Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CACenter Stage Theater
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SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

An intimate black box theater with weekly performances by a variety of artists and companies, located in Paseo Nuevo in the heart of the downtown Santa Barbara cultural district.

Calendar of Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Center Stage Theater is an intimate space, therefore LATE SEATING is limited or not allowed at all. The LATE SEATING POLICY will vary with each show. The theater staff strongly suggests allowing ample time to find parking, locate the theater, and pick up your tickets.


Poster with Twilight Zone logotype March 31 and April 1

Nebula Dance Lab presents

endgame

by Selah Dance Collective/Meredith Cabaniss

A must see evening of dance featuring guest performance by companies across the US. 
For their third Santa Barbara production, Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective teams up with Nebula Dance Lab to bring together young, emerging artists from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and New York to create an exhilarating evening of innovative dance work. Part of a larger exchange of movement and production ideas from coast to coast, this radical evening will show eight new works. Guest companies include Hannah Ruth Brothers (SB), Smashworks Dance (NY), Bones Movement (SF) and Novus Dance Project (LA). 
Featured work Endgame, by Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective, is an evening-length work that explores the fluid balance of reality and illusion as expressed by the continual reconciliation of what we wish and what we know. Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name as well as the work of Marcel Duchamp and other artists of the 1913 Armory Show, this piece creates a world where the usable becomes unusable, the obvious is suspicious, and reality is questioned. An ambitious creative endeavor in the company’s third season, Endgame comes to life through emotional rawness, physical exertion, and fast-paced non-linear narrative.

TIMES: Friday, March 31, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $16 students

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeApril 8

Santa Barbara FestivalBallet presents

Ballet in Bloom

Aimee Lopez, Artistic Director

Enjoy an evening of dance with Santa Barbara Festival Ballet's Spring repertoire concert, Ballet In Bloom. The evening will include the essence of classical ballet with excerpts from the Paquita Grand Pas Classique, first staged by Marius Petipa in 1881. Leaping from the 1800's to today, the performance will showcase the company's diversity and will include the debut of Valerie Huston's Emboité and Brooke Melton's haunting contemporary work As If Heading Nowhere. There will be a special guest performance from the UCSB dance company and a sneak peek at SBFB's new story book ballet, The Tales of Beatrix Potter. Two performances only. Don't miss it.

TIMES: Saturday, April 8, at 3:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, April 8, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $22 students and seniors, $20 children (under 12)
All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with Twilight Zone logotype April 9

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Peter Pan

A Storybook Ballet

Fun for all ages!

Join student Performing Groups from Inspire Dance Santa Barbara for a magical telling of Peter Pan on April 9th at 4pm and 6 pm. See the characters from your favorite fairytale come to life through dance, acting and costume. Performers will be sure to warm your heart and bring a smile to your face as they fly to Never Never Land. Save a seat for your favorite Fairytale. Audience members ages 2 1/2 to Adult welcome. Performance time 35 minutes. More information? Email: info@inspiredancesb.com.

TIMES: Sunday, April 9, at 4:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 students and seniors, $12 children (under 12)

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with Twilight Zone logotypeApril 13 and 15

DogStar Theater Company presents

Last Train to Nibroc

by Arlene Hutton

Directed by Nita Davanzo

Starring Justin Davanzo and Ming Lauren Holden

A funny and touching portrait of two people searching for happiness amidst a time of anxiety and change.

"…a gently charming little play set in the 1940s, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…" —Associated Press.
"NIBROC's jokes are funny and its couple endearing because their emotional struggles ring true." —Time Out NY.
"…a blissfully sweet romantic play quite unlike the typical fare offered in theatres these days." —NYTheatre.com.
"A character study that has originality and charm…Hutton's attention to detail (in character and period) plus her wonderfully authentic ear augurs well for her plays to come." —BackStage.
"It is beautifully written…Every line is a heartbeat." —Financial Times.

TIMES: Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, April 15, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $23 student

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with Twilight Zone logotype April 14

The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Babara presents

3rd Annual Tastemakers Conference:

Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Keynote Presentation by Sharon Louden, artist and editor of The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,and Hrag Vartanian, critic, curator, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of Hyperallergic.

Calling all creative professionals and students! Join the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) for a dynamic evening of learning, sharing, and networking. The 3rd Annual Tastemakers Conference will feature a keynote presentation by Sharon Louden, artist and editor of The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,and Hrag Vartanian, critic, curator, editor-in-chief, and co-founder of Hyperallergic. The conversation will explore models of sustainability for creative producers and the keys to sustaining a creative life with a focus on the role of the creative in our community. The speakers will then lead an interactive workshop and participate in a question and answer period with conference attendees, followed by a book signing and networking reception. Copies of The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life will be available for purchase.

MCASB’s Tastemakers Conference is an effort to deepen the Museum’s role as a resource for the creative community in the Tri-County region, nurturing new ideas and inspiring creativity through meaningful engagement with the art of our time.

Special thanks to the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation and the Santa Barbara County Office of Art & Culture.

For more information visit: hragvartanian.com and livesustain.org

TIMES: Friday, April 14, at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: Free Admission, Space is limited, so RSVP here

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logtype and crowd sceneApril 23 and 24

Speaking of Stories presents

Voices of Tomorrow

Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

John Brindle reading The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Pamela Dillman reading Landline by Chris Winn
Paisley Forster-Saunders reading Potato and the Wax by Chelsea Sutton
Ann Guynn reading Don't Worry Baby by Benjamin Hale

TIMES: Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 24, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 21)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Image of a record album with headphonesApril 26 through 30

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

High Fidelity

Music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then)

Lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody)

Book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People)

Meet Rob Gordon, a thirty-something, indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about how to have a mature, functional relationship. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby (and the 2000 film featuring John Cusack), High Fidelity follows Rob on an introspective evaluation of his life and lost loves though an original rock and roll score that's peppered with musical references to some of the great rock and pop artists of our time.

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Wednesday April 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday April 27, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday April 28, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday April 29, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday April 30, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 student and seniors

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logtype and crowd sceneMay 5 and 7

Good Egg Productions PRESENTS

One Good Egg

A Bold, Brave and Funny One Woman Show "It will crack you up... and crack you open!"

Elaine Gale, writer and performer
Rod Lathim, director
Patricia L. Frank, scenic and lighting design
Lydia Violet, original music

A compassionate, enlightening journey of weeding through the mess of life and discovering love, new beginnings, finding home and creating a family. This illuminating work is powerful but balanced with humor and promises to inspire audiences.

Ultimately, ONE GOOD EGG is a universal story of how we make sense of our lives, move through challenges, and maintain hope, love, gratitude and a sense of humor.

What people are saying about ONE GOOD EGG:

I was blown away by your performance of One Good Egg. Raw. Honest. Heavy topics without feeling heavy. Uplifting. Touching. Hilarious. Brilliant. These are just some of the adjectives that come to mind.  I think your story is so poignant and beautifully told and important to help others better understand themselves through your journey. —Brian N.

Incredible!! I’m still beaming from it. Elaine, wow!!! Just wow. You rippled tremors of love and healing through the entire planet! —Annie F.

Your piece moved me to my core. The raw beauty and vulnerability you were able to capture that touched my soul. Witnessing someone in pure authenticity is magic. You were and are incredibly beautiful and powerful. Thank you for being such an inspiration and illuminating my path that much more for me. Thank you so much for coming alive, it’s such an invitation for me to do the same. —Erika S.

I want you all to know that this show was amazing—so professional! —easily as amazing as a Mike Birbiglia or other skilled one person show genius out there today. The crowd, laughed, cried, clapped, howled, sang, wolf whistled! DURING the show! —Vanja T.

I am bowled over and speechless at the fearless, beautiful and bold story. —Kristin R.

You must check out the poignant and hilarious performance by Elaine Gale in One Good Egg. I caught the LA debut and we were blown away by her insight-filled truth-telling, and courageous humor. —Gregory M.

The Friday May 5th 7:30 performance is a benefit and VIP reception for Direct Relief Women and Hospice of Santa Barbara. For tickets to this benefit performance please visit www.onegoodeggshow.com

More information at: www.onegoodeggshow.com

TIMES: Friday, May 5, at 7:30 P.M. - (Not Sold Through Center Stage Box Office)
TIMES: Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 student

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Adderley school logoMay 20 and 21

THE ADDERLEY SCHOOL FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS presents

Adderley May Workshops

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Saturday, May 20, at 1:00 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, May 20, at 2:30 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, May 20, at 4:00 P.M

TIMES: Sunday, May 21, at 5:30 P.M

TIMES: Sunday, May 21, at 7:00 P.M

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children. Group rates available for groups of 10 or more attending a single performance, contact the box office to arrange.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeMay 21 and 22

Speaking of Stories presents

Survivor Stories

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories of overcoming adversity and conquering life’s biggest obstacles. Featuring a performance by Joe Spano. Complete line-up of stories and readers to be announced soon.

TIMES: Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 22, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, May 19)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeMay 26 and 27

Santa Barbara FestivalBallet presents

Tales From Beatrix Potter

A One Act Ballet

For more information, visit santabarbarafestivalballet.com

TIMES: Friday, May 26, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, May 27, at 2:30 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, May 27, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children
All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJune 10 and 16

The Dance with Harout Performance Company presents

Possibilities, Dreams & Actions

The Dance with Harout Performance Company comes back for their third year at Center Stage Theater presenting: Possibilities, Dreams & Actions. Watch these characters live life powerfully as they expand their realm of possibility by taking actions in making their dreams come true. Sometimes all it takes is perceiving the impossible as possible to motivate us to take the actions that will make a dream come true. Come dream with us and see, through dance styles encompassing Hip Hop, Burlesque and Jazz Funk, what could be possible for you in this spectacular and inspiring production of Possibilities, Dreams & Actions!

Special guest performance on Friday, June 16th by the Los Angeles Dance With Harout Performance Company.

TIMES: Saturday, June 10, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, June 10, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, June 16, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general, $40 at the door
All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster showing a cancan dancerJuly 15 and 16,

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 29TH ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 15 and 16 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance—and, of course, the infamous Canine Cavalcade! The Santa Barbara French Festival is an event not to be missed. It's a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival! It is also a way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two great Santa Barbara arts organizations. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages are filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation opportunities and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free! Great entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer—more than 70 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit FrenchFestival.com or "Like" us on Facebook so you get all the updates as the Festival approaches.

The 29th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 15 and 17, 11:00 to 7:00 in Oak Park at 300 W. Alamar. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event.

For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, July 15, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 16, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free!

 

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Poster with logotypeAugust 25

Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration present

CHAPDELAINE | MCMANUS

CLASSICAL OUTLAWS PLAY SOMOGYI

Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas.  From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer.
Tony McManus is known as one of the leading Celtic guitar players, collaborating with top musicians in Ireland, Brittany and Galicia as well as his native Scotland. Tony is also a fine classical player, and will team with Michael in a classical pairing not seen before.
Ervin Somogyi is one of the leading steel string and classical acoustic guitar builders in the world.  This concert is rare opportunity to hear both luthier and musician.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening of acoustic music will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar and have an opportunity to meet truly gifted maestros in their fields.

Visit their website here: www.sbaic.com http://sbaic.com/concerts/

TIMES: Friday, August 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $12 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Box Office Information

The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at any time. See below for location and directions.

TICKETS

Purchase Tickets Online click here for a complete list of current programs

Purchase by Phone with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover: (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

All ticket prices include a Center Stage Facility Fee which helps maintain the theater.
All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Online sales subject to a $1.50 surcharge per ticket.
There are no additional charges to purchase tickets over the phone.

Unless otherwise noted, all seating is general admission.

NOTE: If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by phoning the box office at (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD).

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you must purchase a ticket at the door.

logo LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

Center Stage Theater is located in Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California. Click here for map.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.

This Project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.