This past weekend, Capital Stage launched the show that will close out its tenth season—Uncanny Valley by playwright Thomas Gibbons. Described as “deeply absorbing,” and “cerebrally challenging” by The Washington Post, the production features Capital Stage veteran Michael Wiles and CapStage newcomer Jessica Powell.

Jessica Powell & Michael Patrick Wiles star in Uncanny Valley.

Drawing on current research in artificial intelligence, robotics, and the possibility of “downloading” human consciousness as a means of extending the human lifespan, Uncanny Valley charts the relationship between Claire, a neuroscientist, and Julian, a non-biological human. The new play explores the painful divide between creator and creation, the inherent unpredictability of consciousness, and how we are redefining what it means to be human in the 21st century.

Michael Patrick Wiles & Jessica Powell.

Uncanny Valley is directed by Producing Artistic Director Jonathan Williams and will run through July 19. Showtimes will be Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. General ticket prices range from $24-$38. Discount tickets are available as follows: Preview tickets are $18-$20; Student Rush tickets are half-priced; Senior tickets are $2 off regular-priced tickets (excluding Saturday evenings); and group rates are available for parties of 12 or more. Tickets are currently available at the Capital Stage Box Office, by phone at (916) 995-5464, or online at

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