Capital Repertory Theater 2013 Schedule

It’s an exciting time to be at Capital Repertory Theatre.

There are an unprecedented number of great reasons to subscribe to the 2013-2014 season at Capital Rep! This year all 6 of our shows are in your subscription package. Join us for this historic year with smash-hit shows and all-new premieres!


By John Logan
April 23 – May 19, 2013
Previews start on Friday, April 19, 2013
Raw and electrifying, RED, John Logan’s sizzling play ignites the worlds of art and commerce. Iconoclastic Mark Rothko, the misanthropic abstract-expressionist painter, confronts his decision to accept a lucrative commercial commission. Extolling the virtues of his art as “expressing the big emotions – tragedy, ecstasy, and doom,” Rothko drills his new assistant about the dangers of selling out and as they work together, the roles of student and teacher reverse, forcing Rothko to face his own demons about reality and his ultimate place in the pantheon of great artists. Winner of Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and 6 Tony Awards®, including Best Play 2010.

The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers

Book by Lori Fischer, Music & Lyrics by Lori Fischer and Don Chaffer
July 5 – August 4
What’s a girl to do? Daughter Junie inherits the job of taking over the family dry cleaning business, tending to Dad –who’s having a hard time remembering things — and keeping an eye on younger sister Lashley – who’s fresh from rehab. Junie’s dream of being a country singer takes a hiatus until she’s called upon to give a personal touch at the Sparkley Funeral Parlor by writing and singing songs to make every final send-off a very special one. This world premiere musical comedy from country singer-songwriter Lori Fischer is perfect for a heart-felt, laughter-filled summer at Capital Rep!

Venus In Fur

TONY-AWARD WINNING – First Production in the Capital Region!
by David Ives
September 27 – October 27
This sizzling Broadway hit redefines sex comedy. Here’s a delicious, suspense-packed study of the erotics of power. A writer-director laments the woeful parade of actresses who have auditioned for his new play, “Venus in Fur.” Enter Vanda, an out-of-work actress, who is the epitome of every fault he has described: crude, desperate and needy – or is she? In the course of 90 minutes, we discover there is much more to Vanda, as she turns the tables and takes charge in this sexual roundelay about power and powerlessness.

Contains strong language and sexual subject matter.


Capital Repertory Theatre has a rich, local history of excellent entertainment and strong community relationships. Established in 1981, it came into existence through the dedication and perseverance of a group of Albany business, community and civic leaders. Donated labor, materials and expertise transformed the Grand Cash Market, an abandoned supermarket at 111 North Pearl Street, into what was to become the home of Albany’s first professional resident theatre.

Outreach was made to The League of Theatre Artists, a group of diverse actors, directors and playwrights, who spent summers at Art Awareness in Lexington, New York. Working together, these artists, community leaders and an army of volunteers founded Capital Repertory Company. This initial investment of time and resources created what is now the highly acclaimed, award-winning Capital Repertory Theatre with an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, and a history of producing more than 5,000 performances employing more than 1,500 professional artists.

In the past 30 years, the facility on North Pearl Street has been renovated several times, and now includes a 286-seat theatre, a café space, a costume-making shop, and a rehearsal hall. In addition to returning more than 83% of its operating budget directly back to the local community, Capital Rep brings vitality and commerce to downtown in the form of more than 75,000 diners, shoppers, and tourists, serving as an economic engine in the entertainment district on North Pearl Street.

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