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: 2006

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January 12 through 14, 2006

DAUGHTER OF ZION DANCE COMPANY AND DRAMADOGS PRESENT
VISAGE
Daughter of Zion Dance Company takes flight

The Daughter of Zion Dance Company returns with the world premiere of their new piece, Visage. Working in collaboration with DramaDogs, a Theater Company, Visage incorporates aerial dance, modern dance, and theater to explore the many faces we show to the world and the world shows to us. Inspired by the moments of life that arouse us, frighten us, move us, and redeem us, director Rina Van de Kamp takes us on a journey of relationships.

TIMES: January 12, 13, and 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: January 14 matinee at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general / $15 students / children K-12 free, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 27 through 29, 2006

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENT
NEW WORKS
9 Santa Barbara Choreographers

Choreographers Robin Bisio, Valerie Huston, Nancy Colahan, Nicole Helton, Marcos Duran, J'aime Morrison, Ilana Morgan, Misa Kelly, and Emily Proctor present new works. SB County Arts Commissioner Patrick Davis receives the 9th annual Lifetime Achievement award, presented by Pedro Nava January 27.

Visit the website: www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: January 27, 28, and 29 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general / $18 SBDA members, $16 students & seniors, $50 patrons BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 31 & February 1, 2006

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
REAR VIEW MIRROR
Nugent Dance and the Robin Cox Ensemble

Iridian Arts, Santa Barbara's newest presenting organization, kicks off its 2006 series with "Rear View Mirror," a rare double-bill of live music and dance by the Robin Cox Ensemble and Nugent Dance. Santa Barbara's most cutting-edge performers will present collaborative works in a highly eclectic concert showcasing how Iridian Arts brings adventurous music and multi-media arts to the community.

RCE includes veteran members Eric Mellencamp, Carter Dewberry, Erik Leckrone, Robin Cox, new member acclaimed clarinetist Marty Walker, and guest pianist Jeanette Yaryan. Nugent's company will include the Santa Barbara/London-based dancer Elizabeth Schwyzer, Nugent, and ten of UCSB's most talented dance performers. The show also includes Drive, Cox and Nugent's newest collaboraton, and video by Erin Martinez.

On the Robin Cox Ensemble:
"Impressive...a refreshingly diverse new musical encounter" --Los Angeles Times
Outstanding Classical Ensemble/Artist Nominee , Los Angeles Weekly Music Awards 2003
"The music is smart, but also warm to the ears." --Santa Barbara Independent

On Nugent Dance:
"Most fascinating work" --Dance Magazine
"Powerful dance" --Los Angeles Times
2002 Individual Artist Award for Choreography, Arts Fund of Santa Barbara

Visit the web sites: www.iridianarts.com | www.nugentdance.com | www.robincoxensemble.com

TIMES: Tuesday January 31 and Wednesday February 1 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general / $13 students, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 17 through 25, 2006

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
THE LAST LIBERAL
A new comedy by BOB POTTER

It's 2042, America is a corporation run by a gang of inept fanatics and a cloned figurehead, and liberals are an endangered species. The play begins as the last remnants are being hunted down. Who turns out to be the Last Liberal? What tribulations and raptures lie ahead? Does he/she escape to lead a surprising and successful New American Revolution? In your dreams! And in our play!

The cast for this premiere production includes Martin Bell, Marissa Casados, Brittany Conyers, Brian Hansen, Nancy Mendez, Robert Riechel, Justin Stark, Tiffany Story, and Joseph Velasco. THE LAST LIBERAL will be staged by rising New York Director (and ex- Dramatic Women member) Heather Ondersma, with sets and lighting by Vickie Scott and costumes by Ellen Sheppard. Plan now to join us for an evening of provocative satire and infectious good fun.

TIMEs: February 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general / $12 students and seniors / $25 Gala Opening Night all tickets BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 2 through 4, 2006

SANTA BARBARA YOUTH THEATRE PRESENTS
ANATOMY OF GRAY
A play by JIM LEONARD

Anatomy of Gray deals with death, loss, love, and healing in a unique coming-of-age story. Set in Indiana in 1895, the mystery of doctoring and healing is challenged by the beliefs and culture of the simple townspeople. As a young girl, June, wishes for a healer to help her people, a stranger arrives on the wind, bringing with him the strange ways of a Jewish, blood-phobic doctor from the East. Speaking of germs and other diagnostic terms makes Galen Gray suspect as a mysterious, deadly illness spreads like a flood through the hearty town folk of Gray, Indiana. This play, written by Jim Leonard, Jr. (The Diviners--SBYT's first drama in February 2001), brilliantly weaves these themes of the heartland's settlers at the turn of the century into our hearts and minds. Deanne Anders directs a cast of talented youth from throughout Santa Barbara County.

TIMEs: March 2, 3, and 4 at 7:00 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME
TIMEs: Matinee March 4 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general / $10 students and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 17 through April 1, 2006

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
FAR AWAY
A play by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Maurice Lord

Far Away, by Caryl Churchill, is a ravishingly engaging play by one of England's most imaginative contemporary playwrights. It is a haunting tale in which everyday comforts are threatened by the horrors of a world in conflict. The story centers around Joan, a woman who comes-of-age in a world engaged in war. It is told with compelling theatrical surprise, wit and enormous power.

Visit the web site: www.genesiswest.org

Hat Auction!
Outrageous, one-of-a-kind hats worn in Far Away! For details, see www.genesiswest.org

TIMEs: Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, March 17 through April 1 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general / $15 students and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Monday, March 20, 2006

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
WHAT I HEARD ABOUT IRAQ
A staged reading, directed by Peter Lackner
In observation of the third anniversary of the outbreak of the Iraq War

All across the world on March 20, readings and performances of this extraordinary work will be given, organized by the Peter Weiss Foundation for Art and Politics in Berlin. Our reading will feature an outstanding cast of Santa Barbara actors.

The text, compiled by Eliot Weinberger is a collage of the statements made by American administration officials and their allies leading up to the war, and then, after the war began, of these same officials, as well as American soldiers and ordinary Iraqi citizens. It is a history of the Iraq war in "soundbites." After its publication in the London Review of Books, the text was the most-visited article ever on the magazine's website, and was reproduced or linked on some 100,000 other websites. It has been translated into many languages.

TIMEs: Monday, March 20, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
Admission Free. Donations accepted for Iraq Veterans Against the War BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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April 7 through 15, 2006

SANTA BARBARA THEATRE PRESENTS
HUGHIE
A play by Eugene O'Neill

The Santa Barbara Theatre, the city's new professional theatre company, continues its inaugural season at Center Stage Theater with Eugene O'Neill's classic one-act drama, Hughie. Set in a seedy hotel in New York City late on a summer night in 1928, Erie Smith, "a teller of tales," does not want to go to bed. He amuses himself by bending the ear of a disinterested night clerk in one of O'Neill's most powerful, profound, and funny short plays. Hughie features the inimitable Morlan Higgins (André in Exits and Entrances) in the lead role as Erie Smith.

Hughie is directed by Mike Uppendahl of the Namaste Theatre Company. This production began as part of the Eugene O'Neill Festival, and was performed last fall in the barn outside of the Tao House in northern California where Hughie was written. MORE

Two-play subscriptions are now available for Hughie and String of Pearls (April 21 through May 7). Subscriber benefits include reserved seating in the center section of the theatre, ticket discounts and exchange privileges. Please call 963-7282 for more information.

TIMES: April 7 through 15, preview April 6. Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 P.M., Sunday April 9 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$32.50 to $39.50 depending on the day of the week. Preview Thursday, April 6 at 8 :00 P.M. $27.50. Opening night, Friday, April 7 at 8:00 P.M. $45.00. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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April 21 through May 7, 2006

SANTA BARBARA THEATRE PRESENTS
STRING OF PEARLS
A play by Michele Lowe

The Santa Barbara Theatre, the city's new professional theatre company, completes its inaugural season at Center Stage Theater with Michele Lowe's new play String of Pearls, directed by SBT Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs. String of Pearls features four superb actresses in a funny and touching play that follows the title jewelry as it passes through the hands and hearts of 27 unforgettable women.

This production of String of Pearls originated at the Road Theatre Company in North Hollywood in January 2006 and has been named Critic's Choice in the Los Angeles Times.

TIMES: April 21 through May 7, preview April 20. Friday and Saturday at 8:00 P.M.; Sundays at 2:00 & 7:00 P.M. (No Sunday at 7 P.M. on April 23).
TICKETS:
$32.50 to $39.50, depending on the day of the week. Preview Thursday, April 20 at 8:00 P.M. $27.50. Opening night, Friday, April 21 at 8:00 P.M. $45.00. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, May 19, 2006

MAYA SHAW GALE PRESENTS
NIGHT ON THE TOWN/THEY SAY SHE IS VEILED
Fundraiser for "They Say She Is Veiled"

A gala evening of music, wine and hot hors d'oeuvres followed by a dramatic reading of Maya Shaw Gale's (work-in-progress) movement/theater piece about three women at mid-life re-inventing themselves in parallel with the Earth's own evolutionary shifts. After the performance, there will be a brief "talk-back" discussion and dessert.

Maya Shaw Gale has been a somatic therapist, personal coach, poet, writer and performance artist for the past 21 years of her residence in Santa Barbara, and only recently has taken to playwrighting after studying the craft with local playwrights Ellen Anderson and Kimberly Snow. Last year, her first one act play, Resurrection Salon, delighted audiences at Center Stage Theater in a production by Dramatic Women. Maya has also performed in Five Foot Feat by Catherine Cole and, in the 90s, the Coastal Dance Project, CAF's Poetry Festival Performance Night, and the evening Solstice events.

TIME: Friday, May 19: catered party at Contemporary Arts Forum at 6:00 P.M., performance at CST at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$50 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, May 21, 2006

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
MICHAEL LOWENSTERN
New York bass clarinetist & electronic sound artist

Lowenstern brings not only his unparalleled skill and finesse to the stage, but also his sense of humor, a deep appreciation for pop culture, and enthusiasm which can only be called infectious.


"It is hard to imagine a musician who is more adept or versatile on an instrument ...Lowenstern is truly a sight to behold on stage" --St. Louis Post

"New York's Finest Bass Clarinetist" --The New Yorker

Visit the web sites: www.iridianarts.com | www.earspasm.com

TIME: Sunday, May 21, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general / $13 students, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
MEET THE AUTHOR SERIES
AN AFTERNOON WITH BARRY SPACKS
Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate

In the intimate setting of Center Stage Theater we present a series of afternoon chats with talented writers. Each afternoon includes an interview by David Starkey (host of The Creative Community), brief readings from their work, and audience questions.

TIME: Sunday June 25 at 4:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general / $10 students. Series tickets: 3 shows for $30 (see also July 30 and August 27) BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
WORD UP PERFORMANCE
An evening of poems and stories performed by Word Up students from Los Robles High School

Directed by Maggie Mixsell and Ron Smith.
To learn more about this program visit www.speakingofstories.org

TIME: Sunday June 25 at 6:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
Free BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, July 2, 2006

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
JIM CONNOLLY AND THE
GOVE COUNTY STRING QUARTET

...if a sring quartet was a cartoon dreamt up by Charles Ives starring Tom Waits

"Oscillating between reflective and giddy stuff, with dollops of improvisatory anarchy ... Connolly never forgets musicality, however light-headed things might get." --Santa Barbara Independent

Visit the web sites: www.pfmentum.com/jimconnolly | www.iridianarts.com

TIME: Sunday July 2 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general / $13 students, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, July 8, 2006

STEVE SHELTON
CD RELEASE CONCERT FOR
A FOOL'S HEARTY WISDOM

Steve Shelton and the unofficial Jack Ball Trio: Wayne Peet, keyboards; Tom Lackner, drums. Special guests Jim Connolly, bass; Josh Shelton, trumpet. Complimentary beer, wine, and soft drinks before show and during break.

Steve Shelton web site: www.oakleighsongs.com

For samples and more CD information, visit www.angryvegan.com

TIME: Saturdy July 8 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general / $5 under 18 years of age, BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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July 12 through 28, 2006

SUMMERDANCE SANTA BARBARA

Wednesday, July 12

Film Screening: RIZE
Terrific film about Los Angeles street dancers

"Tremendous wit, vitality and sensuality" --Los Angeles Times

David La Chapelle's film reveals a groundbreaking dance phenomenon that's exploding on the streets of South Central, Los Angeles. Taking advantage of unprecedented access, this documentary film brings to first light a revolutionary form of artistic expression borne from oppression. Performers from the film will answer questions after the screening.

TIMES: Wednesday, July 12, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
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.


Wednesday and Thursday, July 26 and 27

ASzURE & ARTISTS
ASzURe & Artists' triumphant returnafter its brilliant perofrmances in 2005

"Aszure Barton is a fresh, arresting, and fascinating choreographer!" --Mikhail Baryshnikov

ASzURe & Artists' triumphant return! Aszure Barton just choreographed the new Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera, starring Alan Cumming, Jim Dale, Ana Gasteyer, Nellie McKay and Cyndi Lauper and was also chosen as one of the first artists-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. Her extravagantly talented company will perform Lascilo Perdere, full of "daring, craftsmanship, and musicality" (Village Voice).

TIMES: Wednesday July 26 at 8:00 P.M. andThursday July 27 at 7:00 and 9:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$32 general, $22 students and 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, July 28

CHOREOGRAPHERS' SHOWCASE
See a some of the best work from SDSB's festival

These two terrific shows (each a different program) are the chance to see excerpts of work-in-progress by Doug Varone, plus the only performances of master choreographer Robert Battle's work set on State Street Ballet and the public debut of the SUMMERDANCE Kids Connection. These showcase performances are the culmination of work created during SUMMERDANCE 2006.

TIMES: Friday, July 28, at 4:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS:
$12 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.


Sunday, July 30, 2006

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
MEET THE AUTHOR SERIES
AN AFTERNOON WITH ANDREW KLAVAN

Crime/suspense novelist whose work includes Don't Say A Word and True Crime

In the intimate setting of Center Stage Theater we present a series of afternoon chats with talented writers. Each afternoon includes an interview by David Starkey (host of The Creative Community), brief readings from their work, and audience questions.

TIME: Sunday July 30 at 4:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general / $10 students. Series tickets: 3 shows for $30 (see also June 25 and August 27) BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, July 30

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
THEN AGAIN
New and Very New Dance

Hot out of the oven! Stephanie Nugent curates this performance of works-in-progress by Southern California's most exciting contemporary choreographers...a low key, highly creative night with the audience invited to share in the inspirations and investigations. Reception to follow. Choreographers will include Carmela Hermann, Keith Johnson, Stephanie Nugent, Taisha Paggett, Stephanie Powell, and Kristen Smiarowski. MORE

Visit the web site: www.iridianarts.com

TIME: Sunday July 30 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$13 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday August 12

LOOK AT ME VAUDEVILLE

18 actors ranging in age 8 to16 perform in a full-length extravaganza including numbers varying from Broadway to popular music to Saturday Night Live with a little improve thrown in. Full of show stopping numbers the actors perform to their strengths showing everyone exactly what they are capable of. The cast includes Jessica Dodson, Zeke Dascomb, and Christina Means from Circle Bar B Dinner Theatre, Merckx Dascomb and Alec Hanna from PCPA, and Jennifer Curriden, Blue Dascomb, Jimmy Gongola, Matthew Honeyman, Chase LaMarche, Eli McKeone, Kitty McQueeny, Kelsey Nichols, Megan Schumer, Mikayla Timmons, Dane Underwood, Charlotte Will, and Natalie Wilkins from Valley Players. Some of our favorite numbers include "I'm Not Dead Yet." "Time Warp," "Cellblock Tango," "Monologist," and "Teeny Todd".

TIME: Saturday August 12 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday August 13

THE JOSHUA SETH COMEDY HYPNOSIS & MINDREADING SHOW

A fast paced, high-energy event that combines side-splittingly funny interactive-comedy with the mysteries of the human mind. Joshua's show is unscripted and stars the audience, so every performance is unique.

It's really two shows in one. Before anyone comes onstage to be hypnotized, Joshua demonstrates the untapped powers of the mind by telling spectators thought of names, the amount of money in their pockets, and the images in their heads. Nothing is prearranged. He uses no stooges or hidden assistants and has a standing offer of $10,000 (payable to charity) if anyone can prove otherwise.

Comedy hypnosis shows are one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Las Vegas, on college campuses, and at corporate events across the country. Mentalism is also becoming increasingly popular due to the TV exposure of David Blaine and Criss Angel. The newest performer set to break-out in this field, with his own television series currently in preproduction, is Santa Barbara resident Joshua Seth.

"I hope to do for hypnosis what David Copperfield has done for magic," says Mr. Seth. And with his extensive Hollywood connections, he looks to be the perfect person to do it too. Joshua's been around the Hollywood entertainment field for over a decade, lending his hypnotic voice and comedic sensibilities to such movies as "Akira", "Digimon", and "Spongebob Squarepants" as well as cracking people up in dozens of animated TV shows. But it's performing on stage that remains his passion.

"The thing that makes this show so great is that it's the volunteers from the audience who are being so incredibly funny and amazing," insists Joshua. "Everyone knows the people up on stage, so it's truly shocking when they go into hypnosis and begin to act out these hilarious routines." And when they're directed by Master Hypnotist Joshua Seth, it 's like having a dozen comedians onstage at once!

Joshua Seth is a certified member of the National Guild of Hypnotists has been featured on Discovery Channel, Kids WB, ABC Family, Fox Kids, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Internationally on TV specials in Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In 2003 he won the prestigious Magic Castle Olympics for the close-up mentalism set he'll be using to open his Santa Barbara show.

Visit the web sites: www.joshuaseth.com | www.SantaBarbaraHypnotist.com

TIMES: Sunday August 13 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$22.50 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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August 17 through 20

WE WEAR PANTS PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CRAZY
Written and directed by Macy Weiser

A Day in the Life of Crazy is a fun social parody that comments on the craziness of normal neurotics by highlighting the interactions they have with each other, and providing a voyeuristic view of their therapy sessions at the communal shrink's office. The show centers on a day in the life of a young woman dealing with an overbearing roommate in the dorms, a long distance lover, a very short distance admirer, and a set of parents who aren't all there-how she makes it through the day is anybody's guess.

We Wear Pants Productions was recognized last year in the Santa Barbara Independent's annual readers' poll as finalist for best production company in Santa Barbara.

TIMES: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, August 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 P.M.; Sunday August 20 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general, $7 students and all seats Sunday Aug. 20 matinee BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, August 27

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
MEET THE AUTHOR SERIES
AN AFTERNOON WITH LYNN MAMET

Playwright, screenwriter, novelist & short story author, currently Supervising Producer and writer on hit CBS series The Unit with her brother David Mamet

In the intimate setting of Center Stage Theater we present a series of afternoon chats with talented writers. Each afternoon includes an interview by David Starkey (host of The Creative Community), brief readings from their work, and audience questions.

TIME: Sunday August 27 at 4:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general / $10 students. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, September 2

FUTURE TRADITIONS PRESENTS
GET INSPIRED
AN EVENING OF MUSIC FROM THE GREATEST TRADITIONS OF INDIA
Paul Z. Livingstone, sitar
Gregg A. Johnson, tabla

Paul Z. Livingstone will perform some of the romantic, heroic, and healing ragas transmitted to him by his legendary teachers:  Pandits Ravi Shankar, Rajeev Taranath, and Amiya Dasgupta.  Livingstone,  who has been featured on many recordings, including those of Alanis Morisette as well as Ozomatli,  is an artist who work goes beyond the concert stage.  Check out his website www.tanpura.com to get an idea of his work for peace, both in the neighborhood and across the globe.

Gregg A. Johnson has toured India as both a soloist and accompanist to great Indian artists.  His tours of Europe have been equalled by appearances at Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  In India, he is recognized as one of the important exemplars of the legendary Farukabhad Gharana - one of the most ancient and powerful lineages of traditional tabla and pakhawaj drumming and Sanskrit poetic recitation. 

For more information, visit the web site: www.futuretraditionsfoundation.us/GetInspired.htm

The first in what we hope will be an ongoing series featuring great performances of Eastern Classical music.  Your support will enable us to continue to invite leading artists and present them in prestigious public venues.   Come celebrate the vitality and genius of two master musicians and their inspirational contributions to our community. "Get Inspired" is a Future Traditions Foundation production The Future Traditions Foundation is a 501 (C) (3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation.  We merge traditions of the past with innovations of the present to develop a future of peaceful, compassionate lifestyles; liberating the passionate artist in all humans to heal hearts, free minds, and release the light of inspiration.

TIME: Saturday, September 2 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general / $16 students and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 7 through 9, 2006

A BENEFIT FOR LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
ALAS, POOR FRED AND
A SLIGHT ACCIDENT
Two one-act comedies by James Saunders, directed by Ed Giron

Alas, Poor Fred: If you're going to die, it's better to die laughing! Starring Marilyn Gilbert and Nathan Rundlett.
A Slight Accident: You can't be too careful with a gun! Starring Barbara Tzur and Marion Freitag

TIMES: September 7, 8 and 9 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, September 7: Pre-performance Wine and Cheese Reception at 7:00
TIMES: Friday, September 8: Post-performance Q&A with the Cast
TIMES: Saturday, September 9: Post performance Closing Night Dessert Gala
TICKETS:
$25 general (includes the evening's additional festivities). BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

BEN MONDER TRIO
Ben Monder, guitar; Ted Poor, drums; Chris Lightcap, bass

PLUS OPENING SET BY
JEFF KAISER & JIM CONNOLLY

For the first time, New York City guitarist Ben Monder brings his trio to California for a series of concerts and workshops this September. Monder is one of the most distinguished and cutting-edge guitarists today, creating mind-bending harmonic passages never before heard on six strings. He improvises fluid melodic lines on par with the most skilled woodwind players' melodies, and his compositions are mesmerizing, introspective, and harmonically adventurous.

"Ben Monder has played nearly unsurpassable jazz guitar with any number of actual jazz groups. But what he plays with his own group comes from another planet." --Ben Ratliff, New York Times.

For more information, visit www.BenMonder.com

TIMES: Wednesday, September 20, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general, $13 students. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 22 and 23, 2006

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
STORIES FROM THE EDGE
An evening of edgy stories by Santa Barbara authors

Short stories by local Santa Barbara authors exploring issues of sexuality, crime and accountability, and the darker side of the human experience. The honest, original and astute storytelling voices of Joe Treasure, Susan Chiavelli, John Luca and Saral Burdette offer stirring and thought-provoking tales of a complicated world. The program is an edgy, exciting and insightful night of storytelling intended for mature audiences.

Joe Treasure, originally from England and a teacher of English and drama, will be reading his story The Male Gaze, a story of an English couple who are out of their element when invited to a party involving the Los Angeles intellectual community.

E. Bonnie Lewis, co-founder and co-artistic director of DramaDogs, will present a story by Susan Chiavelli, whose fiction and poetry have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Potpourri, World Wide Writers, and Community of Voices. Maybe it Happened This Way is a dark and eerily personal story of loss of innocence through a sexual crime and the haunting affect our most foolish and courageous choices have on our lives.


John Luca, a Santa Barbara writer and actor will share his short story A Taste of Brandy, a tale exploring the complicated and secretive world of sexuality and attraction and its affect on whom we are and who we love. This is John's second appearance with Speaking of Stories. His performance in 2004 of his memorable story The Impala, was a highlight of the season.

Saral Burdette, a local inter-faith celebrant, writer and actress, and Speaking of Stories favorite returns with another one of her original stories, My Pride and Prejudice, a true story of a surprise situation when a woman attends a "Women's Camping Weekend." Latent prides and prejudices reveal themselves as the author navigates an unknown world.

For more information, visit www.speakingofstories.org

TIMES: Friday, September 22, and Saturday, September 23, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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September 28, 29, 30, October 5, 6, 7, 2006

THE LOOSE AFFILIATION OF ARTISTS PRESENTS
THE SHAPE OF THINGS
A play by Neil LaBute, directed by Sara Martinovich

How far would you go for love? For art? What concessions would you make? What price would you be willing to pay? Such are the painful questions explored in The Shape of Things: A young student drifts into an ever-changing relationship with an art major while his best friends' engagement crumbles, unleashing a drama that peels back the skin of two modern-day relationships, exposing the raw meat and gristle that lie beneath.

"[LaBute's] great gift is to live in and to chronicle the murky area of not knowing, which mankind spends much of it's waking life denying."
-- John Lahr, The New Yorker

The Loose Affiliation of Artists, formed in April of 2006, were born out of a desire and a need to contribute to the next generation of American Theatre. These young professionals, taught by our local colleges and universities, trained under rich and diverse theatre community of Santa Barbara, including: Ensemble Theatre Company, Lit Moon Theatre Company, Santa Barbara Theatre, Opera Santa Barbara, and Music Academy of the West.

TIMES: September 28, 29, 30, October 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Wine & beer coctail hour preceding each performance at 7:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general, $10 students age 30 and under. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 12-22, 2006

LIT MOON THEATRE PRESENTS
WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
11 days, 26 performances, 7 companies from 5 countries, 9 plays (3 world premiers), 6 venues--only 1 U.S. internatinal festival

The inaugural Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival takes place October 12 through 22, 2006, at the Lobero Theatre, Center Stage Theater, and other area venues in Santa Barbara. The eleven-day festival features seven companies from five countries mounting nine plays, including three world premieres. There are also related panel discussions, addresses, an art exhibit, music and performance art, and social events. Inspired by the Shakespearean Festival in Gdansk, Poland, this is the only international Shakespeare Festival in the United States.

Subscriptions are priced at $190 for all nine shows ($110 for students). Multi-show packages are available, offering significant discounts against single ticket prices. For series subscription information, contact the Lobero Theatre Box Office: (805) 963-0761 or at 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, or visit www.lobero.com


The following performances take place at Center Stage Theater.
Single-performance tickets are available at the CST Box Office
and online from Presale Ticketing.

For complete festival information and series or single ticket sales, please visit www.litmoon.com or www.lobero.com/litmoon


October 13, 15, and 17, 2006
JULIET & ROMEO
Performed by Canis Tempus (Montreal, Quebec)

Two actors use stylized physicality, stunning masks (by Lit Moon's Lesley Finlayson) and an original soundscape to explode our preconceptions about Shakespeare's famous tragedy. Company founded by Lit Moon actor Andy Cuk. "Exceptionally beautiful and exciting..." --Gaetan L. Charlebois, The Montreal Gazette

TIMES: October 13 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME), October 15 and 17 at 9:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general, $15 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 18, 19, and 21, 2006
AS YOU LIKE IT
WORLD PREMIER
Performed by the State Puppet Theatre of Bourgas, Bulgaria (in English)

In a production created specifically for this festival, Hristina Arsenova's interpretation of this beloved comedy is filled with great comedy, beloved classical music, and stunningly expressive puppets. Ikar Award for Bulgaria's Best Puppet Theatre, 2005-2006 Season ­ Bulgarian Ministry of Culture.

TIMES: October 18 at 8:00 P.M., October 19 at 9:00 P.M., October 21 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general, $15 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing


October 20, 21, and 22, 2006

THE TEMPEST
WORLD PREMIER
Performed by Lit Moon Theatre Company (Santa Barbara, U.S.A.)

In this world premiere production, Shakespeare's great romance is portrayed in miniature, for a very small audience numbering about 80. As the action unfolds, the spectators are literally drawn into the performance in this incomparably intimate production. "The company's style, melding the rigours of physical theatre with classical text, makes them pioneers, if not unique." -- Matt Radz, Montreal Gazette

TIMES: October 20 at 9:00 P.M., October 21 at 4:00 P.M., October 22 at 5:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general, $15 students & seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday October 28, 2006

THE AMERICAN IRISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
SPREADING THE NEWS
A one-act comedy by Lady Gregory in a dramatic reading

The California Branch of the American Irish Historical Society presents a dramatic reading of Spreading the News, a one-act comedy by Lady Gregory. The reading is directed by Robert Grande Weiss with a cast of 10 equity actors and actresses.

Lady Gregory's play Spreading the News premiered on December 27, 1904 as part of a quadruple bill to celebrate the opening of the Abbey Theatre, the new and permanent home of the Irish National Theatre Company. Critics that attended the evening's productions paid very little attention to this play. But it quickly became one of the most popular and most frequently revived plays in the National Theatre's repertoire. A close examination of the play reveals a more complex and subversive analysis of Ireland under late colonial rule than the reviewers initially indicated.

The play is set at a village fair in Cloon, a fictional township modeled after Lady Gregory's town of Gort in County Galway on the western coast of Ireland. The primary action of the play revolves around a single misheard remark that spirals out of control. The "news" is passed on from neighbor to neighbor, and as the story gets told and retold, it quickly grows into a tale of murder, adultery and emigration.

TIMES: Saturday, October 28, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 non-members, $18 AIHS members, $10 students
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing


November 4 through 18, 2006

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
EDWARD ALBEE'S
THE GOAT OR, WHO IS SYLVIA?
A play by Edward Albee, directed by Maurice Lord

Winner of the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play. With Robert Lesser, Leslie Gangl Howe, Tom Hinshaw, and Adam Trent. Chris Turner, Set Design; Paul Marceau, Costume Design; Michael Smith, Lighting Design; Parry Gripp, Sound Design; Cecilia Martini-Muth, Graphic Designer; Kevin McDonald, Stage Manager. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Independent and the Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. EXTREME LANGUAGE AND MATURE CONTENT.

"As challenging--and as outrageously funny--as theater gets." --New York Post

TIMES: November 3 (preview), 4 (opening), 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students & seniors
TICKETS: Preview, Nov. 3: $15 general, $10 students & seniors
TICKETS: Opening night, November 4: $20 general, $15 students & seniors, $50 with reception with the artists
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing


Friday, November 24, 2006

KASPER HAUSER COMEDY GROUP PRESENTS
KASPER HAUSER'S
SKYMAUL:
HAPPY CRAP YOU CAN
BUY FROM A PLANE

Let San Francisco's award-winning comedy group Kasper Hauser transport you into the sublime universe that is SkyMaul. Based on their just-published catalog parody of the same name, this smart, edgy multimedia satire explodes with razor-sharp wit, boundless creativity, and a keen eye for the absurd.

"Destined for comic greatness." --San Francisco Chronicle


TIMES: Friday, November 24, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$15 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Monday, December 4, 2006

HOUSEHOLD INK PRESENTS
HEADLESS HOUSEHOLD
17TH ANNUAL XMAS CONCERT

Santa Barbara's "band that won't go away" (Independent) forges and forages in the far fields of post-polka and semiurban eclecticism--and yet they're still hanging around here. This year's concert features nearly a dozen surprise regular, irregular, and special guest artists. MORE

For more information, visit www.householdink.com

TIME: Monday, December 4, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$10 general, $7 students & seniors
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing


December 2 through 9, 2006

ARTS FOR HUMANITY! (AH!) PRESENTS
ZABELLA'S CIRCLE
An Original Theater/Dance Production Created and Directed by Karsen Lee Gould

Zabella's Circle presents imaginative vignettes and tells the story of discovering the creative magic waiting in us all. Filled with exquisite visuals and creativity, this production beautifully integrates art, music, dance and theater, with a unique feature of projected art by artists with disabilities. Performed by the innovative Blue Moon Players, a troupe of actors and dancers with and without disabilities, Zabella's Circle will open your eyes and heart to the astounding artistic synthesis of people of mixed abilities. This is AH!'s seventh production in Santa Barbara--you won't want to miss it!

"With style, beauty and magic...[this ensemble] transcends the ordinary and stretches the boundaries of our expectations." --The Independent

For more information, visit www.artsforhumanity.com

TIMES: Saturday, December 2, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 P.M. (matinee)
TIMES: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, December 7-9, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Closing night reception: Saturday, December 9. Meet and Greet the actors; at Contemporary Arts Forum
TICKETS:
$20 general, $15 students
TICKETS: Closing night reception $30, includes performance, culinary treats and drink.
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

BAMBOO-MESSENGER-WOMAN PRESENTS
A SPIRITED EVENING OF
NOT JUST JAZZ!

Featuring the magical artistry of Woody DeMarco (keyboards), Jon Crosse (sax, flute, clarinet, trumpet), Stephen Geyer (guitar), Hank Allen (bass), Rex Harte (drums, percussion), Bob Sedivy (bamboo shakuhachi flute), and Beverly Messenger (koto),

TIME: Tuesday, December 12, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$20 general
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing


Sunday, December 10, 2006

ARTSPACE, INC. PRESENTS
A CHRISTMAS CABARET
A benefit for Center Stage Theater and a tribute to
our beloved outgoing Executive Director, Mary MacRae

Join us for music, wine, foolishness, mulled cider, carolers, and holiday storytelling by some of Santa Barbara's choicest performers. Reception and merriment begins at 6:30 P.M. and continues throughout the evening. Performers include George Backman in Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales, Christina Allison in Loved Ones and her bring-down-the-house rendition of The Twelve Days After Christmas, John Knox-Johnston in The Gift of the Magi, carolers from the Santa Barbara Unitarian Society, incidental music by Leo Fishman, and more. MORE

TIME: Sunday, December 10, from 6:30 P.M.
TICKETS:
$50 general ($35 per ticket is tax-deductible)
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE click here for complete listing



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.