Monthly Archives: January 2016

Elly Winner Aram Kouyoumdjian Returns for the Sacramento Premiere of HAPPY ARMENIANS

Buy TicketCalifornia 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.

Daniel Hubbard as Levon and Heather Lynn Smith as Siran in HAPPY ARMENIANS.

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

2015 in Review

CalStage looks back at highlights from our 2015 season.

Featuring Michael RJ Campbell, Katherine Cooper, Jonathon Blum, Janet Motenko, and Naomi Wilson
Featuring Michael RJ Campbell, Katherine Cooper, Jonathon Blum, and Naomi Wilson (Photo Credit: Terry Brindisi)

CalStage’s hilarious operatic romp Italian Opera opened to a burst of excitement and acclaim last February. Hailed as “easily one of the most entertaining and creative shows in recent memory” by SN&R, the production introduced playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind to Sacramento audiences and brought Michael RJ Campbell back to the California Stage after his turn in Marat/Sade. Remembering us almost a year latter, SN&R rates Italian Opera a “very clever and amusing lampoon of, well, Italian operas with talented operatic performances and imaginative production.” See the full 2015 rundown here.

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A Passing to Note

CalStage celebrates the life of beloved board member and activist Dale Kooyman.

Dale Kooyman, noted longtime midtown activist, transitioned to his next phase at age 82 on November 5, 2015, following a severe stroke.

Dale Kooyman
Dale Kooyman

Dale was born into an Iowa farm family as the youngest of seven children on May 13, 1933. Although experienced in the farming life by the time he graduated from high school, his interest to educate himself and to teach others led him to attend Iowa State Teachers’ College.

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