2019/20 Season: Going Home
Capital Stage announces its 15th Anniversary Season entitled GOING HOME. This landmark season will be the 4th season at the helm of Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stevenson. He has chosen six Sacramento Premieres that explore the emotional foundation that shapes us – our family, our place of origin, our home. In this new century of turbulent social change, these six plays explore the powerful tether we all have to the place we call “home”.
The 2019/20 Season: Going Home
Between Riverside And Crazy
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner | Sacramento Premiere
August 28 – September 29, 2019
Ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his newly paroled son Junior have spent a lifetime living between Riverside Drive and crazy. But now, the NYPD is demanding his signature to close an outstanding lawsuit, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed—and the church won’t leave him alone. When the struggle to keep one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests, and a final ultimatum, it seems that the old days may be dead and gone.
“…Somewhere south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy…a dizzying and exciting place to be… fresh and startling.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
by Stephen Karam
2016 Tony Award Winner for Best Play | Sacramento Premiere
October 16 – November 17, 2019
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed.
“The Humans explores, across an enthralling spectrum of ups and downs, what being a family is all about.” —THE WASHINGTON POST
by Audrey Cefaly
NNPN Rolling World Premiere
2018 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize Winner
January 22 – February 23, 2020
A noted photographer sets out to explore the topography of “scars.” Her journey lands her in the mysterious realm of an undiscovered folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama. This intimate portrait explores the meaning and purpose of art and the struggle of the lost and tortured souls that seek to create it.
“Sometimes a piece just glues you to your chair, makes you laugh, rips your heart out, and when it’s done you want to hold the people you love tightly and not let go.” — TONY CASELLI, AD, WILLIAMSTON THEATRE
by Joshua Harmon
2018 Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards Winner for Outstanding Play | Co-Production with American Stage
March 11 – April 12, 2020
Sherri Rosen-Mason is head of the admissions department at a New England prep school, fighting to diversify the student body. Alongside her husband, the school’s Headmaster, they’ve largely succeeded in bringing a stodgy institution into the twenty-first century. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values with convulsive results.
“Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire – of the left, by the left, for the left – for today.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES
by Antoinette Nwandu
2018 New York Times Critics Pick | Sacramento Premiere
April 29 – May 31, 2020
Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking sh*t, passing the time, and hoping that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space with his own agenda and derails their plans. Emotional and lyrical, Pass Over crafts everyday profanities into poetic and humorous riffs, exposing the unquestionable human spirit of young men stuck in a cycle just looking for a way out.
“’Pass Over’ resonates as a powerful tragedy…” – THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Stunning and lyrical […] should be on every theatergoer’s ‘must see’ list.” – BROADWAY WORLD
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
2017 Kesselring Prize Winner | Sacramento Premiere
June 17 – July 19, 2020
When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford spies on his opponents. Inspired by events in her own father’s life, Yee “applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).”
“A beautiful play with vibrant characters and rich history crackling with fresh dialog.” – BROADWAY WORLD
“The Great Leap has got real game!” – BAY AREA NEWS GROUP