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California Stage premieres new play by Leslie Lewinter-Suskind

By From page B6 | June 01, 2016

Marion Jeffery plays Susan in California Stage's premiere of Leslie Lewinter-Suskind's "A Revolutionary Mind," opening June 17. Photo by Barry Wisdom

From acclaimed author of last season’s smash hit “Italian Opera” Leslie Lewinter-Suskind comes something completely different. Running June 17 through July 17, California Stage Theatre Company will premiere her new play, “A Revolutionary Mind” under the direction of Ray Tatar, producing artistic director.

“A Revolutionary Mind” follows rabid activist turned housewife Susan down the rabbit hole when her daughter, a documentary filmmaker à la Raymundo Gleyzer, is kidnapped. Forced to reconcile the lofty ideals espoused and promises made with the life she led, Susan must sound the dark depths of the human psyche in search of elusive answers. No stone is left unturned in this raw, unflinching odyssey of the mind.

Lewinter-Suskind, a former resident of Sacramento, studied playwrighting at the University of New Orleans. While there she wrote “Italian Opera,” which she entered for competition in the 1997 Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and later submitted to California Stage for production consideration in 2014. 

California Stage proudly brings her work to Sacramento audiences again as she reveals her radical side in “A Revolutionary Mind.”

Lewinter-Suskind has penned a tour-de-force for actress Marion Jeffery, who plays Susan opposite Berman Obaldia as activist filmmaker Raymundo Gleyzer and Joe Monroe as husband Alan. Michael Erwin of last season’s gripping  California Stage production of “Angel in the Night” also returns to play Susan’s immortal mentor, the Professor. Ray Tatar directs, assisted by Michelle Koehler and Elly-nominated scenographer Niels Larsen.

California Stage will close the show’s run with a special screening of Raymundo Gleyzer’s watershed documentary “The Traitors,” July 17 at 5 p.m.  Free admission to the screening will be given to those who attend any performance of “A Revolutionary Mind.”

“A Revolutionary Mind” will play at the California Stage Theater at the R25 Arts Complex, a three-venue complex located at 1721 25th St. in Sacramento. Tickets are $12 to $20 and may be purchased online at calstage.org or by calling (916) 451-5822.

Showtimes are Thursday June 23 and July 7 at 8 p.m.; Friday June 17, 24 and July 8 and 15 at 8 p.m.; Saturday June 1825 and July 9 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday June 19, 26 and July 10 and 17 at 2 p.m.

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