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Capital Stage has seen strong continuous growth since its move to midtown in 2011 and this year is the theater’s strongest year yet with a 22 percent increase in subscription sales from last year (1,428 in 2014 and 1,172 in 2013) and a 37 percent increase in single ticket sales this year to date.
The operating budget for the 10th anniversary in shaping up to be around $800,000. That means that the theater has nearly doubled it operating budget since 2010 the last year aboard the Delta King. Capital Stage will be adding one additional performance per week (Saturdays at 2 p.m.) to accommodate this growth.
In his new role as producing artistic director, founder Jonathan Williams has reached out to friends and associates, old and new, searching for the perfect combination of stories that will challenge and entertain. This exciting new season will explore the differences in the hearing and non-hearing worlds in Nina Raine’s “Tribes,” the collision of the intellectual and working class worlds that inhabit Nobel laureate Harold Pinter’s “The Homecoming” and the fascinating and frightening possibilities of transitioning from a human to a non-human world in Thomas Gibbon’s “Uncanny Valley.” All six of these plays deal with people trying to navigate their ever-changing worlds as they seek out resolution to their own very human desires and ambitions.
“Tribes” by Nina Raine (a Sacramento premiere)
Sept. 3 through Oct. 5, 2014
Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Tribes has received critical acclaim. In Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative bohemian family. But when he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.
“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy (adapted for the stage by Helen Edmundson)
Oct. 22 through Nov. 23, 2014
Torn between duty and passion, Anna Karenina struggles to make the choice between a cold husband, a beloved child and the dashing Vronksy. Society turns against her, Anna becomes doubtful of Vronsky’s love and her world begins to fall apart. This award-winning adaptation of Tolstoy’s epic interweaves Anna’s story with those of Levin and the beautiful young Kitty, the selfless Dolly and her adored Stiva — their hope in stark contrast with Anna’s despair.
“Ideadion” by Aaron Loeb (a Sacramento premiere)
Jan. 24 through Feb. 22, 2015
Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate the cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems. CapStage previously collaborated with playwright Aaron Loeb to present the Sacramento premiere of his play “First Person Shooter” in 2008.
“Rapture, Blister, Burn” by Gina Gionfriddo (a Sacramento premiere)
March 11 through April 12, 2015
After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rockstar academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in polar opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, commencing a dangerous game of musical chairs-the prize being Gwen’s husband. With searing insight and trademark wit, this comedy is an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th-century feminist ideals. Finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize.
“The Homecoming” by Harold Pinter
April 29 through May 31, 2015
In an old and slightly seedy house in North London there lives a family of men. Into this sinister abode comes the eldest son, Teddy, who, having spent the past six years teaching philosophy in America, is now bringing his wife, Ruth, home to visit the family she has never met. As the play progresses, Teddy’s younger brothers make increasingly outrageous passes at their sister-in-law until they are practically making love to her in front of her stunned but strangely aloof husband.
“Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons (part of the National New Play Network’s Rolling World Premiere)
June 17 through July 19, 2015
Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence, robotics and the possibility of “downloading” human consciousness as a means of extending the human lifespan, “Uncanny Valley” charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a nonbiological human. “Uncanny Valley” explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Single tickets and season subscriptions are on sale now. Subscriptions run from $102 to $180 and single tickets are $26 to $38 per show; $20 preview tickets are available for select performances. Group, student and senior discounts are also available for select performances. Regular performance times are 7 p.m. on Wednesdays; 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Call (916) 995-5464, visit capstage.org or stop by the the box office at 2215 J St. in Sacramento.
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