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B Street Theatre mounts U.S. premiere of Morris Panych’s ‘In Absentia’

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Colette (Elisabeth Nunziato), whose husband was abducted in Columbia, turns to a stranger (Dan Fagan) in “In Absentia.”

 

The B Street Theatre continues sharing its passion for the latest and greatest plays by mounting the U.S. premiere of Canadian playwright Morris Panych‘s "In Absentia," which previews March 3 and 4, 2012, before opening at 7 p.m. March 4 for a six-week run on the Sacramento company’s Mainstage.

A prolific playwright and accomplished director and actor, Panych’s work (if not his name) should be familiar to longtime B Street theatergoers, who flocked to the theater’s productions of his plays "Vigil" (1997) and "Lawrence & Holloman" (1998).

"In Absentia," which concerns a woman’s "attempt to deal with the lengthy absence of her husband, captured by insurgents in Columbia, through a relationship with a young transient," enjoyed its world premiere at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre in January.

Directed by Producing Artistic Director Buck Busfield and co-directed by Laura Baker, "In Absentia" features B Street veterans Elisabeth Nunziato, Kurt Johnson, Jamie Jones and David Pierini, as well as B Street acting intern Dan Fagan (whom Nunziato directed in the 2011 Actor’s Workshop of Sacramento production of "Strangers on a Train").

Additional creative team members include Jerry Montoya (associate producer), Steven Schmidt (technical director and scenic designer), Ron Madonia (lighting designer), Paulette Sand Gilbert (costume designer), Anthony Poston (stage manager) and Elizabeth Hadden (scenic painter and prop mistress).

"In Absentia" is the second U.S. premiere offered at the B Street this season. The B3 Series production of Mark Swivel’s "Water Falling Down," which closed Feb. 26, was the first.

JUST THE FACTS

WHAT: The B Street Theatre Mainstage production of Morris Panych’s "In Absentia"

WHERE: The B Street Theatre, 2711 B St., Sacramento, Calif.

WHEN: Previews 5 p.m. March 3 and 2 p.m. March 4; opens 7 p.m. March 4; plays through April 15 with performances at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 2 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 5 and 9 p.m. Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

WHO: Directed by Buck Busfield (co-directed by Laura Baker); featuring Elisabeth Nunziato (Colette), Kurt Johnson (Tom), Jamie Jones (Evelyn), David Pierini (Bill), Dan Fagan (Jasper)

HOW MUCH: $18-$30 ($5 for student rush tickets; $10 for preview tickets)

MORE INFO/TICKETS: (916) 443-5300; www.bstreettheatre.org

 

Kurt Johnson and Elisabeth Nunziato are featured in the B Street Theatre’s production of “In Absentia,” opening March 4.
David Pierini and Jamie Jones in the B Street Theatre production of Morris Panych’s “In Absentia.”
Elisabeth Nunziato and Dan Fagan are featured in the B Street Theatre production of “In Absentia.”
Elisabeth Nunziato, David Pierini and Jamie Jones in the B Street Theatre production of “In Absentia.”
Kurt Johnson and Elisabeth Nunziato in the B Street Theatre production of “In Absentia,” opening March 4, 2012.

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