As Fall quarter’s end draws near, the number of performances by groups and departments on campus jumps exponentially. And while most people will not get a chance to see all of these events due to generally being busy, it seems to me that most people will not get a chance to see any of these events due to not hearing about any of them–particularly those who really do want to see them. Plus, many–I stress the many–of the performances are exceptional, and the rest are usually interesting, albeit confusing, in some other way.
To counter this lack of knowledge about campus performances, we offer you a list of as many of these events as we can, listed chronologically.
Bulrusher, a play by Eisa Davis; put on by the Drama department and Blackstage
Tonight is the last night!
Tickets: $5 students; $10 seniors, faculty & staff; $15 general
In the Nitery theater, Nitery building of Old Union; 8 pm
Bulrusher is happening in the Nitery theater, which was closed for the last four years as Old Union was renovated. The Nitery is a great black box theater for student groups, or it would be, if it weren’t so small–the room should accommodate about 130-150 audience members, but due to inane fire restrictions is only allowed to hold 70. This means that the audience is limited and that the stage is much longer than it is wide, which is really awkward.
The Exonerated, put on by STAMP
Nov 12 (7 pm), Nov 13-14 (7 and 9 pm), also in the Nitery
Tickets are free, get them in White Plaza next week
Stanford Theater Activist Mobilization Project (STAMP), a student group, puts on plays that try to promote or discuss social issues. This play centers on a group of inmates freed from Death Row and is based on a true story. STAMP will also be holding a staged reading of My Name is Rachel Corrie the following week.
The Robber Barons Expose Themselves!, put on by Robber Barons Sketch Comedy
Nov. 13 and 14, 8 and 10 pm each night
Tickets are free for students, $5 faculty/staff, $10 general (all at the door)
Campbell Recital Hall in Braun Music Center
The Robber Barons, Stanford’s sketch comedy troupe, put on an original 90-minute show at the end of every quarter. I will refrain from saying anything else due to journalistic integrity (I am in the Robber Barons) but I highly recommend you come.
Tesseract: a life of Eadweard Muybridge in 8 stages, put on by the Drama department
Nov. 12 – 14, 8 pm
Pigott Theater in MemAud
This play is directed by guest directors Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish, visiting artists in the Drama department. They created the original piece in conjunction with students.
If nothing else, try to see at least one of these performances–you never know how talented students here are unless you actually see them perform.