Preview: Capital Stage’s 15th anniversary season

Showtimes: Capital Stage’s 15th anniversary season begins August 28, 2019 and ends July 17, 2020. Call for ticket pricing, Capital Stage, 2215 J Street, (916) 995-5464;

Known for bringing in fresh, innovative plays to Sacramento, Capital Stage Artistic Director Michael Stevenson unveils the lineup for the theater’s 15th anniversary season.

“I’ve chosen six amazing scripts that moved me, challenged me and made me laugh out loud,” said Stevenson. The season is called Going Home, because the plays reflect the notion of “home,” or as Stevenson explains: “How it’s the foundation of each individual’s life, and the complex relationship of family, identity and love that forges your personality.”

Stevenson gives an overview of the season that starts at the end of August:

Between Riverside, a 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner, starring local Celebration Arts Artistic Director James Wheatley, about the struggles of keeping open one of New York City’s last great rent-stabilized apartments;

The Humans, the story of a family Thanksgiving dinner in shadow of 9/11 and the widening class rifts in America;

Alabaster, the discovery of an unknown folk artist hiding away on a small farm in North Alabama;

Admissions, a scathing comic satire of the college admissions process, eerily current in the light of the recent admissions scandals;

Pass Over, an extraordinary urban riff on Waiting for Godot, with two young black men trying to escape the streets of an unnamed American city in search of their own home;

The Great Leap, a beautiful, hilarious and tragic tale of a young Chinese-American basketball player in San Francisco in the 1980s who yearns to play with the U.S. team in China.