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Symposium to examine what draws theater to incendiary topics

Complementing the production of Biedermann and the Firebugs, a daylong symposium titled "Theater on Fire: Politics and Pyrotechnics in Performance" is set for July 27.

Organized by Stanford Continuing Studies in conjunction with Stanford Summer Theater (SST), the symposium will examine why theater is attracted to topics with combustible social and political content. Participating will be the acclaimed actor and director Anna Deavere Smith, a professor of performance studies at New York University and former Stanford drama professor; William Eddelman, an associate professor of design and theater history at Stanford; Kurt Mueller-Vollmer, a Stanford professor emeritus of German studies; Ron Rebholz, a Stanford professor emeritus of English; Rush Rehm, a Stanford associate professor of drama and classics and SST founder, who performs in the production of Biedermann; Polish National Theater veteran Jarek Truszczynski, who also performs in the play; and Aleksandra Wolska, an assistant professor of theater arts at the University of Minnesota who is directing the play.

Registration is $125 and includes a catered Cajun lunch and admission to that evening's performance. Enroll online ( or with the form in the Continuing Studies catalog. For more information or to learn about discounts and tuition assistance, call (650) 725-2650, visit the website or send e-mail to

Stanford staff can pay for the symposium registration using Staff Training Assistance Program (STAP) funds.



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