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December 2020

600 Highwaymen: A Thousand Ways

December 2

Guided by a score of instructions, questions, prompts, and physical directives, people who have never met build a series of performances for one another. Each installment of 600 Highwaymen’s A Thousand Ways explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical. Act One: A Phone Call. (Dec 2–6, approx. 1 hour long) Act Two: A Meeting. Face-to-Face. (February 2021, subject to change) Act Three: An Assembly. All of Us Together. (Spring…

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Book Talk: Man of My Time

December 3 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Set in Tehran and New York, Man of My Time is the story of Hamid Mozaffarian, who is as alienated from himself as he is from the world.  After decades of working with ambivalence for the Iranian government, Hamid travels on a diplomatic mission to New York, where he encounters his estranged family and retrieves the ashes of his father.  Tucked into a mint tin in Hamid’s pocket, the ashes propel him into an excavation of a lifetime of betrayals,…

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CANCELED – Yang Liping’s Rite of Spring

December 11 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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 reincarnation.

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January 2021

Patti LuPone: Far Away Places

January 15, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Actress and singer Patti LuPone has graced the worlds of theater, film, and television for decades. The two-time Tony winner was the original Evita on Broadway and the original Fantine in London’s Les Misérables. LuPone’s solo shows draw from her mega-selling albums and theatrical appearances to highlight her brilliant vocal power, vivacious storytelling, and commanding stage presence.

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Huff: Cliff Cardinal

January 21, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

One of Canada’s most important emerging theatrical voices, Cree actor and playwright Cliff Cardinal’s acclaimed solo play delivers an unabashed view of the realities facing Indigenous youth growing up on First Nations Reserves across Turtle Island (North-Central America). Huff is a wrenching yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse, struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Huff is a story of Indigenous resilience and, ultimately, hope for the next generation.

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An Evening with an Immigrant: Inua Ellams

January 23, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Born to a Muslim father and a Christian mother in what is now considered by many to be Boko Haram territory, awardwinning poet and playwright Inua Ellams left Nigeria for England in 1996 at age 12, moved to Ireland for three years, and then returned to London to work as a writer and graphic designer. Littered with poems, stories, and anecdotes, Inua tells his ridiculous, fantastic, poignant immigrant story of escaping fundamentalist Islam, experiencing prejudice and friendship in Dublin, performing…

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February 2021

Falling for Make Believe: Ryan J. Haddad

February 19, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Ryan J. Haddad—the 2020 recipient of the Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award—has harbored a true love for theater since his childhood. When he was five, he created the Haddad Theater for his family to put on plays. As an actor today, Haddad can be seen in popular TV shows such as The Politician, Madame Secretary, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In Falling for Make Believe, Haddad draws on stories from his childhood in a witty, whimsical memoir full of showtunes.

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April 2021

Sea Sick: The Theatre Centre, written and performed by Alanna Mitchell

April 14, 2021 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

This unique performance unites personal memoir, theatrical presentation, and a scientific deep dive. Mitchell, a science journalist whose research on human impacts on the ocean’s chemistry led to many unexpected adventures, has created a lecture-cum-performance that diagnoses the state of the seas.

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May 2021

The War of the Worlds: Rhum and Clay Theatre Company, written with Isley Lynn

May 7, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This work looks back through history and speaks to our times. Inspired by H.G. Wells’ sci-fi novel and Orson Welles’ radio adaptation and the wild reaction it inspired, Rhum and Clay’s The War of the Worlds wrestles with the media and the boundaries of truth in a thrilling broadcast of the end of the world.

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