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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ delves into the trials of love through fantasy

“Are you sure / That we are awake?” (4.1.178-179) As one of Shakespeare’s most iconic comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” explores love and its potentially dreamlike manifestations, all while prompting us to consider the purpose of theater in bringing people together. On the eve of Duke Theseus’ wedding to Amazon queen Hippolyta, a fairy king…

Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ showrunner Maurissa Tancharoen on life, television, and her inseparable love of the two

In television, it takes a great showrunner — the top dog behind the scenes of TV shows  — to make and keep a show successful. So when it comes to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s strongest television brand, there’s no one better to turn to than Maurissa Tancharoen, one of the series’ co-creators and showrunners (the…

Maggie Nelson shatters categories and defies expectations with new writing

In the hands of Maggie Nelson, the creation of art precipitates the destruction of categories. The MacArthur grant awardee and USC professor visited Stanford on January 28 as the second Lane Lecturer of the academic year. Eavan Boland, director of the Creative Writing Program, introduced Nelson as an author who “challenges orthodoxies” and “displays her…