Stephanie Gularte, founding artistic director of Capital Stage, has announced the theater troupe's 2013-14 season, a mix of contemporary and classic works from playwrights including Bruce Norris, David Lindsay-Abaire and William Shakespeare.
This season will be Gularte's last with the organization. She announced in March that she was stepping down from the position she has held with Cap Stage since its inception in 2005.
In 2011, she spearheaded a fundraising effort that resulted in the opening of the company's midtown theater at 2215 J St. The upcoming season will be the company's third in its new space.
The plays of the new season are "Clybourne Park" by Norris, "Macbeth" by Shakespeare (adapted by Capital Stage), "The Real Thing" by Tom Stoppard, "4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog, "Good People" by Lindsay-Abaire and "Maple and Vine" by Jordan Harrison.
Cap Stage will also produce "Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris as a non-subscription offering.
Four of the six plays are Sacramento premieres and, according to Gularte, represent some the freshest, most acclaimed work recently produced in the United States.
"Almost everything that I was pursuing came through for us, so we ended up with an overflow of titles that were possible," Gularte said.
Over the past two months, Gularte pared down the final six plays from 16 possibilities. She said "the home front" is the season's through-line.
"I look for an overriding theme that pulls the season together," Gularte said. "It's not necessarily these are my six favorite plays. It's that these six make an interesting arc through the season and there's a motif that ties them together.
"Within the motif I try to make sure there's an interesting diversity about what the stories actually have to say, what the character dynamics are and relationship dynamics are," she added.
Norris' "Clybourne Park," a loose sequel to Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 classic "A Raisin in the Sun," both opens and anchors the season.
Set in the same Chicago house featured in Hansberry's play, "Park," which also focuses on issues of race and real estate, leaps in time, partially set before "Raisin" as well as 50 years after.
"Clybourne Park" received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 2012 Tony Award for best play, and its thematic underpinnings, as well as those of the other selections, resonated personally with Gularte.
"Perhaps sentimentally, knowing that this was going to be the last season I was going to be selecting for Cap Stage, the idea of a season about home seemed really right," Gularte said.
CAPITAL STAGE 2013-14 SEASON
"Clybourne Park" by Bruce Norris: Sept. 4- Oct. 6 (Sacramento premiere)
"Macbeth" by William Shakespeare: An original adaptation by Capital Stage, Oct. 23-Nov. 24
"Santaland Diaries" by David Sedaris: Dec. 5-29 (not part of the season subscription package)
"The Real Thing" by Tom Stoppard: Jan. 22-Feb. 23, 2014
"4000 Miles" by Amy Herzog: March 12-April 13, 2014 (Sacramento premiere)
"Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire: April 30-June 1, 2014 (Sacramento premiere)
"Maple and Vine" by Jordan Harrison: June 19-July 21, 2014 (Sacramento premiere)
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