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: 2011

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posterJanuary 7 and 8, 2011

The Anacapa School presents

Come together

A Tribute to the Beatles

A mullti-media celebration of the Fab Four.

Join us for a musical voyage through the 1960s, presented against a video backdrop showing the exciting and turbulent times that were so well represented in the music of this timeless band.

TIMES: Friday, January 7, and Saturday, January 8, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $15 general; $5 students with ID; Anacapa School students with ID free

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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photo of Jay ThomasJanuary 9 and 10, 2011

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Starring Jay Thomas and featuring stories by Stuart McLean

A collection of stories by the hilarious Stuart McLean
Jay Thomas reading The Phone Message
Dan Gunther reading The Hairdresser
Jon Koons reading Christmas at the Turlingtons'
Cali Rae Turner reading Sam the Athlete
Rudy Willrich reading Teeth

TIMES: Sunday, January 9, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, January 10, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, students with ID $10

TICKETS: Season subscriptions also available $69-$134

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterJanuary 15 and 16, 2011

SANTA BARBARA PRO-CHOICE COALITION AND FRIENDS present

JANE: ABORTION AND THE UNDERGROUND

by Paula Kamen

In commemoration of the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade

A provocative drama about resistance, activism, and justice in the pre-Roe era

The Jane Collective operated from 1969 to 1973, before Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S., and was created by a group of mostly middle-class housewives and students. Jane was the one safe alternative for Chicago women of all backgrounds and operated in private apartments throughout the city, without the assistance of licensed physicians. The Collective boasted no fatalities and was well-trusted and commonly referred by police, university, clergy, and hospital staff.

Directed by Annika C. Speer and Angela Chandra. Set design by Taylor O'Connor. Featuring Annalise Aguirre, Kane Anderson, Ariel Blankinship, Angela Chandra, Allie Danel, Kelsee Kennedy, Terry Li, Eric O'Donnell, Laurel Phelps, Ronit Roodman and Sevasti Travlos.

For more info, visit: www.plannedparenthood.org/ppsbvslo/roe-v-wade-anniversary-23556.htm

TIMES: Saturday, January 15 at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Opening night champagne reception on the terrace at 6:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January, 16 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, students with ID $10

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterJanuary 20 through 30, 2011

Happy Destiny Productions presents

Days of Wine and Roses

by J.P. Miller

In the fast-moving milieu of Madison Avenue in 1965, social drinking is almost an occupational necessity, and one that fast-drinking Joe Clay adopts with too-ready ease. Unfortunately, the girl he falls in love with and marries shares his proclivity, and while they continue to lie to themselves about the depths of their addiction, their world begins to come crashing down around them.

Directed by Matthew Talbott. Starring Allison Lucille and Justin Stark. Featuring Kara Boger, David Brainard, Annie Diehl, Ann Dusenberry, Kathy Marden, Ray Wallenthin, and Tim Whitcomb.

The show will perform without an intermission and that there is ABSOLUTELY NO LATE SEATING, so please arrive promptly.

TIMES: January 20, 21, and 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: January 23 at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: January 27, 28, and 29 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: January 30 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $21.50 general, students with ID $15

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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photo of dancerFebruary 4 and 5, 2011

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!

For more information visit www.sbdancearts.com.

TIMES: Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $18 students/seniors, $50 patrons

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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photo of actorsFebruary 7 through 12, 2011

Dijo Productions presents

Talley's Folly

by Lanford Wilson

Directed by Bill Waxman

Starring Edward Giron and Maia Mook

Talley’s Folly opens on Broadway in March or April of 2011 and we feel fortunate to have our production open locally just ahead of the Broadway production. A lot of people will not have the chance to see the New York production of this wonderful play, but they can see ours here at Center Stage Theater.

Talley’s Folly is the story of two totally opposite people--one a Southern girl and the other a Jewish immigrant--who find an attraction to each other they cannot deny. Set in 1944, the play reflects on both the prejudices of society and the back and forth dance between the two characters who are drawn to each other but resist. A comedy, a drama, a romance, Talley’s Folly’s complexity of characterization but simplicity of storytelling clearly demonstrates why it is a Pulitzer Prize-winning achievement.

Director Bill Waxman, who has experience as actor/director/playwright was most recently seen in Santa Barbara in Inherit the Wind, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and Twelve Angry Men. Says Waxman, “This is a complex work that the playwright makes look very easy, and therein lies its brilliance.”

Ed Giron is featured as Matt, the immigrant who is drawn to the Southern girl despite cultural and age differences. Mr. Giron just finished a successful run as Nixon in Frost/Nixon and comments, “This is a much lighter role, Matt is actually very funny, but this play has so many levels on which the characters play, it’s a challenge. The other key role besides Matt and Sally is really chemistry—the chemistry between Matt and Sally that pulls them together despite any effort on their parts to the contrary. The part of Sally is amazing and she is the real star of the show.”

Maia Mook, who portrays Sally, has performed in Santa Barbara for the SB Civic Light Opera, at the Garvin Theater, and for Dijo Productions. Maia was most recently seen in Santa Barbara in Inherit the Wind at Center Stage. "This is a play that works on many levels, showing how opposites really do attract. It’s a magical, delightful, funny and very real story.”

The show will perform without an intermission and that there is ABSOLUTELY NO LATE SEATING, so please arrive promptly.

TIMES: Monday, February 7, through Saturday, February 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 12, at 2:00 P.M

TICKETS: $19 general; $15 students and seniors

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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head shotsFebruary 13 and 14, 2011

Speaking of Stories presents

Passions

Stories of Love to
Celebrate Valentine's Day

Alexandra Johanssen reading The Leap by Louise Erdrich
Kristina Kulchin reading Flames by Linda Stewart-Oaten
Jeff Mills reading Gift For A Sweetheart by Isabel Allende
Adam Quinney reading The Long Walk To Forever by Kurt Vonnegut

TIMES: Sunday, February 13, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, February 14, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, students with ID $10

TICKETS: Season subscriptions also available $69-$134

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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CD labelSunday, February 20, 2011

Cameron Tummel’s CD Release Party

Celebrate the Completion of Fundamental Djembe SOLOS 4/4 Volume One with four hours of African drumming, singing and dancing! Drumming performance by Senegalese master drummer Malik Sow, Fundamental Djembe SOLOS drum class with Cameron Tummel, West African dance performance and interactive with Lisa Beck and Budhi Harlow, performance by the HOT SHOTS Youth Percussion Ensemble, and additional special guest performers.

The Fundamental Djembe SOLOS CD is all musical call-and-response, making it a very unique instructional recording. All tracks feature the lead djembe drum supported by bells, dunun (bass drums), and accompanying djembes, so you practice playing your leads within a full ensemble. Ten Play-Along instructional tracks, a performance track, a welcome track, and a track for you to be the lead player: everything you need to sound like a pro. Fundamental Djembe SOLOS is available locally at Folk Mote Music and online at iTunes.com.

Cameron will share material from the CD as a live class at the party. Drums will be available, or bring your favorite from home. Be ready for amazing drumming from locally and internationally acclaimed performers, and a little (lightweight) African dancing for everyone. This will be a celebration of local artistry not to be missed. Comfortable clothing and a playful attitude strongly recommended.

Contact Cameron for more info about the party, recordings, or interactive rhythm events. Visit CameronTummel.com, or email to CT@CameronTummel.com

TIMES: Sunday, February 20, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general

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posterFebruary 21 through 23, 2011

Proboscis Theatre for Adult Children presents

Piezoelectric Love

A mind-blowing evening of clown, mask, dance, and theater directed by Jeff Mills, devised and performed by Jeff Mills, Christina McCarthy, Deven Sisler, Charlie Faith, Tracy Woodward, Rudy Martinez, and Matt Horn. Live music from James Connolly and Anna Abbey. One-act play Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin.

Not recommended for children under 12.

TIMES: February 21, 22, and 23 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $21.50 general, students and seniors $16.50

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterFebruary 25 and 26, 2011

Santa Barbara Dance Alliance presents

Kinesis 2011

(Formerly New Works)

Kinesis 2011: A movement that is a response to a stimulus

A dance concert of contemporary pieces bringing fresh and sophisticated original dance works by local choreographers to life, this year’s Kinesis 2011 offers a progressive artistic experience unique to Santa Barbara.

For more information contact Santa Barbara Dance Alliance at (805) 966-6950 or visit www.sbdancealliance.org

TIMES: Friday February 25 at 8:00 P.M
TIMES: Saturday February 26 at 2:00 P.M and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Patron preferred seating $50, General admission $22, Members/students/seniors $18, Groups of 10 or more $16 (advance purchase only)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterMarch 4 though 6, 2011

The Arts Mentorship Program
and Dance Arts present

Configuration

A fun show for the whole family to enjoy featuring the pre-professional Student Companies from Dance Arts. Energetic Hip Hop, sassy Broadway, emotional Contemporary, and six work of inspiring student choreography round out this exciting show. Four shows sold out last year, so get your tickets today!

TIMES/TICKETS:
TIMES: Friday, March 4, at 7:00 P.M. $15 general, $50 VIP*
TIMES: Saturday, March 5, at 2:00 P.M. $10 students, $15 general, $50 VIP*
TIMES: Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 P.M. $15 general, $50 VIP*
TIMES: Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 P.M. $15 general, $50 VIP*

TIMES: * VIPs receive priority front row center seating!

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterMarch 10, 17, and 18, 2011

Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre Presents

Ruthless!

The Musical

An award-winning comedy that's kid-friendly! Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical. Anything includes murdering the leading lady! This outrageous musical hit garnered rave reviews during it's long off-Broadway run, which opened with Brittney Spears in the title role.

"A wonderfully smart and funny send-up of every Broadway brat from Gypsy to the Bad Seed...loaded with campy wit and charm."

—Variety

TIMES: Thursday, March 10, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Thursday, March 17, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Friday, March 18, at 6:00 and 8:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general; $10 children 14 and under

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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March 19 and 20, 2011

The Adderley School presents

Anything Goes
and
Hello Dolly

Saturday, March 19
Anything Goes
(Cast 1) at 10:30 A.M.
Hello Dolly (Cast 1) at 1:30 P.M.
Anything Goes
(Cast 2) at 4:00 P.M.
Hello Dolly (Cast 2) at 7:00 P.M.

Sunday, March 20
Anything Goes
(Cast 2) at 10:30 A.M.
Hello Dolly (Cast 2) at 1:30 P.M.
Anything Goes
(Cast 1) at 4:00 P.M.
Hello Dolly (Cast 1) at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: (see above)

TICKETS: $20 general; $10 children. Multi-performance discounts available—please phone the box office at 805-963-0408.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterMarch 25 and 26, 2011

Sex, Pies and a Few White Lies

Written by and starring Monica Parker

Directed by Pam Brighton

Sex, Pies and a Few White Lies is every woman’s story of loving and loathing told with Monica Parker’s particular brand of irreverent humor. If you think you've heard it all about dieting and learning to love one’s own body, you'd be wrong! Parker muses on the reality that either five pounds too much or fifty brings on a full menu of psychosis from obsessive stalking of bakers to a committed avoidance of mirrors while drowning out the judgment of tight and toned gym rats. Parker’s observations about her very personal struggles will make you cringe, scream and laugh out loud in spite of yourself.

For every woman and man who love the frank discussions of life and sex on “Sex and the City” or “How To Look Good Naked” this show will entertain and enlighten.

Award-winning writer, actor and producer Monica Parker has written her first theatrical show in 20 years with her one-woman monologue Sex, Pies and a Few White Lies. Parker is a renowned Canadian talent who began her career with Moses Znaimer on CITY TV with her show “Sweet City Woman” alongside Ivan Reitman and Dan Akyroyd. When Hollywood called Parker and her clothing designer husband, Gilles Savard, relocated and spent the next 25 years establishing themselves an expat ‘It’ couple. Parker’s acting roles have included “Nancy Drew,” “A Perfect Murder,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” “Murder She Wrote” and “Knots Landing.” Her writing and producing credits include “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” “Who’s the Boss” “A Kiss So Deadly,” “Hunger Point,” “Home By Christmas,” and “The Party Never Stops.”

TIMES: Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Speaking of Stories logoMarch 27 and 28, 2011

Speaking of Stories presents

Extraordinary Moments

Stories of fascinating characters and the extraordinary moments that shape our lives

Carolyn Butcher reading The Aramis Arab by Carolyn Butcher
Leslie Gangl Howe reading Behind Ringos Drums by L. Walsh
Michael Morgan reading Devotion by Adam Haslett
Margaret Prothero reading But the One on the Right by Dorothy Parker
Kara Revel reading Ester May by Kara Revel

TIMES: Sunday, March 27, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, March 28, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, students with ID $10

TICKETS: Season subscriptions also available $69-$134

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterThursday, March 31, 2011

Chain Reaction Theatre and
Michael Keith Morgan presents

 

9 Parts of Desire

By Heather Raffo

Performed by Elizabeth Huffman

This event has been sponsored in part by the Santa Barbara Independent, the Hull Foundation & UCSB Department of Feminist Studies, the Mellinchamp Fund & UCSB Department of Religious Studies, and the UCSB Department of Theatre and Dance.

You will not want to miss this explosive and award-winning show coming to Santa Barbara for one night only!

Heather Raffo’s one-woman play goes under the veil to bring us 9 stunning portraits of the extraordinary (and ordinary) lives of a whole cross-section of Iraqi women: a sexy painter, a radical whiskey-swilling Communist, a doctor, an Arab American, a young girl, wives and lovers. This work delves into the many conflicting aspects of what it means to be a woman in the age-old war zone that is Iraq.

Nine Parts of Desire is an unusually timely meditation on the ancient, the modern and the feminine in a country overshadowed by war.

Ms. Huffman, who currently lives and works as Artistic Director of Chain Reaction Theatre in Portland, Oregon, has performed Ms. Raffo’s powerful one-woman play to sold-out houses from North Carolina to the Theatertage Festival in Hanau, Germany.

Please join Elizabeth & special guests Dr. Janet Afary, Dr. Christine Mc Mahon, and Nancy Gallagher after the play for an informative talkback. Panel moderated by Michael Keith Morgan.

Elizabeth Huffman is charismatic enough to fully hold one’s attention through the strenuous 90-minute tour de force of monologues from the nine characters, achieving a distinct voice for each, and — beyond the rage and sorrow — she catches both the gossipy tone and the magisterial poetics of the writing

—Chapel Hill News Review, North Carolina

TIMES: Thursday, March 31, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $12 students and seniors

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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photoFriday, April 1, 2011

Autism Society of Santa Barbara presents

“A Real Man”

Dad, Daughter, Autism

World Premier One-Man Show Starring Mike Guido

Just imagine that you are the comedian Mike Guido.  You are sharing the stage with such stars as Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, Dana Carvey and Robin Williams.  You are on the road, building your career and then...your daughter is diagnosed with autism.

Suddenly your world becomes different; your ambitions seem to stop and everything you know about your life changes.

To celebrate the beginning of Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of Santa Barbara is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Mike’s one-man show.  Mike Guido has taken his personal experiences with his daughter Maria and places them into a funny yet poignant story about his journey to become and remain “A Real Man.”

For more information regarding this show and other events, visit the Autism Society of Santa Barbara website at www.asasb.org.  For more information about Mike Guido, visit his site at www.guidoentertainment.com.

TIMES: Friday, April 1, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 single, $40 per couple. $5 discount for Autism Society members.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterApril 8 through 10, 2011

motion theatre dance company presents

King Lear

and

Mysteries
of Light

Performing Artists:
Abigal Linton
Aden Hailu
Anthony Kortick
Carol Sauceda
Jenelle Porfido Rodriguez
Kendra Fong
Maia Mook
Maria Rendina Frantz
Matthew Tavianini
Stuart Ornstein
Tino Viramontes
Allen Stewart-Oaten

For more information, visit www.motiontheatre.com

TIMES: Friday, April 8, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 9, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 patrons, $15 general, $10 SBDA members, teens, students, and seniors.

TICKETS: Sunday, April 10, matinee free to children 12 and under.

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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April 16 and 23, 2011

The Adderley School presents

Spring class
showcase performances

Saturday, April 16
Wizard of Oz at 10:00 A.M.
Sound of Music at 11:00 A.M.
Wicked (Monday class) at 12:30 P.M.
Wicked (Wednesday Class) at 2:30 P.M
Little Shop of Horrors at 4:30 P.M

Saturday, April 23
Beauty and the Beast at 10:00 A.M.
Mama Mia at 11:00 A.M.
Wicked (Monday class) at 12:30 P.M
Wicked (Wednesday Class) at 2:30 P.M
Little Shop of Horrors at 4:30 P.M

TIMES: (see above).

TICKETS: $20 general, $10 children

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Speaking of Stories logoApril 17 and 18, 2011

Speaking of Stories presents

Southern Flavors

A collection of stories exploring the unique styles and sensibilities that help define the South

Christina Allison reading It Had Wings by Allan Gurganus
Tom Hinshaw reading Saving Fats by Sam Shepard
Susan Keller reading The Young Man by Ellen Gilchrist
Robert Lesser reading A Late Encounter with the Enemy by Flannery O'Connor
Meredith McMinn reading Chablis by Donald Barthelme

TIMES: Sunday, April 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, April 18, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, students with ID $10

TICKETS: Season subscriptions also available $69-$134

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Festival Ballet presents

Festival Ballet Dances

TIMES: Saturday, April 30, at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $18 SB Dance Alliance members, $16 children 10 and under

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterMay 4 through 15, 2011

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Assassins

Book by John Weidman

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

2004 winner of 5 Tony awards

Bold, original, surreal, disturbing, thought-provoking, and alarmingly funny, Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who have assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States and explores the dark side of what harrowing acts mankind will undertake in the name of the American Dream.

May 8: Spring Sweets Fundraiser
Live entertainment, silent auction, wine & signature cocktails,
Violette Bakeshop pop-up bakery.

For more information, visit www.outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Wednesday, May 4, through Saturday, May 7, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Wednesday, May 11, through Saturday, May 14, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, $15 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterMay 19 through 21, 2011

City @ Peace presents

When the Bough Breaks

The Clown Muses of a bygone era appear in Santa Barbara.  With shadowy humor they set about their mission to transport the audience into a world of powerful storytelling, expressed through theater, poetry, movement, and music.“When the Bough Breaks is an intense exploration of what it means to be part of a family and the challenges teens face in the struggle to belong. Created by teens in the City at Peace - Santa Barbara program, these personal sketches paint a perilous collage of their lives, hopes and dreams for the future. Featuring original music and poetry, When the Bough Breaks promises to be a show that will open up your heart and mind.

Entirely written and performed by a diverse group of local teens from several area high schools and junior highs, When the Bough Breaks is directed by Joseph Velasco and Assistant Director Jessica Papp and is produced by Karena Jew and City at Peace – Santa Barbara.  The show’s Musical Director is John Douglas, assisted by student lyricists and musicians.  Also working on this year’s production are Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle, Chris Turner, Matt Tavianini, and Shannon Abero, together with many program volunteers.

City at Peace has been empowering teenagers to create safe, healthy, and peaceful lives and communities for 16 years. Using the performing arts as a vehicle, City at Peace teens offer a true-to-life glimpse into the lives of teens and the issues they face growing up in Santa Barbara.

Every year, audience members exclaim, “If you’re a parent, you must see this show!”

TIMES: Thursday, May 19, through Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 P.M .(NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, $10 students and seniors

TICKETS: Teens FREE with student ID, Thursday, May 19, only

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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Speaking of Stories logoMay 22 and 23, 2011

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

An offering of intriguing stories by wonderful authors

Saral Burdette reading Standing by Saral Burdette
Charles de L’Arbre reading Swept Away by T.C. Boyle
Pamela Dillman Haskell reading The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin
Kathy Marden reading Gypsies by Anne Lamott

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, May 23, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, students with ID $10

TICKETS: Season subscriptions also available $69-$134

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

 

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posterWednesday, May 25, 2011

UCSB DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE presents

UCSB Dance Company

Following its tour of Italy, the UCSB Dance Company gives its final performance of season

The UCSB Dance Company, the fourteen-member senior performing ensemble of the Department of Theater and Dance, will conclude their 2010/2011 season with a performance in Santa Barbara on May 25 at 8pm, Center Stage Theater, Paseo Nuevo. The company is directed by dance faculty member Delila Moseley.

At Center Stage the company will perform their touring repertoire:

Elastic Flip
Choreography: Nancy Colahan, faculty member Lumi
Choreography: Sulijah Learmont, senior BFA dance major Up, onward, and around
Choreography: Mike Esperanza, guest artist God Gave Them Eyes for That
Choreography: Mira Kingsley, faculty member Dragusaga
Choreography: Valerie Huston, faculty member Speeds (excerpt)
Choreography: Jennifer Muller, guest artist (NEA Grant Awardee)

The closing work on the program will be Speeds (excerpt) by seminal choreographer Jennifer Muller.

For additional information about the Department of Theater and Dance: www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu

TIME: Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 students

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posterThursday, May 26, 2011

PianoFight presents

The Endless Weekend Tour

“The Endless Weekend Tour” marks the very FIRST PianoFight show in Santa Barbara. The lineup will feature all new and original material from Mission Control (writers of “The S.H.I.T. Show”), Monday Night ForePlays and audience favorites from the nation’s largest audience-judged playwriting competition, ShortLived, as well as musical guest Mortal Attack Blizzard Fist (Daniel Burke and David Burke).

Featuring short plays from San Francisco writers William Bivins and Daniel Heath and Los Angeles writers Cort Brinkerhoff and Jason Matthews, all of whom competed in ShortLived, The Endless Weekend Tour also includes all new material from PianoFight’s sketch comedy groups Monday Night ForePlays and Mission Control. Sketches range from a 17th-century humorist’s poem about restoring hymens (“maiden-heads”) retold through a modern-day original musical, to invaluable scientific revelations surrounding how inter-dolphin communication may or may not affect our children's future(s) and a groundbreaking form of entertainment, PianoFight: Live-D. The Endless Weekend Tour also showcases local musicians from each of the cities as well as PianoFight’s post-minimalist-avant-surf-rock act, Das Haus Band.

PianoFight company members Alex Boyd, Eric Delgado, Rachel Ferensowicz, Jed Goldstein, Nicole Hammersla, Nina Harada, Ray Hobbs, Jeremy Mascia, Devin McNulty, Liz Osborn, Gabrielle Patacsil, Rob Ready, Emma Shelton, Andy Strong, Dan Williams, Evan Winchester, and Duncan Wold make up the cast. Directors include Ready and McNulty from SF as well as Reena Dutt and Jen Weaver in LA. Technical design and management is handled by DL Soares.

TIME: Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general in advance, $20 general at the door

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photo of young dancersThursday, June 9, 2011

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Growing Up with Dance

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet’s Year-End Recital

TIME: Thursday, June 9, at 4:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME.

TICKETS: $15 general

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posterJune 10 and 11, 2011

fusion dance presents

Evolution

TIME: Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general; $18 students and seniors; $15 children 12 and under

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posterJune 18 and 19, 2011

SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre presents

SB-ADaPT Festival

(A Dance and Physical Theater Festival)

A Conference with Community Events Celebrating the Movement Arts & Welcoming Emerging Genres! A Project of the Future Traditions Foundation.

Four shows, two different programs—see both for as low as $24!

PROGRAM ALPHA

Saturday, June 18, at 2:00 P.M.; Sunday, June 19, at 7:00 P.M.

LOCAL
• Santa Barbara, CA: SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre (Misa Kelly)
• Santa Barbara, CA: Ratatat Theater

EAST of SB
• Pulaski, VI: d a n a h b e l l a DanceWorks (Danah Bella)
• Madison, WI: Kate Corby and Dancers

NORTH of SB
• Salem, OR: Bodysensate (Matt Nelson)

SOUTH of SB
• Los Angeles, CA: Hart Pulse Dance Company (for Sunday evening performance)
• Long Beach, CA: Nickerson-Rossi Dance
• Valley Glen, CA: Rubans Rouge Dance Company (for Saturday Matinee)
• Santa Monica, CA: Christine Suarez (adult language, adult theme)
• Los Angeles, CA: Clairobscur Dance Company

POST-SHOW INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION
Lecture/Demonstration style
• Simya Sanat, Istanbul, Turkey
• Maya & Tomer, Tel Aviv, Israel (tentative)

PROGRAM OMEGA

Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 P.M.; Sunday, June 19, at 2:00 P.M.

LOCAL
• Santa Barbara, CA: DramaDogs—A Theater Company
• Santa Barbara, CA: SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre (Misa & Stephen Kelly)
• Santa Barbara, CA: Fusion Dance Company

EAST of SB
• Brooklyn, New York: Marcos Duran
• Philadelphia, PA: Rain Ross Dance Company
• Muncie, IN: Treeline Dance Works

NORTH of SB
• Riverbank, CA: KTDavis Dance (Kim T. Davis)
• San Francisco, CA: Run For Your Life!...it’s a dance company!

SOUTH of SB
• Long Beach, CA: Regina Klenjoski Dance Company

INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION (Lec/Dem)
• Celje, Slovenia: IGEN

For more information, visit www.sbadaptfest.com

TIMES: Progam Alpha: Saturday, June 18, at 2:00 P.M.; Sunday, June 19, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Program Omega: Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 P.M.; Sunday, June 19, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Single tickets: $15 matinees, $19 evenings

TICKETS: Two-Program Packages (available by phone or at the Box Office only):

TICKETS: Matinee Package (both matinees): $24

TICKETS: Matinee/Evening Package (one of each, your choice): $28

TICKETS: Evening Package (both evenings): $32

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photo of dancersSaturday, June 25, 2011

Center Stage Theater presents

Salsa Night

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

Our second annual Salsa Night benefit. 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.

Beer, wine and martinis will be available for sale on the patio, along with complimentary chips, salsa and other goodies for cooling off when you need a break from the sizzling salsa dancing.

cst logoAll proceeds benefit Center Stage Theater's 20 for 20 campaign to help keep this great venue available and accessible for the community.

Also: Mark your calendars for Saturday August 20, for a Center Stage Birthday Celebration. Center Stage is turning 21 and that means it's time to party! So come brush up on your dance skills so you will be ready to dance the night away at the Birthday Celebration!

TIMES: Saturday, June 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Santa Barbara Ballet Center presents

Fairytale Dreams

TIMES: Friday, July 1, at 1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general; $10 children under 10

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photo of dancersJuly 1 through 3, 2011

Santa Barbara Children’s Theatre presents

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Based on the Comic Strip “Peanuts” by Charles Schulz

Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner

The all-American classic, just in time for the Fourth of July weekend! A day in the life of your favorite Peanuts characters. Performed with permission of Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc.

For more information, visit www.santabarbarachildrenstheatre.com, or email sbct@cox.net.

TIMES: Friday, July 1, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Saturday, July 2, at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, July 3, at 2:00 and 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general; $15 students 16 and under

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Adderley School presents

Scenes from

Mary Poppins

And

A Chorus Line

TIMES: Scenes from "Mary Poppins," July 7 at 4:00 and 5:00 P.M.
TIMES: Scenes from "A Chorus LIne," July 7 at 6:00 and 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general; $15 children

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posterJuly 8 through 10, 2011

spontaneous fantasia presents

THE OMNICENTRIC UNIVERSE

Immersive Virtual Reality Experience—great for all ages

Brand new virtual reality experience performed by Academy Award® winning artist J-Walt. Stunning live animation embraces, entertains and explores the actualities of what the newest technology has to offer a multiple award-winning creative artist. Using a drawing tablet, a sound system and a joy stick, this work is all created in real time and puts the audience in the avatar’s seat navigating through the landscapes and imagination of J-Walt in his longest, most ambitious work to date titled, “The Omnicentric Universe.” Using all original music and visuals by J-Walt, it’s a show for all ages to enjoy. You’ll never see the same show from this Master of the Metaverse and you’ll not see anything like this anywhere else. Make it a family night out or grab a group of friends to dive into the virtual experience.

The Los Angeles Times calls it “indescribably delicious”; L.A.Weekly, “A head-spinning good time.”

YouTube links: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K9b-kNaAy8
And http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTclvK3CUks

For more information, visit www.spontaneousfantasia.com

TIMES: Friday, July 8, at 8:00 and 10:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, July 9, at 2:00, 5:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, July 10, at 2:00 and 5:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general; $15 students and seniors

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posterJuly 14 through 17, 2011

Nola productions presents

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Carol Becker

Tennessee Williams's 1955 Pulitzer Prize winning play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof remains one of the American theater world's most jarring and provocative tragedies centered around a wealthy Southern family on the brink of disintegration. As the Pollitt Family joins together to celebrate the 65th birthday of the controlling family patriarch, Big Daddy, secrets and lies push his divided sons, Brick and Gooper, and their competing spouses, Maggie and Mae, to the breaking point. Themes of greed, betrayal, jealousy, self-destruction and love lost take theater-goers on an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. Witness the intensely private struggles of this dysfunctional family's remaining time together, as they prove that money truly can't buy happiness.

For more information, visit www.catoncenterstage.com

TIMES: Thursday, July 14, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, July 15, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, July 16, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, July 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general; $20 seniors and students with I.D.

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cast photo

David Bazemore

July 21 through August 6, 2011

Dijo productions presents

The Exonerated

By Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics' Circle Awards

The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American justice system gone horribly wrong and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

The Santa Barbara production is presented by DIJO Productions and features Leslie Story, Edward Giron, Bill Waxman, Travis Warren, Stan Holder, Christian Cole, Aden Hailu, and Maia Mook in an impressive ensemble cast.

TIMES: Thursday, July 21, preview at 8:30 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, July 22, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, July 28, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, July 29, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, July 30, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, August 5, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, August 6, at 2:00 and 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $24 general; $19 students and seniors. Group discounts available for 10 or more.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Adderley School presents

Adderley Summer Workshops

Adderley Summer Workshop Ages 5-7 at 4:00 P.M.
Adderley Summer Workshop Ages 8-14 at 5:30 P.M. and 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Wednesday, July 27, at 4:00, 5:30, and 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $10 children 15 and under

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posterSunday, August 7, 2011

Midcentury Productions presents

Don Murray: Deadly Hero

A Weekend Tribute—Part Two

Don Murray in person!

A two-day, seven film tribute to actor-director-writer Don Murray shifts to the Center Stage for an eclectic program of classics and rarities.

Highlighting the program are:

  • Don’s “lost” neo-noir Deadly Hero (1976)—a unique Don Murray performance
  • His Oscar-nominated performance opposite Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop (1956)
  • An episode from his groundbreaking interracial TV western The Outcasts (1969)
  • A special screening of his most recent directorial effort, Breathe (2007), featuring stunning hi-def underwater photography by Tom Campbell

Matinee and evening shows are separate admissions.

MATINEE PROGRAM 1:00 P.M.

  • The Outcasts “The Long Ride” (1969) at 1:00 P.M.
  • The Hoodlum Priest (1961) with Kier Dullea
    (Intermission)
  • Deadly Hero (1976) featuring James Earl Jones & Diane Williams at 4:00 P.M.

EVENING PROGRAM 7:00 P.M.

  • Bus Stop (1956) Don Murray, Marilyn Monroe, Arthur O’Connell at 7:00 P.M.
    (Intermission—Interview)
  • Breathe (2007) directed by Don Murray, with Mick Murray, Cassidy
    Freeman, Christopher Murray at 9:15 P.M.

NOTE: Late seating available for first 15 minutes of each program and at intermissions only. Box Office will reopen at 3:45 for DEADLY HERO and 8:45 for BREATHE to accommodate customers who wish to attend these films only.

For more information and a chance to win free tickets, visit www.midcenturyproductions.com

TIMES: Sunday, August 7, 1:00 and 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $10 general

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posterAugust 10 through 12, 2011

Proximity Theatre presents

Shandy Wilkes

Written by Karina Richardson
Directed/Choreographed by Kyra Lehman
Original Music by Ken Urbina

Welcome to Shandy Wilkes, a re-imagined, re-written, re-telling of Proximity's 2009 smash hit, The Marvellous Story of Shandy Wilkes!

Shandy Wilkes is a dark fairytale comedy about a little girl who is born with mirrors inside her eyes. These wicked mirrors make anyone who looks into her eyes see a monster of the part of themselves they hate the most. Hilarity and heartbreak ensue.

A dragon and a unicorn also make an appearance. Obviously.

Performed by: Jake Himovitz, Gabriela London, Chiara Perez del Campo, Siena Perez del Campo, Karina Richardson, Eliana Schiffer, and Ian Wexler. Musicians: Ben Himovitz, Chris Lisanti, Ken Urbina, and Zach Wallace.

TIMES: Wednesday, August10 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, August 11 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, August 12 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 children 10 and under

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Adderley School presents

Adderley School
Summer Workshops

TIMES: Wednesday, August 17th at 4:00, 5:00 and 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $10 children 15 and under

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posterSaturday, August 20, 2011

Center STage Theater presents

Center Stage Theater 21st Birthday Dance Party Benefit

Music—Drinks—Dancing!

We’ve come of age and for ONE NIGHT ONLY we’re throwing out the usual rules and turning the theater into a nightclub, complete with DJ, disco ball, martinis, margaritas, a very special raffle and more!

Enjoy a great night of fun while you support the theater and all the groups that perform here. It will be a night to remember as we dance our way into the future.

Raffle Prizes Include:

  • A one-year free pass to ALL Center Stage shows
  • A night out with the Center Stage Studs, Brad Spaulding & Adam Quinney
  • And many more!

Musical entertainment provided by Egan Entertainment.

All proceeds benefit Center Stage Theater’s “20 for 20” Campaign—to commemorate our 20th Anniversary and build a strong foundation for the next 20 years.

TIMES: Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Party tickets $21

TICKETS: Sponsor (includes 2 tickets) $210

TICKETS: Producer (includes 4 tickets) $500

TICKETS: Co-Host (includes 10 tickets) $2100

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posterTuesday, September 6, 2011

Famine relief benefit concert

In response to the widespread famine in East Africa affecting twelve million people, Santa Barbara musicians and dancers are banding together to present a marathon concert on September 6, 2011, at 6 P.M. in Center Stage Theater, upstairs in Paseo Nuevo Mall.

All proceeds will be given to the Santa Barbara based international aid organization, Direct Relief International. (http://directrelief.org) DRI, with their partners in-country, provides medical assistance to 59 countries around the world. 100% of donations made go to DRI’s projects thanks to a generous bequest received in 2007.  For every dollar donated, DRI turns that into $30 in medicine and medical supplies.

Musicians at this benefit performance include (in alphabetical order) Adrian Spence & Egle Januleviciute, Bob Ledner, Diane Stevenett, the FRBC String Octet, George & Marcella Quirin, Gove County String Quartet with Anna Abbey, Jesse Rhodes, Joanie Collins, Kimberly Ford, Luis Munoz Quartet, Randy Tico, Rebecca Troon, Roy Donkin, The Sally Cats, The South Coast Swedes, The Swizzle Sisters, Teka, Tom Towle, dancer Vanessa Isaac & her troupe, and Yogi Mango.

Ticket price includes five-hour music and dance concert, a free raffle ticket for the Trivia Contest hosted by Madalena, beverages & appetizers. More raffle tickets may be purchased on site. Prizes to include autographed CD packages & much more!

About Direct Relief International
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world. We work to strengthen the in-country health efforts of our partners by providing essential material resources—medicines, supplies and equipment. 

Direct Relief was established in 1948 and is nonsectarian, nongovernmental, and apolitical. All the programs are provided in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to political affiliation, religious belief, or ethnic identity.

Today, Direct Relief provides appropriate and specifically requested medical resources to community-based institutions and organizations in 59 countries, including the United States. Since 2000, Direct Relief has provided more than $1 billion in direct aid through medical material assistance and targeted cash grants serving people in 70-plus countries worldwide. 

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

TIMES: Tuesday, September 6, at 6:00 P.M. Wine pour and appetizers at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 general, $1.50 facility fee additional

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posterSeptember 9 and 10, 2011

Speaking of Stories Presents

A Night At
The Opera:

IN STORIES AND SONG

A collection of beautiful arias from Carmen, La Boheme, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata and more, intermingled with stories and anecdotes that take you backstage to learn more about the music, the artists and the composers that make opera such a unique and passionate art form.

Stories will be performed by Dan Gunther and Katie Thatcher, with musical performances by Christina Ball, Anne Bell and Matthew Kessell.

POST-SHOW PATRON RECEPTION—SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY
Join the performers after the show for a toast—martinis, wine, champagne and some elegant post-show delights.

TIMES: Friday, September 9, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 10, at 6:00 P.M (NOTE EARLY TIME).

TICKETS: $25 general, $15 students. Saturday performance and reception $50 patron.

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funny photo of a woman screaming into the telephoneSeptember 15 and 22, 2011

Loveland

Written and performed by Ann Randolph
Directed by Matt Roth

Fasten your seatbelts as writer/performer Ann Randolph takes you a cross country flight you will never forget. Hilarious and deeply human, Randolph embodies many characters, including our heroine Frannie Potts- an out of control, sexually charged misfit overwhelmed by grief. Facing the loss of the greatest love of her life- her mother- she stumbles from outrageous confrontation and awkward confusion to a glimpse of the mystery, tragedy, and beauty that unites us all.

.

Winner of “Best Solo Performer” by LA Weekly 2011

Winner of “Best Original Script” by SF Bay Critics

“Winner of Best Solo Performer of San Francisco 2010”

San Francisco Weekly

"You'll laugh. You'll cry... Randolph mines new depth of hilarity"

—Robert Hurwitt, San Fransisco Chronicle

"Riotously demented and brilliantly humane. Not to be missed, Randolph is a rare caliber of solo performer'a first-class ride."

—Rob Avila, SF Bay Guardian

"Loveland is Brilliantly Funny..,Irreverent, hilarious and deeply human... It's a no-brainer. Ann Randolph is a comic genius... and not just any sort of hide-your-light-behind-a-bush kind a genius, but a hardworking, dare-to-put-it-out-there kind of genius."

—Linda Ayres-Frederick. SF Bay Times

"The kind of breakthrough dramatic experience one yearns for but rarely gets in modern theatre. I loved it!”

—George Haymont, The Huffington Post

TIMES: Thursday, September 15, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, September 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general

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posterSeptember 24 and 25, 2011

DramaDogs Presents

Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou

Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou, a one-woman show featuring E. Bonnie Lewis of DramaDogs, directed by Ken Gilbert and Michelle A. Osborne, and written by Jinny Webber, gives us Margaret according to Shakespeare. Modest and girlish at the beginning, she becomes ruthless, vengeful and fierce. She loves, she hates, she acts with an intensity in a world where women were meant to be compliant and submissive—and quiet. Complex and ambiguous, her voice resonates down the ages.

TIMES: Preview, Saturday, September 24, at 2:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, September 24, at 8:00 P.M

TIMES: Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Saturday matinee preview $10 general

TICKETS: Saturday evening and Sunday matinee $20 general, $15 students.

TICKETS: KETEarly birds (ends September 21) $17 general

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posterSeptember 29 through October 9, 2011

Happy Destiny Productions Presents

Morning’s AT Seven

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Morning's at Seven, by Paul Osborn, takes us back to the pre-WWII year 1938. Set in Midwestern America over a two-day time span, the play introduces us to a family of four sisters, and their respective husbands, in their sixties and seventies who have lived their entire lives within walking distance of each other. Crises interrupt the peaceful summertime rhythms of family life, allowing us to perceive the joys and struggles, the affections and resentments that are fundamental to relationships, aging, and domestic conflicts. Morning's at Seven is a poignant family story flavored with humor and charm. At the conclusion of the play, we recognize and rejoice in the trust and caring that develops over years in the sisters’ tight-knit community.

TIMES: Thursday, September 29, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Friday, September 30, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, October 1, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Sunday, October 2, at 2:00 P.M. (MATINEE)

TIMES: Wednesday, October 5, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

TIMES: Saturday, October 8, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Sunday, October 9, at 2:00 P.M. (MATINEE)

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students. Group rates available—please phone the box office.

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posterOctober 15 through 23, 2011

Westmont College Festival Theatre/Lit Moon Theatre Company Presents

Peer Gynt

Directed by John Blondell

Ibsen’s epic masterpiece receives lavish treatment in this multi-part, multi-venue staging. Students and faculty from Westmont College join forces with the Lit Moon Theatre Company to bring Peer Gynt’s fantastic journey through Europe, and beyond, to vivid theatrical life. Don’t miss this rare and wonderful opportunity—one of drama’s most significant plays, staged nearly uncut, in a monumentally thrilling, two-part, 4-hour production.

Part 1 will be performed at the Porter Theatre at Westmont College, while Part 2 will be performed at Center Stage Theater. Pre-sale tickets for both parts can be purchased through the Center Stage Box Office. Tickets are sold separately for Part 1 and Part 2.

TIMES: October 15-16, Part 1 at 3:00 P.M., Porter Theatre

TIMES: October 15-16, Part 2 at 7:00 P.M., Center Stage Theater (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: October 20, Part 1 at 8:00 P.M., Porter Theatre

TIMES: October 21, Part 2 at 8:00 P.M., Center Stage Theater

TIMES: October 22-23, Part 1 at 3:00 P.M., Porter Theatre

TIMES: October 22-23, Part 2 at 7:00 P.M., Center Stage Theater (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $13 general (per part), $7 students and seniors (per part)

TICKETS: $1.50 Facility Fee additional

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posterOctober 27 through 31, 2011

Out of the Box Theatre Company Presents

Evil Dead

The Musical

It's like the musicals you love, only evil.

Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, Evil Dead: The Musical unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.” Featuring a "Splatter Zone" where willing audience members can be doused with fake blood, exploding entrails and more.

For more information, visit outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Thursday, October 27, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, October 28, at 8:00 P.M

TIMES: Saturday, October 29, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, October 30, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Monday, October 31, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $25 "Splatter Zone." Please be aware that the fake blood used in the performance may stain clothing.

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posterNovember 4 and 5, 2011

Speaking of Stories Presents

Gumshoe Drama

An Evening of Classic Detective Radio Plays

Speaking of Stories transforms Center Stage into a 1940s radio station to present Gumshoe Drama, an evening of classic radio plays complete with live sound effects. You won't want to miss this night of mystery with cases from Gumshoe heroes Richard Diamond, Sam Spade, and Philip Marlowe.

For more information, visit www.speakingofstories.org/

TIMES: Friday, November 4, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 5, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $50 Patron (includes preferred seating and post-performance reception)

TICKETS: $22 general, $15 students

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posterNovember 18 through 20, 2011

Genesis West Presents

A Number

By Caryl Churchill
Directed by Maurice Lord

Human cloning is the subject of this gripping hour-long psychological thriller that blends topical scientific speculation with a stunning portrait of the relationship between a father and his three sons—two of which are clones of the first—all to be played by the same actor. With Brian Harwell and Tom Hinshaw.

No late seating.

“The greatest living English language playwright” —Tony Kushner

 “A Number by Caryl Churchill is the first true play of the 21st century.”—Evening Standard (London)

For more information, visit www.genesiswest.org/

TIMES: Friday, November 18, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Sunday, November 20, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 students

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photo of lightningNovember 28, 2011

Household, Ink Presents

Headless Household

19th (Sorta) Annual Xmas Concert
Featuring Dick Dunlap, Tom Lackner, Joe Woodard, Julie Christensen, Tom Buckner, David Piltch, Sally Barr, Bill Flores, Tom Ball… and ?

After playing its xmas concerts at Center Stage Theater for 18 years in a row, the hopelessly eclectic band Headless Household found its groove interrupted by the Tea Fire in 2008, and is finally getting back in gear/the groove with its 19th (sorta) annual xmas concert this year. In 2010, the band celebrated (belatedly) its 25th anniversary with the release of its schizoid two-disc album Basemento, with a special CD release concert at the Lobero Theatre.

On that album, as throughout its oddball history and over now eight albums, the band shamelessly and restlessly mixes up elements of jazz, free improvisation, avant-Americana, European-a, prog rock, funk, Braziliana and more.

As usual, a large and mobile band of players will appear—as yet all confirmed. But the concert will certainly feature founders Dick Dunlap (keyboards), Tom Lackner (percussives), and Joe Woodard (guitars), along with vocalist Julie Christensen, saxist Tom Buckner, violinist/vocalist Sally Barr, pedal steel player/multi-axman Bill Flores, bassist David Piltch, harmonica hero Tom Ball, and others TBA.

For more information, visit www.householdink.com

TIMES: Monday, November 28, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, $10 students

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December 10, 2011

The Adderley School Presents

Winter workshops

 

TIMES: Saturday, December 10, at 11:00 A.M., 12:30, 2:00, 3:30, and 5:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $10 children under 13

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group photoDecember 13 through 17, 2011

Santa Barbara Silver Follies Presents

Christmas spectacular:

You can't stop the Christmas Beat!

 

TIMES: December 13 through 17 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general

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photoDecember 19, 2011

West Coast Ballet presents

A Gem of a Nutcracker

West Coast Ballet, under the artistic direction of Ellen Schipper, proudly presents its 21st annual production of Tchaikovsky's classic holiday ballet, The Nutcracker.

West Coast Ballet will be joined by select West Coast Ballet alumni, including Mia Monteabaro, as well as the dedicated students of the Ellen Schipper Classical Ballet Studio. Local character actors will fill out the cast along with a guest performance by Darion Smith of Janusphere Dance Company, New York, NY.

The intimate setting of the Center Stage Theatre provides the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate the lavish costumes and special effects for which West Coast Ballet is known, truly making this production a "Gem" of a Nutcracker.

TIMES: Monday, December 19, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

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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.