The Whale
Cast of The Whale, running Jan. 13 - Feb 12, 2017.
The Whale
Joel Mario Rickert and Aviv Hannan in The Whale.
The Whale
Kyle Burows as Elder Thomas and Soren Lipman as Ellie in The Whale.
A Revolutionary Mind
A Revolutionary Mind
Ran June 17 - July17, 2016. Starring Marion Jeffery, Mike Erwin, Joe Monroe and Berman Obaldia. Photo by Barry Wisdom.

The Inauguration Protestation: An Evening of Theater, Comedy and Rock & Roll

Three Arts Groups Join Forces to Lampoon Trump’s Inauguration at California Stage

On January 20th, the day Donald Trump is inaugurated as America’s 45th president, California Stage — together with Resurrection Theatre and Generation 7 Productions — will present The Inauguration Protestation: An Evening of Theater, Comedy and Rock & Roll. (Please get your TICKETS here, not with our usual button on the upper right of this page.)

DT and The Deplorables
DT and The Deplorables

The festivities will start at 7:30pm with Resurrection Theatre’s reading of The Taming by Lauren Gunderson. In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power-play,” inspired by Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, Miss America contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. The performance features Beth Edwards, Kate McDermott, Katie Kemp, and Robin Southworth. Rob Hurwitt of the San Francisco Chronicle calls Taming “… a laugh riot with some timely food for thought.”

At 8:45, Generation 7 Productions presents DT and The Deplorables. Parody, satire, and a healthy dose of rock and roll will rule the evening. The infamous DT, fresh off his bloody election victory and inaugural crowning, is more pumped-up and pompous than ever. DT and his band of “Deplorables,” rip through a driving set of original songs, including “The Presidential Blues,” “I Am an Ist,” and “Badass Business Man,” as he crows about his victory, secretly frets over the awesome task he feels unqualified for, and bullies everyone in sight. Several times throughout the set, DT is visited by former presidents and luminaries of the past, who either hilariously take him to task, or try to wheedle their way into his good graces for their own benefit. DT and the Deplorables features Gary Michael Weinberg, Robert Greene, Douglas Wolfe, Fred Nelson, and Michael Pollack. Continue reading

26th Season Opener: ‘The Whale’ Opens Jan. 13!

‘The Whale’ to Open 26th Season at Elly Award-Winning California Stage

The Whale
Joel Mario Rickert and Aviv Hannan in The Whale.

Fresh off winning an Elly Award for best production of a new script, California Stage opens the 26th season with the award winning play The Whale, Samuel D. Hunter’s incisive look at love, relationships and religious intolerance. Starring Joel Mario Rickert and directed by Shawn O’Neal, it opens January 13th at 8pm.  The Whale is the recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Award, Best Play, the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Significant Contribution to Theatre and the 2013 GLAAD Media Award, Outstanding Theatre. Continue reading

Acting Technique for Play Readings Workshop

California Stage’s Megan Cooper holding acting technique workshop January 14th

California Stage is offering a unique opportunity for actors to focus on how to prepare for play readings.  This workshop is being taught by New York actor/director and Sacramento native Megan Cooper from 12-4pm on Saturday, January 14.

Megan Cooper, California Stage
Megan Cooper.

Readings often serve as an audition.  They offer an opportunity for actors to work with casting directors, stage directors, writers, agents and producers.  Acting training frequently ignores the importance of readings.  Because readings have little to no rehearsal, an actor works on their own with virtually no direction.  This workshop focuses on how to make strong choices, how to prepare and how serve the text to create the most beneficial performance. Continue reading