The stage is set for the next two events in the University of Virginia’s “Arts on the Hill” series this semester.
To showcase the art of acting, Jason George and Kathleen Turner will appear in separate events in November and December at Carr’s Hill, the home of UVA President Jim Ryan.
“An Evening with Jason George” will be held Nov. 4 and “One Night Only: Kathleen Turner LIVE!” will take place Dec. 2. Both Friday events start at 5 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes earlier. Free tickets for UVA students, faculty and staff will be available through a lottery.
Arts on the Hill, an ongoing collaboration between UVA Arts and UVA’s offices of the President and of the Executive Vice President and Provost, features artists from the UVA faculty and student body, as well as visiting artists from around the globe.
A 1994 UVA alumnus, George fell for acting in a drama class he almost didn’t get into. He stars in the television show, “Station 19,” a spinoff of “Grey’s Anatomy.” He plays Ben Warren in both shows, a doctor who then retrains as a firefighter in Seattle. The sixth season of “Station 19” began airing last week.
George has appeared in eight other prime-time television shows and guest-starred in some 50 other TV roles, as well as appearing in more than 15 films.
He has also starred on the stage in “12 Angry Men” at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2013. This more recent version of the 1954 drama featured a racially mixed cast with George playing Juror No. 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda and Jack Lemon in the film versions. The play won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Production. George also played a lead role in UVA creative writing professor Rita Dove’s play, “The Darker Face of the Earth,” in 2000 at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles.
A member of the Virginia Film Festival Advisory Board, George has served on several diversity advisory boards for Hollywood and Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists organizations.
For George’s event, the deadline to enter the lottery is midnight on Oct. 31. Winners will be notified by 3 p.m. on Nov. 1.
Turner, a two-time Golden Globe winner as well as Oscar and Tony award nominee, gained fame in the 1981 film “Body Heat.” She has starred in more than 30 films, including “Romancing the Stone” and “Prizzi’s Honor,” both of which led to Golden Globe Awards, as well as “Serial Mom,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “V.I. Warshawki” and “The Virgin Suicides.”
She has voiced several animated characters, including Jessica Rabbit in the “Roger Rabbit” series.
Her latest film, “The Swearing Jar,” a romantic musical drama, premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. She will also appear in the upcoming feature film, “The Estate,” with David Duchovny, Anna Faris and Toni Collette, and in the HBO limited series, “The White House Plumbers,” starring alongside Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux.
Turner has worked in other numerous television and theater shows, from a Broadway revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to her recent one-woman show, “Finding My Voice.”
Having starred with Michael Douglas in “Romancing the Stone” and the sequel, “Jewel of the Nile,” she joined Douglas again, this time in his limited Netflix series, “The Kominsky Method,” 2019 to 2021. She also starred in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” series for Netflix, and her episode, “These Old Bones,” was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Turner, who published a memoir in 2008, “Send Yourself Roses,” has shared her experience and craft in teaching as well. This semester she is a guest lecturer in a drama master class at UVA.
For Turner’s appearance, the lottery deadline is midnight on Nov. 28. Winners will be notified by 3 p.m. on Nov. 29.