Monthly Archives: July 2014

Director’s Corner: Meet Kent Johnson

The Emmy-nominated Kent Johnson directs Marat/Sade

Emmy-nominated director Kent Johnson has taken the reins of Marat/Sade for California Stage this season. Having directed over 200 productions in his 68 year career, Johnson admits the show is his most challenging project yet.

Kent Johnson works with actors in Marat Sade
Kent Johnson works with actors in Marat Sade.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Kent began directing and producing in Orange County in 1965. His smash hit production of Stop the World—I Want to Get Off ran for an astonishing 16 weeks at the Anaheim Playhouse, making local history and setting the stage for the next forty years of his career.

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Actor Close-Ups — Three To Watch

Three featured actors in the upcoming California Stage production Marat/Sade

With a cast of more than a dozen local actors, the California Stage will be filled with stars ready to shine come July 19th, when they present Marat/Sade. Meet three of them right here!

Richard Spierto as DeSade
Richard Spierto as DeSade.

Richard Spierto — The Marquis de Sade  Richard leads California Stage’s illustrious cast alongside Mark Gonzalez (Jean-Paul Marat), Sabrina Fiora (Charlotte Corday), and Michael RJ Campbell (the Herald).

Richard’s career as an actor, director, producer, and scenic and lighting designer spans 40 years, and like his infamous character, he is no stranger to controversy and social activism. Three years ago, he directed Frank Wedekind’s highly controversial Spring Awakening for The Alternative Arts Collective. He has also served as the President of the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus and the West Coast Coordinator for “The Cycle of Life” cycling tour, which funds critical services for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

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