Aquila Theatre brings top-rate productions to town

9:57:09 AM CDT - Wednesday, October 06, 2004

By Shannon Littlejohn

Wichita audiences can attend two nights of stellar theater in a row later this month when the College of Fine Arts Connoisseur Series brings in the Aquila Theatre Company for two shows.
Aquila, the professional company in residence at the Center for Ancient Studies at New York University, has an international reputation as one of the foremost producers of innovative and dynamic classical theater.

"It's a world-class touring theater company," said Steve Peters, WSU's School of Performing Arts, director. The actors will offer master classes for area students during their residency.

Aquila's first offering is "Twelfth Night," William Shakespeare's comic play set against a background of romance and mystery. It's a fun tale of identical twins and mistaken identity. Set in a mystical world of Illyria, it explores universal themes of love and its ambiguous effects.

The second offering is "The Invisible Man," based closely on H.G. Wells' 1897 novel and set in Victorian London. It tells the story of a talented young English scientist named Griffin who makes a startling discovery that wreaks havoc in his and other people's lives.

Invisible Man
Under Producing Artistic Director Peter Meineck, who founded the company in 1991, Aquila presents fresh and inventive productions of classical drama. The company has won critical and academic acclaim for its work worldwide, which includes extensive touring throughout Europe and Canada and multiple performances in major cities across the United States.

Aquila also presents regular runs in New York theaters and has staged special performance programs with such leading museums and galleries as the British Museum, the McNay Art Museum and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

The Aquila Theatre Company, which specializes in Greek drama and the ingenious use of meticulously crafted masks, has received the prize for dramatic excellence from the Greek government and several prestigious British Council Touring awards.

"Twelfth Night" is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and "The Invisible Man" is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23. Both productions, rated G for general audiences, are at Wilner Auditorium. For tickets call 978-3233. Reserved seating for both shows is $16 with discounts available.

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