Playwrights’ Revolution

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. Learn more about the play submission process.

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2018 Selections:



by Andrew Biss
Directed by Kirk Blackinton
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – Ballet Studio 1 (2nd floor)

Valentine’s parents have decided that the time has come at last for their son to make his own way in the world. Valentine, accustomed to a life of cosseted seclusion, isn’t so keen on the idea. But go he must, and soon finds himself venturing forth into the vast world beyond. His new adventure is soon drawn to a halt, however, when he is mugged at gunpoint. Frightened and exhausted, he seeks shelter at a bed and breakfast named, rather ominously, The End of the World, an establishment run by the dour Mrs. Anna. Then things start getting strange… An odd yet oddly touching tale of life, death and the space in-between.

Featuring: Matthew Hanjoong, Gina Harrower, Jamie Jones*, Shannon Mahoney*, Ryan Snyder, Eric Wheeler*




by Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by James Wheatley
Wednesday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – Studio 1

A suburban couple hosts a welcome-to-the-neighborhood dinner party for their new neighbors — a couple recently (forcibly) relocated from Chicago’s roughest housing project — and it’s anything but welcoming. A dark intra-racial comedy about reverse gentrification and how we deal with the “other” when the other looks just like us.

Featuring: Tarig Elsiddig, Destiny Robins, Tory Scroggins, Taylor Vaughan




by Deborah Yarchun
Directed by Imani Mitchell
Thursday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – Studio 1

Fourteen-year-old Brooke is in trouble. Her sixteen-year-old sister, Ivy, is manic and increasingly violent, and their mother, Gail, refuses to acknowledge the danger. As Brooke struggles to hold her family together, she copes by tracking a great white shark. This leads her to Luis, a troubled fifteen-year-old boy intent on swimming out to meet the shark in the ocean. As their friendship deepens, Brooke becomes increasingly aware of the shark drawing closer in her own life: that her sister, in a manic fit, might kill her. Set in present-day southern Florida, between coastal floods, Great White is a coming-of-age drama that explores unremitting love for family, and the consequences of inaction.

Featuring: Juan Chávez, Nicole Anne Salle, Elyse Sharp




by Dianne Nora
Directed by Katie Rubin
Friday, July 27 at 7:00 pm
E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts – Studio 1

Through a series of scenes between Monica Lewinsky and different imagined lovers, this play asks what the cost of intimacy is, how we reckon with our past selves, and what we talk about when we talk about Other Women.

Featuring: Rob August, David Campfield*, Katherine Miller*, Matt K. Miller*, Kelley Ogden, Lori Russo*, Michael Patrick Wiles*

*Member Actors’ Equity Association

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