Stanford Repertory Theater
At the first annual Theatre Bay Area Awards Ceremony at ACT’s Geary Theater on November 11, 2014, SRT won FOUR TBA awards for our 2014 production of Orson Welles’ Moby Dick – Rehearsed: Best Production, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Direction (Rush Rehm and Courtney Walsh), and Best Sound Design (Michael Keck). Congratulations to all the artists who worked on our Orson Welles’ Festival and to the wonderful audiences who have supported our work. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming productions.
Words to End All Wars
In collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, Theater and Performance Studies, and Stanford’s Peace + Justice Studies Initiative, Stanford Repertory Theater presents Words to End All Wars, a staged reading based on writings from World War I, part of the commemoration of the centenary of that horrific conflict.
Friday, January 23, and Saturday January 24, 8:00 pm, Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium. Free admission.
I went for a walk alone through the forest this morning. The weather was so glorious. Now I can see why you, my dear Robert, walk alone into the forest as often as you can from where you are stationed. When I left for my walk, I saw a sergeant standing at our kitchen window with the cook. I said as a joke that that wasn’t allowed. He said, “Shooting people dead for three years isn’t allowed either.”
Letter from Anna Pöhland, wife of a German soldier
In this centenary year of the outbreak of World War I, historians and journalists are searching for ways to frame that cataclysmic event so that we can appreciate how unprecedented and consequential it was – for world political history, for the birth of modern culture, and for humankind’s lapsed trust in its own rationality.
There’s no question that WWI was a traumatic event. But, we can’t begin to understand its meaning without getting closer to the inner lives of those who experienced it, to their ideals, their convictions, their hopes, and their fears. These inner lives are preserved for us in the massive writing that came out of the War, not just in the published work of poets and novelists, but in the thousands of letters, diaries, notebooks, and memoirs of officers, infantry, and those on the home fronts.
The company performs selections by writers including Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Vera Brittain, Ernst Jünger, Eric Maria Remarque, Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Celine, Mary Borden, Smedley Butler, Rosa Luxemburg, Wyndham Lewis, Dalton Trumbo, and many others. Their memoirs, stories, letters, diaries, and poems tell an intimate story of men and women caught in the violent destruction of the ”war to end all wars.”
Directed by Stanford Repertory Theater Artistic Director Rush Rehm, with visual images and live saxophone accompaniment.
These performances are co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies, the Department of Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS), and the Peace + Justice Studies Initiative (PSJI).