California Stage premieres Nedra Pezold Roberts’ powerful, national award-winning new play “The Vanishing Point,” starting March 29 as part of the American Association of Community Theatre’s first AACTNewPlayFest.
“The Vanishing Point” is one of six winning plays chosen from more than 250 entries and presented by California Stage and other participating theatres during the national AACTNewPlayFest. Modeling its newest initiative on Texas Non-Profit Theatres’ Producing Original Plays program, AACT hopes to give talented playwrights greater exposure while developing new, relevant work for audiences around the country to enjoy. All winning plays will be published in anthology by Dramatic Publishing Company.
Roberts’ captivating new drama tells the story of one family in danger of disintegrating almost as quickly as its fragile bayou homelands. In the summer of 2005, just before Hurricane Katrina pulverizes the coast, southern Louisiana’s wetlands stand at risk of washing into the Gulf. Environmental engineer Pierre St. Pé returns hoping to save the marshes he once called home and salvage his relationship with his father Paul after an earth-shaking revelation chased him away. His family of Cajun shrimpers and first love, Jolie — now engaged to younger brother T-Paul — welcome him despite the unanswered questions that linger. But when T-Paul’s own dreams of escape and a near-fatal accident threaten to rip the family apart, tough choices must be made. Subtly planted themes of alienation and restoration, displacement and homecoming, hope — and humor — in the face of what seems inevitable all wind their way to the surface in this penetrating world premiere.
“The Vanishing Point” stars veteran California actors Richard Winters as Paul St Pé, Jeremy Minagro as Pierre, Nick Lunetta as T-Paul, and Emily Kentta as Jolie. The play will be directed by Ray Tatar with scenic design by Greg Buzz Weitz and costume design by Jenny Plummer. There will be a gala opening of The Vanishing Point on March 29 at 7 p.m. with the playwright and the president of the AACT in attendance.
The play will run five weekends through April 27 at the California Stage Theater in Midtown Sacramento; Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. California Stage Theater is located in the R25 Arts Complex, 2509 R St. at 25th Street. Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 students, SARTA members, military and seniors and $12 each for groups of six or more. Easy free parking available. For reservations call (916) 451-5822 or order online at CalStage.org.