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Bay Area Artist Stars in “I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco”

Geoffrey Pond will perform in this California Stage production

California Stage presents I’m Always Drunk in San Francisco, a loving tribute to the culture and history of one of the greatest cities in the world by some of the greatest writers of all time. San Francisco history comes to life with the words of Jack Kerouac, Mark Twain, Jack London, H.L. Mencken and Gary Kamiya. Conceived, performed and co-written by Geoffrey Pond and directed by Robert Ernst.

I’m Always Drunk in San FranciscoPond has transformed stories originally written for publications, such as Colliers Magazine, into a series of lively monologues. Stories include: Jack Kerouac’s account of the famous Six Gallery poetry reading in 1955 where Ginsberg’s poem “Howl!” was first read and the Beat scene was born; Jack London’s terrifying eyewitness account of the ’06 earthquake and fire; H.L. Mencken’s humorous little-known story of the bourbon-fueled 1920 Democratic National Convention at the then newly built San Francisco (Bill Graham) Civic Auditorium; and Mark Twain’s impressions of 1860’s San Francisco, including his first public lecture at The Academy of Music on Pine Street. Pond also shares the poetic and historic writings from Gary Kamiya, the author of San Francisco: The Cool Gray City of Love, editor of San Francisco Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Continue reading

California Stage Offers Intensive Scene Study

Janis Stevens is a world-class professional acting coach and trainer

Janis Stevens
Janis Stevens

Janis Stevens will conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex, 25th and R Streets, on Sunday and Monday nights for 5 weeks from 6:30-9:30 pm each night.  Dates are consecutive Sunday and Monday nights from July 23rd through August 21st.  Cost is $250.00 for all 5 weeks ($25.00 per session), and class size is maximum of 10 students (two slots have already been taken).

Scenes will be assigned by Ms. Stevens.  Coaching and direction will be based  on the tools of Stanislavski and Focus will also be given to “external skills” (vocal and physical expressiveness).

Janis is well-known in Sacramento for the many roles she has played with various theatres throughout the area as well as receiving much acclaim for the productions she has directed at Capital Stage, California Stage and the Sacramento Theatre Company.  She received the Elly’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 and has been an Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts at American River College since 2003. Continue reading

‘Classical Revolution: Voices That Move,’ April 23rd!

Classical Revolution: Voices that MoveJoin Casey Lipka and Robin Fisher for “Voices that Move.” An afternoon of soulful melodies, spoken word and dance collaborations woven into one seamless performance. Works by pianist Jacqui Hairston. Musicians from Classical Revolution Collective including clarinetist Brennen Milton.

The event will happen April 23rd, at 4:00pm, at California Stage. Tickets are just $10. See Event Listing.

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