Stanford Continuing Studies 2014 Summer Course

Orson Welles – Sources and Transformations

(CSP/SRT Drama 39)

This course explores the theatrical and cinematic magic of the great American film and stage director, actor, and writer Orson Welles. We focus on his encounters with the works of William Shakespeare (Macbeth, Othello, Henry 4, 1 & 2, Merry Wives of Windsor), Herman Melville (Moby Dick), and H.G. Wells (The War of the Worlds). We also discuss the films screened in the Stanford Repertory Theater Film Series on Welles, including his Othello, Chimes at Midnight, and others.

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In addition to lectures on Shakespeare’s plays, Melville’s and Wells’ novels, and Welles’ versions of these works, the class will attend special preview performances of Stanford Repertory Theater productions of Welles’ Moby Dick – Rehearsed and The War of the Worlds. Students also will attend our free film series on Monday nights. as well as the CSP/SRT symposium “Transformative Stages: Sea Change in Welles and Melville” (July 26, 9:30 am – 5 pm, Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium).

The course includes a ticket to the symposium and reserved seats for the preview performances on July 16 and August 23, no substitutions)

Class sessions: Wednesdays. June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, 7 – 8:50 pm

Performances: Moby Dick – Rehearsed preview Wednesday July 16, 8 pm (Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium) and The War of the Worlds preview Wednesday August 13, 8 pm (Nitery Theater, Old Union)

Symposium: “Transformative Stages: Sea Change in Welles and Melville,” Saturday August 2, 9:30 to 5 pm, Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium

Film Series: “Orson Welles on Film,” Monday nights, June 30 – August 18 FREE, 7 pm, CEMEX Auditorium, 641 Knight Way, Stanford

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