B Street Theatre in Midtown Sacramento is a small theatre – and there is not a bad seat in the house. Most of the plays produced each year are world, national, West Coast or regional premieres.
The B Street Theatre has an internship program – a ten month program that exposes young actors to every facet of professional theatre. The members of the B Street Intern Company are recent college graduates and the program is their first post-graduate professional theatre experience.
If you have attended the B Street Theatre you may have met some of them. B Street Theatre interns not only have the opportunity to do all the grunt work to keep the theatre going (bartending, building sets and doing whatever else needs doing, including cleaning the toilets) – they sometimes have the opportunity to perform.
It caught my attention immediately when I received an e-mail notification in June about a “free” ($10 suggested donation) performance put on by the B Street Theatre 2015-16 Intern Company. After checking in with a friend, I immediately went online to secure our “free” tickets. We, of course, made the suggested donation.
I did not have high expectations – but then it was “free”. I was wrong to think that a performance by “interns” might not be of the highest caliber – it was.
The play presented by the interns was Stop Kiss, written by American playwright Diana Son and originally produced Off Broadway in 1998 where it was extended three times. Stop Kiss also won the GLADA Media Award for Best New York Production.
The three intern cast members were Deon’te Goodman (playing George), Megan Wicks (playing Callie), and Alexandria Litras (playing Sara). The storyline revolves around Callie and Sara who are attacked on the street very late at night in New Your City’s West Village after sharing their first-ever kiss – resulting in serious injury to Sara. A powerful play and excellent acting combined to make it a most enjoyable experience.
You can be sure that I will be keeping my eye out for notice of the 2016-17 intern showcase – you may want to do so as well.
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