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January 11, 2012
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-9808)

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Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 4 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va., Dec. 8, 2011 – “Gleefully engaging … almost unbearably fun,” says The New York Times about this acclaimed British-American touring theater company that aims to make classical works accessible to the greatest number of people. Aquila Theatre performs a delightful production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 4 p.m. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

First performed in London on Feb. 14, 1895, Oscar Wilde’s deliciously witty satire of Victorian-era social mores has become one of the most respected works of modern drama. “The Importance of Being Earnest” details the escapades of Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, two wealthy young men who are members of Britain’s fashionable upper crust. Bored with their lives in the English countryside, they invent new personas as the fictitious Ernest and Bunbury to add excitement to their lives. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.

Hailed as a “classically trained, modernly hip troupe” by The New York Times, Aquila Theatre was founded in 1991 by its artistic director, Peter Meineck, who sought to create fresh, new interpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences. Based in New York City since 1999, Aquila Theatre has performed in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Ancient Stadium at Delphi, the Los Angeles Cathedral Plaza and the White House. The company regularly presents its season at New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts and also tours nationwide to between 50-70 cities each season. Committed to educating the public, especially young people, about dramatic arts and classical theater and literature, Aquila Theatre has organized several educational programs, including “Shakespeare’s Leaders,” an after-school program in Harlem and the Bronx; “Workshop America,” a nationwide initiative designed to expose individuals of all ages and backgrounds to the creative process; and “Theatre Breakthrough,” which provides an opportunity for school-aged children to experience a live performance by a professional theater. The company also recently received a National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman’s Special Award for “Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives,” a new national public program that places live theatrical events, reading groups and lectures in cultural institutions to engage the public. Aquila Theatre is the professional company-in-residence at the New York University Center for Ancient Studies.


Please Note: Aquila Theatre will also perform Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


Tickets for AQUILA THEATRE’S production of “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” are $24, $32, $40. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.