California Stage play
Porch Time – A Cabaret
One Show Only! Aug. 6th! Margery Bailey and Megan Cooper Reunite for “Porch Time" – a Cabaret
Geoffrey Pond in
Geoffrey Pond in “I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco”
Ran July 7-16 in The Wilkerson Theater.
Casey Lipka and Classical Revolution performed April 23rd
Show ran Feb 10-19, 2017
The Whale
Season Opener, ran Jan 13th - Feb 12. 2017

Scene Workshop Intensive with Janis Stevens Starts Oct 1

Janis Stevens will conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex

Janis Stevens
Janis Stevens

Janis Stevens will conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex, 25th and R Streets, on Sunday nights for 10 weeks from 6:30-9:30 pm each night. Cost is $275.00 for all 10 weeks and the class size is maximum of 12 students. (Five slots have already been taken.) BEGINS OCT 1st!

Scenes will be assigned by Ms Stevens. Coaching and direction will be based  on the tools of Stanislavski and Focus will also be given to “external skills” (vocal and physical expressiveness).

Janis is well-known in Sacramento for the many roles she has played with various theatres throughout the area as well as receiving much acclaim for the productions she has directed at Capital Stage, California Stage and the Sacramento Theatre Company. She received the Elly’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at American River College since 2003.

I have studied with such world-class professional trainers as Lee Strasberg and can say without a doubt that Janis Stevens teaches on their level — she can get results. An actor I had worked with had difficulty with truthful reactions… his early training left him weak in sustaining believability. Janis worked with him and he had a major breakthrough — he found the keys to building and maintaining strong characters that he could be proud of.   
Ray Tatar, Artistic Director, California Stage Theater Creations

Janis Stevens is a consummate theatre artist and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the workshop setting. What is significant in her work as a teacher, a director, and an actor, is her specificity and attention to the detail. The work is always grounded in the text. The tools she shares, the coaching she so generously gives, the technique she teaches for character/scene work is clearly articulated and invaluable to an actor at any level. You will leave her class with powerful and useful tools for character development that you will come back to every time you approach a role.
— Gail Dartez, Co-Artistic Director, Big Idea Theatre
Adjunct Professor of Theatre, Cosumnes River College
Professional Actor, Director

Because I was familiar with Janis’ Stevens work (both acting and directing), I was greatly looking forward to being taught by her, and I wasn’t disappointed. Besides brightening local theater with her skills and stage presence, Janis is a patient, nurturing teacher. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is either serious about acting as a career or simply enjoys it as a hobby, but wants to get more out of it. I’m very grateful this class is available. Thanks so much, Janis, for your wisdom and guidance. This class has definitely been one of my “Theatrical Cloud Nine” moments. Thanks so much, Ray Tatar, for offering this. It will benefit many.
— Adriana Marmo

I’ve been working on my craft for 36 years and I’ve yet to find a more effective, exciting and supportive coach, director, instructor and all-around great advisor than Janis Stevens. Scene study doesn’t get any better than this!
— Nate Rangel SAG/AFTRA member

Margery Bailey and Megan Cooper Reunite for “Porch Time – A Cabaret” at California Stage

Two friends from high school reunite after many years in “Porch Time – A Cabaret”  – One night only, Sunday, August 6th!

California Stage playCome join Margery Bailey and Megan Cooper, two friends from Sacramento High School, at California Stage as they reunite after many, many years and discover the life the other has led. On August 6th at 5pm, take a break from the heat and enjoy the cool sounds of Bailey and Cooper.

Grab a glass of wine or cool beverage and join Margery Bailey and Megan Cooper as they relax, sing, and recount stories of their pasts, hopes for the future, set the world to rights, with maybe a little “pontifidrinking” thrown in there.

Margery Bailey has performed regularly in Northern California, where she has sold out cabarets in San Francisco and Sacramento and was a regular at The Plush Room in San Francisco and Max’s Opera Café in Sacramento.  Favorite shows include: Falsettos with Lambda Players here in Sacramento, Night of the Iguana in Berkeley and Serenity an original rock musical in San Francisco.  Ms. Bailey has also taught yoga all over the world, including: Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oregon, Seattle, Chicago, Hawaii, New York, Tel Aviv, and Mexico. Continue reading

Bay Area Artist Stars in “I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco”

Geoffrey Pond will perform in this California Stage production

California Stage presents I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco, a loving tribute to the culture and history of one of the greatest cities in the world by some of the greatest writers of all time. San Francisco history comes to life with the words of Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Jack London, H.L. Mencken and Gary Kamiya. Conceived, performed and co-written by Geoffrey Pond and directed by Robert Ernst.

I’m Always Drunk in San FranciscoPond has transformed stories originally written for publications, such as Colliers Magazine, into a series of lively monologues. Stories include: Jack Kerouac’s account of the famous Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955 where Ginsberg’s poem “Howl!” was first read and the Beat scene was born; Jack London’s terrifying eyewitness account of the ’06 earthquake and fire; H.L. Mencken’s humorous little-known story of the bourbon-fueled 1920 Democratic National Convention at the then newly built San Francisco (Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium; and Mark Twain’s impressions of 1860’s San Francisco, including his first public lecture at The Academy of Music on Pine Street. Pond also shares the poetic and historic writings from Gary Kamiya, the author of San Francisco: The Cool Gray City of Love, editor of San Francisco Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Continue reading