Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, California

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.


SOME PAST PERFORMANCES: 2005

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January 6-16, 2005

VIRTUAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
A LIFE IN THE THEATRE
Starring Edward Giron and Geren Piltz
Directed by Cybele Foraker
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Mamet's A Life tn the Theatre is,according to the New York Times, a "work with serious undertones...first of all, a comedy--and Mr Mamet's language glistens." The play is often hilarious, often moving, and always sharp and witty. A Life tn the Theatre explores the lives of two actors: one young and on the ascendancy; the other an older actor, his career having peaked, aware that he is on the decline. In a series of spare and raw exchanges we see the changes in the relationship between the two. MORE

TIMES: January 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: January 9 at 4:00 P.M.
TIMES: January 16 reception at 4:30 P.M., performance at 6:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$16.00 general, $13.50 students. Groups of 15 or more $12.00
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 21-23, 2005

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW WORKS:
13 SANTA BARBARA CHOREOGRAPHERS

New works in dance performance and film by Sidnie Charnaw, Marcos Duran, Maria Frantz, Misa Kelly, Valerie Huston, Andriana Mitchell, Ilana Morgan, Stephanie Nugent, Open Dance Collective, Christopher Pilafian, Carol Press, Kerstin Stuart, and Erlyne Whiteman. Lifetime Achievement award to Tonia Shimin presented at January 21 performance. MORE

TIMES: January 21, 22, 23 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general; $16 members, students, seniors; $50 patrons
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 27-29, February 3-5, 2005

SITE PACIFIC PRESENTS
FORK
A multi-media production using film, projection, puppetry and mask, FORK explores domestic violence and incest from the perspective of the idolized virgin. Comprising community members and students from UCSB and SBCC, the cast and crew are a highly motivated and talented group of theatre artists. MORE

TIMES: January 27, 28, 29, February 3, 4, 5 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students and seniors NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 11-12, 17-19, 2005

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
ShePlays

RATTLING ANTLERS
by Ellen K. Anderson

IS ANYBODY HOME b
y Mary Rose Betten

ALICE AND CALVIN GO TO TUMMY TAMERS by
Chella Courington with Ted Chiles

LEGGS
by Tessa Fontaine

RESURRECTION SALON
by Maya Shaw Gale

STILL LIFE
by Michelle Osborne

THE SCIENCE OF THE BALANCE OF ULTIMATE POWER
by Christy Varonfakis

Putting together an evening of new short works by local writers is a tradition for Dramatic Women, beginning with "Love Songs of the Barbarians" (1996) and continuing with "Women in Shorts" (1998), "Santa Barbara Confidential" (2000), and "Santa Barbara Blues" (2003). Most of the pieces in "ShePlays" were created and developed in a Dramatic Women workshop led by Ellen K. Anderson this past summer and fall.

TIMES: Friday-Saturday Feburary 11-12 and Thursday-Saturday February 17-19 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general, $12 students and seniors. Opening night all tickets $25.
TICKETS: Group rates: Phone Bob Potter (805) 965-5826
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 24-27, 2005

SANTA BARBARA YOUTH THEATER PRESENTS
ROMEO AND JULIET
¡Viva La Fiesta! takes on a new meaning as contemporary Santa Barbara provides the setting for Santa Barbara Youth Theatre's current production of the cherished classic Romeo & Juliet. Taking a present-day focus the story's relevance continues because it touches upon the raw emotions of passion, zeal for life, and the sorrow of lives ending prematurely. MORE

Visit the SBYT web site: www.sbyouththeatre.org

TIMES: February 24, 25, and 26 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: February 26 and 27 (Sat. & Sun.) matinees at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 students
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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April 23 through May 7, 2004

DRAMADOGS PRESENTS
THE DIVORCE MUSEUM
A New Theatrical Work by TERRE OUWEHAND
Based on a child's view of divorce--the stage set as a virtual museum with individual works as a metaphor to approach the various moments or events which made an impression in the author's life and her brothers'. Not autobiographical, but inspired by the experiences they faced growing up in a divorced household. DRAMA DOGS will bring movement to the work to create a striking theater piece.

TIMES: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Matinees Saturdays April 30 and May 7 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Previews Friday April 22 at 8:00 P.M. and Saturday April 23 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$17 general, $15 students/seniors
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.


Friday, May 13, 2005

THE AMERICAN IRISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
THE CANARY OF WILD IRISH WOMEN
A Dramatic Reading
Four women are being held, not as prisoners but as internees, which means they can be held indefinitely "at the Crown's Pleasure." They have been taken out of their homes in Ireland without being able to make any contact with or provisions for their loved ones. Because of ill health, they are housed in the infirmary. They are allowed a canary thanks to the kindness of an English doctor. The canary becomes the symbol of imprisonment for all the characters. The doctor, the matron, the jail attendant, an Irish M.P. and the women are all changed forever by this experience. The four Irish women stick together despite their different backgrounds and are bound to loyalty, courage, laughter and common goal.

Renowned local artist Christina Clancy Allison wrote this new Irish two-act play, which is directed by Maggie Mixsell (of Speaking of Stories) and performed by a cast of eight equity actors, including Christina. The play, inspired by true events in 20th Century British history, is engaging, compelling, and powerful. The cast is superb.

TIME: Friday May 13 at at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general, $10 students
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.



Saturday, May 14, 2005

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
LIGHT
New Music by the ROBIN COX ENSEMBLE

The Robin Cox Ensemble returns to Santa Barbara in a production of new music that ranges from the all-enveloping soundscapes of John Luther Adams to the intensely rhythmic music of Robin Cox to the poignant and rock-influenced work of Michael Gordon. MORE

TIME: Saturday May 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general, $12 students
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
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Sunday June 26, 2005

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
AN AFTERNOON WITH
THOMAS STEINBECK
First in the SUMMER SUNDAYS Series

In the intimate setting of Center Stage Theater, enjoy a series of three afternoon chats with talented authors. David Starkey, host of the TV show "The Creative Community," will interview the authors, highlighted with brief readings from their body of work. The afternoon concludes with an opportunity for audience questions.

The series continues July 24 and August 28 with guests to be announced soon! Series tickets $45 for all three shows are available at the box office now.

Speaking of Stories web site: www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: Sunday June 26 at 4:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by calling the box office at 963-0408.



June 28 and 29, 2005

WE WEAR PANTS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
A GUY WALKS INTO A BAR
Directed by MACY WEISER, ROB READY, JOANNA SIEGEL, AND DAN BURKE

Six selected short scenes submitted from all over the country are intertwined and set in a bar on "open mic night," with spoken word, poetry, song and music.

Playwrights include Ahmed Bharoocha, Ryan Bradley, Dave Burke, Joey Dalo, Ian Grody, Josef Nguyen, Jen Leer, Rob Ready, Joanna Siegel, and Macy Weiser.

TIMES: June 28 and June 29 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general, $5 students BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by calling the box office at 963-0408.


Sunday, July 3

NUGENT DANCE PRESENTS
THEN AGAIN
An evening of new and in progress choreography by Esther Baker-Tarpaga / Olivier Tarpaga, Carmela Hermann, Stephanie Nugent, Emily Proctor, and Kristen Smiarowski

Nugent Dance presents Los Angeles and Santa Barbara choreographers Esther Baker-Tarpaga / Olivier Tarpaga, Carmela Hermann, Stephanie Nugent, Emily Proctor, & Kristen Smiarowski in THEN AGAIN, an evening of new dances and works-in-process. THEN AGAIN is the second in a tradition of process-oriented dance events that bring LA and SB together for cutting-edge theater presented by Santa Barbara's own Stephanie Nugent. MORE

Visit the web site: http//www.stephanienugent.com

TIME: Sunday, July 3 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by calling the box office at 963-0408.


July 8 through 22

SUMMERDANCE SANTA BARBARA

Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, 2005

BRIAN BROOKS MOVING COMPANY
Brian Brooks Moving Company returns to SDSB after wowing audiences with its powerful and playful all-pink "Dance-o-Matic" last season. The Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, "Brian Brooks and his exhilarating Moving Company leave audience members breathless." The group will perform the work it began creating in residence last summer, "Piñata," which begins in white and ends in explosions of color.


Summerdance web site: www.summerdance.com/SUMMERDANCE2005.html

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, July 8 and 9, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$28 general, $23 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.


Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, Sunday July 17, 2005

TAMANGO'S URBAN TAP
Tamango is a talented dancer, musician and painter who SDSB audiences will remember from his residency with his company Urban Tap in 2001. For this visit, his revolutionary approach to tap that transforms dance into music will explore the rhythms of the Caribbean. The San Francisco Chronicle writes, "By any standard, Tamango is one of the great dancers of this age."


Summerdance web site: www.summerdance.com/SUMMERDANCE2005.html

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, July 17, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$36 general, $26 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.


Wednesday and Thursday, July 20 and 21, 2005

ASzURe & ARTISTS
ASzURe & Artists is a contemporary dance project that unites diverse artists to create innovative performance works. Aszure Barton's choreography has been described as intensely musical, sublimely erotic, structurally astonishing, emotionally moving and life affirming. Barton is the 2003 winner of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's National Choreographic Competition.


Summerdance web site: www.summerdance.com/SUMMERDANCE2005.html

TIMES: Wednesday, July 20, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, July 21, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Thursday, July 21, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$28 general, $23 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing.
If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.



* FESTIVAL TICKET: See a performance by all three companies above for just $80. Please call the box office (805) 963-0408


Friday, July 22, 2005

CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE
A wide-ranging and entertaining performances from all three companies and also the public debut of the students in the SUMMERDANCE Kids Connection.

Summerdance web site: www.summerdance.com/SUMMERDANCE2005.html

TIMES: Friday, July 23, at 4:30 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$11 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available
by calling the box office at 963-0408.


Saturday, July 23, 2005

THE RANBOW ARK FOUNDATION PRESENTS
MEDICINE OF THE RAINBOW
THE MYSTICAL PATH TO HEALING THE ANCIENT (COLLECTIVE) BROKEN HEART
An evening of storytelling, prophecy, and healing

Almost all of the ancient indigenous cultures have pressaged this period of time--the turning of the ages, 1987-2012--as part of a larger Rainbow Prophecy or evolutionary Path that foretells of a global healing and awakening that will usher in the Fifth World of Peace and Illumination. Join Eco-Spirit healer Heather Foxhall as she shares the Medicine of the Rainbow in order to heal our ancient collective broken heart.

Visit the web site: www.rainbowark.org

TIME: Saturday, July 23 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$26 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, July 24, 2005

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
SPEAKING OF STORIES SUMMER SUNDAYS
Spend the afternoon with some great authors!

Hear Catherine Ryan Hyde (author of Pay It Forward,) Fran Davis and Susan Chiavelli, discuss their writing, careers, and the experience of having their stories performed by Speaking of Stories. David Starkey, host of the TV show "The Creative Community," will interview the authors, highlighted with brief readings from their body of work. The afternoon concludes with an opportunity for audience questions.

Visit the web site: www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: Sunday, July 24 at 4:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$20 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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August 10 through 14, 2005

SANTA BARBARA YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS
FOOTLOOSE
A musical, directed by Deanne Anders

Ren is the free-spirited city kid from Chicago who moves with his mom to Bomont, a religious town in Texas where dancing and rock music is prohibited. As Ren tries to fit in, he battles the fears, misconceptions and the misunderstandings that come from being the "new kid." With his new friends, Ariel, the high spirited daughter of the minister who created the ban on dance and music and the down to earth Willard, who shows him that living in a small town has its advantages, Ren finds his way, discovers how to stand up for his beliefs, and revitalizes the spirit of the town. MORE

Visit the SBYT web site: www.sbyouththeatre.org

TIMES: August 10, 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: August 13 and 14 at 2:00 P.M. (MATINEE)
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

VALLEY PLAYERS PRESENTS
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN,
CHARLIE BROWN

Directed by Cybele Foraker. Starring Jenny Curriden, Lee Jensen, Chase La Marche, Matthew Honeyman, Nick Kennedy, Natalie Wilkins, and Charlotte Will.

TIME: Wednesday, August 24 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, August 28, 2005

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
SPEAKING OF STORIES SUMMER SUNDAYS
An afternoon with Beverlye Hyman Fead

Spend an afternoon with Beverlye Hyman Fead, author of I Can Do This: Living with Cancer, tracing a year of hope. David Starkey, host of the TV show "The Creative Community," will interview Beverlye, highlighted with brief readings from her writing. The afternoon concludes with an opportunity for audience questions.

Visit the web site: www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: Sunday, August 24 at 4:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$20 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, September 10, 2005

CENTER STAGE THEATER PRESENTS
AMERICA UNCENSORED
Featuring RICH HOAG
as WILL ROGERS
A cabaret benefit for Center Stage Theater

Join us for a special evening to benefit Center Stage, featuring Rich Hoag's acclaimed portrayal of Will Rogers in "America Uncensored."

The special evening features cabaret-style table seating, serving beer, wine & champagne cocktails. Seating is limited; reserve yours today!

Pre-show festivities begin at 7:30 P.M., and there will be a reception following the show. MORE

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TIME: Saturday, September 10 at 8:00 P.M., Cabaret opens 7:30 P.M.
TICKETS:
$50 general (proceeds to benefit Center Stage Theater) BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

MAMAJAMA PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
HOW HIGH IS THAT MOON?
There'll be no desafinado
A benefit for the survivors
of Hurricane Katrina

Taking a chance on her lungs, violinist Sally Barr turns vocalist to tender an evening of hot jazz classics with Jim Connolly (Lit Moon Theatre, bass), Bruce Bigenho (piano), Tom Buckner (sax), Nate Birkey (trumpet), Jon Nathan (percussion), plus special guests. Ticket price includes one tasty beverage of your choice. Doors open at 7:30 P.M.

TIME: Wednesday, September 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general, $12 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408


Friday & Saturday September 16 & 17, 2005

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
SPEAKING OF SCI-FI
Back by popular demand--a night of thrills, chills and, of course, a hero to save the day! We travel back in time to visit classic radio serials of the 1940s--Flash Gordon, Superman, Mysterious Traveler and X Minus 1. Starring Hunter Bodine, Devon Bell, Jon Koons and Chris Turner. Directed by Maggie Mixsell.

Series tickets: $45 for 3 shows! September 16-17, October 28-30, and December 9-10. See below for information on October and December programs.

Visit the web site: www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: Friday and Saturday September 16 & 17 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 30 through October 2, 2005

NUGENT DANCE AND THE INTERDISCIPLINARY HUMANITIES CENTER OF UCSB PRESENT
ONE
A performance of solo dance/theater
by STEPHANIE NUGENT

Solo choreographer/performer Stephanie Nugent joins forces with New York City-based composer Eve Beglarian, San Francisco-based choreographer Kim Epifano, Little Rock-based visual artist Catherine Siri Nugent, Santa Barbara-based scholar Aysha Hidayatullah, video artist Erin Martinez, and lighting designer Vickie J. Scott, to present One, an evening of solo dance/theater, exploring constructions of individual identity. MORE

Visit the web site: www.nugentdance.com

TIMES: Sepetember 30, October 1, and October 2 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Matinee Sunday October 2 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general, $15 students & seniors, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 7 through 23, preview October 6, 2005

SANTA BARBARA THEATRE PRESENTS
EXITS AND ENTRANCES
A play by
ATHOLD FUGARD

Santa Barbara Theatre, the city's new professional theater company, opens its inaugural 2005-2006 season with Athol Fugard's magical and mesmerizing play. Based on a true story, Exits and Entrances revolves around the friendship between a young playwright and an aging actor known as the "Olivier of South Africa." Last chance to see Exits and Entrances in California! MORE

""Exits and Entrances is play writing, and acting, at its very best." --Ventura County Star

SERIES TICKETS for SBT's three-play season--including Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge April 7-23 and Donald Margulies's Dinner with Friends April 28-May 14--start as low as $63.00. Call (805) 963-7282 for more information.

TIME: October 7 through 23, preview October 6
TIME: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
TIME: Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME) No 7:00 P.M. on October 9 or 16
TICKETS: October 6 preview $25; October 7 opening night $45; Weds, Thurs, Sun eves $32.50; Fri, Sun matinee $35.50; Saturdays $39.50. $5 discount for students and seionors (no discounts opening night October 7) . Facility Fee of $1.00 additional.
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408. Series tickets and group discounts (10 or more): 963-7282.
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October 28 through 30, 2005

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
TWICE TOLD TALES
Speaking of Stories teams with the Robin Cox Ensemble to present a unique performance, combining talented musicians and actors. Fairy tales-modern and classic-take on a new life when they are set to original music by the Ensemble. Starring Irwin Appel, Matt Tavanini and Katie Thatcher. Directed by Maggie Mixsell.

Visit the web site: www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: October 28 and 29 at 8:00 P.M. October 30 at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$20 general, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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November 5 through 19, 2005

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
BLUE HEART
A play by CARYL CHURCHILL
Directed by MAURICE LORD
The two short pieces that make up Blue Heart have been described by their author as "anti-plays." The first experiments with time, as a family awaits a visit from their daughter and the same familial scene is played, reset, and played again, with various outcomes. The second experiments with language, as a con man convinces each of several women that he is the son she gave up for adoption long ago. The New York Times calls Blue Heart "A love poem to the endless possibilities of theater... What could have [been] mere form-bending exercises acquire residual emotional depth that keeps you thinking about them."

With Meredith McMinn, Leslie Gangle Howe, Tom Hinshaw, Chris Turner, Kati Soleil, Emma-Jane Huerta, June Andron, Ellen K. Anderson, and Cambria Forden. Set by Tal Sanders; lights by Michael Smith; costumes by Mary Gibson; music by Parry Gripp.

Visit the web site: www.genesiswest.org

TIMES: Thurs., Fri., and Sat., November 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday November 6 at 7:00 P.M.(NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students/seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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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.