When our 15th Anniversary Season started in August of 2019, 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. We now realize that our 16th Season became the Virtual Performances we offered during the pandemic. And now thanks to our patrons, donors, board members, volunteers and staff who have supported us through it all, I am so thrilled to be able to announce that we will reopen the theatre with our Seventeenth Season beginning August 25, 2021. 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 2021-2022 Season as we reopen the theatre!
Michael W. Stevenson
Producing Artistic Director
2021-2022 Subscription Packages will be available beginning July 19, 2021. If you subscribed to our 2020-2021 Season, your subscription will automatically roll over to the 2021-2022 Season. Please call the box office if you have any questions or seat change requests at 916-995-5464.
Regular ticket sales for the 2021-2022 Season will begin August 16, 2021.
Capital Stage Seventeenth Season: 2021-2022
Hold These Truths
by Jeanne Sakata
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
To Be Offered Live In-Person & Virtually On Demand
Co-Production with SF Playhouse
August 25 – September 26, 2021
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
by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Michael Stevenson
2018 Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards Winner for Outstanding Play
October 13 – November 14, 2021
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
The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
2017 Kesselring Prize Winner
January 26 – February 27, 2022
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
by Antoinette Nwandu
Directed by TBD
2018 New York Times Critics Pick
March 16 – April 17, 2022
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 is theatre for the heart and head, reinventing and complicating old stories to make them newly and fiercely relevant. If, in these times, we are ever more in need of powerful and provocative political theatre, here it is.” – THE GUARDIAN
The Lifespan Of A Fact
by Jeremy Karekan, David Murell & Gordon Farrell
Directed by Michael Stevenson
May 4 – June 5, 2022
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
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Judith Moreland
June 22 – July 24, 2022
It is the eve of Obama’s first election. Four of Harvard University’s brightest; a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist, are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia R. Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.
“…a sexy, serious, and very, very funny modern-day comedy of manners.” – VARIETY