California Stage earns 7 Elly Award nominations for 4 out of its last 5 productions!
This just in! California Stage is excited to receive 7 Elly Award nominations for its productions of Marat/Sade, Italian Opera, The Third Date, and Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed. Producing Artistic Director Ray Tatar, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award during last year’s ceremony, is happy to be working with such talented artists in such a supportive community.
Michael RJ Campbell earned a Supporting Male in a Musical nomination for his portrayal of The Herald in California Stage’s summer 2014 production of Marat/Sade. Michael went on to appear earlier this year in California Stage’s Italian Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company’s The Pirates of Penzance, and Berkeley Playhouse’s acclaimed Fiddler on the Roof as Tevye. He is currently directing CalStage’s Angel in the Night.Continue reading →
California Stage will honor one young woman’s selflessness and determination during the darkest days of WWII by producing Joanna H. Kraus’ ANGEL IN THE NIGHT
Directed by CalStage favorite Michael RJ Campbell (Marat/Sade, The Threepenny Opera) — running August 21st thru September 13th in the newly upgraded California Stage Theater space!
Through Kraus we meet Pawlina, a kind Polish Catholic teenager living on her mother’s farm in occupied Poland. When Golda Schacter and her two children come to her for help after escaping from the ghetto, Pawlina hides them plus 14-year-old Mania Birnberg for two long years in a bunker under the barn. But the fear, deprivation, and close quarters prove too much for Mania, whose insistence on hiding in plain sight jeopardizes the very lives of everyone involved in this captivating, inspiring drama. Continue reading →
Love, Isadora star Lori Russo draws from several techniques in her 5 week workshop this summer
Actress and dancer Lori Russo will teach a 5 week workshop on Movement for the Actor this summer for CalStage, Sunday evenings July 12th-August 9th, 6-9 PM.
Says Lori, “An audience cannot experience the actor’s intention, no matter how much he means it, if it remains ‘locked’ inside an unskilled body and an underdeveloped voice.”
Students in her weekly workshop will work towards achieving the kind of freedom of movement that provides the form through which a Character’s emotion can flow freely and spontaneously. They will learn to think of their body and voice as a whole instrument while focusing on and exploring Relaxation, Core awareness and strengthening, Creativity, use of Energy, and putting Voice on Breath with movement. Continue reading →