Playwright's Revolution 2014
August 5-7 & 12-14, 2014 at 7pm
As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, CapStage created the Playwrights’ Revolution. This series of staged readings is designed 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 discussion. Join us in August and see these new works brought to theatrical life in a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre.
Be a part of the development of the world's newest plays!
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 1
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Nobody’s Children, by Caridad Svich
Directed by Erin Lucas
Emma can make a million dollar deal with an international corporation blindfolded, but is she actually blind to her personal demons? When she begins an affair with the down-to-earth IT guy in the office, her hard exterior starts to crack, leading to explosive events in both her professional and personal lives. Winner of a Lifetime Achievement Obie Award, Caridad Svich brings her signature edge to this thought-provoking drama.
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 2
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Dog, by Brian David Walker
Directed by Kevin Adamski
Bailey has lost her dog. When she sees Phil and Joan in a city park with a dog that looks like hers, she attempts to steal it back. She then becomes entangled in the lives of these strangers by engaging in a romantic relationship with Joan’s younger brother. But is she interested in him, or using him to spend time with the dog? The play examines relationships, both human and canine, and shows how sometimes people can act like dogs and dogs can act like people.
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 3
Thursday, August 7, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
The Purveyors, by Anthony D’Juan
Edwin begins to question his life as a black face performer when he falls in forbidden love with the resident slave girl Lucy Neal. His protégé, George, begins to see Edwin as a traitor when he allows his love for Lucy to get in the way of their performance life. His love for Lucy not only causes friction between the two men but shifts Edwin's thinking with the new interest of seeking a deeper meaning to the art form of Minstrelsy. The race between teacher and student begins when George fights to keep the Minstrels as they are (pure entertainment), while Edwin attempts to find meaning to the art form before black face puts permanent damage on the future of American race relations.
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 4
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Black Fly Spring, by Nick Gandiello
A year after her sister is killed while working as a war photographer, a young woman is set to present the photographs at a memorial. When she and her fiancé retreat to a lakeside mountain town in order to reflect and prepare, they find themselves at odds over their secrets, desires, and their place in an increasingly complex global community.
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 5
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Orchid Child, by Leslie C. Lewis
Violent and unpredictable, Ada is the child of your nightmares. ORCHID CHILD begins before Ada is born as her young, economically-challenged parents consider creating a secure and happy family in their basement apartment, while a financially-secure, middle-aged suburban couple reflect on their own insecurities as potential adoptive parents. As we watch two possible futures unfold for Ada with these two different sets of parents, her saga speaks to whether or not nurture can really overcome nature.
Playwrights' Revolution Reading 6
Thursday, August 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Winter, by Robert Caisley
Fraternal twins Peter and Christina are busy people. She’s in pharmaceuticals. He’s a professor trying to finish a book. What begins as a scheduling “headache” as they arrange for the funeral of their recently deceased mother, quickly devolves into an all-out blood feud between the siblings and their mother’s mysterious young live-in assistant. Winter is a dark and chilly comedy about pettiness and neglect; the childish pettiness that can turn us into heartless adults, and the cruel and unusual neglect of the people we should love the most.
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