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May 2019

Production | Lighten Up! A Comedy Festival about Colorism

May 29 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Colorism affects our daily lives – how we groom ourselves, our relationship with the sun, what we buy, how we vote, and how we perceive each other. It is such an everyday, insidious oppression that has utterly absurd day-to-day effects. Simply put, it’s ripe for comedy. This 3 day festival will include two Stanford Artists performances and a performance by Peacock Rebellion. Tickets and More Information are available at our website https://lightenupcomedy.weebly.com/

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George Frideric Handel: Acis and Galatea

May 31 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Nymphs and shepherds live and love in the idyllic fields of Arcadia, until the arrival of monster Polyphemus shatters their pastoral bliss. True to the Ovidian myth, the subsequent death of Acis is reimagined as he transforms into a stream, to be forever a part of the Arcadian fields. Music students of MUS 184C perform this favorite Handel serenata from various versions, including a 1786 chamber version held in Green Library Special Collections. | Reception to follow. Stage Director: Nova…

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June 2019

The Future of Medicine, “DR.HAL 9000 WILL SEE YOU NOW”

June 20 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE“DR.HAL 9000 WILL SEE YOU NOW” ROBOTIC MEDICINE AND THE HUMAN COMPETITION Thursday, June 206-7:30PMCantor Arts Center Curator: David Bell, MD Bell was the 1st place winner of the 2018 Kalanithi Writing Award for his story, “Pulseless” Read Bell’s story here: http://med.stanford.edu/pcph/patient-care/palliative-care/paul-kalanithi-essay-contest.html Readers: TBA, please check back for updates! The Future of Medicine is a production by The Pegasus Physician Writer’s at the School of Medicine. 

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September 2019

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze

September 29 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is the first solo museum show for Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel. Featuring paintings made in the last five years, Casteel’s large-scale portraits of Harlem community members are intimate portrayals of often overlooked members of society. In her own words, “I’ve always had an inclination toward seeing people who might be easily unseen.” Casteel’s deeply empathetic approach to portraiture makes her one of the most important emerging artists working today.Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze is organized…

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November 2019


November 7 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

by Nassim Soleimanpour  From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour comes an audacious new theatrical experience. Each night a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box. But will they understand each other? Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us. NASSIM follows Soleimanpour’s globally acclaimed White Rabbit Red Rabbit, which has been translated into over 25 different languages and performed over…

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February 2020

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

February 5, 2020 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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Rite of Spring

February 21, 2020 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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April 2020

Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha

April 23, 2020 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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