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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

‘The Thing in the Window’: Live Radio Drama – This Weekend Only!

Second of the “Third Age – Onstage” live radio drama series!

The Thing in the Window, the latest in a live radio drama series presented by California Stage, will play this weekend only in the Three Penny Theatre!

Live Radio Drama at CalStage“Mr. Aimes sees a dead man in the window across the way .”

10 Bucks and a glass of wine, and you can travel back in time when radio stations presented the very best in Murder Mysteries. Be part of the studio audience as we present a radio drama from 1946 that features a man who thinks he sees a dead body in the window opposite his … and watch what  happens when he goes to investigate!

The Three Penny Theatre  will present The Thing in the Window  this Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 8PM, and Sunday at 2PM, at 1725 25th Street in midtown Sacramento.

Sacramento’s California Stage will continue to present “Third Age – Onstage” series over the next few months. A professionally oriented company of senior actors create and present  these theatrical productions for Sacramento audiences.

The company will present a group of vintage radio scripts (mystery, comedy, etc) in readings — sound effects and all — before live audiences. They will be broadcast over radio station KUBU-FM (96.5).

BUY TICKETS HERE or call 916-451-5822!

SOLD OUT! Scene Workshop Intensive with Janis Stevens

This workshop is now sold out. Ms Stevens conducts them periodically, so be sure to sign up early!

Janis Stevens to conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex

Janis Stevens
Janis Stevens

Janis Stevens will conduct a “Scene Workshop Intensive” at the R Street Arts Complex, 25th and R Streets, on Sunday nights for 10 weeks from 6:30-9:30 pm each night. Cost is $275.00 for all 10 weeks and the class size is maximum of 12 students. (Five slots have already been taken.) BEGINS OCT 1st!

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.

I have studied with such world-class professional trainers as Lee Strasberg and can say without a doubt that Janis Stevens teaches on their level — she can get results. An actor I had worked with had difficulty with truthful reactions… his early training left him weak in sustaining believability. Janis worked with him and he had a major breakthrough — he found the keys to building and maintaining strong characters that he could be proud of.   
Ray Tatar, Artistic Director, California Stage Theater Creations

Janis Stevens is a consummate theatre artist and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to the workshop setting. What is significant in her work as a teacher, a director, and an actor, is her specificity and attention to the detail. The work is always grounded in the text. The tools she shares, the coaching she so generously gives, the technique she teaches for character/scene work is clearly articulated and invaluable to an actor at any level. You will leave her class with powerful and useful tools for character development that you will come back to every time you approach a role.
— Gail Dartez, Co-Artistic Director, Big Idea Theatre
Adjunct Professor of Theatre, Cosumnes River College
Professional Actor, Director

Because I was familiar with Janis’ Stevens work (both acting and directing), I was greatly looking forward to being taught by her, and I wasn’t disappointed. Besides brightening local theater with her skills and stage presence, Janis is a patient, nurturing teacher. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is either serious about acting as a career or simply enjoys it as a hobby, but wants to get more out of it. I’m very grateful this class is available. Thanks so much, Janis, for your wisdom and guidance. This class has definitely been one of my “Theatrical Cloud Nine” moments. Thanks so much, Ray Tatar, for offering this. It will benefit many.
— Adriana Marmo

I’ve been working on my craft for 36 years and I’ve yet to find a more effective, exciting and supportive coach, director, instructor and all-around great advisor than Janis Stevens. Scene study doesn’t get any better than this!
— Nate Rangel SAG/AFTRA member