Capital Stage presents its annual new works festival PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION, a series of staged readings of new plays. As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created PLAYWRIGHTS’ REVOLUTION, to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully selected from hundreds of submissions. Directors and actors are selected, and audiences are invited to participate in post-reading discussions to contribute to the development of the world’s newest plays. Learn more about the play submission process.
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THE DRILL by Diana Stahl
Directed by Atim Udoffia
Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 pm
On the day of a high school shooting drill Leeza, Andrea, Morgan, and Chris all encounter each other in a little-used school bathroom. Some of them are still coping with a friend’s suicide. Leeza is hoping to be nominated for a poetry prize. Someone finds a gun in Ms. Stuben’s classroom. Just another day for modern high schoolers… or is it?
Diana Stahl is a writer, reader and artist living in Los Angeles. Her plays have been developed by Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The New Group, IRT, Dixon Place, OTE and more. Her play East Coflax is on the Kilroy’s Honorable Mention List, was a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference, and she was a Walter E. Dakin Playwriting Fellow at the Sewanne Writers’ Conference in 2015. She earned her BFA in Acting at SUNY Purchase and currently offers revisionist performances and Akashic Readings in Eagle Rock. For more information, please visit dianastahl.com. Take care of each other.
THE SWEET SPOT by Alice Jankell
Directed by David Harris
Wednesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
Vita and Jerry have to face “someday” sooner than they expected when a spot opens up for them in a retirement community. Memories from their life together play out in echoes as they struggle with the idea of leaving the only home they’ve ever lived in together and all of its memories (and wait impatiently for their great-grandchild to be born).
Alice Jankell helped to create and develop new Broadway musicals for Disney, and was Associate Artistic Director of The Williamstown Theatre Festival. Alice has worked and learned at The Mark Taper, The L.A. Opera, The Public Theatre, La Mama, and City Theater, among many other theaters, as well as in film and TV. Her play, The Best Baths In Moscow, is currently getting a full production at The Barrow Group in NYC. This coming fall, Alice is directing An Enchanted April Off-Broadway. Alice is a founding member of Core Artists Ensemble, and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. Alice is thrilled to have been invited to Capital Stage! Education: Wesleyan, Master’s at NYU.
MEA’S UNIQUE GARAGE SALE by Joël Henning Doty
Directed by Liz Frederick
Thursday, July 25 at 7:00 pm
Mea holds a garage sale to fund her move to Texas with her online friend, Endgame. As she sets out and describes to the audience her various belongings, Mea’s experiences with anxiety, ADHD and Endgame are laid bare to await their fate. Mea’s Unique Garage Sale is a quiet yet powerful transaction between artist, audience and perceptions of mental health in our society today.
Joël Henning Doty Having spent most of her life in Evanston, IL and a ten-year stint in Clayton, MO, Joël and her husband, Jim, have recently settled in their old stomping grounds of Ann Arbor, MI. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Joël’s one act plays have been produced around the country. Her most produced play, Action and Reaction has been seen in Los Angeles, Boston, New York, St. Louis and Sydney, Australia, among other places. It was a finalist for the Heideman award at the 2011 Humana Festival. Favorite plays include her children’s play, Furry Tales, which has been published and performed by many children’s groups and The Education of Raymond Brown, which was a semifinalist in both the Next Generation Contest sponsored by Reverie Productions, New York and in the Neal LaBute festival, St. Louis. I Am My Own Militia (a precursor to Mea’s Unique Garage Sale) was produced at the St. Louis fringe festival in 2013 and won an audience attendance award. Her YA dystopian book, The Good Citizen, was published in 2017 and won the ATAI book award for YA fiction. Her screenplay, The Flower and The Weed, won the family script award from Lowlight Pictures, 2018. She attended the Sewanee Writers conference (Beth Henley) as a Tennessee Williams scholar, Southampton Playwriting Conference, (John Patrick Shanley), and was selected for the Kennedy Center Intensive Playwriting Workshop. (Gary Garrison, Paula Vogel, Kate Snodgrass, Marsha Norman). Her credentials include a BA from University of Michigan, MBA from Temple University, MA from Northeastern Illinois and advanced playwriting at Webster University. When not writing she enjoys volunteering with Make A Wish and helping her daughter at V.I.P. Hospital Productions, promoting and selling activity books that help kids and teens communicate with their doctors. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to get feedback on Mea’s Unique Garage Sale or What if Google Doesn’t Have the Answer? and thanks to the audience for participating in this important step in a play’s development!
BASEMENT DEMONS AND TRAILER SAINTS
by Briandaniel Oglesby
Directed by Brady Brophy-Hilton
Friday, July 26 at 7:00 pm
Maria, Dirt, Dean, Ella, and Kevin all try to figure out their place in this mad mad world. Maria is catfished and kidnapped by a demon. Ella discovers she has empathic powers. Dirt leads the charge to save her dumb sister. Dean hosts a YouTube live channel about religious relics. Kevin is non-binary and into death metal. Together this awkward band of misfits just might save us all.
Briandaniel Oglesby is a Davis native, now living in Austin, Texas. He has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, and he writes some plays for teenagers, and some plays for mature audiences. Small Steps was developed at the JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage, Playwrights’ Week at the Lark, and B Street Theatre’s inaugural New Comedies Festival. Halfway, Nebraska, inspired by local events, was developed at Playwrights’ Week at the Lark, and then went on to win the award for Outstanding Playwriting from the New York International Fringe Festival. Brothers Sisters, Santos was named as one of the Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays by 50PP. She Gets Naked in the End earned him an award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Locally, his adaptation of The Jungle Book was commissioned and produced by Big Idea Theatre before being published by Stage Rights, and he is a frequent collaborator with Davis’s Acme Theatre Company, penning The Twelve Huntsmen for them. He was co-founder and Literary Manager of Barnyard Theatre, which developed and produced elaborate productions of new work in an old Yolo County barn for years. He now runs a theatre department for a small school in Texas, where he develops collaborative techniques for new play development and writes plays for his students.