TRIBES, UNCANNY VALLEY and More Set for Capital Stage Company's 10th Anniversary Season
Capital Stage Company has announced the 10th anniversary season: Moving Between Worlds: Exploring the Ever-changing Human Landscape.
Capital Stage has seen strong continuous growth since our move to midtown in 2011 and this year is our strongest year yet with a 22% increase in subscription sales from last year (1428 in 2014 and 1172 in 2013) and a 37% increase in single ticket sales this year to date. Our operating budget for our tenth anniversary in shaping up to be around $800,000. That means that we have nearly doubled our operating budget since 2010, our last year aboard the Delta King. Capital Stage will be adding one additional performance per week (Saturdays at 2 pm) to accommodate this growth.
In his new role as Producing Artistic Director, Founder Jonathan Williams has reached out to friends and associates, old and new, searching for the perfect combination of stories that will challenge and entertain. This exciting new season will explore the differences in the hearing and non-hearing worlds in Nina Raine's Tribes, the collision of the intellectual and working class worlds that inhabit Nobel laureate Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, and the fascinating and frightening possibilities of transitioning from a human to a non-human world in Thomas Gibbon's Uncanny Valley. All six of these plays deal with people trying to navigate their ever changing worlds as they seek out resolution to their own very human desires and ambitions. I hope that you will join us for this 10th anniversary adventure.
TRIBES by Nina Raine
TONIGHT, September 3 - October 5, 2014
A Sacramento Premiere
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes has received critical acclaim. In Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative bohemian family. But when he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.
ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy
Adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson
October 22- November 23, 2014
Torn between duty and passion, Anna Karenina struggles to make the choice between a cold husband, a beloved child, and the dashing Vronksy. Society turns against her, Anna becomes doubtful of Vronsky's love and her world begins to fall apart. This award-winning adaptation of Tolstoy's epic interweaves Anna's story with those of Levin and the beautiful young Kitty, the selfless Dolly and her adored Stiva - their hope in stark contrast with Anna's despair.
IDEATION by Aaron Loeb
January 24-February 22, 2015
A Sacramento Premiere
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems. CapStage previously collaborated with playwright Aaron Loeb to present the Sacramento premiere of his play First Person Shooter in 2008.
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Gina Gionfriddo
March 11- April 12, 2015
A Sacramento Premiere
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other's life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs-the prize being Gwen's husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
THE HOMECOMING by Harold Pinter
April 29 - May 31, 2015
In an old and slightly seedy house in North London there lives a family of men. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son, Teddy, who, having spent the past six years teaching philosophy in America, is now bringing his wife, Ruth, home to visit the family she has never met. As the play progresses, Teddy's younger brothers make increasingly outrageous passes at their sister-in-law until they are practically making love to her in front of her stunned but strangely aloof husband.
UNCANNY VALLEY by Thomas Gibbons
June 17 - July 19, 2015
World Premiere - part of the National New Play Network's Rolling World Premiere
Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence, robotics, and the possibility of "downloading" human consciousness as a means of extending the human lifespan, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. Uncanny Valley explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Single tickets and season subscriptions on sale now. Box Office: 916-995-5464Online: www.capstage.org In Person: 2215 J Street Subscriptions: $102 to $180 Single tickets: $26 to $38$20 preview tickets available for select performances Group, student and senior discounts available for select performances All subscriptions and tickets have additional per ticket handling fees. Regular performance times: Wednesdays 7pmThursdays & Fridays 8pm Saturdays 2pm & 8pm and Sundays 2pm.
ABOUT CAPITAL STAGE COMPANY: Capital Stage Company's mission is to be a dynamic leader in the evolution of the contemporary live theatre landscape in the Capital region and to passionately engage audiences in the art of live storytelling with bold, innovative plays performed by professional artists, in an intimate, up close setting. With a strong commitment to expanding the base of working artists in the greater Sacramento region, we shall develop a company of actors, directors, writers, designers, and technical staff who are dedicated to bringing bold, lively productions of contemporary and classic plays to our community.
While part of the mission of any theater company is to entertain its audience, we at Capital Stage feel strongly that the productions we mount address issues that are vital to understanding the society we live in and ourselves as human beings in that society. We address themes of power and manipulation in relationships between men and women, children and parents, and organizations and individuals. We invite audiences to question the ethics and meaning of art, the definitions of sanity and intelligence, and the line between exploitation and legitimate relationship. We believe that in a large and growing urban environment, where individuals and groups are constantly bombarded with information and demands for decisions, the need for thoughtful examination of our interactions in society has never been greater.