Gay Sacramento: Catch a Play

Published Date Author: , July 28th, 2014

Nunsense A Men - Runaway Theatre Productions

Sacramento’s Theatre scene is so, so gay. And it’s not just because we have our very own gay theatre company. Many of the theatres in the area have put on gay-themed productions of late. And their non-LGBT stuff is usually pretty good too.

Here’s a rundown of the theatres you might want to check out when you’re in town.

Closet Door Theatre CompanyThe Closet Door Theatre Company
http://www.closetdoortheatre.org
Various Locations

First there was the Lambda Players. When we moved to the Sacramento area in 2003, there was a gay theatre company called the Lambda Players. They put on a regular series of plays every year, and though they were sometimes a little amateur, we really loved having a gay theatre here. But after several location changes, the company closed down in 2011.

Our friend Rich stepped into the gap a couple years back and started up the Closet Door Theatre Company, and they now put on 3-4 shows a year. The company doesn’t yet have its own space – check their website for locations. Past productions include “The Normal Heart”, “The Little Dog Laughed”, and “The Last Sunday in June”. If you’re in town during their season, come support this great little gay theatre company.

We’ll also run down some of the other great independent theatres in the area, along with a brief explanation of why we think each one is a little light in the loafers.


 

B Street TheatreB Street Theatre
http://bstreettheatre.org
2711 B Street

Hands-down one of the best local small theatres – B Street is planning to build a beautiful new facility much closer to the beating heart of midtown, breaking ground later this year after almost a decade of fundraising. They have three series, and their B3 series often features edgier plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: They’ve done several gay-themed plays, including “The Little Dog Laughed”; handsome young actor Jason Kuykendall (sadly straight) has appeared sans clothing (or mostly so) in several productions, and regular Kurt Johnson lent his time to the local reading of “8”, the play.


 

Capital StageCapital Stage
http://www.capstage.org
2215 J Street

The Capital Stage is a great one-theatre venue on J. Street, not far from the gay bars at 20th and K. The theater often showcases plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Maple and Vine”, the subversive tale of a mixed-race NYC couple who flees the Big Apple to lve in a town that is a throwback to the 50’s, or at least the period as reimagined with nostalgia. The play features a strong gay subplot.


 

New Helvetia TheatreNew Helvetia Theatre
http://www.newhelvetia.org
1028 R Street

Located on the stretch of R Street that’s been labeled “up-and-coming” as an artist colony with a fun and funky vibe, the New Helvetia boasts a recently renovated space and really good cookies.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Sings From an Unmade Bed”, a one-man show (with accompanying three-piece band) that consists solely of songs about gay love and loss. Actor Connor Mickiewicz played the role, at times brash and funny, at times breathtakingly vulnerable. We sat next to his grandfather at the play, and it was beautiful to see how proud the man was of his grandson.


 

Runaway Stage ProductionsRunaway Stage Productions
http://runawaystage.com
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
and
2791 24th St, Sacramento

This theatre company just came to our attention this last week. They use two venues – one at Sierra 2 (an adult continuing education venue just south of Downtown), and one across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.

Why It’s Gay: The company is currently performing “Nunsense: A Men”, an all-male version of the popular play “Nunsense” (the original one). A bunch of men dressed up as nuns? How much gayer can you get? And funny, too!


 

So check out the thriving Sacramento theatre scene the next time you’re in town – chance are there will be something gay!

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