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Thank you so much for "Everybody." It was beautiful, funny, and heartwrenching; a hard combination to execute! From design to acting, I was blown away. Thank you Thank you Thank you!
Woolly Mammoth Theatre is recruiting several fulltime staff and fellowship positions, including the second cohort of the Miranda Family Fellowships with support by the Miranda Family Fund, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family philanthropic fund.

Meet representatives from Woolly at Mason’s Media, Arts, Design, and Communication Internship and Career Fair on Tuesday, March 29 from 2:00 – 5:00 PM in the Center for the Arts. Register today: https://go.gmu.edu/creativecareers2022

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Two weeks from today!

Meet recruiters from more than 35 arts, media, and design employers seeking Mason students and alumni for internships and paid positions. Companies include PBS, Live Nation, Wolf Trap, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and more!

Mason’s Media, Arts, Design, and Communication Internship and Career Fair
Tuesday, March 29
2:00 – 5:00 PM
Center for the Arts

Free for all Mason students and alumni!
Registration required: https://go.gmu.edu/creativecareers2022

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Trust us - there's no better way to celebrate Hallow-eekend than seeing The Mason Players' production of FOOTLOOSE! Inspired by the classic movie, this exhilarating performance is not to be missed!
Oct. 28-31 🎟️ bit.ly/3GxAnAf
Join us at 8pm tonight for The Mason Players’ premiere of The Originals!

View it here: https://fb.me/e/du4osr6wR
Come to the Theater Education info session to learn more about our Theater Education program and Graduate Certificate! https://fb.me/e/2EKlzJdfF
During this time of distancing and missing gathering together for live performances, we’ve loved sharing digital content with you through #MasonArtsAtHome and #HyltonAtHome. So, while we can’t wait to have you back in our theaters this fall, we wanted to re-share a few of our favorite digital performances from the past year.

We’re starting with Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices in Musical Theater. This joyful musical r***e from The Mason Players features songs by BIPOC and/or women composers and lyricists. It was an audience favorite, and truly some of our #BestOf. We hope you enjoy it!
During this time of distancing and missing gathering together for live performances, we’ve loved sharing digital content with you through #MasonArtsAtHome and #HyltonAtHome. So, while we can’t wait to have you back in our theaters this fall, we wanted to re-share a few of our favorite digital performances from the past year.

We’re starting with Gaining Ground: A Celebration of Diverse Voices in Musical Theater. This joyful musical r***e from The Mason Players features songs by BIPOC and/or women composers and lyricists. It was an audience favorite, and truly some of our #BestOf. We hope you enjoy it!
Luther's Trumpet by James Reston, Jr. premieres online tonight! Don't miss this new dramatic work that will leave you pondering questions about faith, justice and authoritarianism.

Register to watch now: bit.ly/3yGaJ8x

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Our May 28 digital hybrid production of Luther's Trumpet is an "experiment in post-pandemic techniques that will stretch our imaginations and... set us free from some of our traditional space constraints.”

Register to watch today: bit.ly/3uhZpvB

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And last but not least—congratulations to these outstanding School of Theater awardees! Go, Mason Players 🎉

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❗️Important update on tonight’s Mason Players performance ❗️

We are a student-run, faculty overseen organization, responsible for the presentation & promotion of George Mason University’s School of Theater.

2020-2021 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

INTERIM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
KEVIN MURRAY, DIRECTOR, SCHOOL OF THEATER

PRODUCTION MANAGER:
DR. RUTH YAMAMOTO, SCHOOL OF THEATER

PROGRAM MANAGER:
KEVIN MURRAY

COMPANY MANAGER:
AMELIA MCGINNIS

ASSOCIATE COMPANY MANAGER:
ERIN CLEARY

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER:
CHRISTIAN JOST

SALES COORDINATOR:
MEG LEDERMAN

COMPANY SECRETARY:
ADDISON PICARDAT

HISTORIAN TEAM:
ERIN PUGH, D

Operating as usual

05/06/2022

The Boy Detective Fails
Music by Adam Gwon
Lyrics by Adam Gwon and Joe Meno
Based on the novel ‘THE BOY DETECTIVE FAILS’ by Joe Meno

May 6-7, 2022
Directed by Erin Gardiner

Presented in Center for the Arts at George Mason University

Show Information: https://theater.calendar.gmu.edu/a-concert-presentation-of-39-the-boy-detective-fails-39/

The Boy Detective Fails, based on Joe Meno’s acclaimed novel, tells the story of Billy Argo, “boy detective.” In a world akin to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, young Billy becomes famous for solving mysteries, until he faces a mystery he can’t comprehend – the shocking death of his young sister, Caroline. Ten years later, a 30-year-old Billy returns to his quiet New Jersey town determined to solve the mystery of Caroline’s death and right old wrongs. Expecting the black and white world of his childhood, he instead discovers a world full of grey and unimaginable strangeness, beauty, and even love. The George Mason School of Theater is thrilled to premiere this new and updated version by book writer Joe Meno and composer Adam Gwon.

ASL Interpreted Performance - Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m.
Audio Description Performance - Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

Tickets:
$20 General Public; $10 students, faculty/staff, and seniors

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ARTISTIC
Director - Erin Gardiner
Musical Director - Joe Walsh
Assistant Director - Lila Gordon
Choreography - Ariel Kraje
Lighting Designer - Merin Lemoine
Deck Audio - Shyloh-Symone Bailey
Audio Mixer - Ben Counts
Costume Coordinator - Kamy Satterfield & Lila Gordon
Dramaturg - Jessica Singley & Deema Turkomani
Shop Artisan - Caleb McMurtry & Anna Jungkeit
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CAST
Billy Argo - Darren Badley
Penny Maple - Natalie Cumming
Larry - Tony Lemus
Daisy Hollis - Grace McNamee
Dale Hardy - Brandon Morris
Detective Brown - Gill Rydholm
Caroline Argo - Bianca Peña
Violet Dews - Kamy Satterfield
Fenton Mills - Walker Vlahos
Professor Von Golum - Arielle Ward
Ensemble - Taylor Alexander, Lexi Carter, Kendall Huheey, Julia Leipertz, Alana Lyons, Sarah Stewart & Ryan Von Slomski
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PRODUCTION
Stage Manager - Samba Pathak
Assistant Stage Managers - Addison Picardat & Elisabeth Dupuy
Intimacy Coordinator - Mimsi Janis & Deema Turkomani
Light Board Operator - Jaylen ‘Jay’ Dews
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Video edited by Ryan Von Slomski
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05/04/2022

FINAL ROUND! We are doing our final round of nominations for the Simanski Awards. Choose from the list of people provided on the form and vote on who you believe suits the award best. This is the second round of nominations and these nominations are due by May 7th. There will be one more round after this one and awards will be announced at Banquet on May 8th! A link to the form can be found in our bio.

04/25/2022

SECOND ROUND! We are doing our second round of nominations for the Simanski Awards. Choose from the list of people provided on the form and vote on who you believe suits the award best. This is the second round of nominations and these nominations are due by May 2nd. There will be one more round after this one and awards will be announced at Banquet on May 8th! A link to the form can be found in our bio.

Photos from The Mason Players's post 04/15/2022

Interested in Theater Administration? Want to get more involved with the Mason Players? Now is the time to send in an application to be a part of the Mason Players Staff and Players4Change (a subcommittee of the Mason Players) for the 2022-23 Season! To qualify for Mason Players Staff you must be a Full-Time Student, a Mason Player, and have at least a 2.5 GPA. If you are interested in applying, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to Mary Burgess at [email protected] with the Subject Line: Mason Players Staff Elections and fill out the form in our bio. In order to qualify for Players4Change Staff you must be a Full-Time Student, a Mason Player, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and MUST BE BIPOC, LGBTQ+ identifying, and/or disabled (Note: this is a different application than the Mason Players). If you are interested in joining the leadership team for the Mason Players subcommittee, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. All applications are due April 19th at 10 pm. Voting will be an online form and will take place from April 22nd through April 25th. If you have any questions about this process or being on Staff, please email [email protected].

04/13/2022

Enjoy Kamy Satterfield, Kendall Huheey, and Sarah Stewart performing "Hit Me With a Hot Note (And Watch Me Bounce)" by Duke Ellington. This is one of the nineteen songs featured in our Duke Ellington tribute cabaret which will be performed this coming weekend on April 15-16 at 8 pm and April 16 at 2 pm. Tickets are selling fast, so be sure to get a seat by clicking the link in our bio!

Photos from The Mason Players's post 04/11/2022

Happy closing to Everybody! Congratulations to the cast and crew for two wonderful weekends full of charming performances and fantastical design work from our talented students/peers. We are so proud of everyone involved in the creation of this production! For information on upcoming productions, click the link in our bio.

📸: OLLI Photo Club GMU

04/10/2022

Monday, April 11th (TOMORROW) from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM online, our very own Professor Ed Gero and his Characterization class will be hosting a Masterclass with Nehal Joshi - star of Arena Stage's Catch Me if You Can. Please join actor-singer-dancer Nehal Joshi, for a free-wheeling conversation about acting and the ups-and-downs/ins and outs of managing a professional stage career.
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About the Artist:
Born and raised in Burke, Virginia, Nehal’s insights and perspectives speak directly to us. His extensive credits speak for themselves.
Broadway: All my Sons, School of Rock, Threepenny Opera, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Les Misérables (Original Revival Cast). Off-Broadway: Cyrano, Falling for Eve, Working (2008 revision), Grand Hotel (Encores!). Select Regional: Disgraced (Arena Stage); Peter & the Starcatcher (Actor Theatre of Louisville) Oklahoma! (Arena Stage); Mister Roberts (Kennedy Center), Les Miserables (Dallas Theatre Center), Disney's The Jungle Book (Goodman Theater/Huntington Theater), Fly (La Jolla Playhouse); Film/TV: “The Wire” (HBO), Blackout (BET), “Law & Order: SVU” (NBC), “Search Party” (TBS). Video Game: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.
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Be sure to sign up with the link in our bio! We hope to see you all there!

04/09/2022

We are a month away from Mason Players' Banquet! On May 8th, we will be holding our annual banquet to celebrate all the terrific work done by all the Mason Players this year. The theme for this year is garden party, so come in your best spring attire! We will also be awarding the Simanski Awards at this event. Banquet will be located in Dewberry Hall on campus. There will be a fee of $5 at the door or Venmo us.

04/09/2022

Fall 2022 registration starts soon on April 19th! Be sure to meet with your advisor. If you need to meet with Sara Simanski, the Theater Academic Advisor, her email is [email protected]. If have any questions about what classes are being offered, how many credits you have left, or anything regarding the upcoming year feel free to connect with her!

04/08/2022

It's that time of year again, the Annual Simanski Awards are here! These awards are for all of the Mason Players to celebrate all the hard and fantastic work they have done this year. This is the first round of nominations and these nominations are due by April 22nd. Other rounds of nominations will be released later and the people will receive their Simanski Awards at Banquet on May 8th. The link to the nomination form can be found in our bio!

04/08/2022

We are a month away from Mason Players' Banquet! On May 8th, we will be holding our annual banquet to celebrate all the terrific work done by all the Mason Players this year. We will also be awarding the Simanski Awards at this event. Banquet will be located in Dewberry Hall on campus. There will be a fee of $5 at the door or Venmo us.

04/07/2022

HAPPY SPRING! On Sunday, April 24 from 2-4 pm in MTB 2013 a Welcome to Spring event. We will be planting different seeds into pots for you to keep as well as practicing mindfulness exercises! We hope that you will all come out and join us. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.

Photos from The Mason Players's post 04/06/2022

EVERYBODY by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Assistant Directed by Josiah Arnett
Performances: April 7-10, 2022

ARTISTIC
Director - Kristin Johnsen-Neshati
Assistant Director - Josiah Arnett
Scenic Designer - Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Assistant Scenic Designer - Caroline Austin
Lighting Designer - Caleb McMurty
Costume Designer - Jaime Ericson & Jeremy Pritchard
Sound Designer - Shyloh-Symone Bailey & Chris Tait
Props Designer - Stephan Starling
Dramaturg -Alexandra Berrios
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CAST
Anna Alexander
Hansin Arvind
Darren Badley
Toni Henry
Aadith (August) Iyer
Megan Lederman
Benji Lord
Cara McTaggart
Macayla Smith
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PRODUCTION
Stage Manager - Jaylen Dews
Assistant Stage Managers - Keaton Lazar & PJ Sylvester
Light Board Operator - Grace McNamee
Sound Board Operator - Shyloh-Symone Bailey
Projection Operator - Sarah Strunk
Wardrobe Crew - Brooke Kemph & Gillian Rydholm
Backstage Crew - Bella Panciocco & Steven Franco
Fly Crew - Logan Miller
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🎟 Read more and buy tickets at link in bio. 🎟
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@TheMasonPlayers @cvpaatmason @georgemasonu

Photos from The Mason Players's post 03/31/2022

HAPPY OPENING TO EVERYBODY! For the next two weekends, these performers, designers, and technicians present their works to be celebrated by the Mason community. Take some time and come out to see the performances in the newly renovated Harris Theatre. Tickets and Show Info at: https://theater.calendar.gmu.edu/everybody/

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
Friends of Theater at Mason
George Mason University

03/30/2022

Want a sneak peek into the theater? Come and see our public preview performance of “EVERYBODY.” This performance is open to see your favorite Mason Players perform in the newly remodeled Harris Theatre. The show is TONIGHT at 8pm. Tickets are pay what you can. Come celebrate live theater with us.

College of Visual and Performing Arts at George Mason University
Center for the Arts at George Mason University
George Mason University
Friends of Theater at Mason

03/28/2022

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE! Your Mason Players' sweatshirts are here.

03/26/2022

On March 29th, there will be a Media, Arts, Design, and Communication Internship and Career Fair. Meet recruiters from more than 30 arts, media, and design employers seeking Mason students and alumni for internships and paid positions. Companies include PBS, Live Nation, Wolf Trap, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Signature, and more! In order to sign up, click the link in our bio!

Photos from The Mason Players's post 03/19/2022

AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENT! Our director of the School of Theater, Djola Branner is offering a new course next semester, THR 493: Collaborative Lab Experience. This 3 credit course coincides with studio production of Sutta by Djola Branner, an interdisciplinary play which combines text, music and movement as theatrical language. The course explores collaboration between actors, directors, choreographers, designers and dramaturgs in the development of original drama. Under faculty supervision, students will move step by step through script analysis, rehearsals, production meetings, the full run and strike of the show, and verbal and written reflection of the production process. Students who are cast in in Sutta must enroll in THR 493 Collaborative Lab experience. Which will meet TR 10:30-11:45 am. This class will serve as rehearsal time for the production. Actors should prepare a 2-3 minute monologue (or poem), and be prepared to move and read sides at the callback. Majors and non-majors are welcome to audition. Auditions will be in-person from 4-6 pm on Friday, April 1st. Online video submissions will be accepted as well until 6 pm on the 1st. Callbacks are in person for Sutta on April 4 from 4-6 pm. You will be notified to attend these.

ADMINISTRATIVE AND STUDENT STAFF ROSTER

2020-2021 ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF
Artistic Director: Kevin Murray (Interim)
Production Manager: Ruth Yamamoto
Program Manager: Kevin Murray

MASON PLAYERS STAFF:
Company Manager: Amelia McGinnis
Associate Company Manager: Erin Cleary
Secretary: Addison Picardat
Historians: Deema Turkomani & Erin Pugh
Marketing Manager: Ariel Kraje
Sales Coordinator: Meg Lederman
Development Manager: Christian Jost
Historian/Marketing Apprentices: Samba Pathak, Steven Franco, & Galilea Sejas
Development Apprentice: Annie Graninger

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