WDCSA Newsletter – April 2001

April 17  Open Board Meeting
April 19  Third Thursday at Palomino’s
April 19  After Darwin (Modern Drama Discussion Group
April 22  American Buffalo (Modern Drama Discussion Group
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
May 20  Middleburg Garden Tour
May 22  The Homecoming (Modern Drama Discussion Group
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

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

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

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.