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January 2020

One Touch of Venus

January 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Department of Music presents a fully staged production of One Touch of Venus by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Ogden Nash and book by S.J. Perelman and Nash. Based on the novella The Tinted Venus by Thomas Anstey Guthrie, Weill’s 1941 musical fantasy tells of an ancient statue of Venus that comes to life. When modern humans fall in love with her, complications ensue. | These performances are funded in part by the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Fund…

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Info Session | A Midsummer Night’s Dream

January 24 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

AMY FREED (Director) invites all students to an open information session to learn more about the play, how the production and class will work, the audition process, and anything else you might want to know before auditions Week 6! We’ll read some of the play as a group, have some Q&A and if you’ve never read a line of Shakespeare in your life, it’s a perfect way to start! ALL WHO HAVE AN INTEREST ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! NO EXPERIENCE…

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Production | Graduate Repertory 2020

January 30 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WEEKEND 1THU – SAT, JAN 30 – FEB 1 at 8PM | Nitery Theater in Old UnionEach production runs just under 1 hour with a 5 minute transition between projects. “Women in Waiting”Adapted and Directed by Emma Humphris Women in Waiting is a short performance about women’s experience in immigration detention centers in the United Kingdom. The main character, Samia, is a young and pregnant Syrian woman who struggles to get support and medical attention. She finds little relief in…

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February 2020

Film Screening: Oddlands

February 4 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In preparation for Stanford Live’s presentation of Back to Back Theatre’s production of the The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes, please join us for a screening of their short film Oddlands. It’s not who you are, it’s who you become. Des and Tam are members of a clean-up crew in a strange toxic wasteland. It’s a lousy job, but it’s the best they can get, and it may just get them what they want. When they stumble upon what may be…

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The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

February 5 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Back to Back Theatre  Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.

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Bali Sahota – “The Little Clay Cart on the Way to Epic Theater”

February 6 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

If, as one of his contemporaries claims, the classic Sanskrit play The Little Clay Cart planted the seed for what would evolve as Bertolt Brecht’s hallmark epic theater, one might ask what it was about the play that suggests alternatives to Western models? What were the implications of these alternatives in the revolutionary tumult of the Weimar Republic in which Brecht encountered and espoused Marxism as his primary political outlook?  Apart from attempting to answer these questions, this presentation will also look…

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Rite of Spring

February 21 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Yang Liping  Chinese dance legend and renowned choreographer Yang Liping—a 2018 judge on So You Think You Can Dance: China—brings her stunning reimagining of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Stanford. A product of her native Chinese culture intermingled with the Tibetan concept of nature and life, Liping’s Rite of Spring spins an abstract legend of the path of salvation embodied by the sacrificial peacock. Through spectacular set design and exquisite costumes, the production creates a distinctive universe where time, space, and life coexist in endless…

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Production | “Everybody” By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

February 27 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

FEB 27-29 + MAR 5-7 at 8PM | Roble Studio Theater | Tickets $5-$15 — On Sale JAN 27 TAPS Winter Main Stage, Everybody, is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by TAPS Artistic Director Prof. Michael Rau. This modern riff on the fifteenth-century morality play Everyman follows Everybody (chosen from amongst the cast by lottery at each performance) as they journey through life’s greatest mystery—the meaning of living. Tickets On Sale January 27.

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The Comedy of Errors

February 27 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Twenty-five years before our story begins, Egeon of Syracuse and his wife are spending time abroad when she gives birth to twin boys. At the same time, a poor woman staying in the same inn also gives birth to twin boys and sells them to Egeon to be servants to his newborns. On their way home, a deadly storm ravages the ship carrying Egeon and his family. The ship is destroyed and Egeon, who is taking care of one of…

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Cole Porter Revue: A Hillhouse Studio Recital

February 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Wendy Hillhouse’s voice studio performs solos and duets by Cole Porter. Admission Info Free

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March 2020

Imperial-Time-Order: the “People” and the “Empire” in Historical Plays in Mao’s China

March 5 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Is Mao’s China a nation state or an empire? Can an “empire mentality” be contained within the framework of nation state? This talk will examine the historical plays produced during the Maoist time in general, and Guo Moruo’s Cai Wenji (1959) in particular, to discuss the temporal structure working in and out of these historical plays. Taking Guo’s theory of “virtual focus” (seeking similarity at the expense of historical facts) as a point of departure, Qian suggests that the “virtual…

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April 2020

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

April 23 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Produced by Volcano Theatre with Moveable Beast Collective and co-commissioned by Stanford Live  In 1911, famed ragtime composer Scott Joplin wrote Treemonisha, the first opera about life post-slavery by a black person. Fusing classical, folk, and gospel, it bore ragtime’s syncopations. Thematically, it was ahead of its time. But nobody would risk producing a black composer’s work, and five years later Joplin was buried in a pauper’s grave and the work was thrown away. Now, reconstructed with new libretto and orchestrations…

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May 2020

Is This a Room

May 14 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Heralded by the New York Times as one of the best theater productions of 2019 and a work with “a tension level worthy of Hitchcock,” Is This A Room is a verbatim rendering of F.B.I. transcripts from the 2017 interrogation of former Air Force linguist Reality Winner. After a surprise interrogation at her home, she was found guilty and charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in U.S elections. Now serving a record-breaking five-year sentence for whistle-blowing, Reality’s case was one that gripped the nation and raises the question: Why’d she…

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