Capital Stage presents sizzling summer series

By From page B7 | August 08, 2014

Capital Stage is offering a variety of exciting summer programs, including the annual new work festival, “Playwright’s Revolution 2014,” with staged readings of new plays Aug. 12-14.

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theater, Capital Stage created the “Playwright’s Revolution,” a series of staged readings to identify and develop exciting new plays and support emerging playwrights.

Each year, several new plays are selected to participate in the series and audiences are invited to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussions. This year out of more than 300 submissions, Capital Stage is very proud to present these exciting new plays by compelling playwrights.

In August these works are brought to theatrical life in a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theater.

The plays include:

“Black Fly Spring” by Nick Gandiello, Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. Directed by Anthony D’Juan. A year after her sister is killed while working as a war photographer, a young woman is set to present the photographs at a memorial. When she and her fiancé retreat to a lakeside mountain town in order to reflect and prepare, they find themselves at odds over their secrets, desires and their place in an increasingly complex global community.

“Orchid Child” by Leslie C. Lewis, Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. Director TBA. Violent and unpredictable, Ada is the child of your nightmares. “Orchid Child” begins before Ada is born as her young, economically-challenged parents consider creating a secure and happy family in their basement apartment, while a financially-secure, middle-aged suburban couple reflect on their own insecurities as potential adoptive parents. As we watch two possible futures unfold for Ada with these two different sets of parents, her saga speaks to whether or not nurture can really overcome nature.

“Winter” by Robert Caisley, Thursday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m. Director TBA. Fraternal twins Peter and Christina are busy people. She’s in pharmaceuticals. He’s a professor trying to finish a book. What begins as a scheduling “headache” as they arrange for the funeral of their recently deceased mother, quickly devolves into an all-out blood feud between the siblings and their mother’s mysterious young live-in assistant. Winter is a dark and chilly comedy about pettiness and neglect; the childish pettiness that can turn us into heartless adults and the cruel and unusual neglect of the people we should love the most.

Individual tickets are $5 per staged reading. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage box office, by phone at 916-995-5464 or online at


Youth Theatre

The Youth Theater program returns to Capital Stage, with two performances of an original play created by teen participants. Shows will be Saturday, Aug. 9 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2 p.m.

Under the direction of instructor and Youth Theatre alumnus Carissa Meagher and producing artistic director Jonathan Williams, students will perform an original one-act play based on themes and issues relevant to teens that they will create during the two weeks participating in Capital Stage’s Youth Theatre program.

Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at or 916-995-5464.

Sizzling Summer will also feature a new solo show by audience favorite Katie Rubin, titled “Why I Died, a Comedy!” on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9. Katie’s pushy producer, Stan, is riding her to create a new show for production in L.A. She is eager to please and excited to succeed. It just so happens, she is also dying … spiritually.

In her signature style, Rubin tells a surprising story, 12 different characters, a song, a poem and much hilarity to confront us with the raw, emotionally vulnerable truth of things. “Why I Died, a Comedy!” addresses the questions and challenges raised by the soul-sucking aspects of being a person among other people. Laugh yourself into the subtler realms of consciousness. And don’t worry. You can handle the truth.

Tickets are $25 and may be purchased through Capital Stage’s box office at 916-995-5464 or online at Recommended for adult audiences. Performances are Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.

On Aug. 16 and 17, Capital Stage hosts a remount of “The Submission” by Jeff Talbott, directed by Jouni Kirjola and starring Benjamin T. Ismail, Imani Mitchell, Eason Donner and Joshua Glenn Robertson.
Danny’s complex new drama about an African-American family struggling to leave the projects has just been selected for the nation’s preeminent play festival. But Danny, a young white, gay playwright, submitted his work under a pseudonym in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author.
What starts out as a questionable idea pulls Danny, Emilie, Danny’s boyfriend and his best friend down a path littered with truth, lies, revelation and betrayal. This whip-smart, fearless and funny new play takes an unflinching look at the power of words and how far we’ll go to get what we want.

Tickets are $20 for CapStage or Big Idea subscribers and $25 regularly at or 916.995.5464. Performances are Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 17 at 2 p.m.

Capital Stage is located at 2215 J St. in Sacramento.

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