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CAPITAL STAGE ANNOUNCES 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON
Sacramento, CA - April 16, 2019 - Capital Stage announces its 15th Anniversary Season entitled GOING HOME. This landmark season will be the 4th season at the helm of Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stevenson. He has chosen six Sacramento Premieres that explore the emotional foundation that shapes us – our family, our place of origin, our home. In this new century of turbulent social change, these six plays explore the powerful tether we all have to the place we call “home”. Subscriptions are available now by contacting the Box Office at 916-995-5464, capstage.org, or 2215 J Street. Single tickets will go on sale August 1, 2019. Current Subscribers who renew before June 10 will enjoy the option to keep their seats.
THE 2019/20 SEASON: GOING HOME
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Sacramento Premiere | 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner
August 28 - September 29, 2019

Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside Drive and crazy. But now, the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed—and the church won’t leave him alone. When the struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone.

“…Somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy…a dizzying and exciting place to be… fresh and startling.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
THE HUMANS by Stephen Karam
Sacramento Premiere | 2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play
October 16 - November 17, 2019

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.

The Humans explores, across an enthralling spectrum of ups and downs, what being a family is all about.” —THE WASHINGTON POST
ALABASTER by Audrey Cefaly
Sacramento Premiere | NNPN Rolling World Premiere
January 22 - February 23, 2020

A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.

“Sometimes a piece just glues you to your chair, makes you laugh, rips your heart out, and when it’s done you want to hold the people you love tightly and not let go.”
TONY CASELLI, AD, WILLIAMSTON THEATRE
ADMISSIONS by Joshua Harmon
Co-Production with American Stage | 2018 Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards Winner for Outstanding Play
March 11 - April 12, 2020

Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s Headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values with convulsive results.

“Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire - of the left, by the left, for the left - for today.”  —THE NEW YORK TIMES
 PASS OVER by Antoinette Nwandu
Sacramento Premiere | 2018 NY Times Critics Pick
April 29 - May 31, 2020

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking sh*t, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out.

“’Pass Over’ resonates as a powerful tragedy...” THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Stunning and lyrical [...] should be on every theatergoer’s ‘must see’ list.”
BROADWAY WORLD
THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee
Sacramento Premiere | 2017 Kesselring Prize Winner
June 17 - July 19, 2020

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford spies on his opponents. Inspired by events in her own father’s life, Yee “applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).”

“A beautiful play with vibrant characters and rich history crackling with fresh dialog.”
BROADWAY WORLD

The Great Leap has got real game!” BAY AREA NEWS GROUP
Capital Stage 2019 Holiday Special
THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY
by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melcon
Sacramento Premiere
December 4 - 29, 2019

It’s Christmas at Pemberley again! This new companion piece to Gunderson & Melcon’s holiday hit Miss Bennet , The Wickhams takes us downstairs where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A bright new holiday tale full of mirth, wit, and the power of giving back to others.

“...A holiday hit... It’s funny and fast-moving, with a ‘villain’ you may love to hate. (Move aside, Scrooge.)”  TWIN CITIES PIONEER PRESS