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: 2008

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January 11 through 13, 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW WORKS:
SANTA BARBARA CHOREOGRAPHERS
A Dance Concert of Premiers

“Un…Done,” “She Passes Through…” and “As We Are,” are just three of the exciting newly created dance pieces premiering at Santa Barbara Dance Alliance’s New Works: Santa Barbara Choreographers, Friday through Sunday January 11-13, 8 p.m., at Center Stage Theater.  Dance Alliance will also present its 11th Lifetime Achievement Award to Luis Goena for his contributions to the Santa Barbara Balkan dance community at a reception following the opening performance on Friday night.

Dances with themes ranging from the promise of new beginnings to feelings of anxiety and helplessness showcase accomplished dancers in solos and ensemble pieces, movement styles from contemporary ballet to post modern, beautiful to sleek costumes, classic to original music scores, and inventive lighting design. The intimate setting of Center Stage Theater makes it the perfect venue to experience this evening of evocative and engaging dance. Choreographers include Robin Bisio, Nancy Colahan, Heather Carney Shea, Nicole Helton, Valerie Huston, Misa Kelly, E. Bonnie Lewis, Delila Moseley, Susan Shaberman, Kara Stewart, and Jacqueline Wiley.

For more info, visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: Friday through Sunday, January 11 through 13 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general; $22 SBDA members; $20 students & seniors; $50 patrons. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 18 and 19 , 2008

PERFORMANCE THEATRE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS PRESENTS
ONE WISH
A Musical Fantasy

What happens when you mix a ring of fun-loving fairies, three mortal children and one mortal man, an evil sorceress, and a mischievous hobgoblin? Enchanting... Dramatic... Heartwarming...
Hilarious... Magical.... Fairy tales can come true, if you believe.

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS:
$17 adults; $14 children and seniors. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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January 24 through February 3 , 2008

SANTA BARBARA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

For schedule, ticketing and other information visit www.sbfilmfestival.org or call 805-963-0761
no pre-sale ticketing available at Center Stage.


February 8 and 9, 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS PRESENTS
DANCE TEACHERS GONE WILD

SB Dance-Arts (formerly SBJDA) has been bringing the gift of dance to our community for over 10 years. Join the staff for an entertaining evening of Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Broadway, and Tap in this fun-filled evening of dance.  Directors Steven Lovelace and Alana Tillim join their faculty for this exciting once-a-year performance. Our staff includes dancers hailing from Broadway, Ballet Russe, Ballet Santa Barbara, UCSB Division of Dance, and that have been featured in music videos and national tours or today's most famous artists!  All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for the Arts Mentorship Program.

TIMES: Friday February 8 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME);
TIMES: Saturday February 9 at 3:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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February 15 and 17 , 2008

BACKYARD STAGE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
HAND SEWN LOVE: WOMEN TALKIN' STORY

Backyard Stage Productions announces the premiere theatrical production of Hand Sewn Love: Women Talkin’ Story in honor of Marion Woodman, internationally acclaimed writer, teacher and Jungian analyst.

In this production, Edie Barrett, Tiare Newport and Heidi Townshend-Zellner will explore the many facets of love through their touching and provocative personal monologues. The program contains adult language and content and is not suitable for children.

Proceeds from the production will be donated to Opus Archives and Research Center, housing archival collections of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Marion Woodman (partial list). Opus Archives and Research Center is located on the campuses of Pacifica Graduate Institute. More

TIMES: Friday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$25 general; $20 students and Pacifica alumni; $50 patron (reserved seating)
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February 22 through March 1, 2008

DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
LAST DAYS OF THE EMPIRE
A new play by BOB POTTER
Directed by MAURICE LORD

On a moonlit night, anything is possible.  In the sands of the Libyan desert in North Africa, the rusted wreckage of World War II German tanks lie in the shadows of ancient Roman ruins. And at the horizon, the flickering lights of an American-run petroleum consortium can be seen.  In this dreamlike setting, some remarkable inhabitants of these outposts of empire encounter one another and their historical dilemmas, in a life-and-death situation. As their paths cross, and their shared experiences collide, they make a series of tragicomic discoveries about the meaning of their lives and times.

Featuring Devon Bell, Tom Hinshaw, Sylvia Short, Tiffany Story and Matt Tavianini. Sets and lighting by Theodore Michael Dolas, costumes by Ellen McBride Sheppard.

For more information, visit www.dramaticwomen.org

TIMES: February 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS:
$18 general; $15 students and seniors.
TICKETS: Opening night: all tickets $35.00. BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 7 and 8 , 2008

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS PRESENTS
CONFIGURATION

Santa Barbara Dance Arts, formally Santa Barbara Jazz Dance Academy, presents its annual student concert.

TIMES: Friday March 7 at 7:00 P.M.; Saturday March 8 at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS: $15 general; $10 students at Saturday March 8 matinee only BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 14 through 16 , 2008

BALLET SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
A NEW YORK PERSPECTIVE
Featuring Benjamin Harkarvy's Premonition with music by Maurice Ravel

Two worlds come together in a program of seven striking and original ballets—all works that premiered in New York City over the last 20 years. Five of the ballets were created for Artistic Director Carrie Diamond’s first company, the New American Ballet Ensemble, between 1989 and 1991. New York City guest artist Robin Gilbert, who was a member of NABE, will reunite with BSB for these performances, as will Artistic Associate and permanent guest artist Carlos Fittante, also a member of Diamond’s first company. More

Opening Night Gala Friday March 14th at 7:00 p.m.  Join BSB in celebration of our 18 year reunion of NYC dancers and choreographers. With scintillating opera singer Stephanie Sivers and pianist Eric Valinsky. Champagne reception to follow. All seats $50.00.

TIMES: Friday, March 14, Opening Night Gala at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, March 15, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, March 16, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: Friday, March 14: $50 general, includes reception following performance
TICKETS: Saturday and Sunday evening, March 15 and 16: $22 general, $18 students and seniors
TICKETS: Sunaday matinee, March 16: $22 general, $10 students K-12 and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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March 20 through 30 , 2008

SBT: THE SANTA BARBARA THEATRE PRESENTS
DOUBT
Winner of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for 2005
Central Coast Premier

SBT: The Santa Barbara Theatre, a professional Actors’ Equity Association company, proudly presents John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, the most lauded play of the past ten years. Doubt stars Victoria Tennant (Winds of War, LA Story) and William Dennis Hurley (Exits and Entrances), and is directed by SBT Co-Artistic Director Asaad Kelada. Set in a Catholic middle school in 1964, Doubt is both a fascinating study of doubt versus moral certainty and an entertaining whodunit that will keep you guessing long after the play is over. MORE

Special events: Talkback with the cast and crew following the performances on Tuesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 27.

For more information, vist www.sbtheatre.org

TIMES: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.; Sundays at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings $34.00
TICKETS: Friday evenings and Sunday matinees $42.00
TICKETS: Saturday evenings $49.00 BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Thursday, April 3

IRIDIAN ARTS PRESENTS
NUGENT DANCE
small spaces / open gestures

Iridian Arts presents the return of Nugent Dance  to Center Stage Theater in "small spaces / open gestures."  This evening of intimate modern dance is filled with delicate nuance and packed-in power.  Artistic Director Stephanie Nugent will debut her newest group work, "small spaces," in performance by company members Delyer Anderson, Samantha Corn, Louie Cornejo, Jess Humphrey and Kim Isbell (recent UCSB graduate).  Nugent’s long-time collaborator, violinist Robin Cox, will perform live in this work as well.  After six years presenting in the Santa Barbara community, Nugent will also revive duets and solos including "Bathers" (with guest performers Blake Hennessy-York and Sarah Pon), "untitled interior," "circa one," and "witness to a tale" to complete this concert of poignant dances. Part of First Thursdays. For more information: www.iridianarts.com, www.stephanienugent.com

“Powerful” – Los Angeles Times
“Fascinating” – Dance Magazine
“Seriously provocative storytelling” – Santa Barbara Independent
“Substantial and affecting…sharply poignant…cleverly conceived” – Santa Barbara News-Press

TIME: Thursday, April 3, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $20 general; $15 students and seniors BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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April 4 through 6

JANUSPHERE DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS
FOUR BY FOUR
West Coast Premier

Janusphere Dance Company (JDC) invites you to the west coast premiere of Four by Four, April 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. This event will feature original work from Derek Williams, Kirill Matveev, Danielle Genest, and director Darion Smith. Don’t miss this exciting new company’s second west coast premier in Santa Barbara. Opening night gala will be followed by a champagne toast with the JDC dancers.  For more information, visit januspheredancecompany.org


TIMES: April 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: April 4: $30 general, includes champagne reception with the dancers
TICKETS: April 5 and 6: $20 general, $15 students and S.B. Dance Alliance members 
TICKETS: BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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April 19 through May 3 , 2008

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
THE PILLOWMAN
A play by MARTIN McDONAGH
Directed by MAURICE LORD

“A spellbinding stunner of a play, appallingly funny and endlessly quotable.” --The New York Times

Hailed by The New York Times as “the season’s most exciting and original new play” and winner of the 2004 Olivier Award and Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play and two Tony Awards The Pillowmanis a viciously funny and horrific drama that centers on a writer in a totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art. Featuring: Dirk Blocker, Tom Hinshaw, Jeff Mills, Matt Tavianini, Howard Howe and Leslie Gangl HoweFor more information, visit www.genesiswest.org

TIMES: April 19, 24, 25, 26, May 1, 2, 3, and Preview April 18. All shows at 8:00 P.M. No late seating
TICKETS: $26.50 general, $21.50 students w/I.D. (at the box office only)
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May 16 through 24 , 2008

LIT MOON THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS
THE WEDDING
A Matrimonial Musical Fantasy

The Wedding is Lit Moon's newest piece for the theater, which premiered at Teatr Modjeska's International Festival “The City” in Legnica, Poland last September.  In a drastic departure for the company, the piece is a musical fantasy, featuring music by James Connolly and Anna Abbey, and lyrics by members of the company.  The show is infused by an infectious pop music sensibility and features an eclectic array of musical styles - from pop anthems to bossa nova, from country-tinged ballads to driving rock.  The show's irresistible music and lyrics, and charming comic style, combine to show a side of Lit Moon never before seen by local audiences.

The Wedding features Erin Brehm, Stan Hoffman, Victoria Finlayson, Kate Paulsen, and the aforementioned Abbey and Connolly.  Yevgenia Nayberg is the costume designer, Ted Dolas is the lighting designer, and John Blondell directors. 

Lit Moon Theater Company: www.litmoon.com

“Lit Moon ... is inspiring in its sense of reawakened possibilities.” - -News-Press

TIMES: May 16, 17, and 23 at 8:00 P.M. May 24 at 4:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $20.00 general, $14.00 students, $7.00 children. 
TICKETS: Special Premiere Ticket, including show and post-show "Wedding" Reception, $50.00
 BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Sunday, May 25 , 2008

MISA KELLY, KERSTIN STUART, AND LOUIE CORNEJO PRESENT
3 CITIES:
3 CHOREOGRAPHERS

Athleticism, the brink of emotional zaniness, humor, & a truckload of integrity. Join us for an evening of evocative contemporary dance exchange. These three choreographers--Misa Kelly, Kerstin Stuart, and Louie Cornejo--from three cities--Santa Barbara, Monterey, and Los Angeles, respectively--share the bill presenting works-in-progress, repertory, and world premieres of new works. The beginning of a new initiative with international implications, a portion of the show will be presented in Istanbul and a cross-cultural exchange established. Sponsored in part by the Future Traditions Foundation, this show represents the opening of new geographic collaborations and the cross-pollination of artistic visions.

For more information, visit www.3cities3choreographers.com

TIME: Sunday, May 25 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $15.00 general BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Saturday, June 14 , 2008

CINDERBLOCK BOOKSHELVES:
A GUIDE FOR CHILDREN OF FAME-OBSESSED BOHEMIAN NOMADS
Starring Rain Perry, with Danny B. Harvey on Guitar

Growing up in the 1960s, Rain Perry had the kind of childhood your grandparents warn you against. Was it a tragic experience?  Not really: Perry survived, and along the way grew up to be an award-winning singer/songwriter.  Now with characteristic good humor she performs a theater show about her upbringing, has some fun with her hippie past, and also gives audiences a chance to hear in song (and see in photographs) exactly what it felt like -- the joy and heartache of growing up a “wild child.”

"Part of a larger autobiographical multimedia project, singer-writer Perry's astoundingly insightful song cycle takes on subjects ranging from growing up with an artistic but irresponsible father (the title track and several others) to the emotional impact of California's landscape ('Yosemite'). This is confessional folk-rock at its best: wise, specific, sometimes harrowing, funny in places, smart about personal mistakes and truly grateful to those who made her the fine artist that she is (whether they consciously helped her along or not). Each cut has a distinctive, pleasing arrangement, and Perry's voice, though dominantly sweet and wearily dry, is a marvelous instrument of many supple colors." --Bob Strauss, LA Daily News 

For more information, visit www.rainperry.com

TIME: Saturday, June 14, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $20 general
BOX OFFICE
(805) 963-0408
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

SANTA BARBARA BALLET CENTER PRESENTS
GROWING UP WITH DANCE

TIMES: Thursday, June 19, at 5:00 and 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS: $15 general
BOX OFFICE
(805) 963-0408
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Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21 , 2008

FUSION DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS
INTERTWINE
A cutting edge dance performance that holds surprises around every corner

Felicia Tomasko of the Santa Barbara Independent describes last year's performance: "Fusion Dance Company, created an emotionally evocative evening of performance.... The dancers creatively and eloquently expressed the mood of each piece, from the sensual to the playful to the profound."  This year's performance will prove to be just as provocative as Fusion presents  innovative, energetic movement that will stir up a plethora of emotions.  Fusion Dance Company originated in 2004 as a forum for professional, young adult talent to emerge with contemporary ideas about traditional dance styles (jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop).  Fusion upholds it's name by blending styles to create exciting new and eclectic  choreography.  Guest choreographers Nicole Helton (SBDA New Works), Carlos Martinez (SBDA Bassh), Derren Ohanian, and Devyn Duex collaborate with Fusion to present "Intertwine"  a wonderful evening of engaging movement styles.  Come see what makes Fusion Dance Company such an extraordinary group of performers! Artistic Director: Kara Stewart.

For more information, visit www.thefusiondancecompany.com or dancynsb on YouTube

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $15 general, $13 students & seniors, $10 children under 12  
BOX OFFICE
(805) 963-0408
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June 26 through 28 , 2008

DRAMADOGS PRESENTS
STOOP
3 One-Acts about Women

DramaDogs presents this high quality theatrical production that touches the heart and soul of all of us.  Integrating three thought-provoking pieces, you will contemplate with us as we sit on a stoop discussing the day, the taste of fruit, our aches and pains and what is really floating in the river. Sit with us at the counter of a local diner where we get the inside scoop on what truly inspires the women that serve us. Wait with us inside a liposuction clinic and find out who and what motivates us to do what we do.
 
DramaDogs crafts challenging theatrical productions with dynamic relationships. In the art we produce, we enter into a process of creation. What we want to express, how we want to express it and the characters we are creating unfolds blossoming before us. Stoop--3 One Acts About Women is the next gem, with Lives of the Great Waitresses by Nina Shengold, The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeline George, and Stoop by Lanford Wilson. Says E. Bonnie Lewis, co-artistic director of DramaDogs: "These entertaining one acts are filled with humor and pathos providing insights into the many ways we stoop physically, mentally, emotionally.”
 
Stoop--3 One Acts About Women” features many of Santa Barbara’s finest actresses, Deborah Helm, Carol Metcalf, Lauren Parsons, Suzi Bodine, and Michelle Osborne. Making their DramaDogs and Santa Barbara debut are Ethel Scar, Dana Halverson, Michelle Wilcox and Rani Apodaca.

For more information, visit www.dramadogs.org

TIMES: Thursday through Saturday, June 26 through 28, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Matinee Saturday, June 28, at 2:00 P.M. 
TICKETS: Thursday preview: $10 general. Friday and Saturday: $20 general.  
BOX OFFICE
(805) 963-0408
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Tuesday, July 1 , 2008

DAMIZZA PRESENTS
AN EVENING WITH
BECCA SOLODON

Following the universally positive response to her debut EP, “In My Room,” Goleta native Becca Solodon will be performing an intimate set of her acclaimed and highly stylized original music.

At the young age of 16, Becca battled a rare and aggressive form of cancer that resulted in the amputation of a portion of her left leg. During Becca’s treatment, the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation orchestrated her dream of recording a song in a major Los Angeles studio with some of the music industry’s most influential players, producers and engineers.

Just six weeks after her miraculous recovery, Becca was asked by Mariah Carey to represent Santa Barbara as the opening act for a 2003 concert at the Arlington Theater. From there, Becca’s destiny of becoming a noted singer/songwriter has bloomed.

While still a junior in at Dos Pueblos High School, Becca began her ongoing music studies at Santa Barbara City College, and she has continued working with some of the most powerful producers and musicians in West Coast music, including Damizza (Mariah Carey, Korn, Snoop Dogg) and Ronnie King (2Pac, Offspring).

The July 1 performance will be filmed for DVD inclusion on the release of Becca’s highly anticipated first full-length CD, slated for this September. Opening for Becca is up-and-coming local R&B sensation “Jedi” Jared Moore. Special invited guests will include Ronnie King and several surprise appearances.

A portion of the proceeds from the performance will be dedicated to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. “The Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation started me off on my music career and introduced me to people that helped me survive a real tough time in my life,” Becca says. “Now, I want to give back and show people what the power of music can do."

A limited number of $50 VIP packages includes front-row seating, a gift bag including an autographed “In My Room” CD and T-shirt, and entry in a raffle for a specially commissioned painting of Becca donated by innovative Santa Barbara artist Mitra Cline.

For more information, visit www. beccasolodon. com

TIME: Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: Available June 2. $20 general. $50 VIP package (see above)
 BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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July 16 through August 2, 2008

DIJO PRODUCTIONS AND VIRTUAL THEATRE COMPANY
IN COLLABORATION WITH SBCC THEATRE ARTS DEPT. PRESENT

TWELVE ANGRY MEN

As a young defendant awaits sentencing for the murder of his father, twelve jurors confined to one room hold the fate of this man and their deliberations have truly life and death consequences. It looks like an open-and-shut case. Then, the deliberations begin--tempers get short, the murder is re-enacted, secrets are revealed as each man must expose his own past and prejudices in order to get to the truth. Performed in the round at the intimate Center Stage Theater, the play will bring audiences right into the jury room as the action builds climactically. The jurors’ final verdict and how they reach it, has made this drama the most enduring, engaging, and thought-provoking courtroom drama of our time.

Reviewers across the country unanimously praise Twelve Angry Men: “Provocative and gripping...” CBS 4 News, Boston; “A brilliant evening of theatre...” The Boston Globe; “Theatrically irresistible…seductive…sends a chill up the spine,” The Washington Post; “Verdict is in: Don’t miss 12 Angry Men,” The Boston Herald.

The Santa Barbara production will be directed by Katie Laris, a theatre arts professor at the Santa Barbara City College Theatre Group, whose recent productions include Born Yesterday, Over the Tavern, Real Women Have Curves, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. Twelve Angry Men features Ben Chang, George Coe, Gene Garcia, Ed Giron, Brian Harwell, Mark Lee, Stuart Orenstein, Jerry Oshinsky, Clyde Sacks, Alfred St. John Smith, Wilson Smith, Bill Waxman, and Tim Whitcomb. Lighting and set design by Ted Dolas.

TIMES: Previews July 16 and 17 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: July 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31, August 1 and 2 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Matinees July 20, 26, 27, and August 2 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $22 general, $17 previews (July 16 and 17), students, and groups
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August 7 through 10, 2008

SANTA BARBARA SUMMER STOCK THEATER PRESENTS
AFTERMATH
Directed by Kyra Lehman

At the turn of the millennium the vast majority were oblivious to the evident signs that we had pushed ourselves to the edge of an abyss.  Blind righteousness and collective amnesia spearheaded by ‘yes man’ fueled brutal vengeance…all the while, faint voices of reason struggled to be heard. This is the story of one of those voices.

The play begins with the sum of events, which leads to the war that ends civilization.  A desperate attempt at survival is made by placing groups of children in bomb shelters…years later in a place out of time three groups of children and young adults emerge to face a stark reality

For more information, visit www.aftermathnow.com


TIMES: August 7 through 10 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $15 general, $12 children under 15
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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August 14 through 17

THE PATRICIA HENLEY FOUNDATION PRESENTS
NEWTON'S CRADLE
A humorous, gritty, real-life teen musical

Newton's Cradle is an original musical based on funny, gritty and real-life stories of teens. The show is written by Rod Lathim, Norma LaTuchie and Peter McCorkle, with direct input from the 14 cast members. Newton's Cradle explores how young people move through their paths of life and learning and it reflects how our physical and interpersonal actions impact our lives and environment.  The development of this new work was inspired by Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Remember what it was like to be a teen? Today’s teens have a whole new set of challenges when it comes to figuring out where they belong in the universe.  And some things just never change.

This performance is rated PG 13. Parents strongly cautioned some material may be inappropriate for children under 13 years old.

For more information, visit www.patriciahenleyfoundation.org

TIMES: Thursday Gala and Friday, August 14 and 15, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, August 16,  at 3:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, August 17 at 1:00 and 4:00 P.M.
TICKETS: August 14 show and gala: $50 general
TICKETS: All other shows: $20 general, $12 students and seniors
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September 5 and 6, 2008

CUTS
A docu-musical about that stuff that grows from our heads (and elsewhere), and why we obsess about it.

Created from interviews conducted by the cast, combined with new music and choreography, “Cuts” is a off-beat, hilarious, yet insightful journey through every nook, cranny, and follicle of our life with hair. 

Everyone has hair.  Virtually any person you talk to can tell you some awkward or ridiculous story about a hair dyeing disaster, a waxing catastrophe, or the foibles of going bald.  But more than that, as a shared part of our lives, hair also serves as a common ground, a medium for society.  A person’s hair type and style reflects a myriad of different factors, including their race, religion, and even politics — we assume very different things about those with red hair, bald heads, or afros. 

Thus “Cuts” straddles the gap between the silly and the serious. Awkward teenage hair misadventures stand up next to issues of racial prejudice and even death.  Toss these together with a liberal dose of singing, dancing, and a few fake mustaches, and you get a heady brew of a show.


TIMES: Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $10 general
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4, 2008

SPEAKING OF STORIES PRESENTS
SWEET DREAMS
A nostalgic journey back to the bedtime stories of your youth, complete with cookies and milk

Speaking of Stories takes you back to the magic of bedtime stories with a performance of classic fairy tales brought to life. Artistic Director Maggie Mixsell and long-time Santa Barbara theater legend George Backman have collaborated on this has entertaining journey for all ages. Mr. Backman will be joined on stage by a stellar cast including Christina Allison, Emma-Jane Huerta and John Knox-Johnston. The Sweet Dreams will include stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Roald Dahl, Carol Ann Duffy, Rose Fyleman, Rudyard Kipling, Edward Lear and A.A. Milne. The intimate setting of Center Stage creates the perfect atmosphere for our nostalgic journey back to bedtime stories, complete with cookies and milk at intermission. Sweet Dreams performs Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with a  2 p.m. matinee on Saturday creating a perfect afternoon outing with your favorite young story fan.

Don’t be fooled, these stories are truly intended for all ages and will remind you how classics like "Snow White" and "Cinderella" really began, before Disney took them for a spin.

Christina Allison reading “Fairies” by Rose Fyleman and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen; George Backman reading “Snow White” adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and “The King’s Breakfast” by A.A. Milne; Emma-Jane Huerta reading “Ashputtel” adapted by Carol Ann Duffy and “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear; John Knox-Johnston reading “Cinderella” by Roald Dahl and “The Elephant’s Child” by Rudyard Kipling.

TIMES: Friday Oct 3 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, October 4, at 2:00 and 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $18 general; $15 students; $10 children
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
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October 16 through 26, 2008

LIT MOON THEATRE PRESENTS
WORLD
SHAKESPEARE
FESTIVAL

Bulgaria, Finland, Macedonia, Georgia, and Santa Barbara highlighted in return of this acclaimed, innovative festival

The Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival, held October 16 through 26 at various Santa Barbara venues, is highlighted by fully-staged productions of Shakespeare’s plays (many of them world premieres), including Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and adaptations of Othello/Measure for Measure, The Tempest (called Blue Tempest), and King Lear (called Poor, Poor Lear). The festival also includes related free panels and addresses, plus an art exhibit, music, and social events.

The 2008 Festival presents artists from Bulgaria, Finland, Macedonia, and the European Republic of Georgia, which marks the first time that that country’s flagship theatre, the Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre, has performed in the United States. The festival also celebrates local, homegrown work from Santa Barbara, including area scholars and teachers, faculty and students from UCSB and Westmont College, and, of course, the Lit Moon Theatre Company. The hallmark of this festival is bold, original, nontraditional interpretations rooted in highly visual approaches to theatre. 

Subscriptions  for the entire six-play Festival are $120 for adults and $90 for students. “Choose Your Own” subscriptions of three to five plays are also available, offering 10% off single ticket prices. A Patron Pass, at $300, includes admission to all plays, parties and events and includes a donation to the Lit Moon Theatre Company. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $19 for students to all plays except The Winter’s Tale, which is priced at $16 for adults and $10 for students. Both subscription packages and single tickets are on sale at the Lobero Theatre Box Office, which is handling advance ticketing for all performances (regardless of venue), by phone at (805) 963-0761, in person at 33 East Canon Perdido Street, Santa Barbara. or on the web at www.lobero.com.


The following performances take place at Center Stage Theater.

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


October 16, 19, 23, and 25

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
OTHELLO/ MEASURE FOR MEASURE
WORLD PREMIER
Bulgarian/U.S. Production; Westmont College/Lit Moon Theatre Co-production

She’s back! Notorious Bulgarian director Lilia Abadjieva, whose Romeo and Juliet rocked the Lobero (and inspired ten-minute standing ovations) at the 2006 Festival, is back with another wild spectacle--a fusion of not one but two Shakespearean masterpieces: Othello and Measure for Measure. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind, all-male production, staged by one of Eastern Europe’s most adventurous directors. Performed in English.

TIMES: Thursday, October 16 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Thursday, October 23 at 9:00 P.M. (NOTE LATE TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $25 general, $19 students. 
Available in advance at the Center Stage Box Office by phone, (805) 963-0408, or online (CLICK FOR COMPLETE  LISTING) , or at the Lobero Theatre box office by phone, (805) 963-0761, or online at www.lobero.com 


October 17, 18, 20, and 25

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
THE WINTER'S TALE
NEW PRODUCTION
UCSB Department of Theater and Dance Production

Irwin Appel (left, Indie Award winner, Timon of Athens, 2006 Festival) showcases some of Santa Barbara’s finest young actors in this rich, late-period romance. Appel’s staging features Shakespeare’s marvelous language, his compelling characters, and the ingenuity of the performers in this beautiful, bittersweet story of love, longing, and redemption. Performed in English.

TIMES: Friday, October 17 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 P.M. (NOTE LATE TIME)
TIMES: Monday, October 20 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $16 general, $10 students. 
Available in advance at the Center Stage Box Office by phone, (805) 963-0408, or online (CLICK FOR COMPLETE  LISTING) , or at the Lobero Theatre box office by phone, (805) 963-0761, or online at www.lobero.com 


October 18, 19, 23, and 25

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 
JULIUS CAESAR
WORLD PREMIER
Macedonian/U.S. Production; Lit Moon Theatre/Drama Theatre of Skopje, Macedonia/Westmont College Co-production

In a beguiling complement to Lilia Abadjieva’s all-male Othello/Measure for Measure production, John Blondell’s cast of a dozen Macedonian (Skopje Drama Theatre) and American (Lit Moon and Westmont College) women offers a potently fresh vision of Shakespeare’s great political tragedy featuring three of Macedonia’s finest actresses, including Biljana Dragicevic as Marc Antony.  Performed in English and Macedonian with English supertitles.

TIMES: Saturday, October 18 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, October 19 at 4:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, October 25 at 9:00 P.M. (NOTE LATE TIME)
TICKETS: $25 general, $19 students. 
Available in advance at the Center Stage Box Office by phone, (805) 963-0408, or online (CLICK FOR COMPLETE  LISTING) , or at the Lobero Theatre box office by phone, (805) 963-0761, or online at www.lobero.com 


Sunday, October 19

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
MEET THE ARTISTS
FREE EVENT

Refreshments, merriment, and conversation to welcome Festival special guests from Bulgaria, Finland, the Republic of Georgia, and Macedonia. Follwed by a performance of Julius Caesar.

TIME: Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: FREE at the door


Sunday, October 19

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
BIG WORLD SHAKESPERE
JAM & CABARET
INTERNATIONAL MUSIC

Artists from the Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre, the Firebird Quartet (Los Angeles via Ukraine), the Drama Theatre of Skopje, the Gove County String Quartet, and the Lit Moon Theatre Company (pictured, from The Wedding) in a fabulously eclectic evening of world music, past and present.

TIME: Sunday, October 19 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $16 general, $10 students. 
Available in advance at the Center Stage Box Office by phone, (805) 963-0408, or online (CLICK FOR COMPLETE  LISTING) , or at the Lobero Theatre box office by phone, (805) 963-0761, or online at www.lobero.com 


Thursday, October 23

LIT MOON WORLD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
THE THEATRE OF LILIA ABADJIEVA
FREE LECTURE

An informal discussion about the bold works and creative process of one of Eastern Europe's most provocative theatre artists, moderated by John Blondell. Features video clips from notable productions. In English.

TIME: Thursday, October 23 at 4:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: FREE at the door


October 31 through November 15

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
BUG
by TRACY LETTS
directed by MAURICE LORD

“A gloriously lurid noir thriller! Gets under your skin and stays there!”
--Time Out NY


BUG is a wild psychological comedic thriller that takes place in a seedy motel room on the outskirts of Oklahoma City that centers on a chance meeting between a divorced waitress hiding from her abusive ex- con, ex-husband and a soft-spoken Gulf War drifter. As their relationship develops, so does a hidden bug infestation problem that may or may not be real.

Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts is one of America's most exciting playwrights, his smash hit, August: Osage County, is currently taking Broadway by storm, winning the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, five Tony awards including best play, and numerous other awards. He was named a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was named as one of Time Magazine’s  "Best of 2003." The New York Times described BUG as "a tsunami of lunatic paranoia BUG is packed with lots of fun and lots of surprises and guaranteed to be madly entertaining."

Featuring: David M. Brainard, Henry Brown, Laura Criswell, Leslie Gangl Howe and Joe Jordan.

Warning: Contains mature content and violence. Not for the faint of heart.

TIMES: Friday Oct 31, Sat Nov. 1, Thursday Nov. 6, Fri. Nov 7, Sat. Nov. 8, Thursday Nov. 13, Fri. Nov. 14, Sat Nov. 15 at 8:00 P.M. NO LATE SEATING
TICKETS: $29 general; $24 students with ID
BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE----CLICK HERE   for complete listing


December 15, 17 and 18, 2008

DIJO PRODUCTIONS AND VIRTUAL THEATRE PRESENT
SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY
by Edgar Lee Masters
adapted by Charles Aidman

Haunting and Timeless, Spoon River is Calling You Home

The inhabitants of Spoon River Cemetery will haunt you with their tragic, hilarious, and ironic stories of their lives. With 100 characters portrayed by six actors and with music evocative of an America that once was, Spoon River’s characters will be calling you home. 

Edgar Lee Masters’ groundbreaking work was published in 1915, at a time when the country was also divided, and Masters explored the ideal America and what it had become and tried to reconcile the two. That is why this piece is as relevant today as when it was first introduced to American readers. Adapted for the Broadway stage, the play was a huge success and with the addition of original music has just the right combination of comedy, tragedy and drama to touch a responsive chord with all audiences and is suitable for the family although mature themes are explored.

Directed by Ed Giron. Music Director Bill Waxman. Features Leslie Story, Stephanie Sivers, Ed Giron, Bill Waxman, Jerry Oshinsky, Deborah Helm.

December 15: Benefit for Angels Bearing Gifts, all tickets $25
Think what it would be like for someone who wasn’t remembered with a gift or recognition at the holidays and on special occasions. And if that someone had a developmental disability, how much harder it would be. But thanks to Angels Bearing Gifts, a non-profit organization with over 200 volunteers serving the needs of over 170 developmentally disabled people in Santa Barbara, gifts and visits get made to remember this often neglected segment of our population. The Angels need you to remember them, too, at the holidays, so they can make a lot of people feel remembered and cared about. Learn more about Angels Bearing Gifts at www.angelsbearinggifts.com. Help make someone's holiday very special this year!

December 17: Discounts for students and seniors
 Special general  admission rates and discounts  for students and seniors. Students and seniors will be able to attend for only $17.

December 18: Benefit for Legal Aid Foundation, all tickets $25
The Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County has provided the community free legal services for over 49 years. The Foundation provides access to the justice system for those at or below poverty level, for the victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, for seniors on fixed incomes and for those with disabilities or language barriers. Actor Morgan Freeman recently said, “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County.”

TIMES: Monday December 15, Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: December 15, $25 general
TICKETS: December 17 $22 general; $17 students and seniors. Group rates available
TICKETS: December 18, $25 general

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408
PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE----CLICK HERE   for complete listing

Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21, 2008

WEEST COAST BALLET PRESENTS
A "GEM" OF A NUTCRACKER

E.T.A. Hoffman's eternal Christmas story comes to life complete with fighting mice, magical toys, and of course a sugar plum fairy. Special guests Kelsey Buchanan and Darion Smith from New York will lead the cast along with professional school alumni students from the Ellen Schipper Classical Ballet Studio (teaching ballet for 30 years) will complete the cast.


TIMES: Saturday, December 20 at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, December 21, at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $26 adults; $21 students & seniors; $16 children

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.