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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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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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Observing WWI Centennial with R.C. Sherriff’s “Journey’s End”

100th Anniversary of “The War To End All Wars”: R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End

California Stage will commemorate the 100th anniversary of “The War To End All Wars” by presenting R.C. Sherriff’s gripping drama Journey’s End, June 7th thru July 6th 2014.

Journey's EndIn doing so, the theatre will honor the sacrifices made by those who served from the Sacramento area while calling critical attention to the devastating impact of modern warfare has made on generations of American youth.

Sherriff’s study in war abandons the notions of ‘war’ that echo in hometown newsprint or the mouths of politicians in favor of the War lived by those like him who fought. Continue reading