WDCSA Newsletter – March 1998

Upcoming Events

March Madness

Call the hotline or watch your e-mail for notices about watching the Stanford
men’s and women’s basketball teams.

April 18

Stanford in Washington’s 10th Anniversary Celebration includes “Day College”
and speakers. Watch for your invitation in the mail!

Rob Becker’s “Defending the Caveman”

Thursday, March 12

Be Prepared to Laugh! “Rob Becker’s Defending The Caveman,” written by and
starring San Jose-native Rob Becker, is a humorous exploration of the differences
between men and women and how those differences cause people to misunderstand
each other. The one-person show has earned a place in the theatrical record
books by becoming the longest-running solo play in Broadway history. Join
the Washington D.C. Stanford Association for this hilarious performance!
We have reserved a block of seats in the 11th row.

The Details:

Place: Warner Theatre (202-783-4000). The Warner Theatre is located on 13th
Street, N.W., between E and F Streets in downtown Washington.

Time: 8:00 pm

Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange, and Blue lines) is located 1-1/2 blocks
north of the Theatre.

Bus/Parking: There are parking garages on all adjacent streets. A PMI garage
with direct access to the Warner Theatre’s Lower Lobby is located on 12th
Street between E & F Streets. Free, on-street parking is available after

Cost: $45.75 per person

RSVP: Please mail check made payable to WDCSA for $45.75 per person by March
5 to Dell Wilkinson, 6401 N. 27th Street, Arlington, VA 22207; Tel: (703)
237-4818; Email:
dwilkinson@novecon.com. Please
include self-addressed, stamped envelope so tickets can be mailed to you.

Additional Info:
or http://www.warnertheatre.com/

Moroccan Evening

Sunday, March 15

Isn’t one of the best things about travelling trying out different types
of food? We invite you to learn about Morocco through its cuisine. Join the
Stanford community for an exciting evening at Taste of Casablanca. Partake
in a five-course meal, including traditional Moroccan salads, pastilla, couscous,
Moroccan pastries, and delicious mint tea. After dinner, enjoy a belly dancing
show and join in if you dare! Depending on our numbers, the restaurant may
be closed to the public for our special Moroccan evening. Don’t miss the

The Details:

Place: Taste of Casablanca

3211 N. Washington St., Arlington

(corner of Washington and Wilson Boulevard)

(703) 527-7468

Time: 6:30 pm

Metro: Steps away from the Clarendon Metro Stop (Orange line)

Parking: Streetparking available.

Cost: $15/person including tax and tip. Please note that this is a discounted

RSVP: Send check made payable to WDCSA for $15/person to Dell Wilkinson,
6401 N. 27th Street, Arlington, VA 22207; tel: 703 237-4818; email:
dwilkinson@novecon.com. Space
is limited in the restaurant and reservations will be accepted on a first-come,
first-serve basis before March 12.

Fleet Street Does DC

Wednesday, March 25

Interested in reliving a Full Moon in the Quad? Not quite…How ’bout Full
Moon at the Capitol? Or would you settle for the nostaglia of a Fleet Street
acapella performance? Come reconnect with fellow young alums (and for the
Young-at-Heart) and one of the most popular student groups on campus. Meet
us for an exciting Happy Hour!

The Details:

Place: The Brickskeller Inn (800 beers from around the world!), 1523
22nd Avenue, NW

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (performance starts at 8:00 pm)

Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street exit)

Cost: No cost (However, we welcome donations. The proceeds will benefit Fleet
Street’s east coast tour.)

RSVP: Thomas Ranese at (202) 547-5816 or e-mail:

Over 30’s Singles

Friday, March 27

The University of Chicago alumni club hosts this month’s gathering of over
30’s singles from Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Wellesley, Dartmouth,
etc. We will be offering a variety of delicious hors d’oeuvres and buffet
style food as well as a jazz bassist duo or trio for your entertainment.
We are limiting attendance to 150 people due to the size. The Tabard Inn
is a quaint little place, sometimes known as “a country inn in the heart
of the city,” with a restaurant downstairs. We will be upstairs on the second
floor, using two of three rooms normally rented out for weekends or longer
guests. There will be a cash bar as well.

The Details:

Place: Tabard Inn, 1739 N Street, NW, Washington DC

Time: 6:30-9:30 pm

Metro: Dupont Circle (Red Line)

Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

RSVP: Make checks payable to WDCSA and send to Bill Pegram, 815 S. 18th,
Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202.

Christmas in April

Saturday, April 4

Each year in April, thousands of skilled and non-skilled volunteers donate
their time and expertise to rebuild and revitalize homes throughout the
Washington, DC area. Christmas in April’s goals (also referred to as Sukooth
in April) are to help brighten the surroundings of low- income, elderly and
disabled residents of the District, to make their lives more hopeful and
their communities a safer place to live.

This year, the WDCSA will be working with Christmas in April staff to run
the main warehouse where supplies for the volunteers will be distributed.
On April 4, our volunteers will be needed to unload, organize and distribute
T-shirts and building supplies that will be given out to Christmas in April
volunteers. All volunteers will receive a T-shirt for their participation.

In addition, Christmas in April is also seeking volunteers for April 19th
and April 25th to distribute plants and balloons. Kendall Andrews will be
signing-up volunteers for those dates as well.

The Details:

Place: 1240 12th Street SE, Washington, DC (near the Navy Yard and the Anacostia

Time: 8:00 am – 2 pm

Metro: Navy Yard (green line) It is a 12 block walk from the Metro to the
warehouse so you may prefer to carpool to the location.

RSVP: Please call Kendall Andrews if you would like to participate on April
4th, and discuss with her your transportation preference. Tel. (301) 718-6483

Reception at the Embassy of South Africa

Monday, April 6, 1998

3051 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

6:30 – 9:00 PM

Ambassador Franklin Sonn invites you to a Benefit Reception for the Meyer
Elementary School. He will give a short briefing on current issues in South
Africa. Tickets: $35.00 per person; Light Buffet and Beverages are

The Adopt-a-School program, co-sponsored by the Stanford, Harvard and Princeton
Clubs of Washington, provides basic educational assistance to students attending
Meyer Elementary School, located in the Shaw neighborhood of northwest
Washington. The program operates most Saturday mornings throughout the school
year, and brings together volunteer tutors and inner-city students to work
on improving the children’s basic scholastic skills. The computer lab, which
was funded in connection with the program, allows the students access to
highly beneficial hands-on time with various educational software packages.
The program costs are funded entirely through the efforts of the three alumni

$15.00 of the ticket price will go toward the Meyer Elementary Project. In
addition, if you wish to make a further contribution, we suggest following
the chart below.


Donor:        $50

Sponsor:     $100

Patron:        $250

Benefactor: $500 and over

Parking: Valet Parking is included in your price. However, if you wish to
use on street parking, here are your two possibilities:

1) Observatory Circle, NW – Coming from downtown DC, make a left off
Massachusetts Ave., right after you pass the British Embassy. There are about
70 – 80 parking spaces available.

2) Whitehaven Street – First left after the bridge if you come from DC.

RSVP: Make checks and contributions payable to Harvard/Meyer School and mail
them to Monica Mulrooney, 3107 Circle Hill Road, Alexandria, VA 22305 by
March 31, 1998. Be prompt; spaces will be limited. Thank you!

Breakfast Briefing

Thursday, April 9

WDCSA’s breakfast briefing series continues with Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
(and Stanford GSB alum) Richard Fisher. Ambassador Fisher, confirmed by the
Senate in February 1998, has political-level responsibility for both Asia
and the Western Hemisphere within the Office of the USTR. Along with
international trade, Ambassador Fisher will be able to discuss the experience
of running for the U.S. Senate, which he did as a Democractic candidate in
Texas in 1994.

The Details:

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Time: 7:45 – 9:00 am (please be prompt!)

Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Sts. exit)

Cost: $13.00 per person (includes continental breakfast)

RSVP: Send checks payable to WDCSA to John Magnus c/o Dewey Ballantine, 1775
Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 Tel. (202) 429-2337 or e-mail

The Baltimore Opera: James Morris in The Flying

Friday, May 8, 1998

A very special night at the opera: James Morris, known as the world’s greatest
Dutchman, returns to his native Baltimore to perform the title role in Wagner’s
The Flying Dutchman (Der Fliegende Hollander), joined by his Metropolitan
Opera colleagues Chris Merritt and Paul Plishka in supporting roles.

The WDCSA has just purchased 16 tickets at Baltimore’s historic Lyric Opera
House, known for its splendid acoustics and neo-classical architecture. The
Lyric is conveniently located a few blocks from Baltimore’s Penn Station
and one mile north of Harbor Place, with ample parking. Curtain is at 8:15.
An hour earlier, there’s a lecture on the opera for anyone interested in
learning more about it before the performance. Starting with this announcement,
we will accept reservations on a first-come first-served basis in the order
in which we receive checks by mail. Your tickets will be mailed to you about
a month before the performance. For those who attend, we will provide a detailed
map, showing the location of the Lyric Opera House, the parking and the lecture

The Details:

Place: The Lyric Opera House, 110 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Time: 8:15 PM

Cost: $55 per ticket, Grand Tier Center

RSVP: Please make your check payable to WDCSA and mail it to Julie Campbell,
2601 Klingle Road, NW, Washington DC 20008.

Additional Info: For further information call Julie at 202-244-0206 or e-mail
her at JulieSed@aol.com.

Modern Drama Discussion Group

March 23 & 29 – The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat

April 21 & 25 – The Steward of Christendo

When Peter Weiss’s The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as
performed by the inmates of the Asylum of Charenton opened in 1964, Life
Magazine called it “one of the most sensational theater works of our time.”
More than thirty years later, it remains as powerful as ever.

Monday, March 23 (Jesse Berger, director of play at WSC, will attend)

Luna Books, 1633 P Street, NW (Dupont Circle Metro)

6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Discussion

Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner

RSVP: David Sobelsohn at 202-484-8303 or


Sunday, March 29, 2:00 pm

Washington Shakespeare Company, 601 South Clark Street, Arlington, VA

(between Pentagon City and Crystal City Metro Stations, off I-395 Clark St.

Cost: $12 per ticket. Make checks out to Washington Shakespeare Company and
mail by March 18 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852
(301-897-9314 or larkinr@erols.com).
Tickets will be held at the box office.

In a Dublin madhouse, years after Irish Independence, The Steward of
Christendom’s title character is a blind Lear in longjohns, a Catholic, Irish
royalist, whose distorted memories pulsate with insights. Lyrical and profound,
this 1996 play won several major awards in Great Britain.


Tuesday, April 21 (Serge Seidon, Director of Production at Studio Theatre,
and Dr. Christina Mahony, Associate Director of Catholic University’s Irish
Studies Program, will attend)

TGI Friday’s Foggy Bottom, 2100 PA Ave., NW (2 blocks from Foggy Bottom Metro)

6:30 pm Dinner, 7:30 pm Discussion

Cost: $2 contribution requested, plus dinner

RSVP: David Sobelsohn (see above)


Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm

Studio Theatre, 1333 P Street, NW (between Dupont Circle and Shaw-Howard
University Metro Stations)

Cost: $19 per ticket. Make checks out to Studio Theatre and mail by April
10 to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Court, Rockville, MD 20852 (301-897-9314 or
larkinr@erols.com) Tickets will be
held at the box office.

For further details, check the drama group website at