Playwriting Workshop Showcase

Posted on March 29, 2021

Watch Live on Facebook
Monday, March 29 at 7:00pm

Carissa Meagher’s CapStage Academy Winter 2021 Playwriting Workshop presents a showcase of the students’ work. View for FREE on Facebook.

The Work

Dungeon Master
by Kevin Adamski


Oliver – Tory Scroggins
Michael – Brandon Lancaster
Book – Leah Daugherty
Dave – Devin Valdez
Lars – Thomas Dean
Morgan – Rebecca Mason
Stage Directions – Beverly Turner

by Jan Mason


Lia – Heather Mayes

Sib Fibs
by Leah Daugherty


Fiona – Rebecca Mason
Patrick – Adam Segaller
Stage Directions – Jan Mason

Beach Scenes
by Susan Andrews


EV – Lori Russo
T – Jonathan Williams
Stage Directions – Thomas Dean

by Jan Mason


Hamlet – Adam Segaller
Ophelia – Heather Mayes
Stage Directions – Susan Andrews

by Beverly Turner


Owen – Jonathan Williams
Ann – Martha Kight
Wraith – Tory Scroggins
Stage Directions – Leah Daugherty

Untitled Grief Play (monologue)
by Kevin Adamski


Aaron – Brandon Lancaster

She Sings as She Flies
by Leah Daugherty


Edith – Leah Daugherty
Maureen – Lori Russo
Wallace – Kevin Adamski
William – Tory Scroggins
Stage Directions – Rebecca Mason

The Apology (monologue)
by Susan Andrews


Reader – Kevin Adamski

For the Love of Dog
by Rebecca Mason


Avery – Devin Valdez
Auggie – Thomas Dean
Stage Directions – Beverly Turner

Untitled (monologue)
by Beverly Turner


Martha – Martha Kight
Stage Directions – Kevin Adamski

The Playwrights & Actors

Kevin Adamski: Kevin Adamski is an alumni of the Capital Stage apprentice program and a current company member of Big Idea Theatre where his directing credits include AN IDEAL HUSBAND and JASPER. Quarantine hobbies include playing Dungeons & Dragons and resin casting his own dice sets.

Susan Andrews: Susan Andrews has been acting and writing all her life, though not always by request. Theatre is her passion, which she last indulged in the STC production of The Crucible, playing Rebecca. Other favorite roles include Gertrude in Hamlet, Lady Macbeth, Eleanor in The Lion in Winter, Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, and two roles in Agnes of God, though not in the same production. Susan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Steve Buri: Steve is an actor, director and writer from Chicago who is celebrating his 25th year living in Sacramento. He has worked with numerous theatre companies here and he is excited to participate in this new theatrical endeavor with talented writers.

Leah Daugherty: Leah is primarily an actor and was last seen in Dorothea Puente Tells All! starring Janis Stevens. Leah is a proud graduate of both UC Davis and the Capital Stage Apprenticeship Program and currently serves as a company member at Big Idea Theatre. Favorite shows include The Wolves at Capital Stage, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Davis Shakespeare Festival, and Bachelorette at Big Idea Theatre.

Thomas Dean: Thomas Dean is a Sacramento based actor. Semi-recent productions you may have seen him in are JASPER at Big Idea Theatre, AS IS at Resurrection Theatre, and THE FIELD with Black Point Theatre. Thomas also recently wrote and directed the virtual production of SPUTNIK-5 produced at Big Idea Theatre.

Martha Omiyo Kight: For decades Martha has worked with many Sacramento area companies, Most recently in Black Point Theatre’s The Field (She also serves on the Board of Black Point). Other companies include Sacramento Theatre Company, Big Idea Theatre, KOLTrun Creations, Green Valley, Artistic Differences, City Theatre, Synergy Stage (as a co-founder and co-producer), River Stage etc. Some favorite productions: Shakespeare in Love, A New Brain, Doubt, Silent Sky, Vinegar Tom, Assassins, Angels In America, Noises Off, Our Town (as The Stage Manager), Urinetown – The Musical, Sweeney Todd, Woody Guthrie’s American Song. She originated roles in two new musicals at Sacramento Theatre Company – A Little Princess and The Donner Party – A Musical Drama. She also often serves as a Props Master, Director, Vocal Director, Dialect Coach, Costumer, Print Designer and Webmaster. Outside of the theatre, she is a published poet, avid knitter and loves to cook.

Brandon Lancaster: Brandon is an alumnus of the Capital Stage Acting Apprentice Program, where he appeared in the company’s production of Macbeth and Good People. Previous credits include: Grapes of Wrath and Julius Caesar (Sacramento Theatre Company), and MotherFu**er with the Hat (Big Idea Theatre).

Jan Mason: Jan Mason has developed new plays as an actor and director for over twenty years. She started writing during our pandemic year and is excited to share these works with you. Jan is an educator based in Connecticut where she teaches Acting, Directing and Script Analysis at the college level. She directs opera in the US and Italy and is an Affiliated Artist at Capital Classics Theatre Company (CT), where she is currently directing Athol Fugard’s Victory for their Conversations Program on social justice.

Rebecca Mason: Rebecca is a Sacramento native who has been acting since her childhood. Though she has a BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara, playwriting is something she has always wanted to try and this class has been a blast. Thanks go to Capital Stage and Carissa for making this class happen!

Heather Mayes: Heather considers it a privilege to tell stories through the magical art form of theatre, dance, and song. Primarily an actor/singer, Heather has performed and directed professionally for the past 20 years in the US and Japan.  She is also a voiceover-artist, acting teacher, dialect coach, yoga instructor, SAFD certified fight director, and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association since 2007.  She serves on the faculty of the Governor’s School for the Arts Department of Musical Theatre, and previously at Old Dominion University, both in Norfolk, VA. Ms. Mayes holds an MFA in Acting from University of Virginia, and a BA in Theatre from Messiah College.  She also studied acting at Temple University and The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Most recent directing projects: Mamma Mia for Salt Performing Arts in West Chester, PA and She Loves Me, Here’s A Tip, and Woman Up! for Governor’s School for the Arts. Most recent acting roles: Miss Jones in How to Succeed in Business, and Ursula in The Little Mermaid for Virginia Musical Theatre.  Heather was in the final cast of the Broadway review show Encore! at Tokyo Disneyland and also performed an original solo cabaret Victory: Surviving Life, Love, and Other Mysteries at the Zeiders American Dream Theatre in Virginia Beach.  She is former artistic director of The Veteran Artist Program where she directed Telling: Baltimore, and her original 8-person cabaret Baltimore on Broadway.  Heather is moving back to New York City, ever hopeful in the safe restoration of live theatre to the humans that so greatly deserve it.

Lori Russo: Lori is an alumni of the USC BFA program in Los Angeles. She has performed in the Broadway touring companies of 42 nd St. and Meet Me in St. Louis; Selected New York credits include: Escape from Happiness (Elizabeth) New York Premier; Mrs. Dally has a Lover (Mrs. Dally), Pantheon Theater; New York Premier; Serendib (Laila), Epic Theater Center at the Beckett Theater and The Seagull (Arkadina), Abingdon Theater. She staged & Choreographed the New York Premiers of Israel Horowitz’s Captain’s and Courage. Ensemble Studio Theater’s Marathon Series C on Romulus Linney’s The Unwritten Song and Thomas Mizer and Curtis Moore’s The Bus To Buenos Aires. Regionally, she was a company member and resident choreographer with SRT for four seasons, some of her favorites were; Lend Me A Tenor (Maria); Arms and the Man,(Raina) Guys and Dolls,(Adelaide);Comedy of Errors(Adriana) and A Streetcar Named Desire(Stella). Since moving to Sacramento she has performed at Capital Stage in their productions of Superior Donuts (Randy Osteen) and Good People (Jean). She is an Elly award recipient for best actress in Love Isadora, (Isadora Duncan) at California Stage. Most recently, Lori was in The Glass Menagerie (Amanda),Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike (Masha) at SRT and Mothers And Sons at STC, where she was the recipient of the Broadwayworld Best Actress award for her role as (Katherine.) Television credits include, Chance, Sex&the City and Law&Order. Lori also enjoys very being a voiceover artist, teacher of acting & movement.

Tory Scroggins: From Los Angeles, Tory began his career as a make-up artist to such prominent professionals as Beyonce’, Janet Jackson and Queen Latifah at age 19. He transitioned into acting in 2000 and has appeared in almost two dozen stage plays ( “Othello”, “Rent”, “Company”, ) as well as television ( “Noah’s Arc”, “Half and Half” ) And a Netflix feature film  “All Day and All Night:” Last year Tory for the second time won the Sacramento Film Festival award for Outstanding Regional Actor and recently wrapped two films, a Sci-Fi Fantasy called “Feystrom” and an action film called “Mad as Hell”.

Adam Segaller: Adam is a Los Angeles-based British-American actor and writer. He was seen worldwide as Andrew Carnegie in all episodes of the History Channel’s Emmy-winning miniseries THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA. He appeared on PBS and in his first theatrical release in the documentary ONE P.M. CENTRAL STANDARD TIME, narrated by George Clooney. Adam has appeared in commercial spots for Nikon, Verizon, ESPN, Xfinity, Prudential and the NFL among many more. His work can be seen on Amazon, Netflix, AMC and at The American Revolution Museum in Philadelphia. He is a proud new member of BAFTA.

Beverly Turner: Beverly was the Wig Master for ACT in San Francisco, Sacramento Opera, Sacramento Theatre Company, American Players Theater in Wisconsin, Actors Theatre of Louisville and University Of Michigan Ann Arbor, and River Stage. Costume Designer for B Street and The Show Below. Costume Shop Stitcher/Artisan for Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Music Circus, Mill Mountain Theatre, Virginia, and Sscramento Theatre Company. She retired and closed her salon, Hello Curls, in 2019. BA Dramatic Art, UC Davis.

Devin Valdez: Devin Valdez is a Sacramento actor, teaching artist, and theatremaker! Most recently she was seen in Hamlet at Sacramento Theatre Company. She has also had the honor of working with Capital Stage on their production of The Wolves were she portrayed #46. Some of her favorite credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug the Joiner) at STC, Jasper! (Lily) with Big Idea Theatre, Welcome to Arroyo’s (Lelly) with Teatro Espejo, as well as In the time of the Butterflies (Minerva Mirabal), and La Pastorela de Sacramento (Carmela). On other stages, she has worked as a freelance choreographer and theatre educator with high schools, dance studios, and theatre programs around Sacramento. When she isn’t acting, dancing, or teaching she can be found writing, knitting, and drinking copious amounts of coffee!

A Virtual Interview with Jonathan Rhys Williams

Posted on March 4, 2021

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 16

Ghost Light Chronicles, vol. 16: Capital Stage Producing Artistic Director Michael Stevenson virtually interviews Capital Stage Co-Founder and The Tabard Theatre Company‘s Executive Artistic Director, Jonathan Rhys Williams.

Jonathan Rhys Williams

Capital Stage Co-Founder & Executive Artistic Director of The Tabard Theatre Company in San Jose

Jonathan brings over 30 years of professional theatre management and production experience to his position as Executive Artistic Director of The Tabard Theatre Company, which he officially began in July 2020. Executive Artistic Director Cathy Spielberger Cassetta, who founded the company in 2001, retired from Tabard in June 2020. A Bay Area native, Williams returned to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from California Institute of the Arts in 1994, and began his career as a professional actor and director for a wide range of local theatre companies, including TheatreWorks, San Jose Stage Company, Aurora Theatre Company, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, American Musical Theatre, Theatre on San Pedro Square, and American Conservatory Theatre. In 2002 Williams relocated to Sacramento where he co-founded Capital Stage Company, serving in various capacities from Director of Production to Producing Artistic Director. In significant part to Jonathan’s leadership, Capital Stage Company is now one of the leading arts organizations in California. Williams’ directorial credits include Spamalot (American Stage Company), Guards at the Taj (Capital Stage), Good People and A Christmas Carol (Northside Theatre Company) and The Toxic Avenger (San Jose Stage), which won Best Musical from Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in 2017.