California Stage presents

Summaries and information about current and past plays presented by California Stage.

’Tween Earth and Sky: Irish Tales of the Supernatural

California Stage presents master storyteller Mark Lyon, March 2nd-11th

Irish Tales, Mark Lyon
Actor, storyteller, playwright and lyric tenor, Mark Lyon

Journey back to a time, long ago, when Ireland was filled with enchantment and bedevilment brought about by supernatural entities who dwell within the invisible world ‘Tween Earth and Sky; a time when a decent Irish man could hardly poke his nose outside the door of his own cottage without chancing upon spirits and witches and all manner of fairy folk who have the ability to bring either good luck or bad luck to mere mortals such as you and I.

Portraying twenty different roles, actor and playwright, Mark Lyon, who is called “a master storyteller” by the Times Colonist of Victoria, Canada, weaves a magical spell through the dramatization of six Irish tales of the supernatural. The tales range from a clever lad’s attempt to outwit a leprechaun to a fiddler lured into the hall of the fairies, to a fatal churchyard wraith, to stones which weep tears of regret, to a financially ruined aristocrat’s desperate bargain with the Devil and a rogue’s harrowing journey seeking redemption while a talking corpse clutches tightly to his back.

The show will be presented at the California Stage, March 2, 3, 9 & 10 at 8:00 pm; March 4 at 2:00 pm and March 11 at 7:00 pm.

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THURS. & SAT! ‘The Case of the Careless Client’

“The Case of the Careless Client,” this Thursday & Saturday, Feb. 8th & 10th, in the Wilkerson Theatre, California Stage!

California Stage presents The Case of the Careless Client, a live radio drama, will be staged in the Wilkerson Theatre at the R25 Arts Center, Thursday, Feb 8th at 8pm and Saturday, Feb 10th at 2pm.

John Garlock
Company member John Garlock.

On his very first visit to America, Hercule Poirot discovers … (what else?) … a dead body!

For 10 bucks, you’ll get a glass of wine and a trip back to a day when the best Murder Mysteries took place in your own living room! Be a part of the studio audience as we present a live radio drama from 1946, in which Hercule Poirot, seeking an apartment in New York City, instead finds … Murder!

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World Premiere of Winter’s Waltz to Open 27th Season at California Stage

‘Winter’s Waltz’ to run Jan 19th through Feb 18th

California Stage Theater (R25) opens the 2018 season with the world premiere production of Winter’s Waltz, written by renowned local playwright Richard Broadhurst and directed by Elly award winning actor and director Janis Stevens.

Winter’s Waltz, California StageSet in the 1970s New York City, two strangers embark on a cat and mouse game after one invites the other into his apartment.  As they toy with one another, they explore what it means to live and die.

Playwright Richard Broadhurst has been both an actor and writer for almost 50 years.  As a writer, Richard has had plays produced all over the country, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the William Inge Theatre Festival.  He has written a number of screenplays, which have been optioned, one recently by Ed Asner’s production company (GrantWorks).

Director Janis Stevens has worked as both an actress and director in theatres nationally and internationally.  She won the Elly Award for her direction of Love, Isadora at CalStage.  She directed the American Stage Company production of Sex With Strangers, which was nominated by Theatre Tampa Bay. She is a Capital Stage Artistic Associate and received Sacramento’s Elly Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2015. Continue reading