Fourth Estate Lifestyle Editor Genevieve Hoeler

REVIEW: An Evening of One-Acts

Mason Players host their first one-act showcase with shows that cast ominous shadows on the human condition.

There are very few opportunities for students see a one act play. Until very recently, Mason had yet to find a way to produce shorter work that exceeded ten minutes but fell short of a full 90 minute play.

The “Evening of One-Acts” hosted by Mason Players from Nov. 21-24 finally gave students the chance to see two established one-act plays. As previous studio shows have been, these plays were directed, acted and designed by students.

AUDIO: Mason Players hosts first evening of one-acts

Mason Players will be hosting their first ever “Evening of One Acts” with two one-act plays: “Women and Wallace” by Jonathan Marc Sherman, student directed by senior Casey Bauer; and “Woyzeck” by Georg Büchner, student directed by junior Rebecca Wahls.

POLL: How does Mason feel about the sudden colder weather?

With the sudden drop in temperature, and snow on the rise, Fourth Estate wants to know how Mason students are coping with the weather.

Hylton Performing Arts Center receives grant to add education wing

The Hylton Performing Arts Center is in the preliminary planning stages to build an education wing after receiving a $2.5 million dollar grant and a $5 million dollar challenge grant from the Cecil & Irene Hylton Foundation.

Rick Davis, the associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and executive director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and Brian Marcus, associate dean for development at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, said that the Hylton’s growth over the years is a result of a rapidly changing community.

L.A. Theatreworks brings The Graduate to Mason with a radio-style twist

L.A. Theatre Works presents “The Graduate” which reveals the other, darkly comedic side of college graduation at the Center for the Arts.  

 “The Graduate” was originally a novel that was adapted into the famous Dustin Hoffman movie in 1967. The novel was also adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson in the West End before coming to Broadway in 2002.

L.A. Theatre Works adapts the stage version of “The Graduate" into a “unique hybrid radio theater-style,” according to their recent press release. 

Family Weekend pits President Cabrera against Top Chef Isabella in culinary challenge

Video by Marcus Miller 

On Saturday, Oct. 19, four chefs took the stage in the JC food court for a cooking competition inspired by family foods.

Mason Players revive vaudeville in The Merchant

The Mason Players harken back to the vaudeville era with upcoming production of “The Merchant” by Titus Maccius Plautus.

Ed Gero, faculty director and adaptor of “The Merchant,” remembered this play from a previous production he did in high school.

Folger Theatre reinterprets Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for modern audiences

Folger Theatre in Washington D.C. launched a new production of "Romeo and Juliet" that reads like any modern play and is available to college students at a reduced price.

Shakespeare has remained relevant in western culture throughout the centuries with millions of productions produced over the centuries since his death and regaled in high school English classrooms world-wide. Sometimes students cannot help but dread and fear the name.

Peasant Theater sets the stage for aspiring theatrical artists

Mason junior, Conor Kyle saw a problem growing in the theater community: theater was too expensive and inaccessible for struggling college students.

He wanted to start a theater company that does away with these problems, providing free theater to all presenting the work of any Mason student. He called it "Peasant Theater."

Kyle said, “Peasant Theater is a new student organization created by myself with the idea that we produce student written and directed stage work of any kind and that includes sketches, comedies and full length plays.”

Fourth Estate announces first ever horror story competition

Do you have a story you’d like to share with the rest of Mason campus that will keep them lying awake at nights, jumping at their own shadows?

Starting on Oct. 17, 2013, Fourth Estate will be searching for the most bone-chilling short stories and poems until Oct. 29 at 11:59 p.m with its Horror Story Competition. All works should be no less than 100 and no more than 1500 words in length. They will be judged based on adherence to the aforementioned guidelines, readability, and (most importantly) scariness.

There is no theme, just horror.