Stanford Repertory Theater 2014
Summer Festival

Stanford Repertory Theater proudly presents our 16th summer festival, Orson Welles: Substantial Shadows, featuring a production of Moby Dick - Rehearsed, Welles' masterful version of Melville's great novel. In 90 action-packed minutes, a group of actors transform the stage into the Pequod, benches into whaling ships, and the theater into the great Pacific Ocean. Critics find the show "magical," "rich and absorbing," "five stars," with Rod Gnapp as a "hypnotizing Ahab," and Courtney Walsh's choreography "a well-tuned symphony of movement timed perfectly with the storytelling." READ the reviews, SEE the trailer:

Video trailer about Moby Dick - Rehearsed!


8.20.2014 - Martians with death rays at Stanford Rep! - San Jose Mercury News
8.20.2014 - Stanford Rep to re-create Welles' 'War of the Worlds' - SF Gate
8.19.2014 - Theater Review: Stanford Repertory Theater takes on Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” - The Stanford Daily
8.18.2014 - "War of the Worlds revisited" - Stark Insider
8.17.2014 - "War of the Worlds at Stanford" - examiner.com
8.16.2014 - "Stanford Rep continues its Orson Welles festival with a visit from Mars" - A Good Reed Review
8.13.2014 - "Stanford Rep presents still relevant ‘War of the Worlds’ " - SF Examiner
8.3.2014 - "A whale of a show" - Mountain View Voice
8.1.2014 - "Stanford Repertory Theater in the throes of a whale hunt and preparing for an alien invasion" - Stanford Report
7.29.2014 - "A rare chance to see Orson Welles’ Moby Dick – Rehearsed. Take it." - The Book Haven
7.23.2014 - "Theater Review - Stanford Repertory Theater's 'Moby Dick--Rehearsed'" - Stanford Daily
7.23.2014 - "REVIEW - Moby Dick Rehearsed - Stanford Repertory Theater" - Artsalot
7.21.2014 - "A powerful 'Moby Dick' at Stanford" - San Jose Mercury News
7.21.2014 - "Not Just a Fish Story: Moby Dick - Rehearsed" - Stark Insider
7.20.2014 - "Moby Dick Rehearsed" - Examiner
7.19.2014 - "Moby Dick-Rehearsed" - Myrvold's Theater Notes
7.19.2014 - "Stanford rep sets sail on an imaginative journey" - A Good Reed Review
7.19.2014 - "'Moby Dick--Rehearsed' is magical" - Daily Post
7.19.2014 - "Stanford Repertory Theater Presents 'Moby Dick--Rehearsed" - Peninsula Backstage

Purchase tickets here.

We've added two extra performances to War of the Worlds, Friday night August 16 at 9:30 pm and Friday August 22 at 9:30 pm. War of the Worlds runs 55 magical minutes, so you'll be out by 10:30 pm!

Orson Welles: Substantial Shadows celebrates the incomparable theater, radio, and film work of an American original. Combining the energies and skills of entrepreneur, actor, designer, director, playwright, producer, and screenwriter, Welles transformed the theater, radio, and film of the last century in ways that continue to amaze us.

By the age of 25, Welles had directed spectacular successes for the Federal Theater Project (the black Macbeth in Harlem, Marc Blitzstein’s Cradle Will Rock), co-founded the groundbreaking Mercury Theater (a politically charged Julius Caesar on Broadway, radio-theater adaptations that dazzled audiences at home), and taken Hollywood by storm, directing and starring in Citizen Kane. As Orson Welles: Substantial Shadows demonstrates, Welles continued to create theater and film of extraordinary range, power, and audacity over the next 35 years.

For more information about our theater productions, Moby Dick – Rehearsed (starring Rod Gnapp as Ahab) and War of the Worlds, click on the tab This Season. For a preview of our Welles' festival in the Stanford Report, click here.

Also, Artistic Director receives the Dinkelspiel Award for his work with Stanford Repertory Theater!



We’ve changed our name: Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT). And high time, too! We do so much more than summer theater. Our productions are not only year-round but also tour nationally and internationally.

Here at Stanford, we have extended our work across the academic year. In 2011 we began a wonderful collaboration with Stanford’s McCoy Center for Ethics in Society, using theater to grapple with moral and ethical issues, including:

- “Ethics of War” series (2011), with productions of Betrayed and Copenhagen
- “Ethics of Wealth” series (2013), with Brecht’s The Exception and the Rule, which then traveled to local high schools and retirement communities.
- An Inspector Calls (May 15 - 24, 2014).

We have traveled the world with our productions.

- 1998: Our Brecht/Weill cabaret When the Shark Bites traveled to the Shanghai Experimental Theater Festival.
- 2009 - present: Comparative Clytemnestra, developed out of our Electra Festival, performed in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Cardiff, Amsterdam, Corfu, and Berlin.
- 2012: We restaged our Wanderings of Odysseus in a sold-out run at the Michael Cacoyannis Theater in Athens, Greece.
- 2013: Our staged versions of three Eudora Welty short stories played at three Mississippi colleges, as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Medgar Evers’ assassination.
- 2013/2014: After our summer run, our bilingual version of Beckett’s Happy Days/Oh les beaux jours moved to France, then San Francisco, and will return to Paris in December 2014.

Our company has also staged productions and readings of new plays and beloved classics with our many partners at Stanford Continuing Studies, the National Center for New Plays at Stanford, and Stanford Lively Arts:

- Miss Julie by August Strindberg (Spring 2013)
- Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas (Fall 2012)
- Reykjavic by Richard Rhodes (Spring 2012)
- Taboos by Carl Djerassi (Spring 2010)
- An Evening of Saroyan (Spring 2009)
- The Othello Syndrome (Fall 2009)

Stanford Repertory Theater proudly announces our upcoming 2014 Summer Festival, celebrating the work of the incomparable Orson Welles, featuring:

- Moby Dick – Rehearsed (Welles’ adaptation of Melville’s novel, starring Rod Gnapp as Ahab), July 17 – August 10
- War of the Worlds, a theatrical recreation of Welles’ infamous 1938 radio broadcast, August 14 – 24
- “Welles on Film” (a free film series) Monday nights, June 30 – August 18
- Symposium “Transformative Stages: Sea Change in Welles and Melville,” Saturday August 2
- Continuing Studies course “Welles and his Sources,” June 25 – August 20

Join us at Stanford Repertory Theater, offering professional theater year-round!

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