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October 2020

First Friday | TAPS Associate Professor Young Jean Lee

October 2 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

October’s First Friday presentation will be from TAPS Associate Professor Young Jean Lee, who will describe her approach to, and experiences with, cross-cultural theater-making in her own work. She will also talk about how to acknowledge and navigate your own privilege when collaborating with people from marginalized groups that you don’t belong to.

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Community Hour with Salamishah Tillet

October 3 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Salamishah Tillet, Henry Rutgers Professor of African American and African Studies and Creative Writing, Rutgers University, Newark, and Co-Founder of A Long Walk Home, will be our special guest on the Community Hour on Saturday at 1pm PST.  We will discuss Black feminism, art and activism, and surviving sexual violence. This Community Hour will be on Elizabeth Gilbert’s Instagram Live:  @elizabeth_gilbert_writer.Elizabeth Gilbert is the best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love; The Signature of All Things; and City of Girls. For more information…

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Colin Quinn: An Overstated Book Tour

October 6 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

How can a nation composed of states that range from Utah (“The church of states”) to Vermont (“The state of relevant old people”) possibly hang together? In Colin Quinn’s new book “Overstated,” the popular comedian, social commentator, and star of the Netflix specials and off-Broadway shows Red State Blue State, The New York Story, and Unconstitutional tackles the condition of our union today. Tune in to hear the stand-up comedian from Brooklyn discuss his new book “Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States” with moderators…

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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: NASRIN

October 8 10:00 am - 11:00 am

RSVP to receive a link for the screening and live panel discussion.  NASRIN is an immersive portrait of attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the world’s most prominent human rights activists and political prisoners. Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman, produced by Marcia Ross, and secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make it, the film also tells the story of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement.  Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children,…

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Community Engaged Research – What it is, What it isn’t, and Is it for you?

October 12 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This workshop series is designed with Stanford graduate students in mind who are interested in learning more about and developing their skills around community-engaged scholarship and community-based research. Invited speakers include leaders and practitioners across disciplinary fields. Community-based research differs from “traditional” research in that it aims to cultivate non-hierarchical relationships between “researchers” and “communities.” Within this research approach, community members are also researchers and work side by side with university researchers in the design, conceptualization, and actualization of a…

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Manic Monologues

October 22 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Stanford PhD candidate Zack Burton and Stanford alumna Elisa Hofmeister created the play in the wake of Burton’s bipolar diagnosis in May 2017 at Stanford. Zach and Elisa are delighted to (virtually) bring these stories back to Stanford in collaboration with a team including wonderful individuals across the continent: actor and head of finance Emery Ahoua; Broadway producer, resident producer of McCarter Theatre Center, and multiple Tony Award-winner Debbie Bisno; Canadian mental health advocate Victoria Maxwell (as seen in NYT, WSJ, and with Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN —…

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“Black Music Revealed” with guest speaker Naomi André

October 26 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

“Black Music Revealed: Black composers, performers, and themes from the 18th century to the present,” a Fall 2020 seminar presented by Professor Paul Phillips, welcomes guest lecturer Naomi André (professor, University of Michigan) this week, viewable on Zoom. | RSVP required for non-Stanford attendees. Naomi André is Professor in Women’s Studies, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Residential College Arts and Ideas in the Humanities program at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in music from…

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November 2020

CANCELED – *CANCELED* – Queer Horror Gravest Hits

November 6 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

We regret to inform you that this performance is canceled. Learn more about Carla Rossi’s latest projects here. Anthony Hudson as alter ego Carla Rossi, “Portland’s premier drag clown,” comes to Bing for a two-night residency. A member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Hudson finds inspiration in the drama and tension living in the in-between of race and sexual orientation in white pop culture. Hosted by Carla Rossi and culled from four years of Queer Horror’s short film nights at Portland’s…

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CANCELED – *CANCELED* – Carla Rossi Does Drag

November 7 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

We regret to inform you that this performance is canceled. Learn more about Carla Rossi’s latest projects here. Featuring song, monologue, too many wigs, and interactive “Rossivision” video and scenography with sequences celebrating and lampooning Chicago, Celine Dion, Russian Doll, Birds of Prey, Netflix’s The Circle, and more, Carla Rossi Does Drag is a brand new theatrical experience that is equal parts greatest hits collection and video cabaret, all decked out in the signature surreality of Carla’s world.

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December 2020

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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