California Stage will mount five professional and world premiere productions throughout 2015 as part of its 24th Season. This “Year of Premieres” will begin with the professional premiere of local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s Italian Opera, followed by a summer of new and local voices as featured in the SacSoloSeries, Comics Come Alive!, and Angel in the Night. California Stage will close the season with the world premiere production of Richard Broadhurst’s Resting Place featuring Janis Stevens and Richard Winters.
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 →
California Stage sponsored a retrospective exhibition of 18th Century English artist William Hogarth’s etchings entitled “William Hogarth at 250″ as a commemoration of the artist’s death 250 years ago in October. The event included special tours of the works on Second Saturday evenings.
Best remembered for his moralistic series’ The Harlot’s Progress and The Rake’s Progress, Hogarth’s keenly observed pictorial critiques of 18th Century British life set the stage for modern political cartoonists the world over. His focus on the London middle class and working class experience, popular amusements, and personalities such as actor David Garrick give us a glimpse into lives rarely chronicled while demonstrating the satirical edge and dramatic flair now so essential to visual social critique.
Local collector and California Stage Producing Artistic Director Ray Tatar exhibited 55 etchings attributed to Hogarth including his portrait of actor David Garrick as Richard III, Strolling Actresses in a Barn, The Distressed Poet, and The Enraged Musician. Mr. Tatar gave special educational tours of the works on the two Second Saturdays during the exhibition.
The exhibition was open to the public free of charge Fridays and Saturdays 6:30-9:30pm, and Sundays 12:30pm-4:00pm, from October 10th to November 8th in the Sacramento Poetry Center Gallery at the R25 Arts Complex in Midtown. The gallery is located at 1725 25th Street, Sacramento, California 95816. Call 916-600-9536 for more information.
William Hogarth exhibition at California Stage, plus special coupon offered, as the end of the 2014 season nears
This weekend is gearing up to be a busy one for California Stage! Not only is this weekend Sacramento’s last chance to see Rick Foster’s Love, Isadora, but also a great opportunity for patrons to get in on one amazing deal.
Sacramento News and Review contributor Jeff Hudson gives Love, Isadora a full FIVE STAR rave — calling the show “sublime” and its star Lori Russo “remarkable” in her return to this exceptional role.
Only 3 more performances — Friday 10/10 @ 8pm, Saturday 10/11 @ 8pm, & Sun 10/12 @ 2pm — remain before closing this weekend.