Stanford Repertory Theater Festival: The Many Faces of Farce
- EVT 514
- Aug 10—Aug 27
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- Nitery Theater, Old Union
In a time of national and international uncertainty, comedy that helps us see ourselves and our errors clearly is necessary entertainment. The theater should be a place to celebrate what is good in the world while criticizing what is wrong, and farce might be the perfect vehicle to do just that.
The Bear, The Proposal, The Anniversary, and 33 Swoons
This summer, SRT offers you a two-act evening beginning with three short masterpieces by Anton Chekhov—The Bear, The Proposal, and The Anniversary—followed by a performance created collaboratively by the 2017 SRT company, imagining those same three Chekhov classics performed in Stalinist Russia. Entitled 33 Swoons, this play is based on a little-known history of Vsevolod Meyerhold, one of the 20th century’s greatest directors and close collaborator of Chekhov’s, examining the question: What happens when comedy runs afoul of authority, and farce becomes a form of resistance?
August 10 – August 27
Thursdays –Saturdays, 8:00 pm; Sundays, 7:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2:00 pm
(all matinee performances will be followed by a post-show discussion)
In addition to directing this theatrical performance, Alex Johnson will teach the Continuing Studies course “Making Fun: A History of Farce on Stage” this Summer. For more information, please see the course page.
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