Capital Stage continues its annual new work festival, Playwrights Revolution 2013, with staged readings of three new plays Aug. 15-17.
As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created this series of staged readings to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. Each year, several new plays are selected to participate in the series and audiences are invited to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussions.
This year out of nearly 150 submissions, Capital Stage presents three exciting new plays by three compelling playwrights. In August these works are brought to theatrical life in a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre.
“The Hemings Diary” by Lucile Lichtblau
8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15
Directed by Peter Mohrmann
When a tell-all diary allegedly written by Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson’s slave/mistress, is discovered at an estate sale, ancient ghosts come to life and issues of power, race and the elusiveness of truth emerge.
“Crying for Lions”by Andrew Kramer
8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16
Directed by Ben Ismail
Rae and Shane are a young couple expecting their first child. When an important man from Shane’s past shows up at their isolated home in the country, a very large and very hungry mountain lion begins to pursue them. As their fears and apprehensions spiral out of control, they learn that sometimes we must act like animals to survive.
“The Power Play, or Smart Bombs & Other Sexy Toys” by Susan Kathryn Hefti
8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17
Directed by Stephanie Gularte
An odyssey through the lives of four hopeful graduate students, “The Power Play, or Smart Bombs & Other Sexy Toys” explores the nature of power, seduction and betrayal in the context of U.S. military policies: Threading the personal through the eye of a pointedly political needle, the play wrestles with moral questions evoked by the increased reliance on unmanned drone strikes, the targeted assassination of the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the 2009 troop surge into Afghanistan.
Individual tickets are $12 per staged reading. Discount tickets are available as follows: Tickets for the festival of three staged readings are $30; subscriber individual tickets are $10 and subscriber discount tickets for the festival of three staged readings are $25. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage box office, by phone at (916) 995-5464 or online at capstage.org. Capital Stage is located at 2215 J St. in Sacramento.