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 logotypeSeptember 21

Dijo Productions presents

The Sorrow Cart

Announcing the most important show of the year!

Dijo Productions presents the West Coast premiere of The Sorrow Cart, a musical play about and for the homeless. All proceeds from the show will benefit The Soldiers Project to assist in aiding our homeless vets.

The Sorrow Cart brings to the stage an immense array of talent. It features well known K-LITE radio personality Catherine Remak, Ed Giron, most recently featured in A Walk In the Woods and host of the radio show Community Matters on KZSB Los Angeles and renown Santa Barbara acting luminaries, George Coe, Richard Lonsbury, Phil Moreno, Van Riker, and Alison Waxman. The show will also feature the talents of Heather Terbell, Claudia Kashin, and Audrey Brecher.

Sit back and be enthralled by the stories told through the eyes of the homeless in both word and song.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Give yourself the present of giving!
SUPPORT OUR HOMELESS VETS!

TIMES: Friday, September 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students, $10 military

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 logotypeSeptember 25

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents

Film Screening:
On the Edge of a Dream

A new surf documentary by Ellis Ericson and Andrew Kidman

Join us for the Santa Barbara premiere of On the Edge of A Dream, a new film and book by Ellis Ericson and Andrew Kidman, featuring titling and artwork by Barry McGee. Chronicling the process of developing a new surfboard design alongside surfing legend - and Santa Barbara native - George Greenough, the film is an intimate look into the shaping community in Australia and the quest to create the perfect board. The film is 53 minutes long. 

TIMES: Tuesday, September 25 at 6:00 P.M.
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Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 General, $15 MCASB Members & Students (tickets are not available through Center Stage, please follow the link below)

 

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 logotypeSeptember 26

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents

Artist Talk:
Barry McGee

San Francisco, CA-based artist Barry McGee will speak in conversation with Associate Curator Alexandra Terry about his work currently on view at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB) in Barry McGee: SB Mid Summer Intensive

Admission is FREE. RSVP here to reserve your seat. Please arrive on time as theater seating is limited. Any open seats will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis after 6 pm. Should you need to modify or cancel your reservation for any reason, please email engagement@mcasantabarbara.org at your earliest convenience.

About the Artist:
Born in 1966, Barry McGee is arguably the most well-known and influential of the recent surge of artists from the Bay Area to have international success. He was raised in San Francisco, studied painting and printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute (graduating in 1991), and continues to live and work in the city. McGee's boldly graphic, colorful work incorporates a multitude of influences (including, for example, graffiti, American folk art, and Op Art), but is most immediately evocative of the urban street culture from which he hails. Engaging the ways in which the city's unique vernacular translates into artistic imagery, McGee celebrates the diversity, distinctive characters (one of his well-known motifs is a crawling, sad-sack bum), and neighborhood communities of the inner-city. His work critiques consumerist culture and the constant backdrop of commercialism in everyday interactions; rejecting the billboard and chain store, McGee instead finds inspiration in the seeming randomness of graffiti, the endless uploading of images on the internet, and the creative styling of misfits. McGee's work succeeds in its sensitive balance between anarchy and collaboration, resulting in environments which immerse the viewer in his singular, yet inclusive, vision.
His work has been the subject of exhibitions at the Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California; the Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Prada Foundation, Milan; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Ireland; and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, among others.

About Alexandra Terry:
Alexandra Terry is Associate Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB). As an independent curator with a focus on emerging artists, Terry has curated exhibitions in the US and the UK, in addition to contributing to contemporary art publications. From 2008 to 2015 she was curator at the MOP Foundation, a London-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting Iranian contemporary art on a broad platform outside of Iran. Terry cofounded P.A.S.T. Projects in Bermondsey, London in 2009 and from 2010-2014 she was an active member of the GANDT artists' collective. Terry holds a BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO and a MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK. 

TIMES: Wednesday, September 26 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free Admission RSVP here to reserve your seat.

 

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 logotypeSeptember 28 and 29

The Producing Unit presents

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

By Sarah Ruhl

A staged reading directed by Peter Frisch

An extraordinary new play by celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl- a literate, funny and dark exploration into the incompatibility of traditional marriage with our sexual, animal roots.

Into the lives of two, "happily" married, middle-aged couples comes the remarkable Pip, a woman who lives, loves and sleeps with two male lovers and will only eat meat that she has killed herself. Responsive only to the insticts of her own, internal drummer, Pip's entrance onto the stage of the marrieds alters their understanding of life and relationships forever.

Sarah Ruhl has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright. Two of her plays have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and she received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Play.

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn't enough"
-Newsday

Contains adult material. Not recommended for children.

TIMES: Friday, September 28 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, September 29 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 General, $15 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 logotypeOctober 15

SYLVIA SHORT MEMORIAL,
LIFE CELEBRATION,
STORY FEST

Sylvia Short
October 22, 1927 – April 14, 2018
Memorial, Life Celebration, Story Fest

Images from many of her performances (plus the rest of her very jam-packed, fun-filled life) will be shown and attendees are encouraged to share any Sylvia story they wish. For she lives on in our hearts and minds. Most indelibly. No tale is off limits – our girl didn’t feel compelled to play by any rules and she would want to be remembered in her full blown, unvarnished glory. In an effort to reach all the different circles in which Sylvia frolicked, please share details of the event with anyone you may know from her wide cadre of friends.

In lieu of flowers Sylvia asked that donations be made, in her name, to Center Stage Theater. Follow this link to donate.

TIMES: Monday, October 15 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS:Free Admission, all are welcome

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 logotypeOctober 17

Comedy Pet Theater presents

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Voted Best Family Show in Vegas!

International circus legend award winner Gregory Popovich brings his European-style physical comedy, acrobats, jugglers but most important his furry cast of animals, the real stars of the show! All animals have been rescued from shelters all over the country and they have been transformed into Las Vegas stars.  The show features an amazing cast of house-cats, dogs, parrots, geese, mice, even a miniature horse named Diamond!

 He has published two books such as "You Can Train Your Cat" followed by "Doggy Gone Good". Gregory has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, in USA Today, People Magazine and was recently a finalist on America's Got Talent.  He starred in his first full-length film, winning the Audience Choice Award at the Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles, CA.

POPOVICH Live Show Promo
Popovich on Animal Planet    
Popovich TV show promo  

TIMES: Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $38 general, $33 senior, $23 Students and kids

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 logotypeOctober 26 and 27

The Dance Network presents

Voodoo Strut


The Dance Network's 4th annual fall performance features Halloween-themed dance pieces, fun costumes, some tricks, and a fun treat at the end of the show! This unique showcase can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come see performers ranging in age from 3 to over 70 years old in a variety of dance styles, including tap, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, and more! The talented choreographers for this year's showcase are Meredith Cabaniss, Kelli Forman, Karyn Laver, Daniel Rojo, Melanie Schuller, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to having a blast with all of you!

TIMES: Friday, October 26 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, October 27 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $22 general, $13 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 logotypeNovember 1

Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Local female artists share their deepest longings, secrets, dreams, vulnerable moments and soul revelations through dance, song, spoken word and performance art.

“Vulnerable, daring, thought provoking."
-Montecito Journal

TIMES: Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general (in advance), $28 general (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 with logotypeNovember 9 through 18

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

AMÉLIE

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in AMÉLIE, a fanciful modern-day fairy tale. Embark on a mesmerizing journey with inquisitive and painfully shy Amélie as she turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating small but surprising acts of kindness that bring joy to those around her. When a chance at love comes her way, Amélie realizes that to find happiness she’ll have to fight against her fear and find her voice.

Music and lyrics by Daniel Messé
Lyrics by Nathan Tyson
Book by Craig Lucas
Based on the film written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant.

Featuring Nikko Arce (Nino), Deborah Bertling (Amandine/Philomene), Christian Duarte (Lucien/Good-Looking Lug/Adrien Wells), Bill Egan (Raphael/Bretodeau/Mysterious Man), Austin Escamilla (Joseph/Fluffy/Collignon’s Father), Samantha Eve (Amélie), Felicia Hall (Suzanne), Rich Hoag (Collignon/Dufayel), Miller James (Blind Beggar/Gnome/Anchorman), Mikayla Knight (Gina), Terry Li (Georgette/Sylvie/Collignon’s Mother), Ember Reiter (Young Amélie), Willie Simpson (Hipolito/Belgian Tourist/Elton John), and Hattie Ugoretz (Young Amélie).

TIMES: Friday, November 9 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, November 16 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 17 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 students 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 logotypeApril 5 through 14

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Fun Home

A Coming-of-Age Musical

Description: The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” The New York Times.

NOTE: This production contains mature language and content.

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Book by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

TIMES: Friday, April 5 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 students 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.

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)
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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.