Theater of the First Amendment Announces 2005-06 Season

Posted: April 19, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Rick Davis, artistic director of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), the professional theater-in-residence at George Mason, has announced three presentations as part of the 2005-06 season of Great Performances at Mason presented by the Center for the Arts.

The season opens in September with Three Hotels, a drama by Jon Robin Baitz. One of Time magazine’s 10 best plays of 1994, the play unfolds in a series of monologues between Hoyle, a former ‘60s idealist who sells defective baby formula to third world markets, and his emotionally scarred wife. Set in three hotels, this two- character drama features TFA’s managing director Kevin Murray and Mary Lechter, both of whom have been seen many times at TFA and in roles at various area theaters.

Come January 2006, audiences of all ages will be treated to Lift: Icarus and Me, a new family-oriented musical from the team of Mary Hall Surface and David Maddox. Inspired by the tale of Icarus and his inventor-father Daedalus and set on the dunes of East Texas, the tale is spirited along by ragtime, Texas Swing, and rodeo music.

The popular First Light Festival, set for March 2006, will showcase a number of plays in workshop and reading format over a full weekend, with a chance for audiences to interact with actors, dramaturgs, playwrights, and others on the creative team who bring meaningful drama to life. Previous First Light audiences had the opportunity to hear readings of Karen Zacarias’s newly produced Mariela in the Desert and the upcoming season’s Lift: Icarus and Me.

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