

Posted: August 31, 2009 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: August 31, 2009 at 5:47 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason University’s professional theater company, announces events for September.

Staged Reading of Jennifer L. Nelson’s “24, 7, 365”
Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival
Saturday, Sept. 5, at 2 p.m.
Kennedy Center Opera House South Tier Lounge

What would the world look like if people were satisfied? Educated African Americans’ attitudes about race, class and social activism are put under a humorous microscope as two Washington couples set off on a very civilized weekend camping trip for a birthday celebration and end up illuminating their inner and outer lives. Widely praised at last June’s TFA First Light program, this comedy explores family dynamics, misguided expectations and the quest for happiness. The event is free. (Paid parking is available in the Kennedy Center garage).

Staged Reading of “The English Channel”
Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 4:15 p.m.
TheaterSpace, George Mason University

A staged reading of “The English Channel” by Robert Brustein, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, follows a young Shakespeare on the eve of his theatrical career – and stealing his beloved plotlines and dialogue from friends and fellow tavern-goers as they all take refuge from the plague.

Free, also sponsored by Fall for the Book.

Staged Reading of “Mortal Terror”
Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
theSPACE, 10427 North St., 2nd Floor, Fairfax, Va.

A staged reading of “Mortal Terror” by Robert Brustein, involving William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Marston, King James, Queen Anne, the Gunpowder Plot and the destiny of free expression in a time of terror.

Free, also sponsored by Fall for the Book.

Discussion of “The Tainted Muse”
Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10:30 a.m.
George Mason University, Research I building, Room 163

Robert Brustein discusses his latest book, “The Tainted Muse.”

Free, also sponsored by Fall for the Book.

Staged Reading of “A Lesson Before Dying”
Friday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
theSPACE, 10427 North St., 2nd Floor, Fairfax, Va.

A staged reading of “A Lesson Before Dying” by Romulus Linney, based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, celebrates the National Endowment of the Arts’ The Big Read, a festival that celebrates and encourages reading across the United States.

Free, also sponsored by Fall for the Book.

Please visit www.theaterofthefirstamendment.org or call 703-993-2195 for more information about these events.

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