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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

California Stage Sends Up ‘Italian Opera’

Buy TicketStarting February 20th, California Stage mounts the West Coast premiere of local playwright Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s zany send-up Italian Opera featuring Sacramento News & Review’s 2014 Best Local Actor Michael RJ Campbell.

California Stage Italian Opera
Janet Motenko and Naomi Wilson (Photo Credit: Terry Brindisi)

Leslie Lewinter-Suskind’s hysterical lampoon Italian Opera roasts the art, the business, and everything in between.

Like the medium it mocks so well, the operetta sets desperate housewife Lucrezia Scarpoletto (Katherine Cooper) opposite shameless philanderer Nemorino Pollione (Michael RJ Campbell) in a plot to drag Lucrezia’s inattentive husband Mario Scarpoletto (Jonathan Blum) back into bed. But when the suspicions of Nemorino’s simpering spouse Vestalina (Naomi Wilson) are aroused, helped in no small part by the wily maid Zerbinetta (Janet Motenko), chaos ensues.

No opera composer is safe in this delightful musical romp. Continue reading