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2020/21 Season: Hope Defiant

When our 15th Anniversary Season started, we had no idea that a tsunami of change was headed our way in March of 2020. As I sat in the audience for the first preview of ADMISSIONS, I did not realize that it would also be the last performance. As theaters and businesses shut down, I found myself wondering what was next in this pandemic new world. But thanks to our patrons, donors, board members, volunteers and staff, I am so thrilled to be able to announce our 16th Season of plays. These remarkable stories speak to us about characters who hold true to their beliefs and each of these stories reveals the hope and courage of the human spirit. Please join us for our next season entitled Hope Defiant.

See our Hope Defiant Season update & FAQs as of August 4, 2020


Season: Hope Defiant


Predictor

by Jennifer Blackmer

NNPN Rolling World Premiere
Dates TBA

Based on true events, PREDICTOR is the real-life story of Margaret Crane who, in 1967, defied all odds and expectations to become the inventor of the first home pregnancy test. An imaginative, stubborn, recovering-Catholic graphic artist with a proclivity for seeing things differently, Margaret contemplates the decision to sell her patent for the first home pregnancy test to Organon Pharmaceuticals. Weighing the pros and cons of her choice takes her on a fantastic trip of both head and heart through an unconventional life, exploring her creative process and confronting the sexism and social mores of a bygone age that seem, sadly, all too current. Will Meg’s invention fall into the wrong hands and disappear, or will she make the ultimate sacrifice to change the shape of women’s lives forever?

“Compelling, theatrical, and FUNNY, this play highlights and honors a woman in history who deserves to be known for her contribution! —Donna Hoke, Playwright NATIONAL NEW PLAY EXCHANGE


Admissions

by Joshua Harmon

2018 Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards Winner for Outstanding Play | Co-Production with American Stage
Dates TBA

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


Hold These Truths

by Jeanne Sakata

Sacramento Premiere
Dates TBA

During World War II, Gordon Hirabayashi, a student at University of Washington in Seattle, fights the US government’s orders to forcibly remove and mass incarcerate all people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. As he struggles to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the US Constitution, Gordon begins a 50-year journey toward a greater understanding of America’s triumphs—and a confrontation with its failures.

“A gripping story about a shameful chapter of our history when the United States government looked at its own people and saw the enemy.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES


The Lifespan Of A Fact

by Jeremy Karekan, David Murell & Gordon Farrell

Sacramento Premiere
Dates TBA

Based on the true story of reporter John D’Agata’s essay ‘What Happens There’, THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT follows Fingal, who has a small job: to fact-check articles for one of the best magazines in the country. His boss has given him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author D’Agata. But now Fingal has a huge problem: D’Agata made up a lot of his article. What starts professional quickly becomes profane. A brilliant comedy grappling with a seminal issue of our time.

“If we were living through a different moment in time, the writer’s fabricated but emotionally wrenching ‘truth’ would easily outweigh the fact-checker’s chilly reality of events. But with the leader of our nation stomping on truth as we know it, and the very essence of reality imperiled by political fact-stretchers, the debate at the heart of this play transcends comedy and demands serious attention.” —VARIETY


Pass Over

by Antoinette Nwandu

2018 New York Times Critics Pick | Sacramento Premiere
Dates TBA

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner – talking shit, 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


Cry It Out

by Molly Smith Metzler

Sacramento Premiere
Dates TBA

Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life. Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn. When she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself. The two moms agree to meet for coffee during naptime and a fast friendship is born. But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard, asking if they would include his wife in their coffee klatch. A comedy with dark edges, CRY IT OUT takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America.

“In 90 minutes… a vivid, specific portrayal of the joys and hair-tearing, mind-numbing agonies – mental, physical and financial – many new mothers face… It’s a story of love, but it’s also about anger, stress, unfairness, loss and the ravages of breastfeeding.” —CHICAGO SUN TIMES

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