Love Isadora
Love Isadora
Runs Sept. 20 - Oct. 12, 2014.
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.

In Good Company — Meet the Artists Behind LOVE, ISADORA

“Love, Isadora” to open Sept. 20th

With rehearsals in full sway, California Stage is excited to be working with three of Sacramento’s most talented and respected artists — playwright Rick Foster, performer Lori Russo, and director Janis Stevens — on Love, Isadora this fall. Meet them here and see why we’re happy to be in such good company.

Rick Foster is an award-winning playwright whose plays, translations and adaptations have been produced across the nation. He was a founding member of the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, a frequent panelist for the California Arts Council, New Plays Director at the Asian American Theater Company, and dramaturg at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, and Sierra Repertory Theater.

Lori Rusoo as Isadora Duncan
Lori Rusoo as Isadora Duncan.

Lori Russo has been a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA for more than 30 years. She has toured with Broadway national tours of 42nd St, Meet Me in St Louis, and Elvis Lives, and internationally with Andy Williams. As a choreographer, she staged the New York Premieres of Israel Horowitz’ Captains and Courage, The Unwritten Song by Romulus Linney, and The Bus to Buenos Aires for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s New Works Festival. Her choreography and staging talents were most recently featured in California Stage’s production of Marat/Sade.

Janis Stevens
Janis Stevens.

Janis Stevens’ incomparable directorial artistry has been showcased by California Stage, Capital Stage, Theater at Monmouth in Maine; and in numerous Off-Broadway houses in New York City. In 2006 she received both a Drama Desk Award for her portrayal of Vivien Leigh in Rick Foster’s Vivien in New York, and an Elly Award for her work in Becoming Julia Morgan at California Stage. She is also a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and of the Theatre Arts faculty at American River College.

See what magic they make with Love, Isadora–starting Sept. 20th!

Rick Foster’s LOVE, ISADORA returns Sept 20th!

California Stage revives Love, Isadora

California Stage will revive Rick Foster’s smash-hit show Love, Isadora starting September 20th. Professional actress Lori Russo reprises her Elly Award-winning turn as Isadora Duncan, the mother of modern dance, with Janis Stevens’ inspired direction.

Love IsadoraRusso, Stevens, and choreographer Tracy Eisenberg all collaborated with Foster in New York to present Love, Isadora during the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Oktoberfest in 2006. California Stage’s 2008 staging of Foster’s play brought the four together again in Sacramento–earning Elly Awards for Russo’s performance and Stevens’ direction, as well as Jessie Talbert’s lighting design.

Foster has revised his bold drama since that time according to revelatory insights into Duncan’s life and work that have surfaced within the past few years. Now, California Stage brings the illustrious, illusive Duncan back to life and explores her passionate obsessions with life, death, love, and art.

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Marat/Sade Run Ends, Next Up: “Love Isadora”

California Stage now readies for “Love Isadora”  — Opening Sept 20th

Marat Sade storytelling clowns
Marat Sade storytelling clowns: Rossignol, Koko, Cucucuroo and Popol.

After California Stage’s successful presentation of Marat/Sade, written by Peter Weiss, which ran from July 19th through August 10th, 2014, the company now gets a short rest, before they delve into the next project, a very different one — Love Isadora.

Weiss’ avant garde masterwork became the most outrageous musical spectacle of the season, in the capable hands of director Kent Johnson and a fine cast.

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