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.
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 →
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.
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 →
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.
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 →