You’re probably already familiar with “The Crucible”. The play, written in 1953 by Arthur Miller, is his most frequently produced work worldwide and a commonly read text in high school literature classes. Even if you’re already familiar with the play, it’s definitely worth coming out to see the Stanford Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS) production, which provides some interesting fresh takes on the play. For those unfamiliar with the story, “The Crucible” is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem Witch Trials; it also serves as an allegory for the House Un-American Activities Committee anti-communist investigations that were taking place at the time Miller wrote they play and under which he was questioned. Although the connections between the two events are clear, the story is easy to understand even without any context.
Set in the fictional town of Jericho, Kan., “Jericho” takes place shortly after a series of nuclear explosions devastate the country. Isolated from most of civilization, the people of Jericho deal with the fallout (both literal and metaphorical) of the bombs, as one disaster after another threatens their lives.
“America is not the greatest country in the world anymore,” proclaims news anchor Will McAvoy. So begins “The Newsroom,” the latest series from writer Aaron Sorkin, who took a hiatus from his usual TV series (“West Wing,” “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”) to pen films “The Social Network” and “Moneyball.”
On Saturday, March 3, a lecture hall in the Geology corner, typically utilized for academic events, played host to a show far from the likes of an IHUM lecture. People filled the room to witness the end of quarter show of the Robber Barons, Stanford’s only sketch comedy group.
Anyone who has ever been in a relationship—or anyone ill-fated enough to have friends in relationships—knows first-hand how much a breakup can rock even the tightest-knit friend groups. Part true-facts, part satire and part courtroom drama, “The Ex-Trials” an original play written and produced by Savannah Kopp ‘14 and directed by Laura Petree ‘15, seeks to illustrate just that.
“Scorched” creeps up on you slowly, and before you know it, you find yourself simultaneously terrified, engrossed, impassioned and queasy. The play finds a jarring start in an elaborate set that doesn’t seem to belong in any particular place, where Simon (Babak Tafti) and Janine (Annie Purcell) make an uncomfortable visit to the notary Alphonse (David Strathairn, “Good Night and Good Luck”) to hear their mother’s will.
Very early in life, we started learning phrases like “Be positive” or “Look on the bright side.” But these isolated statements, in their Copperplate Gothic font underneath classroom pictures of foggy mountains, fast became trite. They are short and sweet, and they come out of emotional context, which makes them unpersuasive.