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Stanford Rep presents "The Many Faces of Farce"

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce.” The famous observation by Karl Marx provided the inspiration for Stanford Repertory Theater’s 2017 summer festival, “The Many Faces of Farce,” directed by ALEX JOHNSON, SRT associate artistic director. Audiences are responding positively to the festival. Tickets for opening weekend sold out quickly, and this weekend’s performances are nearing…

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Stanford Summer Theater Festival presents works by two great Irish dramatists and funnymen, Wilde and Beckett

"The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Happy Days" represent comedy with a difference.

Lynne Soffer knows what she likes when she sees it. Earlier this month, she was tinkering with the blocking of the third act of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and her directorial instincts were swiftly shaping the action on stage. The actors’ every step, gesture and inflection were quickly weighed and tweaked to her liking…

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He’s Funny That Way: Oscar Wilde & Samuel Beckett

Stanford Summer Theater 2013 Festival, July 8-August 25

Stanford Summer Theater (SST) celebrates its fifteenth season with an explosion of comedy – comedy with a difference. We meet two great Irish dramatists, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett, in a festival featuring productions of The Importance of Being Earnest and Happy Days. There is also a free Monday night film series on “apocalyptic comedy,”…

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‘Learning play’ pushes Stanford scholars and actors to explore the contradictions of capitalism

Stanford Summer Theater and the Center for Ethics in Society partner to produce The Exception and the Rule, a Bertolt Brecht "learning play" that explores themes of inequality and corruption.

The Stanford Summer Theater production of Bertolt Brecht’s play The Exception and the Rule is a uniquely Stanford affair: a classics student is acting in it, a music student wrote the score and a drama professor is the director. The multidisciplinary academic involvement is particularly fitting, since the show is one of the German playwright’s “learning plays,”…

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