Italian Opera
Italian Opera
California Stage opens its 24th Season on February 20, 2015, with Italian Opera.
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“William Hogarth at 250″
Art exhibit ran through November 8, 2014.
Love Isadora
Love Isadora
Play ran Sept. 20 - Oct. 12, 2014.
Marat/Sade
Marat/Sade
Marat/Sade ended August 10th.
Journey's End
Journey's End
The Cast of Journey's End, which ran June 7th - July 6th, 2014.
The Vanishing Point
The Vanishing Point
The Vanishing Point, by Nedra Pezold Roberts, was the opening play in 2014.

California Stage Sends Up ‘Italian Opera’

Starting February 20th, California Stage mounts the West Coast premiere of local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s zany send-up Italian Opera featuring Sacramento News & Review’s 2014 Best Local Actor Michael RJ Campbell.

California Stage Italian Opera
Janet Motenko and Naomi Wilson (Photo Credit: Terry Brindisi)

Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s hysterical lampoon Italian Opera roasts the art, the business, and everything in between. Like the medium it mocks so well, the operetta sets desperate housewife Lucrezia Scarpoletto (Katherine Cooper) opposite shameless philanderer Nemorino Pollione (Michael RJ Campbell) in a plot to drag Lucrezia’s inattentive husband Mario Scarpoletto (Jonathan Blum) back into bed. But when the suspicions of Nemorino’s simpering spouse Vestalina (Naomi Wilson) are aroused, helped in no small part by the wily maid Zerbinetta (Janet Motenko), chaos ensues. No opera composer is safe in this delightful musical romp. Continue reading

A Year of Premieres

California Stage Announces its 24th Season

California Stage will mount five professional and world premiere productions throughout 2015 as part of its 24th Season. This “Year of Premieres” will begin with the West Coast premiere of local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s Italian Opera, followed by a summer of new and local voices as featured in the SacSoloSeries, Comics Come Alive!, and Angel in the Night. California Stage will close the season with the world premiere production of Richard Broadhurst’s Resting Place featuring Janis Stevens and Richard Winters.

Opening February 20th, local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s zany send-up Italian Opera roasts the art, the business, and everything in between. Lewinter-Suskind’s hilarious operetta will feature Michael RJ Campbell, dubbed 2014’s Best Local Actor in Sacramento by the Sacramento News and Review, and Elly Award-winning actress Janet Motenko among others under the direction of California Stage’s own multi-award-winning director Ray Tatar.

Richard Winters
Richard Winters

This summer, starting on June 12th, California Stage’s SacSoloSeries will present two world premiere one-man-plays by beloved local actors Richard Winters (The Vanishing Point) and Robert Lautz. Winters’ Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed gives the author’s kaleidoscopic account of internet age divorce and dating, while The Third Date comically explores Lautz’ victory over cancer. The two shows will run in repertory in the Dennis Wilkerson Theater. Continue reading

William Hogarth Exhibition Ended November 8th

“William Hogarth at 250″ ran through November 8th

California Stage sponsored a retrospective exhibition of 18th Century English artist William Hogarth’s etchings entitled “William Hogarth at 250″ as a commemoration of the artist’s death 250 years ago in October. The event included special tours of the works on Second Saturday evenings.

William Hogarth
The Painter and His Pug by William Hogarth.

Best remembered for his moralistic series’ The Harlot’s Progress and The Rake’s Progress, Hogarth’s keenly observed pictorial critiques of 18th Century British life set the stage for modern political cartoonists the world over. His focus on the London middle class and working class experience, popular amusements, and personalities such as actor David Garrick give us a glimpse into lives rarely chronicled while demonstrating the satirical edge and dramatic flair now so essential to visual social critique. Continue reading