re Stanford TAPS | Grad Rep 2017



Stanford TAPS presents the 2017 Graduate Repertory, in which second-year Ph.D. students direct four original performances arising from their work as scholar-artists.

The shows perform in rep over the course of two weekends. Each weekend is on a double bill: the first show will begin at 8PM and the second show will follow after a brief intermission. Each show lasts under an hour.

WEEKEND 1: FEBRUARY 2-4 | The first installment of the Rep brings you noise, music, videos, exhaustion, and some fun dancing, with Matt Stone's Bluebeard's Castle and Douglas Eacho's Fear of a Lonely Planet.

WEEKEND 2: FEBRUARY 9-11| The second weekend features Áine Josephine Tyrrell's adaptation of Caryl Churchill's Love and Information and Cynthia Bergeron-Zaidi's production of PHD (pfft).

about the productions

Bluebeard's Castle
directed and sound designed by Matt Stone
February 2-4 at 8PM in the Nitery Theater

Seven doors, two performers, and zero trained musicians. This Bluebeard's Castle begins with Béla Bartók's canonical one-act and gradually reimagines what opera could become without singers, orchestra, or a maestro. With a dynamic sound design reinterpreting the score, this production marries sound art and performance to invent new operatic stage vocabularies and estrange the enigmatic fable of the newlywed Duke Bluebeard and Judith opening seven mysterious doors in his castle. Staging the opera through lip-sync, live audio processing, and video, this Bluebeard's Castle remediates and reinterprets Bartók's work to explore the potentials of music drama today.

About the Artist
Matt Stone studies German theatrical and musical performance through the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on the relationship between politics and aesthetics in those contexts. He holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard College and an M.A. in the Humanities from the University of Chicago. As a theater-maker, Matt works primarily as a director and sound designer. His productions of Genet’s The Balcony and Kane’s Cleansed appeared on the American Repertory Theater’s Mainstage in 2011, and he has also directed projects for Sightline Theater Company and the Dunster House Opera Society. His sound design credits include work for the ART/MXAT Institute, Fulcrum Theater, Sightline Theater Company, and

Fear of a Lonely Planet
by Douglas Eacho
February 2-4 at 8PM in the Nitery Theater

With the help of a random-number-generator and dozens of Lonely Planet guidebooks, three performers take a constantly shifting journey across seven of the largest cities of the world. Clubbing in Dhaka? Spas in Lagos? Gobbling through Shenzhen? Thanks to an ever-running stream of recommendations, these intrepid travellers will get their noses, mouths, and skins as close as possible to such sensuous foreign locales. Hazards may include exhaustion, repitition, and nausea – but such is the price of the greatest trip of their lives.

If loneliness persists, in spite of vigorous attempts, there is no need for fear. Behind every horizon, there are always more cities.

Douglas Eacho studies the historical relationship between chance and performance. He holds a BA from Brown University, concentrating in both Theater & Performance Studies and Philosophy. He directed weird performances in New York City for several years. Recent work included Foxtrot Foxtrot Whiskey (2015), about US special-ops militarism; Science Fiction (2015), about video telephone calls; Happy Talk (2014), about South Pacific; Major League Baseball (2014), about Major League Baseball; and Someday This Country (2014), about the film The Searchers. His work was presented at Center for Performance Research, the Judson Memorial Church, and in the Catch! curation series. At Brown, he was the 2011 recipient of the Westin Fine Arts Award.

Love and Information
by Caryl Churchill
directed by Áine Josephine Tyrrell
February 9-11 at 8PM in the Nitery Theater

Caryl Churchill’s play Love and Information is actually a collection of 57 separate mini plays. Each play features different characters; the actors are constantly playing different voices, stories, motivations, and passions. Yet, beneath all the flux, the 57 segments tell the same story: they show people trying to connect and understand one another. More often than not, these people try and fail only to try again. Love and Information is, in short, about the (valorous? pointless?) necessity of the daily, quintessentially human struggles to find meaning and connect to others.

This particular production attempts to use this text to explore what lies underneath the noise and distraction of modern life…it asks the question: what are the connections and desires we are left with when all traces of technology are erased?

Áine Josephine Tyrrell studies the mechanisms by which American and Western European economic practices and politics have become increasingly theatrical and performative over the 21st century as well as how performance is used as a tool for challenging human rights violations. Áine completed her B.A. in English Literature and Drama Studies at Trinity College Dublin; during this time she was awarded Trinity College's Foundational Scholarship, the Michel Breton Prize for Drama, and was made a Scholar of the University. Though she is primarily a director and dramaturg, her background in theater includes set design, musical composition for the stage, and devising. Past directing and dramaturgy credits include productions of: Mike Bartlett’s Contractions (2014), an adaptation of W. B. Yeats’ dance play, At the Hawk’s Well (2013), and the creation of an immersive theatre piece called Danae (2014). As a designer she has worked for Painted Philly theatre company and Sugarglass Theatre, for the “The Samuel Beckett Theatre”, and the Trinity College Samuel Beckett School of Drama in Dublin.

PHD (pfft)
directed by Cynthia Bergeron-Zaidi
February 9-11 at 8PM in the Nitery Theater

This performance art piece combines poetic fragments of two separate text from the Western dramatic and philosophical canons, Phèdre (Phaedra) and Phèdre (Phaedrus). While one tells the story of a woman, Phèdre (Phaedra), who falls for her own stepson and poisons herself in order to end her suffering, the other discusses the manner in which Phèdre (Phaedrus), convinced of his inability to remember Lysias's speech on love by heart, writes it, conceals it in his robes, and is reprimanded by Socrates. Exploring the construction of femininity in Phèdre (Phaedra and Phaedrus), this piece explores questions of forgetting, weakness, memory and writing. Extracting gesture, sequences of action, and sound from these important works, this piece is named named Ph.D. (pfft) after the onomatopoeia signifying dismissal, or indifference.

Cynthia Shazia Bergeron-Zaidi’s research focuses on the concept of performativity as articulated in the work of the French-Algerian philosopher Jacques Derrida, and is especially interested the work he produced in the 1990s on what he refers to as “return of the religious.” She completed her Études pré-universitaires (DEC) in Arts et Lettres at Le Collège Lionel-Groulx, her BA in Art History at Concordia and her MA in Art History and Communications at McGill University. Past experiences include working as an assistant director on productions of Huis Clos, Cyrano de Bergerac, L’Auberge des morts subites and Emile; and as a curator for shows such as Orgasmes legers and En voilà une archive.


These productions are free & open to the public, but we recommend reserving a seat in advance.



We cannot accommodate late seating for our performances.

All shows contain mature themes and are not recommended for children under the age of 14.

where to go

This performance is in Nitery Theater, located in Old Union. For directions and parking information, please CLICK HERE.