Department of Theater and GMU Players Present ‘Fuddy Meers’

Posted: September 29, 2009 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

The GMU Players and the Department of Theater bring David Lindsay-Abaire’s critically acclaimed farce “Fuddy Meers” to the stage beginning Oct. 8

Directed by student Dannie Snyder, “Fuddy Meers” will be performed in the Black Box Theater on Mason’s Fairfax Campus on Oct. 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 10 and 11 at 2 p.m.

“Fuddy Meers” is a wacky ride through the fractured viewpoint of a “memory-challenged” woman and the zany characters she encounters along the way. The play begins when Claire awakes one morning to find herself in an unknown bedroom. Since she has psychogenic amnesia, Claire’s husband and son must imprint the facts of her life to her every day.

However, on this morning, she awakes to find a limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask in the room. He claims that he is her brother and is there to rescue her from her husband. He then steals her away to their mother, who recently suffered a stroke, and as a result, only speaks gibberish. This postmodern absurdist comedy is about how to find and accept the dark pasts that haunt each one of us.

Lindsay-Abaire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2007 and received five Tony nominations for his play “Rabbit Hole,” which he is currently adapting for a feature film that will star Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. “Fuddy Meers,” his first play, debuted at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1999 in an acclaimed production.  He has received numerous awards for his popular plays.

Dannie Snyder is a director and playwright/screenwriter currently studying at Mason for a BA in theater and a BA in film and visual studies. She is the recipient of the 2008-09 ARTS by George! Scholarship and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship for her artistic efforts in the community. These include serving as the musical theater director at J. L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg, Va., from 2008 to 2009; and working with Acting for Young People. On www.danniesnyder.com, she is an activist for online conversations on theater, hosting a series of projects including the “Astonish Me” and “Directing Dark Comedies” projects.

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. “Fuddy Meers” is part of the Studio Series.

The GMU Players produce eight productions each season.

Limited free tickets are available for Mason students; tickets are $3 for students, seniors and Mason faculty and staff; and $6 for the general public.

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. For information on group sales, please call Kimberly Schall at 703-993-8600. For Information on the Theater Department or the GMU Players, please call 703-993-1120.

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