CapStage to Present LOVE AND INFORMATION
Capital Stage continues its 2015/16 Season with a poignant new play by legendary playwright Caryl Churchill. The Sacramento Premiere of LOVE AND INFORMATION will be the main-stage directorial debut of local theatre talent, Benjamin T. Ismail. The piece paints a kaleidoscopic picture of our digital, over-stimulated 21st century lives, and leaves us questioning our own relationships. In this Brave New World of Technology and The Information Age, Capital Stage explore's Churchill's reflections on our modern society. LOVE AND INFORMATION will run from January 27 through February 28, 2016 with a Press Opening on Saturday, January 30 at 8pm.
Someone sneezes. Someone can't get a signal. Someone won't answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone's not ready to talk. Someone is her brother's mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone's never felt like this before. In this fast-moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know. From award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill comes an acclaimed new play that takes a close look at the Information Age and how its data inspired obsessions, FaceTime conversations, and celebrity selfies threaten to replace human contact.
Caryl Churchill (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University. It was staged in 1958 and won the award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. Her plays have been performed on international stages, on the BBC radio, and adapted for BBC television. They include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Fen, Three More Sleepless Nights, Top Girls, Serious Money (which won the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play), Mad Forest, The Skriker, Far Away, A Number, Vinegar Tom, and a new version of August Strindberg's A Dream Play. Her latest play, Drunk Enough to say I Love You?, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, where she served as Resident Dramatist in 1974 and 1975. She lives in London.
LOVE AND INFORMATION will be directed by Benjamin T. Ismail (Playwrights Revolution, Assistant Director for MACBETH). The cast will feature Rob August (ANNA KARENINA, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), Eric Baldwin (TRUE WEST, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE), Gail Dartez (THE TYPOGRAPHER'S DREAM, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, RELATIVELY SPEAKING), Kristine Elizabeth David (MAURITIUS), Jacob Garcia (Capital Stage debut), Laura Kaya (Capital Stage debut), Jouni Kirjola (MR. BURNS), Tiffanie Mack (MR. BURNS, THE BEHAVIOR OF BROADUS), Alex Martinez (Capital Stage debut), Matt K. Miller (THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, SUPERIOR DONUTS, SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME), and Emilie Talbot (Capital Stage debut). The production team will include Brian Watson (scenic design), Stephen Decker (lighting & projections design), Ed Lee (sound design), and Rachel Malin (costume design).Performances for LOVE AND INFORMATION will begin with three previews on Wednesday, January 27th at 7pm, Thursday, January 28th at 8pm, and Friday, January 29th at 8pm. The production will open Saturday, January 30th at 8pm. Performances continue through Sunday, February 28th, 2016. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7pm, Thursdays at 8pm, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. General ticket prices range from $25-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half-priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $2 off regular-priced tickets (excluding Saturday evenings); Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular-priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464, or online at capstage.org.