Playwrights’ Revolution

2017 Performances TBD 

Capital Stage presents its annual new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION, a series of staged readings of new plays. As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION, to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully selected from hundreds of submissions. Directors and actors are selected, and audiences are invited to participate in post-reading discussions to contribute to the development of the world’s newest plays.

Update: We are currently processing all of the submissions we received for this season. Check back in Summer 2017 to learn about our finalists.

Learn more about the play submission process


2016 Selections

by Mia McCullough
Tuesday, July 26 at 7pm

In contemporary Jordan, 19-year-old Syrian refugee Farsana marries an older Jordanian doctor in hopes of finally getting the education that war has stolen from her, but instead she finds herself embroiled in her new husband’s bizarre plot to redeem himself. Wisdom From Everything is the story of one young woman trying to better herself in a world where she has very little agency, few rights, no country, and very little support. 

by Lekethia S. Dalcoe
Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm

Shackled, bound, and trapped within someplace between reality and make believe, lies swollen bellied and bloodied Mary Turner, the accused murderer Sidney Johnson, and the loving husband Hayes Turner. They are haunted by voices a mob in the abyss in which these characters are trapped. Sidney has reluctantly been given the task to force Mary to remember her past in order to move on. In this world entangled in history and unforgivable acts against humanity, to forget is to forever perish, just like the countless stories before them; trapped within old newspapers and forgotten memories.

by James Anthony Tyler
Thursday, July 28 at 7pm

Isabel, Yusef and Xiomara work at a knock-off version of Kinko’s in Harlem. Promotions are rare. Raises are rarer. But when Yusef is given the chance to work his way up by spying on his co-workers, friendships are tested and loyalty turns out to be less valuable than cold hard cash in this searing new play about disadvantaged people colliding in a capitalistic society.

by Kyle John Schmidt
Friday, July 29 at 7pm

The Secretary is a play about a small town gun company dedicated to arming women for self-protection. With names like The Bridesmaid, The Babysitter, and The Mallwalker, each of the company’s guns is inspired by a woman who used a gun and saved a life. When the local high school secretary stops an active shooter in her office with six bullets, the company’s owner responds by naming her latest gun after the reluctant hero: The Secretary. But as production starts on The Secretary, guns start going off around town . . . and no one seems to be pulling the trigger.

$10 Suggested Donation at the Door

Playwrights Rev collage

Upcoming Shows

Upcoming Events

Wed 28

Wine Wednesday

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wed 28

Bad Jews

June 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 29

Pre-Show CapChat

June 29 @ 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 29

Bad Jews

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 30


June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm