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OLLI Players Present Alex Bulova’s Antony and Cleopatra:
In Space! at Mason’s Harris Theatre, August 3

August 16, 2019

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger 

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Alerts & Notices

  • OLLI offices reopen on Monday, August 19 (after summer break); clubs will resume meeting on Saturday, August 17.
  • Reminder: Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group) meets Saturday, August 17 (tomorrow!), at 1:00 in TA‑1 (social activities at 12:30 in the annex).
  • Registration period for fall term is from 9:00 August 20 through noon on August 29. Classes have been added to fall term, and there are also cancelled classes. Check the OLLI website for a list of changes.
  • Note: Presentation on a Tour of World War II in Europe: Stories and photos of those who served, offered by Indiana author Kayleen Reusser, Friday, September 27. Focus on European sites and veterans’ experiences and memories. Register for Special Event 967.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published Friday, August 30; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00.

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Extraterrestrial Antony and Cleopatra Performed by OLLI Players

By Doris Bloch, Program Committee Co-chair

It is unlikely that William Shakespeare ever encountered aliens, but in Mason’s Harris Theatre on August 3-4, there they were. Mason was host to a premier performance of this unique approach to Antony and Cleopatra, written and directed by Alex Bulova and performed by the OLLI Players. In this play, Antony and Cleopatra in Space, Mark Antony, as a member of the powerful interplanetary Martian triumvirate, was a resident of Mars, while Cleopatra was queen of Venus. The performance was presented as a 1930s radio play, with the seven actors playing multiple roles and adding many appropriate-to-radio sound effects. The various planets and other space travel images were represented by backdrop projections and there was even a role for a robot. Interspersed among the five acts were radio commercials, several for Shakespearean memes, such as the Ophelia brand lifejackets.

Bulova has written several original playscripts, and in the past the OLLI Players have collaborated with him to perform them. Currently he is one of the two company playwrights in residence at the Class Act Players Theater Company. The OLLI Players group consists of OLLI members who love theater, enjoy acting, and travel throughout the Northern Virginia area to bring theater to other groups. Harris Theatre was a perfect venue for this show!

Music, Music Everywhere
By Marianne Metz, Art and Music Program Planning Group Co-chair


As you register for fall classes, it’s easy to overlook some of the gems being offered at OLLI. If you like music, check out the wonderful multi-session classes described near the front of the catalog. But don’t stop there! The following classes, listed elsewhere, promise to be wonderful as well.

Special events:

  • 959  Judy Garland: Beyond the Rainbow (September 24, Fairfax)
  • 962  From Poetry to Song: Emily Dickinson (September 25, Fairfax)
  • 966  Greek Folk Tunes in Classical Music (September 26, Loudoun)
  • 970  Workshop on Afro-Indigenous Traditions and Culture (October 2, Fairfax)
  • 974  Stories of a Hollywood Actress (October 4, Fairfax)
  • 979  The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (October 14, Fairfax)
  • 988  Salvaged Songs: Tunes from Broadway Musical Flops (October 25, Fairfax)
  • 1000 European Operetta at the End of the Silver Age: Oscar Straus and Noel Coward (November 13, Reston)
  • 1009 Vox Clamantis (October 23 performance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods)
  • 1011 The Klezmatics Present Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah (December 1 performance at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods)

Multi-session courses:

  • R417 Hamilton and History
  • F420 Rags (the musical)
  • R607 Breath of Heaven: The Music and Poetry of Amy Grant
  • F906 The Pittsburgh Renaissance
  • F901 Mason Faculty Club Series, Part 1, particularly the September 30 session on musical instruments’ evolution through history


Member Achievement

A Newly Published Book

By Ruta Sevo, OLLI Member

My fourth novel, Pip of Sedro Woolley, has just been published. It is available as an ebook or paperback at; click here.

It is in the genre of magical realism and metaphysical fiction, drawing on reported accounts of contact with unidentified flying objects and aliens. It features telepathy, past lives, contact with extraterrestrials, and a set of New Age beliefs called “the Pleiadian message.” If you are following the events at Area 51, for example, this book is in that alley.

There is a video trailer with eerie music on YouTube at this link.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Loony and in Love

The mellow moon
Shining in the dark night
Like a solitary lantern
Has been a marker
Of both Love and Madness.

Lovers have looked up from
Their love boats and seen
The moon reflected in the lake
And were enthralled and in love.

For billions of years tides
Have danced to the moon’s distant
But persistent pull
By silver ropes.

The earth wobbled less
With its ancient companion
Circling round and round.

The residents of the lunatic asylum
Wrongly blamed the moon
For their madness.

A half century ago
Men ended their longing
And landed on the moon
Dancing a little dance of joy.

The moon surface itself
Was less romantic
With face pocked from
Millions of asteroids.

Man saw for the first time
The whole earth
With its swirling white clouds
And blue waters.

As we reach to the skies
We are now citizens of the cosmos.

                    Jack A. Underhill

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, August 16 through September 2


By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer



For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information, see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton Center ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

No performances scheduled

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Mason Student and Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Mason Jazz Welcome Back Party
Sun, Aug 25, 5:30
deLaski 3001
Admission: Free.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Youth Center Stage: Camp Rock
Fri, Aug 16, 3:30 and 6:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $10 Adults; $8 students/seniors.

Pied Piper Theatre: West Side Story, School Edition
Fri, Aug 16, 7:00
Sat, Aug 17, 2:00 and 7:00
Gregory Family Theater
Call 703-330-2787 for ticket prices and more information.

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For further details on any of the above events, see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar.

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Meetings & Clubs

The following list covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Aug 17 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Personal Computer User Group–TA-1
Mon Aug 19  9:30am
What’s in the Daily News?–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Wed Aug 21  1:00pm Audiovisual Committee Meeting–TA-1
Thu Aug 22  9:30am Fairfax Grab ‘n’ Gab Coffee Klatsch–Annex
Fri Aug 23  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Group–Annex
Theater Lovers’ Group–TA-1
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Sat Aug 24 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Aug 26  9:30am
What’s in the Daily News?–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Thu Aug 29 10:00am Reston Program Planning Group–Reston Regional Library Room 2
Fri Aug 30  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation Group–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Sat Aug 31 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor: Paul Van Hemel
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Linda Randall, Tom Appich, Roz Stark,
Jane Hassell
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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