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.
Pond 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 →
Join 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.
Analise Langford-Clark stars in a new musical at California Stage
Analise Langford-Clark and Jonathan Blum will shine in California Stage’s sparkling production of Arlington. A favorite with audiences in San Francisco and New York, CalStage now brings this provocative new chamber musical to Sacramento starting April 1st and running through May 1st.
Through Analise audiences meet Sara Jane, the seemingly sweet and sheltered army wife who nonetheless wrestles valiantly with our tempestuous times. This contemporary incarnation of Nora Helmer must grapple with an overbearing family fraught with contradictions, a devastating loss, and some disturbing truths in order to find her place and peace of mind. Can love really conquer all in the midst of such a storm?
Jonathan Blum (Italian Opera) joins Analise as accompanist and lends his voice to the men who shape Sara Jane’s life. Bob Irvin will make his CalStage directorial debut!
Don’t miss their fabulous cameos! Now running through September 13th.
Craig T. Sanders recently graduated from Sacramento State University with Bachelors degrees in both theatre and journalism. Craig spends a good portion of his time writing and performing scripts for the sketch comedy group That Plus Chips. He is extremely excited to work on a show that portrays an image of hope during one of the darkest times in the history of civilization. Craig was born from Jewish descendants who experienced the horrifying realities of WWII and is humbled to be in a play that honors their many sacrifices, which has allowed him to exist today. Continue reading →