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Stanford Repertory Theater Festival Symposium: Art, Style, and Decadence in the Work of Noël Coward

As part of our 2015 summer festival celebrating the life and work of Noël Coward, SRT presents a daylong community symposium on Coward and his remarkable fusion of art, style, and decadence, with lots of laughter and a dollop of disillusionment thrown in for good measure!

We will explore the complex interrelationship between Coward’s art and life, focusing on the themes of theatricality, class, politics, homosexuality, and style (both personal and artistic), as we assess Coward’s influence and impact. International guests join Stanford faculty in a series of lectures, coupled with short performances, including scenes from Nude with Violin, Coward’s 1956 satire on the modern art market (in honor of the opening of the Anderson Collection at the Cantor Arts Center), and a panel discussion involving SRT company members.

We have invited John Lahr, the great Coward biographer and theater critic for the New Yorker magazine, to deliver the symposium keynote address. Other symposium speakers include theater director Art Manke, Stanford Professors William Eddelman and Nicholas Jenkins, SRT artistic director Rush Rehm, and members of the SRT company, including Lynne Soffer (director of SRT’s Hay Fever), Brendon Martin (director of SRT’s Coward Cabaret), and Courtney Walsh (who plays Judith Bliss in Hay Fever).

We begin the day with morning coffee and muffins, repair for a luncheon of culinary distinction (in the Coward manner), and recharge the afternoon with coffee, tea, and bikkies (cookies).



Saturday, August 1, 2015. 09:30AM


Pigott Theater, Memorial Auditorium


Stanford Continuing Studies, Stanford Repertory Theater




Visit to purchase tickets, $90 (including lunch).