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HAND TO GOD and More to Kick Off B Street Theatre's 26th Season

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B Street Theatre has announced the first three productions in their 26th Mainstage Season. This season will feature James Goldman's contemporary classic The Lion in Winter; Steven Dietz's unique romance Bloomsday; and the Tony-nominated play Hand to God by Robert Askins.

Says Busfield: "The first three productions in our 2017 - 2018 Season will be among the final plays produced in our current location. These three plays showcase the mission and aesthetic of B Street Theatre and I believe they will be a wonderful way to close out 26 years at our current home. As we launch our new venue on Capitol Avenue, we will continue to bring our audiences the highest caliber of playwriting and theatricality."


Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain
January 15 - February 26, 2017
Directed by: Jerry R. Montoya
Starring: Anne O'Sullivan (Becoming Dr. Ruth, Off-Broadway & Penguin Rep; P ark Your Car in Harvard Yard, B Street Theatre)

Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a sniper, to her struggle to succeed as a single mother newly-arrived in America, Mark St. Germain deftly illuminates this remarkable woman's untold story. Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty, and the life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became "Dr. Ruth," America's most famous sex therapist.

Concussed: Four Days in the Dark by Jack Gallagher
March 5 - April 16, 2017
A world premiere by Sacramento's favorite comedian, actor and storyteller!
Directed by: Jerry R. Montoya
Starring: Jack Gallagher

Laugh and wince at Jack's jarringly funny new play about the strange turn his life took when he took a strange turn on his bike in front of an onrushing car. Touching, funny and insightful, Jack chronicles the effects of a concussion has on the brain...and comedy.

Treatment by Stephanie Altholz, Amy Kelly and Tara Sissom
April 23 - June 4, 2017
Directed by: Buck Busfield and Dave Pierini
Starring: Stephanie Altholz, Amy Kelly and Tara Sissom

An original, autobiographical piece written and performed by B Street's Funniest Ladies.

The Lion in Winter By James Goldman
June - July, 2017

Comedic in tone, dramatic in action - the play, set during Christmas of 1183, centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over not only a kingdom, but King Henry's paramour. See the contemporary classic that inspired the television hit, E mpire.

Bloomsday by Steven Dietz
August - September, 2017

In Steven Dietz's new love story, time travel and James Joyce help illuminate the lives of Robbie and Cat, who meet on a fateful day in Ireland. With warmth and humor, Dietz examines the nature of love at first sight and the one that got away.

Hand to God By Robert Askins
October - November, 2017

Quite possibly the most outrageous play to hit the B Street Theatre stage, this multi-award-winning comedy from Robert Askins features a hand puppet possessed by The Devil. As young Jason deals with all the changes and problems of adolescence, his hand puppet Tyrone begins to say the things Jason has always thought but would never say. As Tyrone becomes more emboldened, he sends Jason and his church puppet club into hilarious chaos. One of the most produced plays in the country this year, Hand To God will leave your sides aching with laughter.


For tickets and more information, visit www.bstreettheatre.org. SHOW TIMES FOR MAINSTAGE SHOWS: Sundays at 2:00 pm, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm, Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

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 100 new plays, 60 of which are world, national, West Coast or regional premieres.

B Street Theatre was originally founded in 1986 for the purpose of bringing the excitement of live performance to children through the B Street Theatre School Tour. This educational outreach program serves over 200,000 students in Northern California annually.

Other B Street Theatre programs include the B Street Theatre Family Series and Family Series Student Matinees (for school field trips), the B3 Series, 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 3 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.

The mission of B Street Theatre is to promote education and literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the highest quality theatre arts and playwriting.


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