From November 2016 through March 2017, Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT) will present workshops on Samuel Beckett in Paris at L’école normale superièure and the United Kingdom. Auditions for SRT's upcoming summer season will take place in February 2017. Our 18th summer festival will include an evening of three Chekhov farces, The Bear, The Propsal, and The Anniversary, followed by a devised piece based on the great Russian theater experimentalist Vsevolod Meyerhold’s 1935 adaptation of these same pieces. Meyerhold's version, entitled 33 Swoons, was a critical failure in the USSR and got him into political and aesthetic trouble. Stalinist police closed down his theater in 1937, arrested him in 1939, and executed him in 1940.
The combination of these theater pieces provides the opportunity to view these farces in a political light, even as it demonstrates that avant-garde work often has a heritage rooted in a "classical" tradition. We will post audition dates and locations in the new year.
OCTOBER 20-22 | 8PM | PIGOTT THEATER IN MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
SCRIPT ASSEMBLED BY RUSH REHM | DIRECTED BY LINDSEY MANTOAN
A co-production of SRT, Ethics in Society, Stanford Peace + Justice Studies Initiative, and TAPS, Democratically Speaking explored the idea and realities of "democracy," from ancient Greece to the Occupy Movement. This staged reading feature a dynamic interplay of voices, including Aeschylus, Thucydides, Euripides, Demosthenes, Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Paine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Alexander von Humboldt, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Leo Tolstoy, Sylvia Pankhurst, Rosa Luxemburg, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, and a host of others. A timely exploration of "people power" (the root meaning of demos + kratos), Democratically Speaking offered a compelling challenge to all of us in this important US election year.
Theater Takes a Stand
Stanford Repertory Theater just completed our 18th summer festival with productions of Naomi Wallace's Slaughter City and Clifford Odet's Waiting for Lefty. "Kudos to Stanford Repertory Theater and artistic director Rush Rehm for bringing this pithy production to Bay Area audiences." San Jose Mercury News
SRT's 2015 production of Coward's Hay Fever has received three Bay Area Theater Critic Award Nominations: Best Production, Best Costumes (Connie Strayer), Best Supporting Actress (Kathleen Kelso)
SRT's 2014 production of Welles' Moby Dick - Rehearsed received ten Theater Bay Area nominations, and won in four categories: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction (Rush Rehm and Courtney Walsh), and Outstanding Sound Design (Michael Keck)