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Bella Wilcox
Bella Wilcox is a senior studying Communication and Theater and Performance Studies. She is a writer for Stanford Journalism's Peninsula Press and her poetry will be featured in the upcoming edition of the Stanford Journal of Asian American Studies. Her original play will premiere on campus this spring. Bella is a freelance DJ and concert planner.

Theater review: ‘Wars of the Roses’ is a disturbing thrill

Putting Shakespeare’s first four known plays into a single work is not an small undertaking. The task of performing all four in under three hours sounds near impossible – unless you’re the Stanford Shakespeare Company, that is. Performed by a stellar cast with impressive cohesion, “Wars of the Roses” (the term used to describe the…

Theater review: ‘Don Giovanni’ is a sweet spring treat

Last week, I had the opportunity to see the site-specific and immersive performance of Mozart’s masterpiece “Don Giovanni” at The Stanford Mausoleum, put on by the Stanford Savoyards and the Stanford Arts Institute. Amongst a few issues I had with the space and concept of audience immersion, the warm spring outdoor setting combined with wonderful…

Theater review: ‘Eclipsed’ revolutionizes the Broadway stage

Empowering, shocking and vulnerable, Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed” might be one of the most important plays ever to hit Broadway. I went to see the show during the Stanford Arts Institute’s Arts Immersion trip in New York City over spring break. All I knew about it was the immediate critical acclaim it drew for telling a powerful story about…

Let them ‘Play On!’

Last September, the critically-acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) announced its three-year project, “Play On! 36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare.” In it, 36 playwrights are paired with 36 dramaturges to translate 39 Shakespearian works into contemporary English by Dec. 31, 2018. Since OSF announced the new initiative, it has been met with a plethora of negative feedback. Several…

Crew profiles: The brains behind Ram’s Head’s ‘Rent’

Director: Liz Knarr ‘16 Major: Political Science, Theater and Performance Studies Hometown: Yorba Linda, California Favorite Musical: “Next to Normal” Random Fact: Knarr has been involved in 19 productions while at Stanford. As Director, senior Liz Knarr’s goal is to make sure huge fans of “Rent” – colloquially called “Rentheads” – are fulfilled by what they see…

Let them ‘Play On!’

On September 29th, 2015, the critically-acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) announced its three-year commissioned project Play On! 36 Playwrights Translate Shakespeare. In it, 36 playwrights are paired with 36 dramaturges to translate 39 plays attributed to Shakespeare into contemporary English by December 31st, 2018, according to the OSF website. The mission of Play On! is…

All about Trey Hale, director of ‘Gaieties 2015: Chem 31XXX’

Sophomore Trey Hale is currently in the process of directing Ram’s Head Theatrical Society’s fall show, “Gaieties 2015: Chem 31XXX.” I was lucky enough to snatch him for a chat about everything from his vision for the annual program to some unforeseen challenges faced in the making of his directorial debut. The Stanford Daily (TSD): How did you…

TAPS capstone ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ sparks thought

Tensions run high in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” a TAPS Capstone project for seniors Elizabeth Knarr, Analyssa Lopez and Louis McWilliams. The intense play by David Mamet includes a cast of eight men who all fearlessly attack their cutthroat characters. Set in the intimate black box Nitery Theater, the simplicity of the production allows the talent…

Once: A heart-warming musical experience

“Once” is not your traditional broadway musical — in the best way: No extravagant moving set pieces, no jazz squares and no orchestra pit. Based on the movie of the same name written and directed by John Carney, what “Once” truly provides is a breathtaking musical experience with multi-talented artists and a simple — yet…

New musical ‘Amélie’ charms Berkeley Rep

A star-studded cast, a come-to-life goldfish, a dancing gnome, an Elton John impersonator — these are just a few of the spontaneous, wacky bits of humor that make “Amélie, A New Musical” one to watch. Based on the 2001 film, “Amélie” tells the story of a young woman who escapes her sheltered childhood to help…

Kelley’s world: Stanford alum’s vision for theatre

“I think arts are basic to life — they’re basic to any strong community.” Sitting down with Robert Kelley, founder and Artistic Director of Theatreworks, I could feel the never-ending passion and excitement he has for the world of theatre. A common quality shared amongst Stanford graduates like Kelley is the ability to discover new…
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