2012-2013 Season



Performed and written by Katie Rubin

Friday, August 8 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, August 9 at 8:00 pm

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Audience favorite, and Nationally touring Solo Artist, Comedienne Katie Rubin brings her fourth and most recent show to Capital Stage. In WHY I DIED, A COMEDY! Katie's pushy producer, Stan, is riding her to create a new show for production in L.A. Katie is eager to please, and excited to succeed. It just so happens, she is also dying… spiritually.

ill she be able to dissolve her attachments to all things worldly AND finish the show in time? Can her ego be fully “dissolved” and her show be fully “funny” at the same time? Furthermore, dissolution of the ego and release of attachment should bring perfect peace, right? Maybe…

In Rubin’s signature style, she uses a surprising story, 12 different characters, a song, a poem, and much hilarity to confront us with the raw, emotionally vulnerable truth of things. WHY I DIED, A COMEDY! addresses the questions and challenges raised by the soul-sucking aspects of being a person among other people. Laugh yourself into the subtler realms of consciousness. And don’t worry. You can handle the truth.

“Impeccable comedic timing, beautiful singing voice. [Her show is] everything theater should be. I’m a fan forever.” Rinde Eckert, Composer, Solo Performing Artist



Playwright's Revolution 2014

August 5-7 & 12-14, 2014 at 7pm

As Sacramento’s leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, CapStage created the Playwrights’ Revolution. This series of staged readings is designed to identify and develop exciting new plays and playwrights. Each year, several new plays are selected to participate in the series and audiences are invited to take part in the new play development process by attending readings and participating in post-reading discussion. Join us in August and see these new works brought to theatrical life in a series of staged readings performed by professional actors in Capital Stage’s intimate theatre. Learn more and buy tickets


Big Idea Theatre and Capital Stage present THE SUBMISSION by Jeff Talbott

August 16 at 8pm
August 17 at 2pm

Tickets: $20 in advance (and CapStage or Big Idea subscriber), $25 at the door

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Director: Jouni Kirjola
Benjamin T. Ismail
Imani Mitchell
Eason Donner
Joshua Glenn Robertson

Capital Stage brings our audiences a remount of this popular Big Idea Theater production. Danny’s complex new drama about an African-American family struggling to leave the projects has just been selected for the nation's preeminent play festival. But Danny, a young white, gay playwright, submitted his work under a pseudonym in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires Emilie, a black actress, to stand in for him as author. What starts out as a questionable idea pulls Danny, Emilie, Danny’s boyfriend, and his best friend down a path littered with truth, lies, revelation, and betrayal. This whip-smart, fearless and funny new play takes an unflinching look at the power of words and how far we'll go to get what we want. SN&R said, “Big Idea Theatre tackles this multilayered production with an impressive four-person cast.” Read the full review


Capitol Stage Youth Theatre

2014 Youth Theatre Showcase

Saturday, August 9 at 5pm 
Sunday, August 10 at 2pm

Tickets are $10

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Capital Stage’s Youth Theatre is a summer program designed for Sacramento area middle school and high school-aged students who are continuing their theater training or discovering a love of theater for the first time. From story and character development, to ensemble-building, to live performance, skills learned in this acting class will help teens grow - both as artists and as people! This Showcase is a chance for them to present what they have created together!