Lambda Players
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Their 22 Year History

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Lambda Players was an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that began as a project of the Lambda Community Center (now called the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Center) in 1989 as a response to the lack of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender theatre.

Their mission was to educate and entertain, through the medium of live theatre, with subject matter relevant to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. While fulfilling their mission, they strived to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for artists of all sexual orientations to join together in celebration of the LGBT community.

In late 2004, they moved to their first permanent home - a small, 41-seat theatre on 17th Street, just off Broadway in Sacramento. This move marked the transition of the Lambda Players from a traveling theatre troupe to a full-fledged community theatre with a full-time home. For three years, they dealt with a cramped stage, upstairs neighbors, one restroom for their patrons and on-street parking in their "intimate" theatre space, but they were happy to finally have a place of their own.

In September 2007, they moved into the Studio Theatre, built and owned by Jackie Schultz - an 89-seat theatre with a much larger stage, two dressing rooms, separate bathrooms (three stalls in the women's room!), a spacious lobby and plenty of private parking. The Studio Theatre is perhaps best known for its eight year run of Six Women with Brain Death, which was directed by Jackie. They were thrilled that Jackie had welcomed them into her theatre home and looked forward to further developing their repertoire of community offerings to include special musical events, comedy, dance…who knew?

Sadly, in 2011 the theatre group had some financial struggled and disolved. It was a loss to the LGBT community.

In the Press

On the Move - SN&R Sept '07 / read article link will open in a new window
New Players Join a Full Stage - Sac Bee Sept '07 / read article link will open in a new window
Lambda Finds a Home - SN&R Feb '05 / read article link will open in a new window
Lambda at Home - SN&R Dec '05 / read article link will open in a new window
Best of Sacramento 2005 - SN&R / read article link will open in a new window
Reader’s Choice 2004 - SN&R / read article link will open in a new window

In Memoriam
Thom Bach past board member - Sac Bee June '07 / read article link will open in a new window

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