Play Opens GMU Season

The Theater of the First Amendment at George Mason University will open its 2005-06 season with "Three Hotels" Sept. 15-Oct. 2 at GMU's Harris Theater.

According to a news release, the play by Jon Robin Baitz revolves around a former 1960s idealist named Kenneth Hoyle who is engaged in the questionable practice of marketing baby formula to the Third World. The story unfolds through monologues in three hotel rooms.

"It's a richly textured story about two people who lose their way in the modern world," actor Kevin Murray said in the news release. He plays Hoyle in the two-character drama.

Rick Davis directs the play. He is First Amendment's artistic director.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 4 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $30 for the performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and $25 for all other shows. For tickets, call 888-945-2468 or visit The theater is at George Mason's Center for the Arts, at Braddock Road and Route 123 in Fairfax.

Painter's Show in Vienna

The Vienna Arts Society is showcasing the work of artist Madeleine Chen in a show called "Four Seasons" that is running through Oct. 1 at its gallery.

Chen, a Taiwan native, works mostly with oil, painting portraits, still lifes and landscapes. In addition, Chen does Chinese brushwork, calligraphy and abstract art.

She graduated from the National Taiwan Art Academy.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is in the Village Green Shopping Center, 513 West Maple Ave., Vienna.

For more information, call 703-319-3220 or visit

Benefit at Westfield High

The Westfield High School theater boosters will present "Forever Plaid" Sept. 30-Oct. 2 to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors.

The play tells the story of a singing group called The Plaids, whose car gets broadsided en route to their first big gig by a bus full of parochial-school girls going to see the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The Plaids are revived and return to Earth to perform the concert of their dreams.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Westfield High School Theater. Tickets are $10; seating is general admission.

The school is at 4700 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly. For more information, call 703-488-6439 or visit

Highlights of a Darkroom

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods will celebrate 24 years of offering darkroom services to the community with a September show featuring work done in the center's photo lab.

The lab, which is open to the public, provides black-and-white and color film processing.

According to a news release, the level of experience in the exhibit ranges from beginner to professional. Techniques also vary, including hyper-realist views of everyday subjects, abstracts, and both color and black-and-white work. Some of the images include hand coloring and toning.

The lab's use fee is $7 for those who live or work in the Reston area and $9 for others. The center is at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-476-4500 or visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


Madeleine Chen's oil painting "Path" is part of a Vienna Arts Society exhibition of her works called "Four Seasons."