The 2015-16 Season: A BRAVE NEW WORLD

Capital Stage is proud to announce its 2015-16 Season: A BRAVE NEW WORLD. This ground breaking season will include five Sacramento Premieres, a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, a Pulitzer Prize Winner, a new Capital Stage Original Adaptation, as well as our first foray into musical theatre. Capital Stage’s 11th Season will push the boundaries of bold, thought provoking theatre. 

“Each of these stories deals with characters struggling with their own humanity in the face of radical change. I invite you to join us on this journey as we navigate the landscape of this brave new world.” – Jonathan Williams, Producing Artistic Director 





September 2 – October 4, 2015
Sacramento Premiere
What will endure when the cataclysm arrives, when the grid fails, society crumbles, and we’re faced with the task of rebuilding? Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward to a post-apocalyptic world, where a group of strangers bond by recreating the infamous “Cape Feare” episode ofThe Simpsons. From this fortuitous meeting, distant memories of “Marge” and “Homer” become the basis for shaping a new society as the play travels decades into the future. MR. BURNS… is both a marvelous meta-tribute to the iconic first-family of contemporary pop-culture, and a celebration of the power of generational storytelling.

“Downright Brilliant. When was the last time you met a new play that was so smart it made your head spin? … Anne Washburn’s ‘Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play’ [will] leave you dizzy with the scope and dazzle of its ideas. With grand assurance and artistry, Ms. Washburn makes us appreciate anew the profound value of storytelling in and of itself, and makes a case for theater as the most glorious and durable storyteller of all.” – New York Times


A DOLL’S HOUSE by Henrik Ibsen

October 21 – November 22, 2015
Original Adaptation by Stephanie Gularte
Henrik Ibsen, considered by many to be the father of modern drama, argued that every person, man and woman, had a right to self-actualization – to be who they wanted to be. Ibsen challenged societal norms of 1879 with A DOLL’S HOUSE by making his protagonist, Nora, face the truth about who she is, as opposed to who she should be. Following her highly successful adaptations of HEDDA GABLER and MACBETH, Stephanie Gularte’s newest endeavor will once again bring Ibsen to a new generation of theatre goers by engaging his revolutionary humanitarian themes with a modern voice.



ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING: December 9, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Sacramento Premiere
Nominated for seven LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, this new musical tells the incredible sort-of-true story of John Broadus Watson, father of Behaviorism and modern advertising. He has the power to control your brain. Indeed, we suspect he’s making you read this right now. 

“…triumphant… wickedly entertaining… feels suspiciously like
a groundbreaking new musical.” – LA TIMES

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January 27 – February 28, 2016
Sacramento Premiere
Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before. In this fast moving kaleidoscope, more than a hundred characters try to make sense of what they know. From award-winning playwright Caryl Churchill comes an acclaimed new play that takes a close look at the Information Age and how its data inspired obsessions, FaceTime conversations, and celebrity selfies threaten to replace human contact.

“Exhilarating! Dizzying . . . thought-churning, deeply poignant. Leave it to Ms. Churchill to come up with a work that so ingeniously and exhaustively mirrors our age of the splintered attention span.” – New York Times



March 16 – April 17, 2016
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother’s slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, stories about her mother leave Vivienne’s inner turmoil quietly laid bare on stage. BLACKBERRY WINTER juxtaposes these stories, large theatrical gestures, and a childlike Alzheimer’s “creation myth” to recount one woman’s witnessing of the inevitable.


DISGRACED by Ayad Akhtar

May 4 – June 5, 2016
Sacramento Premiere – 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama
Winner for Playwriting Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize winning play centers around a dinner party between four people with very different backgrounds. As discussion turns to politics and religion, the mood quickly becomes heated. Focusing on sociopolitical themes such as Islamophobia and the self-identity of Muslim-American citizens, DISGRACED is a powder keg of identity politics. The play exposes racial and ethnic prejudices that persist just below the surface of the everyday politically correct dinner conversation. 

“In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being, who have embraced another.” – New York Times


THE TOTALITARIANS by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

June 22 – July 24, 2016
Sacramento Premiere
Channeling the subversive spirit of The Colbert Report, THE TOTALITARIANS is a viciously funny vivisection of the farcical frenzy that is American politics. When dopey Nebraska candidate (and former roller derby star) Penelope Easter surges in popularity following a go-for-broke speech, her adviser Francine embarks on a wild ride of professional and personal upheaval as she fights to push her client onto the national stage. Like Dr. Strangelove and other great satires, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s raucous dark comedy digs into the hypocrisy of politics with scathing wit and reckless abandon, featuring a script that DC Metro Theatre Arts hailed as “one of the most intensely insane pieces of comic writing to take the stage in a very long time.”

“Gory Hilarity…Nachtrieb’s mastery of plentiful, surefire, unexpected punch lines and circuitous plot twists is on full display.” – San Francisco Chronicle


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