Berkeley Rep: It Can’t Happen Here
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 11:59 pm

Capital Stage is proud to be a Broadcast Partner

IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen

Adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis

Sound Design & Music by Paul James Prendergast

Directed by Lisa Peterson

Free · No registration required

This audio drama is being offered free across the country. Berkeley Rep intends for the project to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.

Debuts October 13, 2020 · 5pm PT via YouTube with live post-show talkback. Available on demand through [EXTENDED] November 13.

Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis’ darkly satirical It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. In 2016, Berkeley Rep unveiled a new stage adaptation of Lewis’ prescient novel, one week after that production ended, the presidential election roiled our nation. Now, Berkeley Rep reprises that production with the same director, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election. We’re delighted to welcome back much of the original cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and to have Academy Award nominee David Strathairn join us as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.

Cast includes Capital Stage favorite Scott Coopwood!

Visit Berkeley Rep’s website to learn more.





The Great Leap – A Virtual Performance
Oct 19 @ 12:00 am – Oct 25 @ 11:59 pm

THE GREAT LEAP – A Virtual Performance

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
2017 Kesselring Prize Winner

Video On Demand
Available October 19-25, 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).” Learn More

“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

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Philip Howard Concert
Nov 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Performances:
Philip Howard Concert

A Livestreamed Event Presented by Capital Stage

Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Tickets: Free (Registration Required)

Capital Stage presents its first Virtual Performances Concert Event with renowned pianist and composer Philip Howard. This special free livestreamed event is one night only! Get your virtual tickets today!

Writing in Alignment with Katie Rubin
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Writing In Alignment with Katie Rubin

Class Description: In my 6 week online writing class, we write together once a week, online, FROM FLOW. And we meet once a week, for advanced, professional, constructive feedback from yours truly online. How do we WRITE FROM FLOW? We utilize a sound-based meditation track that allows us to tap into the consciousness of your ALREADY WRITTEN PROJECT. You become literally a channel for the words that ALREADY exist and that desire to flow through you. It happens. It’s easy. You write VASTLY more than you otherwise would. I wrote a 137 page book that is currently being edited in 3 days using this technique. I am almost complete on my second AND third books using this technique. My mind is blown and eliminated every time I apply this technique. And what a relief that is! Learn more about our Teaching Artists.

Class Location: All classes happen online from the comfort of your home! Katie will contact you with details once you are registered.

Class Times: Wednesdays or Thursdays, Dec. 2, 2020 – Jan. 13, 2021*PLUS group writing sessions every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 am starting Dec. 5, 2020.

*Class time preference between Wed. evenings or Thu. midday to be determined between Katie and fellow students.

Tuition: $300

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – A Radio Play
Dec 22 2020 @ 12:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 11:59 pm

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – A Radio Play

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By Lauren Gunderson
& Margot Melcon

Directed by Peter Mohrmann

Virtual Performance
Available ON DEMAND
Dec. 22, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

It’s Christmas at Pemberley again in a new companion piece to Gunderson & Melcon’s holiday hit MISS BENNET! THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY – A RADIO PLAY takes us downstairs on an auditory storytelling adventure where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A bright and joyous holiday tale full of your favorite Jane Austen characters, and the power of giving back to others.

Playwriting Workshop with Carissa Meagher
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Playwriting Workshop with Carissa Meagher

Class Description: Sometimes the hardest part of writing is knowing how to start. In this class we will focus on the process of writing for the stage with weekly in-class writing exercises and engaging prompts, designed to get you out of your head, for writing outside of class time. Utilizing scenes from published plays for exploration, each class session will focus on a different key element of playwriting including dialogue, structure, form and style, and so much more. Students will have the opportunity to hear their scenes read out loud and will receive individual feedback on all of their work. By the end of the course, students will have a collection of short scenes in varying styles that they can continue to build upon in the future, as well as a final short play. If there is interest among participants, the class will culminate with an invited virtual reading of final scene selections for friends and family. ALL LEVELS WELCOME! Learn more about our Teaching Artists.

Class Location: All classes happen online from the comfort of your home! Carissa will contact you with details once you are registered.

Class Times: (8 weeks) Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm from February 1 – March 29, 2021.

Tuition: $230

Playwriting Workshop Showcase
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Playwriting Workshop Showcase

Watch the Livestream Presentation of Scenes and Monologues
Monday, March 29 at 7:00 pm on Facebook

Apr 20 @ 12:00 am – Apr 25 @ 11:45 pm

Smart People

by Lydia R. Diamond

Directed by Judith Moreland
Virtual Performances
Available On Demand April 20-25, 2021
TICKETS: FREE (Registration Required)

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, Read More

“…crisp and clever dialogue…Smart People is very funny because it reflects a very sympathetic human foible; the desire to resolve our racial conflicts without messing things up every time we open our mouths.” BROADWAYWORLD.COM, Read More

“Splendid! Diamond…draw[s] laughs even as she firmly pushes back against the notion that we’re living in a ‘post-racial society.’” BOSTON GLOBE, Read More

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Virtual CapChat for SMART PEOPLE
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

SMART PEOPLE by Lydia R. Diamond

  • FREE Virtual CapChat Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 6:30 on Facebook Live



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