East Bay Yearlong Extension Program
by David Socholitzky, Ph.D., Chair
At the beginning of Louis Malle's film, "Vanya on 42nd Street", a group of actors enter a vacant theater carrying cups of coffee. Two of them sit down at a table and begin to chat about the vicissitudes of their daily lives. A few moments later, before we have fully noticed any shift in tone or content, we suddenly realize that the conversation has seamlessly turned into the first scene of the play.
Meetings of our East Bay Yearlong Committee (Diana Fuery, Sunny Kuegle, Mike Levin, Susan Yamaguchi and I) are much like this. We come together over brunch each Fall; catch up with one another; joke; talk about notable films, music, books, papers, presentations. At some point in the conversation we notice that we’ve been tossing out possible program ideas, and by the end of the meal a few potential topics for the following year's program have been generated.