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“The Winter’s Tale” transports audience back to an ancestral form of entertainment

Thousands of years ago, our common ancestors began telling stories by casting shadows against the walls of caves. By the light of fire, humans developed the skill of storytelling to closer accompany their hungry imaginations. The shadows were eventually embodied by the figures they represented, which led to the creation of theater. This year’s chosen venue for the Stanford Shakespeare Company’s spring show of “The Winter’s Tale” transports the audience back to this deeply ancestral form of entertainment.

StanShakes brings modern twist to ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’

When four men take an oath to give up women and other pleasures for studying and fasting for three years, only hilarity can ensue. So is the case with the Stanford Shakespeare Company’s (StanShakes) production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies. StanShakes chose to stage it in a contemporary collegiate setting–at Stanford fraternity Phi Kappa Psi–with modern costumes, props and music as well, keeping the audience laughing throughout.

Q&A: Art After Dark

The second annual Art After Dark festival, held in Old Union and White Plaza from May 17to 19, featured over 250 pieces of artistic work from over 100 artists, ranging from spoken word to paintings to sculptures. The event was a collaborative effort between the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA) and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS), seeking to showcase Stanford’s artistic talent while presenting an underlying theme of sustainability. The Daily discussed the festival with SOCA director Jennifer Schaffer ’14.