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: 2009

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Friday through Sunday, January 9 through 11, 2009

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
NEW WORKS:
SANTA BARBARA
CHOREOGRAPHERS

13 Santa Barbara Choreographers
show new, original and
cutting edge dance works

New choreography and film work by Robin Bisio, Sidnie Charnaw, Nancy Colahan, Cybil Gilbertson, Nicole Helton, Misa Kelly, Erin Martinez, Delila Moseley, Matthew Nelson, Maria Rendina Frantz, Susan Shaberman, Tonia Shimin and Emily Wheeler. Pieces were selected by a panel of professionals from 21 entries.

Derrick Curtis will honored with the 12th Lifetime Achievement Award for contribution to dance in Santa Barbara on Friday, January 9, following the opening night performance, and will appear after all performances.

For more information, visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: January 9, 10, 11 at 8:00 P.M. with pre-show dance film at 7:40
TIMES: January 10 at 2:00 P.M. with pre-show dance film at 1:40 P.M.
TICKETS: $25 general; $22 SBDA members; $20 student-senior; $50 patrons; $15 matinee

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Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, 2009

SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS PRESENTS
DANCE TEACHERS GONE WILD!
See the Dance Arts Faculty and other local instructors dancing to benefit the Arts Mentorship Program Scholarship Fund.  Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Broadway, Tap and more!

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $25 general; $20 students; $50 patrons

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Saturday, February 14, 2009--Valentine's Day

ALMA DE MEXICO PRESENTS
FALL IN LOVE WITH A NIGHT OF DANCE

TIMES: Saturday, February 14, at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $15 general

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

THE SALLY CATS
Wonderful Day
CD Release Party


Sally Barr and the Sally Cats  release their debut CD, Wonderful Day, a collection of timeless jazz favorites filled with mesmerizing riffs from the area’s jazz elite. Sally Barr (vocals) is joined by veterans Jon Nathan (drums/arranger), Jim Connolly (bass), Brad Rabuchin (guitar), Nate Birkey (trumpet) and Tom Buckner (sax/flute). Filling out the big band is a six-piece string section composed of some of Santa Barbara & L.A.’s best players--the aural sensations are not to be missed!

For more info visit: voxandfiddle.comyoutube.com/user/voxandfiddle, and myspace.com/sallybarr

TIMES: Wednesday, February 25, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Pre-performance reception at 7:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $12 general

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

SANTA BARBARA CONTEMPORARY ARTS FORUM PRESENTS
POOR DOG GROUP
The Internationalists

Don’t be a space case! Join us as Poor Dog Group (PDG) premieres a new work at CAF that explores America’s first venture into outer space, while simultaneously exposing our current societal dependence on technology. The Internationalists examines our cultural memory of the space race as well as allowing us a glimpse into our own cyber-reality. Through live performance, vintage newsreels, NASA flight records, and adult home videos, PDG reveals a world where characters are either isolated from public knowledge or too saturated by accessibility. 

PDG is a Los Angeles-based collective of like-minded performance and media artists. Over the past year, PDG has presented work at REDCAT, UCLA, The Elephant, The Echo, and The Atwater Playhouse. This past summer, the group traveled to Croatia to develop new work with the Ulysses Theater Company and in January 2009, they opened their 6,000 sq. ft. performance warehouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Content may not be suitable for all audiences.

For more information, visit PDG poordoggroup.com or SBCAF sbcaf.org

TIMES: Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: Admission free.

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Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2009

ARTS MENTORSHIP AND
SANTA BARBARA DANCE ARTS
PRESENT

CONFIGURATION

Configuration is the annual show for the Student Dance Companies of SB Dance Arts.  These pre-professional dancers present a show for the entire family to enjoy with Broadway, Jazz, Hip Hop and student choreography. Under the direction of Steven Lovelace and Alana Tillim, this show is not to be missed!

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, March 7, at 2:00   P.M.
TICKETS: Fri. & Sat. evenings: $15 general; $50 patrons
TICKETS: Sat. matinee: $10 students; $15 general; $50 patrons

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

BOXTALES THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
IRON JOHN

The Mankind Project Santa Barbara,  Pacifica Graduate Institute, Boys to Men Central California Coast, and Wilderness Youth Project will host two performances of BoxTales Theatre Company’s adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm story "Iron John." 

"Iron John," one the best German fairy tales found in the collections of the Brothers Grimm, is about a wild man and a prince, a parable about a boy maturing into adulthood through meaningful rites of passage. The message of "Iron John" is that we all have a wealth of gold inside, which we must identify, cultivate, and protect. "Iron John" reminds us of our connectedness to nature, the power of the imagination, and that ultimately we are at our best when we serve something bigger than ourselves.  Featured in the cast will be Michael Andrews and Matt Tavianini. 

Following each performance will be a panel discussion with Maren Hansen, PhD., of Pacifica Graduate Institute; Michael Andrews, Executive Artistic Director for BoxTales Theatre Company; James Wapotich, former Center Director for Mankind Project Center Santa Barbara; Steve Murray, Co-Founder of Boys to Men Central California Coast and Executive Director for the Santa Barbara Fatherhood Coalition; and Michelle Howard, Development Director for Wilderness Youth Project. The panel will discuss the relevance, meaning and traditions associated with mythology, mentoring and initiation as they relate to our local community in these modern times. 

TIMES: Saturday, March 14, at 2:00 and 8:00  P.M.
TICKETS: $17 general, $15 students and seniors

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

THE AMERICAN IRISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS
A TALE OF
IRISH POETRY



TIMES:
Sunday, March 15, at 3:00  P.M.
TICKETS: $20 general, includes wine and hors d'oeuvres

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March 27, 28, 29, April 2, 3, 4, 2009

SARAH HOUSE PRESENTS
ONE DAY:
SARAH HOUSE

By Doris Baizley

World Premiere
Directed by Peter Lackner


Inspired by the pioneering work of Sarah House--the only “social model” hospice home in the nation--Los Angeles playwright Doris Baizley has written a play about 24 hours at this home for the dying poor.  Baizley beautifully captures both the poignancy and the humorous moments filling the last days of the dying  and those comforting them. 

Each actor portrays a resident, a member of the staff, and a mythical character. In 24 hours, there are many transitions through the thresholds of day and night, waking and dreaming, myth and reality, and life and death, suspending time while other dimensions expand. Featuring Jennifer Aquino, Henry Brown, Laurel Lyle,  Devin Scott,  Matt Tavianini,  and Tom Lackner as musical director/percussionist.

Special Gala Performance with reception and music  on Saturday, March 28:  Tickets $50 (some tickets at regular prices for that performance as well).

To learn more about Sarah House, please visit:  http://sarahhousesb.org

TIMES: Fri-Sat March 27, 28, Thurs-Sat April 2, 3, 4 at 8:00  P.M.
TIMES: Sun March 29 at 2:00    P.M.
TICKETS: $25 general, $15 seniors, $10 students.
TICKETS:  Gala reception Sat March 28 $50 (including show admission)

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April 17 through May 2, 2009

GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
LA TERRASSE
By Jean-Claude Carriere 
Translation/ Adaptation by
Eva Harris & Francine LeRou

West Coast Premier
Directed by Maurice Lord


La Terrasse (The Terrace) by Jean-Claude Carriere is a delightful, wildly funny absurdist farce that depicts a unique look at modern life. In the play, a couple going through a breakup find their apartment abruptly invaded by eccentrics in search of a new domicile.

La Terrasse has been described as a “post- Absurdist philosophic comedy about the emptiness of life at the end of the modernist era.” Playwright Jean-Claude Carriere has written films including Belle De Jour and Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie for director Luis Bunuel, Valmont for Milos Forman, and won the Academy Award for writing The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Featuring Jackie Apodaca, Marion Freitag, Ted Harmand, Tom Hinshaw,
Leslie Gangl Howe, Fred Lehto, and Ed Romine.

For more info visit www.genesiswest.org

TIMES: Fri-Sat April 17 and 18, Thurs-Sat April 23, 24, 25,
TIMES: Thurs-Sat April 30, May 1 and 2, all shows at 8:000 P.M. NO LATE SEATING
TICKETS: $26.50 general, $21.50 students  w/ID

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May 7 through 9, 2009

CITY@PEACE PRESENTS
SUEÑOS SIN DESTINOS

Santa Barbara's City@Peace returns to Center Stage Theater with an original 2009 production.

On May 7 there will be a poetry slam after the show. On May 8 and 9 there will be talk backs after the performance. 

For more information, please contact the box office.

TIMES: Thurs-Sat, May 7, 8, and 9 at 7:30 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME
TICKETS: $15 general, $8 students and seniors. May 7 show FREE for teens.

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May 13 and 14, 2009

THE ANACAPA SCHOOL PRESENTS
CLUE

Based on the popular board game and inspired by the John Landis film of the same name, this play will leave the audience wondering if it was Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick.

TIMES: Weds-Thurs, May 13 and 14 at 7:00 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME
TICKETS: $10 general, $5 students. Children under 12 free.

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May 16, 2009

SANTA BARBARA FESTIVAL BALLET

For more information, including show times and ticket prices, please contact the box office.

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May 22 and 23, 2009

FUSION DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS
KINAESTHETIC
Heterogeneous movements that will gratify the eyes and the soul

Kara Stewart, artistic director
Ashley Kohler, assistant director

After the success of “Intertwine” in 2008, Fusion Dance Company has been working on an even more dynamic production this year. Artistic Director Kara Stewart describes the upcoming show as “An incredible and truly memorable night of dance. We’ve put together an entertaining show that the whole family will enjoy. While some dance pieces tell a story, others are comedic, romantic, touching, somber or exhilarating. All of them reflect our signature blend of dance styles, cultural influences and international music.”

Guest performers will include Santa Barbara Dance Theatre’s Sarah Pon performing a solo choreographed by Ian McGinnis. Also featuring guest choreography by Shannon Abero, Heather Shea (Carney), Gwenna Devries, and Nicole Helton.

For more information and a list of credits, visit thefusiondancecompany.com.

TIMES: Fri-Sat, May 22 and 23 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $15 general, $13 students and seniors, $8 children under 12

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

UC Santa Barbara
Student Dance Company

TIMES: Thursday, May 28, 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $15 general, $13 students

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

YOUNG SINGERS CLUB PRESENTS
Young Singers Club
CHOIR SHOWCASE

TIMES: Saturday, May 30, at 4:00 and 7:00 P.M.  (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $12 general, $10 students and seniors

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June 5 through 7, 2009

LIT MOON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
THE WEDDING
Inspired by a play by Nikolai Gogol
Created collaboratively by the Lit Moon Theater Company

Lit Moon’s pop musical smash returns to Center Stage for three days only, June 5-7, 2009.  Commissioned by the International Festival “The City” (Legnica, Poland) in 2007, The Wedding premiered in Santa Barbara in May 2008 and was immediately heralded as “Lit Moon’s breakthrough show” in the Santa Barbara Independent.   Charles Donelan raved that The Wedding “captures the magic that has animated the company’s recent work with Shakespeare and adds some new dimensions of accessibility, warmth, satirical humor, and wisdom."

The musical’s eclectic score, created by James Connolly and Anna Abbey, features a great range of musical styles:  pop anthems, bossa nova, country-tinged ballads, and driving rock ‘n roll.  The songs, according to Donelan, “throb with life and ooze the kind of jubilant passion that makes you want to roll down your car windows and turn up the radio.”

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

The Saturday, June 6 performance will be followed by a champagne “Wedding Reception” for the Company on the terrace.

TIMES: Friday June 5 at 8 P.M., Saturday June 6 at 4 P.M., Sunday June 7 at 2  P.M.
TICKETS: June 5 and 7: $20 general, $12 students and seniors
TICKETS: June 6: $35 general, including champagne reception following

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL PRESENTS
GREEN SHORTS
Video Sceening and Awards

Twenty-eight submissions were received for the Green Shorts Video Contest, some heartfelt, some humorous, some cutting, but they all represent an earnest passion for the topic of "Life After Oil."  Please invite your family and friends to the special screening of these imaginative videos!

TIMES: Saturday, June 13, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TICKETS: $5 general

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poster artJune 19 through July 5, 2009

DIJO PRODUCTIONS AND VISUAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENT
IVES LIVES
Six Absurdist Comedies by David Ives
Directed by Ed Giron

Absurdly funny and bizarrely original, these six one-act comedies include Words, Words, Words, in which three monkeys are on a mission to write something called Hamlet; Variations on the Death of Trotsky, where a Communist leader is unaware of his own assassination; Sure Thing, the chance union of two people placed in a series of random situations; Arabian Nights, proving that an interpreter isn’t needed in matters of love; A Singular Kinda Guy, a look at life through the eyes of an inanimate object; and The Mystery at Twicknam Vicarage, a parody of British life at the scene of a murder.

Featuring Deborah Helm, Carol Metcalf, Ed Giron, Jerry Oshinsky, and a cast of talented local actors who promise nonstop lunacy.

For more information, visit http://dijoproductions.org/

TIMES: Preview Fri. June 19 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Opening Sat. June 20 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sun. June 21 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thurs. & Fri. June 25 & 26 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sat. June 27 at 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sun. June 28 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thurs. & Fri. July 2 & 3 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sun. July 5 at 2:00 P.M. and 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $25 general. $20 Preview, students, and groups.

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sun and moon imageJuly 9 and 11, 2009

SANTA BARBARA SUMMER STOCK PRESENTS
EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON
Come experience this magical tale of the Frog Prince!

Our production of East of the Sun, West of the Moon is a retelling of a classic Norweigan folktale. This production is directed by Eric Lehman, music directed by Maureen Lehman, and choreographed by Rachel Seele. Come see our young actors at their best!

For more information, visit http://www.sbsummerstock.com

TIMES: Thursday, July 9, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, July 11, at 1:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS: $10 general. $8 children under 12.

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poster of greasy pompadourJuly 10 and 12, 2009

SANTA BARBARA SUMMER STOCK PRESENTS
GREASE
Let's Rock and Roll!

Grease is directed by Marco Andrade, assistant directed by Lao-Tzu Allan-Blitz and Cleo Lynx, and choreographed by Rachel Seele. Come join our teenage actors as they take you on a trip down memory lane.

For more information, visit http://www.sbsummerstock.com

TIMES: Friday, July 10, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, July 12, at 1:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)
TICKETS: $10 general. $8 children under 12

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August 5 through 9, 2009

Proximity Theatre Company Presents

The Marvellous

Story of

Shandy Wilkes

Written by Karina Richardson

Directed by Kyra Lehman

Music by Ken Urbina

Once upon a time there lived a moment so pure that it split the earth into a million pieces, but only for a moment before the pieces, unaccustomed to being apart, put themselves back together again. And so begins the marvellous story of Shandy Wilkes...

For more information, visit www.proximitytheatrecompany.org

TIMES: August 5 through 9 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children under 15. Special Discount Community Shows: August 6 at 8:00 P.M. & August 8 at 2:00 P.M., $10.00

 

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

center stage Theater Presents

Salsa night

Join us for a night of dance to benefit
Center Stage Theater

Leslie Sack of Leslie Sack Dance Studio will provide an hour of Salsa Dance instruction from 8 to 9, then we will kick up the Center Stage sound system and open the dance floor for the night.

To celebrate all things salsa, the evening will include a Homemade Salsa Contest (the dip not the dance) on the patio outside the theater.

All proceeds benefit Center Stage Theater general operating funds to help keep this great venue open and available for the community.

TIMES: Saturday, September 19 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

 

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Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, 2009

UCSB’s Naked Shakes presents

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Irwin Appel

 

A Benefit Performace to Support

Center Stage Theater

 

"Twelfth Night is a perennial favorite, and with its multifaceted plot mixing sweetness, sadness and silliness it is about as surefire as Shakespeare plays get."

--The New York Times

UCSB's Naked Shakes has presented raw, bold and visceral Shakespeare for the past four years. Winner of a 2008 Santa Barbara Independent Award, Naked Shakes' mission is to merge the imagination and skill of the actor along with the immediacy and resonance of Shakespeare's words in an intimate, exciting setting. Last year, Naked Shakes' production of The Winter's Tale was invited to perform in the 2008 Lit Moon World Shakespeare Festival and was named best Santa Barbara Theater Production by the Independent's "Great in '08." Twelfth Night is directed by Irwin Appel, Associate Professor and Director of the BFA Actor Training Program in UCSB's Department of Theater and Dance. Twelfth Night presents some of Santa Barbara's finest young actors and musicians in one of Shakespeare's deepest and most beautiful romantic comedies. Naked Shakes productions are the culmination of a course offered by the Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB.

Naked Shakes company members: Annalise Aguirre, Amanda Berning, Morgan Cox, Lauren Delmont, Heidi Diaz, Alexia Dox, Colin East, Kelsey Foltz, James Garren, Ericka Janian, Robbie Johnson, Emily McKeown, Daniel Melnick, Alex Miehl, Tarah Pollock, Adam Quinney, Julian Rubel, Courtney Salvage, Zahida Saucedo-Trejo, Elana Stevanus, Trevor Wade, Jak Watson, Alyssa Williams, and Maggie Yeomans.

". . . delicious, rollicking version of The Winter's Tale. . . perhaps the most exciting development of the festival. . . Appel and choreographer Gerry Hansen have put together a thrilling show for this talented young cast. We should all look forward to many more seasons. . ."

--Charles Donelan, The Independent

"Delightful production of Winter's Tale should please all. . . UCSB's theater department keeps up its high standards. . . There's one more chance to catch the production. Please do so."

--Ted Mills, Santa Barbara News-Press

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

TIMES: Saturday, September 26, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, $10 students and UCSB faculty & staff

 

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Speaking of Stories Presents

POst-its

(Notes on a Marriage)

By Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Read by Brian Harwell and Jenna Scanlon

Free performances as part of First Thursdays

Post-Its, a short (10-minute) play, is an updated version of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, substituting Post-its for Gurney's more traditional missives. In this case it is the hilarious and moving story of a courtship and marriage told through a series of post-it notes.

The reading will be repeated throughout the evening starting at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30, each performance lasting approximately 15 minutes. There will be complimentary milk and cookies available on the patio outside the theater (because every good story should come with a cookie!)

Speaking of Stories is pleased to announce that Center Stage Theater will be the home for its 2010 season. Join us Thursday for a free preview. Season subscriptions are on sale now, and information will be available at the performance. For more information on the upcoming season visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Thursday, October 1, at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: FREE

 

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Threadspinner

TheadSpinner's release show for their new album, Night Chorus, with special guests Gardens and Villa

The ThreadSpinner members made the decision to forego the usual local venues and piece together a special evening to present their newest recordings and give their love to their listeners in the best way they know how—with their honesty, their heart-crafted songs, and their undivided attention to you who come to be a part of the night chorus that can be made when all are truly present and seen.

Free drinks will be offered out on the patio, and there will be plenty of ThreadSpinner goods for you to take home with you.

For more information, visit www.threadspinner.net.

TIMES: Friday, October 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $10 presale during August. $12 general in advance; $15 general at the door.

 

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Dance at the
top of the Hill!

Celebrating la joie de vivre and the time-tested pursuit of dance passion as a lifework, a calling, a destiny!

Teresa Johnson, of Santa Barbara Dance Center, presents Dance at the Top of the Hill! For this production, Teresa has invited choreographers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s to join her in creating a production that celebrates their longevity in the field of dance. Each choreographer will be using at least one over age 40 performer in their choreographic works. Most of the choreographers are also performing.

The intent is to inspire people to abandon an "over-the-hill" mentality, and daringly adopt a "live at the top of the hill" attitude instead. This dynamic show will captivate and inspire the audience by presenting works created by these seasoned professionals in a variety of dance forms: contemporary, jazz, swing, Latin, dance theater, and belly dance. Choreographers are: Beth Amine, Derrick Curtis, Mindy Horwitz, Teresa Johnson, Stephen Kelly, Misa Kelly, Stephen Lovelace, Trudie Olsen-Curtis, Robert Salas, Rina van de Kamp, and Erlyne Whiteman.

For more information, visit www.danceatthetopofthehill.com

TIMES: Sunday, October 4, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and seniors

 

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lit moon logoOctober 13 through 18, 2009

Lit Moon Theatre Presents

2009 Lit Moon World Theater Festival

World-class Theatre from
Czech Republic and United States

 

Presented by Lit Moon Theatre Company, Flying Actor Studio (San Francisco) and HoME Theatre Company (Prague)

Lit Moon is joined by three companies from the Czech Republic and another from San Francisco (with a Czech connection) to perform plays that are alternately jubilant and harrowing, poignant and raucous, romantic and absurd. You will be amazed, delighted and moved. Witness first-hand just how thrilling theater can be!

See below for descriptions of the shows. All performances are in English.

SHOW TIMES

Tue 13

Wed 14

Thu 15

Fri 16

Sat 17

Sun 18

Tragedy... 7 P.M.     9 P.M.   5 P.M.
Brick Cirk 9 P.M.         3 P.M.
Polaris   7 P.M.   7 P.M.    
The Wedding   9 P.M.     7 P.M.  
Albert's Fear     7 P.M.   4 P.M.  
Flush     9 P.M.   9 P.M.  
Chances Are           1 P.M.

 

TICKETS FOR EACH SHOW: $20 general, $15 students.
Series packages are available--please phone the Box Office (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

 

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Lit Moon World Theater Festival

The Tragedy of Tragedies
or the Life and Death of
Tom Thumb The Great

Lit Moon Theatre Company

World Premiere!

A side-splitting, hilarious spoof on tragedy, based on a play by Henry Fielding. Death and has never been so fun… or funny.

TIMES: Tuesday, October 13, at 7:00 P.M. Friday, October 16 at 9:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, Octber 18, at 5:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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Brick Circk

Circus Sacra, Prague

Classic clowning from the rich Prague tradition: a green clown with bricks everywhere. Kids and adults alike will take delight.

TIMES: Tuesday, October 13, at 9:00 P.M. Sunday, Octber 18, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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Polaris

Adriatic Presents, Prague

Two exhausted polar explorers are confronted with polar bears, seals, migrating birds and more in an unforgiving landscape.

“A collection of scattered miracles and a startling meditation on nature.”

--Guardian (UK)

TIMES: Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00 P.M. Friday, Octber 16, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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The Wedding

Lit Moon Theatre Company

Lit Moon’s smash pop musical about the perils and pitfalls in taking the plunge.

“Jubilant passion… a Santa Barbara version of Spring Awakening.”

--Independent (SB)

TIMES: Wednesday, October 14, at 9:00 P.M.. Saturday, Octber 17, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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Albert’s Fear

Theatre Alfred, Prague

A small boy conquers his timidity and indecisiveness. Bring the family and join in the triumph of this intimate, lovely production.

TIMES: Thursday, October 15, at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, Octber 17, at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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Flush

Flying Actor Studio, San Francisco/HoME, Prague

World premiere! Czech/U.S. Co-production

A premiere USA/Czech collaboration of riveting physical theater by award-winning actors. A detainee and his interrogator explore a surreal relationship that reveals the guts of power grasped, denied, and surrendered. A dark side of human nature is laid bare.

TIMES: Thursday, October 15, at 9:00 P.M. Saturday, Octber 17, at 9:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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Lit Moon World Theater Festival

Chances Are

Festival artists improvise, clown and crack-up! One show only!


TIMES: Sunday, October 18, at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Packages available--please phone the Box Office

 

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photoOctober 22 through November 1, 2009

Dijo productions Presents

Love letters

By A.R. Gurney
Featuring Ed Giron and Deborah Helm
Directed by Jerry Oshinsky

The unforgettable play Love Letters chronicles the lives of its two characters over a fifty year span. Over the course of their two different lives, their correspondence chronicles meaningful events and creates an unbreakable connection.

Portrayed by Deborah Helm ( The Persians, Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer) and Ed Giron ( Fifteen Rounds with Jackson Pollock, Spoon River Anthology), the characters of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Ladd are brought to life using a simple set and lighting, with an emphasis on performance and the brilliance and truthfulness of the writing.

For more information, visit http://dijoproductions.org/

TIMES: Thurs-Sat, October 22 (Preview), 23 (Opening), and 24 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sun, October 25 at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Fri and Sat, October 30 and 31 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sun, Novermber 1 at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students & groups of 10 or more
TICKETS: Preview Thurs Oct. 22: $17 general

TICKETS: Saturday Oct. 31: $10 general

TICKETS: Sunday November 1 (both shows): $10 Westmont and SBCC students with I.D.

 

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posterNovember 6 through 21, 2009

genesis west Presents

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

By Martin McDonagh

Genesis West, in their most ambitious production to date, presents the most outrageously fun play by the most controversial living Irish playwright, Martin McDonagh, who won the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, a 2006 Obie award for Best Playwriting and a Tony nomination for best play.

Featuring: David M. Brainard, Bill Egan, Ted Harmand, Brian Harwell, Tom Hinshaw, Josh Jenkins, Joe Jordan and Rebecca Ridenour. Directed by Maurice Lord.

Warning: contains scenes of violence, gunfire, adult content and language.

TIMES: November 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, and 21 at 8:00 P.M. No late seating.

TICKETS: $29 general; $24 students with I.D.

 

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posterSunday, November 22, 2009

Initiation:
The Awakening

A Multi-Media Voyage into the Soul
Featuring Captivating Imagery, Shamanic Drumming, Live Song and Dance

From the creative mind of Cavalia's Alain S. Gauthier and the Shamanic Vision of André Ripa, with the heart-opening vocals of Agape Church's Mortonette.

A new kind of entertainment, designed to take the audience on an inner journey of self-awareness, Initiation: The Awakening offers wisdom and transformation against a backdrop of artistic beauty. The teachings of J. Krishnamurti, used in the show, point to the power of the individual to discover for themselves their own truth.

For more information, please visit www.initiation22.com

TIMES: Sunday, November 22, at 5:30 and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general in advance; $22 youth ages 8-16 (children under 8 not recommended)

 

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December 2 through 5, 2009

Silver Follies Presents

silver follies holiday show

The Santa Barbara Silver Follies is a group of local performing artists who love to dance and sing. The entertainment group consists of the Silver Follies Dancers and the Follies Singers as well as other guest performers. They perform at fundraising events, theatrical revues, parties, and conventions throughout Santa Barbara County.

TIMES: December 2, 3, 4, and 5, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general admission.

 

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December 12 through 19, 2009

Lit Moon Theatre company Presents

Humbug!

A (Lit Moon) Christmas Carol

Lit Moon’s warm-hearted, magical staging of Charles Dickens’ great story of the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.  Performed in Lit Moon’s inimitable style, four actors bring more than 20 characters to life through puppetry, music, storytelling, and some wonderful surprises.  The four-person cast is comprised of Victoria Finlayson, Sarah Halford, Stanley Hoffman, and Kate Louise Paulsen.  Featuring a beautiful original musical score by James Connolly, puppets by Jaco Connolly, costumes by Olivia Warner, and atmospheric lighting by Theodore Michael Dolas.  John Blondell directs. 

“…in the end, it was the marvelous actors and their great enthusiasm that brought the story to life.”

--Morgan Ditmore, Santa Barbara Independent

Founded as a collective of theatre artists in 1991, Lit Moon is recognized both here and abroad for its visual, image-oriented brand of theatre.  Since 1998, Lit Moon has created or presented over 50 productions; produced eleven Lit Moon World Theater Festivals; created residencies with artists from Finland, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Germany, South Africa, Macedonia, and the Czech Republic; and toured extensively through Europe. For more information:  www.litmoon.com and on Facebook. 

“Our city’s most consistently innovative and daring theatrical organization.”

                                    --Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

TIMES: December 12 at 4:00 and 7:00 P.M, December 18 at 7:00 P.M., December 19 at 4:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)

TICKETS: $18 general, $12 students and seniors, $8 children. One child free with a paying adult.

 

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December 20 and 21, 2009

west 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.

TIMES: Sunday December 20, and Monday December 21 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIMES)

TICKETS: $26 general, $21 students and seniors, $16 children 12 and under

 

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photoJanuary 10 and 11, 2010

Speaking of stories Presents

Nothing but laughs

Starring Jay Thomas

The Speaking of Stories 2010 season opens with a performance of stories to tickle your funny bone and leave you laughing!

"Nothing But Laughs," starring television and radio veteran Jay Thomas, features performances by Christina Allison, Miller James, Tony Miratti and Devin Scott with stories by Woody Allen, Ron Carlson, Garrison Keillor, Leo Rosten and John Updike.

For more information about Speaking of Stories visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday January 10 at 2:00 P.M. and Monday January 11 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $10 students. Season tickets are available.

TICKETS: Please contact the Box Office for more information.

 

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posterJanuary 22 and 23, 2010

SanTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE Presents

NEW WORKS 2010

A dance concert of contemporary premieres presented by Santa Barbara Dance Alliance. For more info, visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: Friday January 22 at 8:00 P.M. and Saturday January 23 at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 patron, $25 general, $22 SBDA members, students and seniors

 

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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.