Founded in 1997, Stanford Summer Theater (SST) brings professional theater to the Stanford community in a festival environment. SST offers a summer season featuring a main stage production, second-stage shows, a free film series on the theme of the festival, and a community symposium featuring guest speakers, Stanford faculty, and SST company members who provide background, context, and insight on the festival season.
Combining the resources of a major research institution with the energy and talents of its faculty and students, SST presents challenging plays in a fresh, lively, and informed way. Supported by Stanford’s Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education, SST also offers an innovative internship program for Stanford students over the summer. VPUE funding allows select students to work full-time for 10 weeks with professional theater artists helping to mount the summer festival.
Rush Rehm, Courtney Walsh Phleger,
Earlier seasons …..
In 2006, SST presented a season focusing on the late 17th century, featuring productions of Amy Freed’s Restoration Comedy (adapted from Vanbrugh and Cibber) and Molière’s Don Juan, inaugurating a “Pay What You Like Policy” for some performances. In 2007, we offered Africa On Stage: Let us tell you a story …, including Dan Hoyle’s Tings Dey Happen (just before it went to New York, to rave reviews), Lorraine Hansberry’s Les Blancs (directed by Harry Elam), Femi Osofisan’s Farewell to a Cannibal Rage, and Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin’s Oda Oak Oracle. Last summer, our 10th anniversary season, SST celebrated the 80th birthday of the great Irish playwright Brian Friel, with productions of Translations (starring Geoff Hoyle and Maggie Mason) and Faith Healer (starring Andrew Robinson, Jeffrey Bihr, and Courtney Walsh).