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Safety Requirements for Attending the Saroyan in Person

In order to attend in the Saroyan Theater, all attendees must be vaccinated or be able to show a negative result on a covid test taken within the prior 72 hours of the lecture. All attendees will be asked to show proof of either of these.

Acceptable proof consists of the following:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the CDC or WHO)
  • A photo of your vaccination card stored on a phone or electronic device
  • A printed document from the test provider or laboratory, if testing 72 hour prior to event date.
  • An electronic test result displayed on a phone from the test provider or laboratory.

Self-attestation of covid vaccination or testing is not acceptable.

We request that all attendees wear a mask while in the theater and maintain social distancing.

Tea For Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty

Written by Eric H. Weinburger and Elaine Bromka
October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Jon Meachum

American Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author

Songs of America: the Music that Made a Nation

October 20, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham celebrates the songs that define the American experience in a patriotic presentation showcasing historic songs recorded by country music star Tim McGraw. Based on their book ​Songs of America, Meacham illuminates the lyrics that have carried our country through times of struggle and celebration.

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Dr. Abraham Verghese

Physician, Best-selling Author, Professor

The Patient is the Story

November 17, 2021 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Dr. Verghese, a physician and Stanford Medical School professor, eloquently draws on history, literature, and medical experience to reveal why human touch and the patient’s story are vital to doctor-patient relationships. A National Humanities Medal recipient and author of the bestselling novel ​Cutting for Stone​, Verghese’s uniquely humanistic approach to medicine resonates with the patient in all of us.

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Joel Sartore

National Geographic Nature Photographer

From Noah to Now: The Photo Ark

January 19, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Award winning ​National Geographic​ photographer Joel Sartore takes us on his worldwide adventures, camera in tow, to share his incredible experiences developing the Photo Ark, a 25 year effort to document 12,000 vanishing species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries and build the single largest collection of animal studio portraits.

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Ruth Reichl

Food Writer, Restaurant Critic, Editor of Gourmet Magazine

A Nation of Foodies

February 09, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

New York Times’s ​first female restaurant critic, best selling author, and​ Gourmet’​s Editor-in-Chief Ruth Reichl weaves a delectable tale of America’s food journey and shares life lessons from the kitchen. Her fifty-year career in food, beginning as a chef trailblazing the farm-to-table movement, puts her at the forefront of America’s culinary revolution.

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Rick Steves

Travel Guru, Philanthropist, and Host of Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS

Travel Like A Local

March 16, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Steves, a beloved PBS TV personality and travel writer, shows us how travel broadens our global perspective – all while having the time of our lives!

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Vijay Gupta

Violinist, Genius Fellow, Humanitarian

Changing Lives, Note by Note

April 20, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Gupta will share his experience using music to heal, inspire and promote social connection and change for the homeless and forgotten people of our society.

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