Frank Condon, former Artistic Director of River Stage, will join California Stage Theater Company as an Associate Director for its 2015 season. California Stage begins its work with Condon by mounting two staged readings of his newest play Axis Sally and Her Boys Feb 28th and March 1st.
Condon’s Axis Sally tells the harrowing story of Mildred Gillars, known to American troops during WWII as the subversive, sweet-talking Nazi radio personality Axis Sally. Audiences will delve into questions about the play, its leading lady, and her trial for treason during the two readings held in the California Stage Theater Saturday, February 28th at 2pm and Sunday, March 1st at 5pm. Tickets are $10 general admission: $5 students, seniors and SARTA members. Call 916 451-5822 for tickets.
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.
California Stage will mount four 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 and Comics Come Alive!, and wrap up with the local premiere of Johanna H. Kraus’ Angel in the Night.
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 →