Washington DC Stanford Association April 2001 Newsletter

Calendar of Events (click to take you to that part of the newsletter)

April 17  Open Board Meeting
April 19  Third Thursday at Palomino's
April 19  After Darwin (Modern Drama Discussion Group discussion)
April 22  American Buffalo (Modern Drama Discussion Group performance)
April 29  Appalachian Trail Hike

Looking ahead...
May 3    Annual Faculty Speaker Event with Prof. William Eddelman
May 5    A Streetcar Named Desire
May 6    Blood Wedding (Modern Drama Discussion Group performance)
May 20  Middleburg Garden Tour
May 22  The Homecoming (Modern Drama Discussion Group discussion)
June 7    Fiddler on the Roof at Wolf Trap
June 10  The Homecoming (Modern Drama Discussion Group performance)
Aug. 30  Guys & Dolls at Wolf Trap

"Open" WDCSA Board Meeting
Tuesday, April 17
7:30 pm at the SIW campus

The WDCSA Board of Directors is looking to expand the size of its board and the scope of its activities over the next year.  We encourage Stanford alumni and parents interested in becoming more involved with the alumni community in DC, MD, and VA to attend our next board meeting.  Find out about how our board operates and how you can become involved.  Our next meeting is 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, at the Stanford in Washington campus (2661 Connecticut Ave., NW-across from the Woodley Park/National Zoo Metro).  For more information or to let us know you're planning to attend, please contact Charles Hokanson, Vice President, at 703-351-1091 or charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org.

April 19, 6-8 pm

With springtime in full bloom and basketball season behind us, it's time to get back on track with Third Thursday happy hours (for recent Stanford graduates).  Save the date for Thursday, April 19th from 6:00-8:00 pm for our first outdoor happy hour at a new location:  Palomino's-located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.  It's accessible from Metro Center. Walk down 13th Street to Pennsylvania. Restaurant will be directly in front of you, with chairs outside.  Bring friends and spread the word! Questions? E-mail Lisa Dawe:  ldawe@welfaretowork.org

Sunday, April 29  
Trail Work and Hike on the Appalachian Trail (AT)

We will spend a couple of hours working on the AT followed by a circuit hike to one of the beautiful waterfalls in the Shenandoah National Park. The service trip portion will be an inspection of a short section of the AT including carrying out modest repairs (clipping of vegetation).  Meet at the Oakton Shopping Center at 8:00 AM to form carpools.   For more info., contact Jim Finucane at (301) 365-3485 (before 9 pm) or jim.finucane@eia.doe.gov.  

Thursday, May 3
Reception with Prof. Bill Eddelman
and Lecture on "Unveiling Desires: Power and Sexuality in A Streetcar Named Desire"

Reception  6:30 pm
Lecture  7:30 pm
Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Saturday, May 5, 2:30 pm
Performance of A Streetcar Named Desire
Location: The Arena Stage
1101 6th Street, SW

Through this masterpiece of the American theater, Prof. Eddelman will explore the multilayered ways in which Tennessee Williams' characters shift psychological and sexual strategies in the play, and will reveal how a dramatic text is transformed into a physical reality through the collaborative genius that results from staging a great work.

William Eddelman, associate professor of design and theater history, has taught in the areas of theatrical design; theater, art and cultural history; and dramatic literature at Stanford. Professor Eddelman's dissertation in 17th- and 18th-century Italian opera design was researched during two years in Venice as a Fulbright scholar. He has designed sets and costumes for theater companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, and taught at the Stanford Berlin Center. An expert in contemporary international scenic and costume design, Professor Eddelman's interests include the cultural history of American musical theater and the psychology of dress.

EVENT PRICING:  You may attend either the May 3 reception and lecture or the May 5 performance or both.  Please specify how many places you are reserving for each.  Payment for May 5 play tickets must be RECEIVED BY APRIL 18 (NO EXCEPTIONS!); unsold tickets will be returned to the theater.  Payment for the May 3 reception and lecture must be received by APRIL 28.  Space is limited; please reserve your tickets early.

Price for May 3 catered reception and lecture:  $20 Paid 2001 Members of the WDCSA (including immediate family members); $25 Nonmembers

Price for May 5 performance: $40 per ticket for A Streetcar Named Desire. Tickets will be mailed in advance to those whose payment has been received by April 18.
Send payment (and please specify names of all guests and who is attending which night(s)) to:
   Charles Hokanson
   3000 Spout Run Pkwy #B-605
   Arlington, VA 22201
If you have questions, please contact Charles at 703-351-1091 (phone) or charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org.

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is located at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, between 17th and 18th Streets.  The reception and lecture will be held in the Root Room, on the second floor directly as you exit the elevator.

Parking in the Dupont Circle area is limited.  We encourage attendees to arrive by Metro.  Exit at the south end of the Dupont Circle stop on the Red Line; walk counterclockwise one-quarter of the way around Dupont Circle to Massachusetts Avenue.  The Carnegie building is 1.5 blocks down Massachusetts Avenue on the left side of the street.

For those driving, a 24-hour parking garage is located at the corner of Dupont Circle and New Hampshire Avenue. (The address is 11 Dupont Circle, but the entrance is off New Hampshire Avenue.)  A flat fee of $6 is charged for entry to the parking garage after 5:00 p.m.

The Arena Stage is located at 1101 6th Street, SW.  Detailed driving directions are available at www.arenastage.org/about_arena/info/directions.htm.  For those arriving by Metro, the Waterfront-SEU station, on the Green Line, is located at the Waterside Mall, 4th and M Streets, which is only one block from the theater. Free parking is available at the Waterside Mall Garage.  Enter the mall parking lot at 4th and M Streets.  The parking garage is located to your left as you enter the lot.

Sunday, May 20: 11:00 am-5:00 pm

We've arranged for group tickets for Stanford alumni to take the Middleburg Garden Tour, a self-guided driving tour of five spectacular gardens in the vicinity of Middleburg, Virginia.  Spend a relaxing Sunday in the hunt country of Virginia. Pick up your ticket for the day at the Middleburg home of alumna Margaret New '66 and enjoy a cup of coffee before she sends you off with map and directions.  Tour hours are 11 am to 5 pm.

To reserve tickets, send a check for $20 per person (please include e-mail address, if any) to Margaret New, P.O. Box 933, Middleburg, CA 20118;  Phone: 540-687-3077.  Margaret will e-mail directions to her home to those who purchase tickets.  Please respond by April 30.


The WDCSA has purchased 20 front orchestra tickets to each of two Wolf Trap performances:

Thursday, June 7, 8 pm-Fiddler on the Roof with Theodore Bikel
Thursday, August 30, 8 pm-Guys and Dolls with Maurice Hines

Tickets are $41 each and will be mailed to you 2-3 weeks before performance date.

In addition to good tickets (we ordered them on Dec. 9th) and a good price ($4 less than the price to the public and no service charge), you will sit with others from Stanford and there will also be a optional pre-performance, bring-your-own Stanford picnic for each, with details sent with your tickets.

To purchase tickets, please send a check, payable to WDCSA, to: Bill Pegram , 815 South 18th Street, #400, Arlington, VA 22202. If you are ordering for more than one performance, please write a separate check for each performance.

April 19-After Darwin (discussion)
April 22-American Buffalo (performance)
May 6-Blood Wedding (performance)
May 22-The Homecoming (discussion)
June 10-The Homecoming (performance)

On April 19, the Modern Drama Discussion Group continues its discussion of "survival of the fittest" with After Darwin (1998), by Timberlake Wertenbaker.  After Darwin dramatizes the development of Darwin's theory of evolution on his voyage to the Galapagos, and his arguments with the ship's captain, a devout Anglican-all set as a play within a play, in which an ambitious amoral actor plays Darwin and a principled patrician portrays the captain.  The drama group will discuss After Darwin 7:30-9:30 pm on Thursday, April 19 (dinner at 6:30) at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (three blocks east of Dupont Circle).  Our discussion will feature Georgetown University professor John Haught, director of the Georgetown Center for the Study of Science and Religion and author of God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution (2000). Make reservations by contacting Betty Byrne '55 at 202-483-4048 or BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org.

At 3 pm, Sunday, April 22, the drama group will attend a performance of David Mamet's sardonic American Buffalo (1975), a play that gives new meaning to the phrase "survival of the fittest."  Tickets are $18, the deadline (for payment or refunds) is April 14, and the performance takes place at the Source Theatre, 1835 14th St., NW (U St.-Cardozo metro).  

Blood Wedding (1933) is a true masterpieces of the 20th century, an explosive, rarely performed tale of forbidden love written by Federico Garcia Lorca and translated by Langston Hughes. There may be a few tickets left for the Sun., May 6, 2 pm performance at the Washington Shakespeare Co., 601 S. Clark St., Arlington (a short walk from Pentagon City metro).  The price, $14, includes a post-performance discussion with director and cast.  For more info. and directions, call 301-897-9314 or e-mail rlarkin@footlightsdc.org.

On May 22, the drama group continues its discussion of "survival of the fittest" with Harold Pinter's classic The Homecoming (1965).  "Puzzling, disturbing, sexually taut and really weird" (Los Angeles Times). A philosophy professor brings home his wife-is she really his wife?-to meet his darkly mysterious and thoroughly cynical family. The drama group will discuss The Homecoming from 7:30-9:30 pm (dinner at 6:30) on Tues., May 22, at Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., Bethesda (a few blocks north from Wisconsin Ave. and the Bethesda metro).  Our discussion will feature Middlebury College professor and Homecoming director Richard Romagnoli.  Make reservations by contacting Betty Byrne BS'55 at 202-483-4048 or BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org.  

Our Sun. June 10 performance begins at 2 pm at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (MD-108) (midway between Georgia and New Hampshire Aves.), in Olney, MD.  Discount tickets are $19 and include a post-performance discussion.  The deadline is May 27.  Mail your check, payable to "Footlights," to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville , MD 20852 (301-897-9314 & rlarkin@footlights.org.


Hotline: (301) 230-5575   
President: Callista Chen, BA '97, (202) 319-1841, callista@stanfordalumni.org
Vice President: Charles Hokanson, '93, MA '93 (703) 351-1091; charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703) 486-0952, dcstanalum@aol.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA  22219