B Street Theatre Presents BLOOMSDAY
Bloomsday was commissioned by the ACT theatre in Seattle, Washington and premiered there in September of 2015, where it received rave reviews. The play has received further productions throughout the country: the Ensemble Theatre in Cincinnati, Ohio, Austin Playhouse in Austin, Texas, and the Next ACT Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Bloomsday and B Street Theatre
After producing the hysterical and raunchy Hand to God, B Street Theatre returns to one of its favorite playwrights Steven Dietz to tell a beautiful, but complex love story for the next Mainstage production. In previous seasons, B Street Theatre has produced Dietz's Becky's New Car, Private Eyes, and Still Life with Iris.
"We've always been a big fan of Steven Dietz," says Artistic Producer Davie Pierini. "And Bloomsday is an achingly beautiful story of love; first love, unrequited love, love that got away. How love can change us, how love can shape our lives, how love can scare and thrill us. It's a simple story about a depthless subject."
Steven Dietz: Mr. Dietz's thirty-plus plays have been produced at regional theaters across the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions of his work have been seen in England, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Slovenia, Argentina, Peru, Greece, Singapore, and South Africa. Recent plays include the widely-produced thriller, Yankee Tavern; the Steinberg Award finalist, Becky's New Car; the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys (produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago); and the Edgar Award-winning Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (from William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle). Other plays include Fiction (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company), Shooting Star, Inventing van Gogh, The Nina Variations, Private Eyes, Halcyon Days, God's Country, and Lonely Planet (PEN-USA Award for Drama). Mr. Dietz's work as a director has been seen at many of America's leading regional theaters. He divides his time between Seattle and Austin, where he is a professor at the University of Texas.
The Director: Elisabeth Nunziato: Elisabeth is a founding B Street Theatre Company Member, acting most recently in Hand to God, Chessman, A Masterpiece of Comic...Timing, Mud Blue Sky, The Realistic Joneses and 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. For the B Street Theatre Family Series, she was last seen in Junie B. Jones Is Not A Crook and Snow White and Rose Red. She recently made her feature film directorial debut with Stolen Moments, an NK Media/Iron Mountain Films production. Elisabeth has been performing on stage, in film, commercially and in voice-over for more than two decades. She has been fortunate enough to work with Academy Award winners Danny Glover, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. Her commercial work has been featured in award-winning projects both national and regional. She is partnered with her husband Jason Kuykendall in NK Media, winner of the 2011 National Addy, the world's largest advertising competition.
The Setting: Dublin, Ireland
Robert: Dave Pierini - Dave has been working in professional theatre for over twenty-five years. Dave is a proud B Street Company Member, having performed in many shows. He last appeared in the Mainstage production of Hand to God and on the B3 Stage in The Realistic Joneses. Dave also writes for the B Street Theatre's Family Series, adapting many books for young audiences, most recently, Anansi the Spider. Dave was instrumental in forming the B Street Theatre's Sketch/Improv Company and has hosted a talk show, Sactown Tonight, from the stage of B Street. He has also directed many plays for the Company, most recently, An Act of God. This last summer, Dave has performed with Sacramento Music Circus in their productions of Hello Dolly! and West Side Story.
More about B Street Theatre: B Street Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre company producing primarily new work for adults, families and children. The two-theatre playhouse on B Street in Midtown Sacramento is home to the Mainstage Series, B3 Series and Family Series, each created to feature intimate, quality theatre for audiences year-round. Recognized as one of the nation's top professional theatres, B Street Theatre has produced more than 160 world premieres written by B Street playwrights and numerous productions which were world, national, West Coast or regional premieres.
B Street Theatre was originally founded in 1986 with the purpose of bringing the excitement of live performance to children through the B Street Theatre School Tour. This educational outreach program still serves over 200,000 students in Northern California annually.
B Street Theatre programs include the Mainstage Series, B Street Theatre Family Series and Family Series Student Matinees (for school field trips), the B3 Series, B Street School Tours, Sketch Comedy, B Street Acting Conservatory and Studio for Young People, and the B Street Theatre Internship program for pre-professional/post-college training.
In 2014, B Street brought its most popular play ever, Around the World in 80 Days, to India. The original cast performed in three Indian cities, furthering the organization's mission by bringing high quality theatre to an international audience, while also raising money for Indian educational enrichment and schools and partnering with an overseas performing arts center with the hope of future international collaboration. B Street Theatre has produced over 250 professional productions since 1986.
More information at www.bstreettheatre.org.