MARJORIE PRIME Comes to Capital Stage

MARJORIE PRIME Comes to Capital Stage Capital Stage and American Stage come together to share resources, artists, and talent for this production of Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, who also wrote Maple & Vine, and writes for the Netflix Original Series Orange Is The New Black. Marjorie Prime was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2015 and is directed by Capital Stage's own Founding Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte. The production stars Capital Stage Associate Artists Janis Stevens (August: Osage County, Macbeth, Master Class) and Jamie Jones (August: Osage County, The Totalitarians, Tribes, Dinner with Friends). Stephanie Gularte founded Capital Stage in 2004, and served as Artistic Director for 10 years. She has now put together a creative team including both American Stage and Capital Stage artists for this production, which will have a run both in St. Pete (March 7 - April 1), as well as in Sacramento at Capital Stage (May 2 - June 3). Press Opening at Capital Stage will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 8:00 pm.

It's the age of Artificial Intelligence, and 85-year-old Marjorie - a jumble of disparate, fading memories - has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget, if given the chance? In this richly spare, wondrous new play, Jordan Harrison explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits - if any - of what technology can replace.

Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation, directed by Michael Almereyda, premiered in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Jordan's play Maple and Vine (produced at Capital Stage in June of 2014, directed by Peter Mohrmann) premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others.

Other plays include The Grown-Up (Humana Festival), Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Act A Lady (Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Futura (Portland Center Stage/NAATCO), Kid-Simple (Humana Festival), The Museum Play (WET), and a musical, Suprema (O'Neill Music Theatre Conference). Jordan has two new plays premiering Off-Broadway in the '17-'18 season: The Amateurs at the Vineyard Theatre, and Log Cabin at Playwrights Horizons.

Jordan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant, and a NEA/TCG Residency with The Empty Space Theater. His children's musical, The Flea and the Professor, won the Barrymore Award for Best Production after premiering at the Arden Theatre. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, Jordan is an alumnus of New Dramatists. For three seasons, he was a writer and producer for the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black.

American Stage celebrates 40 Years Strong this season. Since 1977, American Stage, has contributed to the vitality of Tampa Bay as a regional professional theatre. American Stage's mission is to reinforce the power of live theatre with high quality productions that excite and challenge a diverse audience. Our year-round programming seeks to realize this through our Mainstage season, Spotlight Series, 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, American Stage in the Park and Improv. American Stage Education's offerings include award-winning Teaching Artist Outreach focused on bringing theatrical arts experiences to underserved populations, helping them to excel onstage & beyond. We believe that through the telling of dynamic stories, live theatre has the power to unite us in our shared experiences and to deepen our connection to one another through the illumination of diverse perspectives. American Stage artists and stakeholders are responsible for helping a small theatre touring company blossom into a thriving world-class professional theatre providing nearly 70,000 Tampa Bay residents and tourists with accessible, relevant art and arts education annually. Powerful Stories. Boldly Told. 40 Years Strong.

Stephanie Gularte is currently the Producing Artistic Director of American Stage Theatre Company in St. Petersburg, Florida. She was the Artistic Director of the Delta King Theatre for six years before founding the nonprofit Capital Stage Company in 2004. In 2002, industry trade publication BackStage West called Stephanie "the Hardest Working Woman in Show Business." In 2004, she initiated the first new Actor's Equity Association contract with a Sacramento area theatre in nearly 15 years. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Government at CSU Sacramento, Stephanie worked for several years in educational theatre outreach programs for the State of California, California Musical Theatre, and Sacramento Theatre Company.

As an actor, she has performed in over 50 productions for various theatre companies, primarily in the Sacramento and Bay Areas, including the Sacramento Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, River Stage, Sacramento Shakespeare Festival, Theatre on San Pedro Square in San Jose, Marin Shakespeare Company, and the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley. She is a member of Actor's Equity Assocation and Screen Actor's Guild.

Stephanie stepped down as Artistic Director of Capital Stage in 2014 and headed to St. Petersburg, Florida to begin her leadership as Producing Artistic Director for American Stage Theatre Company.

Marjorie Prime will be directed by Capital Stage Founding Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte (Anna Karenina, Good People, Macbeth, Enron) and will feature Janis Stevens (August: Osage County, Macbeth, Master Class, Fiction, Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Jamie Jones (August: Osage County, The Totalitarians, Tribes, Dinner with Friends), Brock D. Vickers (Capital Stage debut), and Steven Sean Garland (Capital Stage debut). The production design team will include Jerid Fox (Scenic design), Timothy McNamara (Lighting design), Gail Russell (Costume design), Erika Metscher (Properties design), Macy Martinez (Scenic Charge Artist) and Ed Lee (Sound design).

Performances for Marjorie Prime will begin with three previews on Wednesday, May 2nd & Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm, and Friday, May 4th at 8:00 pm. The production will open Saturday, May 5th at 8:00 pm. Performances will continue through Sunday, June 3rd, 2018. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 7:00 pm, Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Regular ticket prices range from $22-45. Discount tickets are available as follows: Student Rush tickets are half priced with valid student ID within 1 hour of performance; Senior tickets are $5 off regular priced tickets; Military personnel tickets are $10 off regular priced tickets with valid ID; and Group Rate tickets are $5 off each 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.




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