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

The Humans

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

Pass Over

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

Upcoming Shows

2:00 pm The Roommate
The Roommate
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Roommate
THE ROOMMATE by Jen Silverman Directed by Dena Martinez June 19 – July 21, 2019 Sacramento Premiere        
7:00 pm Playwrights’ Revolution: THE DRILL @ Capital Stage
Playwrights’ Revolution: THE DRILL @ Capital Stage
Jul 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Playwrights' Revolution:  THE DRILL @ Capital Stage
THE DRILL by Diana Stahl Directed by Atim Udoffia Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 pm at Capital Stage   On the day of a high school shooting drill Leeza, Andrea, Morgan, and Chris all encounter[...]
7:00 pm Playwrights’ Revolution: THE SWE... @ Capital Stage
Playwrights’ Revolution: THE SWE... @ Capital Stage
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Playwrights' Revolution: THE SWEET SPOT @ Capital Stage
THE SWEET SPOT by Alice Jankell Directed by David Harris Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm at Capital Stage   Vita and Jerry have to face “someday” sooner than they expected when a spot opens[...]
7:00 pm Playwrights’ Revolution: MEA’S U... @ Capital Stage
Playwrights’ Revolution: MEA’S U... @ Capital Stage
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Playwrights' Revolution: MEA'S UNIQUE GARAGE SALE @ Capital Stage
MEA’S UNIQUE GARAGE SALE by Joël Doty Directed by Liz Frederick Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm at Capital Stage   Mea holds a garage sale to fund her move to Texas with her online[...]
7:00 pm Playwrights’ Revolution: BASEMEN... @ Capital Stage
Playwrights’ Revolution: BASEMEN... @ Capital Stage
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Playwrights' Revolution: BASEMENT DEMONS AND TRAILER SAINTS @ Capital Stage
BASEMENT DEMONS AND TRAILER SAINTS by Briandaniel Oglesby Directed by Brady Brophy-Hilton Friday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at Capital Stage   Maria, Dirt, Dean, Ella, and Kevin all try to figure out their place[...]