October 2 - November 8, 2009
(Opening night: Friday, October 9 at 8pm)
Sacramento, CA -September 3, 2009 - Capital Stage kicks off its fifth season as Sacramento's home for bold, intimate, professional live theatre with the celebrated new play Speech & Debate by Stephen Karam.
Sex. Secrets. Performance-art blogs and blackmail. A typical day when you're a teenager in Salem, Oregon. Three teenage misfits discover they are linked by a sex scandal that's rocked their town. When one of them sets out to expose the truth, secrets become currency, the stakes get higher, and the trio's connection grows deeper in this searching, fiercely funny dark comedy with music. "...savvy comedy...bristling with vitality, wicked humor, terrific dialogue and a direct pipeline into the zeitgeist of contemporary youth..."-Variety.
Performances for Speech & Debate will begin with four previews on Friday, October 2 at 8pm, Saturday, October 3 at 7pm, Sunday, October 4 at 2pm, and Thursday, October 8 at 8pm, and will open on Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8pm. Performances continue through November 8, 2009. Showtimes will be Thursdays - Sundays as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 7pm , and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets prices range from: $25-$32. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview tickets: $15; Thursday and Friday student tickets: $12; Sunday matinees senior tickets: $20; Group rates available for groups of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, 916-995-5464 or online at http://www.capstage.org/. The Pilothouse Restaurant offers a specially priced menu for theatre patrons; Pilothouse reservations can be made through the box office.
Stephen Karam is the author of Speech & Debate (GLAAD Media nomination) which recently finished an acclaimed, twice-extended run at Roundabout Theatre Company as the inaugural production of Roundabout Underground. He is the co-author of columbinus (2006 Helen Hayes nomination), which ran off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop following a co-production by Round House/Perseverance Theatres. His last two plays, Speech & Debate and Girl on Girl, debuted as workshop productions at Playwrights Rep. He is currently working on a new play commission for Roundabout Theatre Company and a screenplay adaptation of Speech & Debate for Overture Films. Karam's writing has also appeared in The Advocate and online at McSweeney's. He is a graduate of Brown University.Capital Stage Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte (The Scene, Humble Boy), will direct. The cast includes Lindsay Carter as Diwata, Ben Ismail as Howie, Matthew Rogozinski as Solomon, and Katie Rubin in all of the adult roles.
SPEECH & DEBATE
What: Capital Stage presents Sacramento Premiere of SPEECH & DEBATE by Stephen Karam
Where: Delta King Theatre 1000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
When: October 2 - November 8, 2009
Friday, October 2 @ 8pm
Saturday, October 3 @ 7pmSunday, October 4 @ 2pm
Thursday, October 8 @ 8pm Preview Tickets: $15
Opening Night: Friday, October 9 @ 8pm $32 Tickets
Thursdays/Fridays 8pm $25 Tickets
Saturdays 7pm $29 Tickets
Sundays 2pm $25 Tickets
for online purchases: http://www.capstage.org/