California Stage and Vista Players present HAPPY ARMENIANS with its original L.A. cast.
Elly Award-winning playwright and director Aram Kouyoumdjian returns for the Sacramento premiere of his latest work Happy Armenians presented in a joint production with California Stage Theater Company and Vista Players. Featuring the play’s original L.A. cast, the production will enjoy a special two weekend run February 19th-28th prior to its New York engagement.
A funny, imaginative, and poignant rumination on love, war, and the burdens of history, Happy Armenians upends the world order as we know it by casting Armenia as a modern empire in its parallel version of history. But when its king has only 30 more days to live, Levon, the unexpected (and unwilling) heir to the throne, must suddenly wrestle with the world’s most delicate geopolitical crises–a war against Switzerland, the colonization of Europe, and Africa’s control of the global economy–along with his budding love for the brilliant scientist, Siran. Continue reading →
CalStage honors beloved Bay Area actress and clown Joan Mankin
“Joan Mankin was a glutton for life, and made the most of it,” writes Joan Holden for American Theatre magazine. Her career of performing as clown, actress, mentor, and friend to countless Bay Area thespians more than proves the point. She has been remembered since her passing as generous, passionate free spirit whose artistry pushed boundaries. Continue reading →
CalStage favorite Janet Motenko wins Elly Award for her role in ITALIAN OPERA.
Sunday night, Sacramento community theatre gathered for the 33rd annual Elly Awards–an opportunity sponsored by the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance (SARTA) to come together to encourage and celebrate the good work presented over the past year.
Actress Janet Motenko, who joined California Stage for two productions this year, earned the Elly award for Best Leading Female in A Musical for her “hilarious” (SN&R) turn as Zerbinetta in CalStage’s West Coast premiere of Italian Opera. Her performance was hailed as something “so wonderful it [had] to be seen to be believed” by Bev Sykes of the Davis Enterprise. She and the rest Calstage’s “dream cast” were summarily enjoyed by packed houses this spring. Continue reading →