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The 2018/19 Season: #SearchingForAmerica

Capital Stage is proud to announce its 2018-19 Season: #SearchingForAmerica. Our 14th season will explore our evolving American culture in this unique and tumultuous time in our history. #MeToo #BlackLivesMatter #BlueLivesMatter #NeverAgain #WeStand – What does it mean to be an American today? In a political and social climate so starkly split, do we still share the same values and culture? Do we still share an American Dream? Or has our fragmented media pulled us so far apart that we can no longer see the same landscape? I invite you to join us on a theatrical road trip in search of who we are, and where we are going through #SearchingForAmerica.

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THE PLAYS

THE WOLVES by Sarah DeLappe

Directed by Nancy Carlin

August 29 – September 30, 2018
Sacramento Premiere | 2017 Pulitzer Prize Finalist | NY Times Critic’s Pick

Left quad. Right quad. Lunge. A girl’s indoor soccer team warms up. From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, the team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals.

“The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene of this uncannily assured first play by Sarah DeLappe.”
The New York Times

The Wolves is a delightful meditation on society, sex, and soccer…DeLappe’s dialogue is hilarious and idiosyncratic, moving swiftly from gross-out humor to pain […] She offers us ninety minutes in a smart, sympathetic, female world. It’s a patch of Astroturf I would gladly set foot on again.”
The Village Voice

 

SWEAT by Lynn Nottage

Directed by Michael Stevenson

October 17 – November 18, 2018
Sacramento Premiere | 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner

Filled with warm humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

“Keenly observed and often surprisingly funny—but ultimately heartbreaking—the work traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion. Ms. Nottage…is writing at the peak of her powers…”
The New York Times

 

SLOWGIRL by Greg Pierce

Directed by Jennifer King

January 23 – February 24, 2019
Sacramento Premiere

Slowgirl is the story of a teenager who flees the United States to her reclusive uncle’s retreat in the Costa Rican jungle to escape the aftermath of a horrific accident. The week they spend together forces them both to confront who they are as well as what it is they are running from.

“…the skillful pace of the revelations keeps the action engrossing and thought-provoking as it moves from the initial awkwardness into increasingly tense, emotional terrain, exploring questions of character and fate, the many ways tragedy can unmoor a life and the power of family to both wound and heal.”
The Los Angeles Times

“[A] haunting two-hander…a genuine thrill.” Variety

 

VIETGONE by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Jeffrey Lo

March 13 – April 14, 2019
Sacramento Premiere | 2016 Steinberg Award Winner | 2016 Tedd Schmitt Award Winner

An all-American love story about two very new Americans. It’s 1975. Saigon has fallen. He lost his wife. She lost her fiancé. But now in a new land, they just might find each other. Using his uniquely infectious style The New York Times calls “culturally savvy comedy” – and skipping back and forth from the dramatic evacuation of Saigon to the here and now – playwright Qui Nguyen gets up-close-and-personal to tell the story that led to the creation of…Qui Nguyen.

“A raucous, immensely moving comedy with jazzy comic performances from an excellent cast. Qui Nguyen is clearly a playwright with an inventive mind.”
The New York Times

“A wildly fun, imaginative production, wonderfully staged and hilarious!”
The Hollywood Reporter

 

THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White

Directed by Michael Stevenson

May 1 – June 2, 2019
Sacramento Premiere | NY Times Critic’s Pick

Just as Juliana Smithton’s research leads to a potential breakthrough, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod, and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

“A haunting drama…so cleverly constructed that the nature and depth of the problem isn’t revealed until the last shattering scene.” Variety

“Engrossing…tantalizingly intense, edgily suspenseful…Every element falls perfectly into place.” Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

 

THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman

Directed by Dena Martinez

June 19 – July 21, 2019
Sacramento Premiere

Sharon, in her mid-50s, is recently divorced and needs a roommate to share her Iowa home. Robin, also in her mid-50s, needs a place to hide and a chance to start over. But as Sharon begins to uncover Robin’s secrets, they encourage her own deep-seated desire to transform her life completely. A dark comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

“The whimsical setup might suggest we’re heading into a modern descendant of ‘The Odd Couple,’ but there’s a more slyly subversive agenda in play. […] Silverman is an emerging talent to be reckoned with.” The Los Angeles Times

“Heartily entertaining! Full of surprises.” Chad Jones, Theatre Dogs

 

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