GMU Players Performing The Heiress through Nov. 2

Posted: October 24, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At 22, Catherine Sloper is neither clever nor beautiful, but to her delight she finds herself courted by the handsome and charming Morris Townsend. Is it her good and gentle heart that he desires, or her inheritance? The Heiress, by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz, based on the Henry James novel Washington Square, is performed by the GMU Players now through Nov. 2. Howard Vincent Kurtz directs the production. The exploitation of a tender heart has surprising consequences in this theatrical adaptation of one of the great American novels.

The setting is 1840 in the fashionable New York home of Austin Sloper. Sloper, whose daughter Catherine is a shy and plain young girl, is quick to point out his daughter’s shortcomings. When she falls desperately in love with Morris Townsend, a handsome young man of questionable means, and is spurred on in the romance by her aunt Lavinia, her father sets a wily trap to learn the truth about Townsend’s intentions. The Heiress is a love story with a twisting plot, dangerous emotions, and subtle, complex characters. Townsend could be the knight in shining armor who will rescue Catherine from a stifling, loveless home, or he could be the most cunning of wolves in the sleekest of sheep’s clothing.

Performances are held today, tomorrow, and Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Harris Theatre. Additional 2 p.m. plays are held tomorrow, Nov. 1, and Nov. 2. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $7 for students, seniors, and George Mason faculty and staff. There are a limited number of free tickets available to Mason students. For ticket information, call (703) 218-6500.

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