Events

Dear Elizabeth

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Dear Elizabeth on Wednesday, February 14, 2018.  Dear Elizabeth,  written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Sands Hall, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

A play in letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and back again. 

Told through the extensive correspondence between two of the 20th century’s most celebrated poets, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, “Dear Elizabeth” is a different kind of love story, of artists and friends. Playwright Sarah Ruhl weaves a lyrical, moving portrait of a 35-year friendship between two writers that transcends oceans, continents, and time.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

 

 

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Talley’s Folly

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Talley’s Folly on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  Talley’s Folly, written by Lanford Wilson and directed by Sara Noah, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

The scene is the ornate, deserted Victorian boathouse on the Talley place in Lebanon, Missouri; the time 1944. Matt Friedman, an accountant from St. Louis, has arrived to plead his love to Sally Talley, the susceptible, but uncertain daughter of the family. Bookish, erudite, totally honest and delightfully funny, Matt refuses to accept Sally’s rebuffs and her fears that her family would never approve of their marriage. Charming and indomitable, he gradually overcomes her defenses, telling his innermost secrets to his loved one and, in return, learning hers as well. Gradually he awakens Sally to the possibilities of a life together until, in the final, touching moments of the play, it is clear that they are two kindred spirits who have truly found each other—two “lame ducks” who, in their union, will find a wholeness rare in human relationships.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Stage Kiss

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Stage Kiss on Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  Stage Kiss, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Jeffrey Mason, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

The Laramie Project

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present The Laramie Project on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  The Laramie Project, by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project and directed by Sharon Winegar, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

In October 1998, a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten, and left tied to a fence in the middle of the prairie outside Laramie, Wyoming. His bloody, bruised, and battered body was not discovered until the next day, and he died several days later in an area hospital. His name was Matthew Shepard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moisés Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half, in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard. They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. Some people interviewed were directly connected to the case, while others were citizens of Laramie, and the breadth of the reactions to the crime is fascinating. Kaufman and Tectonic Theater members have constructed a deeply moving theatrical experience from these interviews and their own experiences in Laramie. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Hand to God

 

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Hand to God on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  Hand to God, written by Robert Askins and directed by Ken Getz, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.  The performance features Judy Merrick, Jay Barker, Danny McCammon, Jori Phillips, and Robert Rossman, with special thanks to Puppetry Consultant Ken Miele.

Described as “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist” by the New Yorker, Hand to God tells the story of an awkward Texas teen named Jason, who spends his afternoons at his local church, practicing for the Christian Puppet Ministry run by his widowed mother. All hell literally breaks loose, however, when Jason’s puppet Tyrone takes on a shocking and dangerously irreverent personality all its own.   Nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Play, Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind.

 

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Times Like These

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Times Like These on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Times Like These, written by John O’Keefe and directed by Sands Hall, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

In 1930s Berlin, a headstrong, fiercely talented lead actress discovers she is no longer welcome in her theatre, because she is a Jew.  With humor and compassion, irony and pathos, O’Keefe examines how a fascist movement gets underway, and asks us to ponder how “times like these” come about.

We are excited to have John O’Keefe join the cast and director of Times Like These in a talk-back following the reading.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Collected Stories

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Collected Stories on Wednesday, January 18, 2017.  Collected Stories, written by Donald Margulies and directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.  The cast of Collected Stories includes Sandra Rockman as Ruth and Tracie Nickle as Lisa.

Over six years, respected short story writer and teacher Ruth Steiner watches as her student, Lisa Morrison, journeys from protege to confidante to competitor.  Their relationship is further complicated by Lisa’s decision to use Ruth’s life experiences as inspiration for her own first novel, including Ruth’s youthful, shattering affair with poet Delmore Schwartz.  The women navigate their complicated relationship as well as debate the moral dilemma of the appropriateness of using another person’s life events in one’s own creative process.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

The Dresser

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present The Dresser on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.  The Dresser, written by Ronald Harwood and directed by Susan Mason, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Both hilarious and heartbreaking, The Dresser is a backstage glimpse into life upon the wicked stage, where the power of theatre may lift the human spirit.  As Britain is under attack from German aircraft during the Second World War, a group of traveling, ragtag Shakespearean players tour the English countryside performing King Lear.  At the head of this troupe is “Sir”, the last in his generation of great actors.  As he prepares to play his 227th performance, he suddenly realizes he cannot recall his first line.  Only his dedicated and loyal dresser, Norman, can bring the once-great actor to the stage for a final curtain call.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

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Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

THE GOAT, or Who Is Sylvia?

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present THE GOAT, or Who Is Sylvia? on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  THE GOAT, or Who Is Sylvia?, written by Edward Albee and directed by Robert Rossman, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

Martin, an award-winning architect, and his wife Stevie and their teenage son live an ideal life.  But when Martin confides to his best friend that he is in love with Sylvia, he sets in motion events that threaten to destroy his family, his career, and leave his life in tatters.  Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play, THE GOAT, or Who is Sylvia? is a provocative and startling black comedy that questions the boundaries of love and the limits of desire.

Warning:  The show contains adult subject matter and adult language.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Admission is free with a $10 suggested donation.  Advance tickets are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

 

sierra stages

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Almost, Maine

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Almost, Maine on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.  Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani and directed by Trish Adair, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine.  As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend – almost – in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

sierra stages

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Much Ado About Nothing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.  Much Ado About Nothing, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Jeffrey Mason, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

It’s May 2016 in Nevada City, and Beatrice and Benedick carry on the wittiest, most entertaining courtship in history while the villainous Don John conspires to wreck the wedding of Hero and Claudio and the bungling Dogberry struggles to bring order tot he community.  Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s life with this special Theatre By the Book reading of one of his most enjoyable comedies.  It’s a fast, furious, and fun evening, featuring a cast of fifteen local actors.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

sierra stages

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.

Shadow Dance

 

Sierra Stages and the Miners Foundry will present Shadow Dance on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Shadow Dance, written and directed by Leslie Ann Rivers, is the next installment of Theater By the Book, a series of informal play readings for the community.

On a spring evening, three Americans and their Italian guide slip through the dusk to descend into an ancient tomb deep under the wheat fields of Tuscany.  Olivia, the art professor, has come to lose herself in the magic of the tomb’s art; her assistant, Chris, and his fiancee, Annie wrangle over their upcoming wedding despite their best intentions; and Hermano, the moonlighting carabiniero, has hopes which survive even the wife and six bambini at home.  The tomb delivers up more than ghosts as “research” blossoms into comic chaos, and the characters discover and embrace life’s moments of joy.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are a $10 suggested donation, and are available online, in person or by phone at the Miners Foundry, or at the door.

sierra stages

Sierra Stages is a community theater which enriches the cultural life of Nevada County by providing high quality, affordable and accessible performances for everyone. Among our goals is to create an ongoing and viable community theater in the Grass Valley and Nevada City area.