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04/16/92

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Weimar symposium to be held in conjunction with Cabaret

STANFORD -- A symposium on "Weimar Germany: Culture and Politics," organized in conjunction with the production of the musical Cabaret, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 25, in Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building. The event is open to the public without charge.

The symposium, focusing on the city of Berlin in the late years of the Weimar Republic (1927-1933), will feature two panels made up of and moderated by Stanford faculty members, all of whom have lived or taught in Berlin. The first panel will trace political developments and establish the framework in which to set the explosion of culture in Weimar Germany, which will be discussed by the second panel.

The musical Cabaret, based on a story by Christopher Isherwood, takes place in 1931 Berlin. It is being presented by Ram's Head Theatrical Society, with a cast of more than 100 Stanford students and alumni, in Memorial Auditorium. Final performances will be at 8 p.m. April 23-25. Tickets are available at Tresidder Ticket Office, 725-ARTS, through BASS or at the Ram's Head ticket booth in White Plaza at lunchtime.

Cabaret producer Andrew Shakman said that in offering the symposium, "We wanted to provide a context for the musical to the campus and general public."

The symposium is sponsored by Ram's Head, the Drama Department, Humanities Special Programs and Haus Mitteleuropa.

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