Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Capital Stage greets 2010 with "Fiction"

The first Capital Stage production of 2010 is a Sacramento premiere by one of the country's most prolific, versatile, and widely produced playwrights. Steven Dietz' Fiction, a 2002 winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, "is a work of uncommon insight--an adult, unsparing and yet often witty look at the intimate relationship between a man and a woman..."
-Associated Press

Tickets Now On Sale

Performances for Fiction will begin with four previews on Friday, January 22 at 8pm; Saturday, January 23 at 7pm; Sunday, January 24 at 2pm; and Thursday, January 28 at 8pm, and will open on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8pm. Performances continue through February 28, 2010. Showtimes will be Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. One added performance will be held on Sunday, February 14 at 7pm; Tickets range from $25-$32. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview Tickets: $15; Student Tickets on Thursdays and Fridays: $12; Senior Tickets on Sunday Matinees: $20; and Group Rates available for partys of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at 916-995-5464 or online at www.capstage.org. The Pilothouse Restaurant offers a specially priced menu for theatre patrons; Pilothouse reservations can be made through the box office.

The Story
Meet Micheal and Linda (Eric Wheeler and Janis Stevens), two happily married writers, whose successful lives begin to unravel after they agree to read one another's diaries. A mysterious woman (Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte) emerges and the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to blur. No life, it turns out, is an open book, and the tension between trust and suspicion is at the heart of this gripping and provocative drama.

Capital Stage Co-founder and Artistic Associate Peter Mohrmann directs company regulars, Gularte, Stevens and Wheeler.

The Playwright
Mr. Dietz's thirty-plus plays have been produced at regional theatres across the United States, as well as Off-Broadway. International productions of his work have been seen in England, Japan, Germany, France, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Slovenia, Argentina, Peru, Greece, Singapore, and South Africa. Recent plays include Yankee Tavern, Fiction (produced Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company); the Pulitzer-nominated Last of the Boys (produced by Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago); and several widely-produced adaptations: Honus and Me (from Dan Gutman), and the Edgar Award-winning Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (from William Gillette and Arthur Conan Doyle). Other plays include Inventing van Gogh, The Nina Variations, Private Eyes, Halcyon Days, God's Country, and Lonely Planet (PEN-USA Award for Drama). Mr. Dietz's work as a director has been seen at many of America's leading regional theatres. He divides his time between Seattle and Austin, where he is a professor at the University of Texas.

Capital Stage Company's Mission
Capital Stage Company's mission is to be a dynamic leader in the evolution of the contemporary live theatre landscape in the Capital region and to passionately engage audiences in the art of live storytelling with bold, innovative plays performed by professional artists, in an intimate, up close setting. With a strong commitment to expanding the base of working artists in the greater Sacramento region, we shall develop a company of actors, directors, writers, designers, and technical staff who are dedicated to bringing bold, lively productions of contemporary and classic plays to our community.

While part of the mission of any theater company is to entertain its audience, we at Capital Stage feel strongly that the productions we mount address issues that are vital to understanding the society we live in and ourselves as human beings in that society. We address themes of power and manipulation in relationships between men and women, children and parents, and organizations and individuals. We invite audiences to question the ethics and meaning of art, the definitions of sanity and intelligence, and the line between exploitation and legitimate relationship. We believe that in a large and growing urban environment, where individuals and groups are constantly bombarded with information and demands for decisions, the need for thoughtful examination of our interactions in society has never been greater.


What: Capital Stage presents the Sacramento Premiere of FICTION by Steven Dietz
Where: Delta King Theatre 1000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
When: January 22 - February 28, 2010

Friday, January 22 @ 8pm
Saturday, January 23 @ 7pm
Sunday, January 24 @ 2pm

Thursday, January 28 @ 8pm

Opening Night: Friday, January 29, 2010 @ 8pm $32 Tickets

Performance Times & Prices

Thursdays/Fridays 8pm $25 Tickets
Saturdays 7pm $29 Tickets
Sundays 2pm $25 Tickets

Added Performance

Sunday, February 14 @ 7pm $32 Tickets

for online purchases: www.capstage.org

Linda and Michael, successful writers who happen to be married to each other, thrive on the give-and-take of their unusually honest relationship. But when they decide to share their diaries, the boundaries between past and present, fact and fiction, trust and betrayal begin to break down. No life, it turns out, is an open book.

Author: Steven Dietz
Director: Peter Mohrmann
Cast: Stephanie Gularte*, Janis Stevens*, Eric Wheeler*
Set Design: Jonathan Williams
Lighting Design: Steve Decker
Costume Design: Rebecca Redmond
Sound Design: Brad Thompson
Production Manager: Cathy Coupal
Stage Manager: Liz Estella*

*Appear courtesy of Actors' Equity Association, the professional union for actors and stage managers in the U.S.

Capital Stage Company | Aboard the Riverboat Delta King | 1000 Front Street | Sacramento | CA | 95814

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