Theatre Season Concludes with Look Homeward, Angel

Posted: April 16, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason Theater Department and the GMU Players present Look Homeward, Angel as the last show of the season. Performances are held April 17-27 in TheatreSpace at George Mason. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m., and there is a 2 p.m. show on Saturday and Sunday. There is no performance on April 20.

Based on Thomas Wolfe’s novel of the same title, the play evokes the personal journey of a young man in the American south on the brink of World War I. It is a story about the memorable events that shape society and the ways in which our memories themselves are shaped.

An authentic American classic, this powerful and comic play captures family dynamics, love, and loss in this vital coming of age story. Concentrating on the last third of Wolfe’s novel, it provides an authentic voice for Wolfe’s North Carolina home, and it echoes Wolfe’s sympathetic view of human frailty. The play portrays Eugene Gant and his struggles to free himself from a mother obsessed with material gain, a father imprisoned by his own failures, and ties to a brother who can never break away. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Critic’s award as best play in 1958, Look Homeward, Angel was dubbed by the New York Post, “One of the best plays in American dramatic literature.”

Tickets range from $7 to $10, and there are a limited number of free tickets for George Mason students. Visit the Center for the Arts Box Office or call (703) 993-8888.

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