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: 2018

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 4, 2019

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

A Doll House

By Henrik Ibsen
Directed by John Blondell

Did you miss Lit Moon’s landmark performance the first time around? It’s back – for one 2019 performance! Ibsen’s iconic domestic drama in a vividly contemporary new staging.

“a fascinating and sharply defined production of one of the world’s great dramas.…” -Charles Donelan, Santa Barbara Independent

TIMES: Friday, January 4 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students and seniors

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 5, 2019

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

The Nina Variations

By Steven Dietz
Directed by John Blondell

In a remarkable tour de force, Steven Dietz riffs on a famous scene between Nina and Konstantin in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. As part of the Lit Moon Reunion Weekend, 43 company actors from the past and present play the 43 scenes of this poignant and heartbreaking play. A not to missed one-time-only event!

TIMES: Saturday, January 5 at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 12, 2019

benefit for Maison des Jasmins presents

Haiti Girl Power:

Music for the Maison

HAITI GIRL POWER: Music for the Maison is an all-day celebration to benefit the Maison des Jasmins, a transition house in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti for orphan young women to complete their education. For more information about the cause, visit MaisonDJ.com

Daytime activities:
Zumba with Josette Tkacik at the Carrillo Recreation Center at 11:15am
Drum Circle with Jerry Zacarias at Center Stage Theater at 3pm

Evening Concert at Center Stage Theater:
Matthew Doohan at 7:00pm
The Brambles at 7:45pm
Jason Campbell and The Drive at 8:30pm

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Jason Campbell and The Drive:
Winding down the foothills of Santa Barbara is an open road that delivers Jason Campbell and The Drive…There, three musicians crafted a musical intersection of rock, country, and funk that resulted in a sound that is uniquely their own. Although their sound is difficult to define (one reviewer seems to have gotten close with “wooden groove music”) it is undeniably accessible and infectious. The originality owes in no small part to the organic genesis of this band. The soon-to-be band mates were friends and neighbors on previously independent musical journeys, but they discovered an undeniable synergy while jamming in the hills they called home. They soon decided to commit to this new sound, and Jason Campbell and The Drive had taken root. The friendship and musical odyssey continues, and Jason Campbell and The Drive has emerged as a staple of the Santa Barbara music scene where they energize audiences with 60+ shows annually.

The Brambles:
California duo Carly (ukelele) and Bethany (percussion) are The Brambles. A Young female duo inspired by Americana Folk ballads and toe tapping tunes. Friends since high school their musical kinship developed when they were brought together by their mutual passion of euphoric acoustics in unusual places. In 2014 they made it official and began their passion of yelling harmoniously in public. In 2017 the Brambles released their first studio EP "The Brambles Greatest Hits" Musical influences: Head and the Heart, Janis Joplin, The Civil Wars, Etta James, Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, The Everly Brothers, Kate Nash, David Bowie, Billie Holiday. Shared interests-sandwiches, cats, whales, honey, bubble baths, whiskey in a jar, good red wine.
THE BRAMBLES HAVE OPENED FOR: John Doe, The White Buffalo, Lissie, Timmy Curran, Brian Wright, Chris Shiflett (Foo Fighters), Emy Reynolds, Mimi Gilbert.
AND HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF PLAYING: The Lobero, The Alcazar Theater, Hotel Cafe, Hotel Utah, Topa Topa Folk Fest, Soho, Presq'uile Winery, Cold Spring Tavern, Santa Barbara Summer Solstice, Santa Barbara Earth Day, various wineries and breweries up and down the west coast.

Matthew Doohan:
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Matthew Doohan now fronts the Seattle-based rock band, Fortress of the Bear. He’s known for his soulful vocals.

Drum Circle
TIMES:
Saturday, January 12 at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $10 general, $5 kids 6-12, kids under 6 are free

Evening Concert

TIMES: Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 13, 2019

Noneow presents

The Black Market Trust

The Black Market Trust are an American Traditional Pop/Vocal Jazz group from Los Angeles who combine the sounds of the legendary American crooners and vocal groups with the fire and energy of Gypsy Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalize on their experience and pedigree to deliver a high energy, crowd pleasing performance filled with some of the best songs ever written.

Their live show features material from The Great American Songbook infused with Django’s romantic and virtuosic flavor. Add some intricate vocal harmonies, a dash of Rat Pack-style comedy and it’s clear to audiences why The Black Market Trust have quickly earned a reputation as one of the premier live acts performing in music today. Be transported as they meld two distinctly different vibes- one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub- into a cohesive, stylish sound.

TIMES: Sunday, January 13 at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general

 

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 19, 2019

The Adderley School presents

January Workshops

Students from the Adderley School for the Performing Arts present musical theater performances as a culmination of their recent workshop training.

TIMES: Saturday, January 19 at 12:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 1:30 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 4:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more (please call or visit the box office to arrange group tickets)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 25 through February 3, 2019

THE PRODUCING UNIT presents

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Peter Frisch
Starring Ivy Vahanian, Brian Harwell, Jenna Scanlon, Bill Egan, Shay Munroe, Matt Chung, Blake Benlan, and Roz Borah

An extraordinary new play by celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl- a literate, funny and dark exploration into the incompatibility of traditional marriage with our sexual, animal roots.

Into the lives of two, "happily" married, middle-aged couples comes the remarkable Pip, a woman who lives, loves and sleeps with two male lovers and will only eat meat that she has killed herself. Responsive only to the instincts of her own, internal drummer, Pip's entrance onto the stage of the marrieds alters their understanding of life and relationships forever.

Sarah Ruhl has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright. Two of her plays have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and she received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Play.

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn't enough"
-Newsday

Contains adult material. Not recommended for children.

TIMES: Friday, January 25 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, January 31 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, February 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 general, $18 students

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 9, 2019

Transform Through Arts Theater presents

COLORS OF LOVE

Join us for unforgettable celebration of love with dancers and singers ranging from Burlesque, Latin, Samba, Belly Dance and Argentine Tango Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at Center Stage Theater

Colors of Love is a Valentine Dance Show that features professional dancers and singers, together they blend their unique talents into powerful expression of various aspects of love.

You will experience mystery, vivacious energy, tender sensuality, exquisite beauty, infectious passion, being evoked and transformed into a new sense of aliveness.

Indulge your senses, heart and ears with delicious magic of dance and live music in a style of contemporary soulful love songs sung by fabulous Kanga LaVrado.

Featured musicians of this year are pianist Forrest Leichtberg and George Friendenthal.

Also show is a benefit for non profit Arts without limits.

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

TICKETS: $35 General (in advance), $40 General (at the door), $25 Student (With student ID)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 15 and 16, 2019

Hector Sanchez presents

Envision: Humanity

This theatrical representation of today's changing world promises to entertain, inspire and educate audiences of all ages. Collaborating artists weave intricate stories about life, society, and highlight social movements in a multimedia presentation intricately blending contemporary aerial and dance with imagery and music.

Special guest, Nathaniel Gray, speaks about The Santa Barbara Project, an in-depth look into the hearts of 200+ people that call Santa Barbara home.

Produced by Hector Sanchez in collaboration with Lauren Breese and the AIREDANSE Collective, plus Aurora Moon Tribe – Krischana Thompson, Selah Dance Collective – Meredith Cabaniss, The Santa Barbara Project – Nathaniel Gray, Yulia Maluta, Vasily Golovin, Jatila van der Veen and more.

TIMES: Friday, February 15 at 7:30 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 general, $28 student and senior

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 21, 2019

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Santa Barbara presents

Arthur Murray Theater Show

Starring the students and professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara

Come and join us for a one-night only event full of glitz, glamour and ballroom dancing! The students and professional dancers of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara invite you to enjoy a cornucopia of theatrical routines and beautiful dancing. From sizzling salsa performances to sensual and romantic rumba routines there is something for every mood and every taste. Dancers range from brand new students who show off how much you can accomplish within a few months to accomplished competitive dancers who travel the world and wow audiences with their impressive skills.

Whether you are a ballroom dancer yourself, someone who is curious about this fascinating hobby or just here to cheer on your friends and relatives, you are guaranteed to enjoy an exciting evening filled with laughter, tears and anything in between. Let us show you the diverse and exhilarating world of couples-dancing and show you the many ways you can enjoy this beautiful hobby.

About the organizer:
The Arthur Murray Dance Studios are the biggest private dance organization in the world, teaching the world to dance since 1912. As a franchise of ballroom dance studios it is our mission to change people’s lives through dancing and spread the joy of dancing all over the world. With over 260 studios in more than 21 countries Arthur Murray stays committed to the highest level of instruction through fully certified instructors who are constantly learning and improving their craft. The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara has been part of the community since 1948 and is home to highly accomplished and certified instructors who can’t wait to bring dancing into the lives of everyone in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

http://www.arthurmurraysb.com
http://facebook.com/arthurmurraysb

TIMES: Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 General, $20 Student (must present valid student ID at will call)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 24 through February 27, 2019

Speaking of Stories presents

PERSONAL STORIES

An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.  If you purchase both bills, for the second bill your tickets will be just $20!

Bill One

Royce Adams Thief Catcher
Deborah Bertling PK
Cody Minnick Free God Wrote Back
Patricia Heller Trust Issues
Tania Israel The Great Barrier
J.D. Lewis Twelve in Twelve
Marcia Orland When I Wasn't Looking
Robert MacNeal Imagine
Michael Seabaugh Charlie Girl
Marilee Zdenek Memories That Heal

Bill Two

Mashey Bernstein With My Father In the Dark
Robin Gerber The Greatest Gift
Valerie Girard Rune, The People Whisperer
Cie Gumucio In a Split Second
Gary James A Remote Memory
Judy Karin Elastic Collisions
Brian Silsbury Memories of the Mallard
Linda Stewart-Oaten What My Mother Wore
Paul Willis Gumdrops
Jonathan Young At the UFO Convention

TIMES: Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Monday, February 25 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)
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Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Wednesday night only, must be purchased by Thursday, February 21)
TICKETS:$20 for 2nd bill (If you purchased a ticket for one bill and would like to go to the other you may purchase a discounted ticket. Please call the box office to arrange)

Other than A Level season subscribers, all seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 28 through March 3, 2019

Nebula Dance Lab presents

HH11

"HHII Dance Festival reaches for the stars..." The Santa Barbara Independent
"International & National artists under one roof, three unique performances, 30+ dance works, across three days...exhilarating" Devyn Duex, Founder/Artistic Director | Nebula Dance Lab
"Galaxy of Dance: HHII Dance Fest promises three days of new and recent work" Santa Barbara News-Press

Presented by Nebula Dance Lab, HH11 Dance Festival is an annual dance festival in its 5th year, showcasing 30+ works within three unique shows, plus the Apogee Awards and kickoff evening highlighting Arts Education & Youth performances. Artists featured over the past four years have spanned the Globe from Budapest Hungary to New York City, Chicago IL and Canada, plus across California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and Santa Barbara.
HH11 strives to bring together international & national artists both emerging and established in three professional-quality performances. Each show is unique featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Plus, the Apogee Awards and kickoff evening March 1st, honoring Arts Education featuring special performances by youth and professional companies. Don't miss any of these amazing performances!
Get your festival pass and participate in the rich experience the HHII Dance Festival provides [passes are not transferable]. VIP Festival passes are available for patrons interested in early entry, a complimentary beverage, and the opportunity to personally select and reserve your seat prior to the show [early VIP entry is 30 minutes prior to each show].
Please note, Friday's performance March 1st includes a special Mix & Mingle event for all ticket holders including small bites, custom drinks by local mixologists, special projection by Robin Bisio with Inspiratia International and live music, 6-8pm, and a unique reception following the performances including desserts, drinks and live music.

Thursday February 28th
Plus Apogee Awards honoring Dance Education & Youth in a kickoff evening February 28th including special performances by State Street Ballet Young Dancers (SB), Santa Barbara Dance Arts (SB), Linda Vega Dance Studios (SB), The Dance Network (SB), Panther Dance Company (SB) , Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Dance Company (SB), and FELEDI Project (Budapest, Hungary)

Friday March 1st
Mix & Mingle 6-8pm: Including small bites, custom drinks by local mixologists, special projection by Robin Bisio with Inspiratia International and live music, and a unique reception following the performances including desserts, drinks and live music.
Peri Trono (SF), Chelsea Asman (LB), The Hubbard Collective (OC), Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Dance Company (SB), Robin Bisio Films (SB) with Inspiratia International (SB), UCSB Dance Company (SB), FUSE Dance Company (LA), FELEDI Project (Budapest, Hungary)

Saturday March 2nd
Robin Bisio Films (SB) with Inspiratia International (SB), Raadha Kalpa Dance Company/ Nitya Narasimhan (SC), Nebula Dance Lab (SB), RE|Dance Group (IL), The Dance Network (SB), Briana Markovich (SF), Danielle Diniz (NY, NY), ArtBark International | Stephen Kelly (SB), Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) Dance Company (SB), Marco Pinter (SB), UCSB Dance Company (SB), GRAYSCALE (LA), Chloe Roberts (SB), Weslie Ching (SB), FELEDI Project (Budapest, Hungary)

Sunday March 3rd
FELEDI Project (SB), Hannah Ruth Brothers (SB), Maria Rendina/Motion Theatre (SB), Embark Dance Theatre (OC), Kathak Bandi Dance Collective (Canada), Louise Reichlin & Dancers/ LA Choreographers & Dancers (LA), and Nebula Dance Lab (SB), Robin Bisio Films (SB) with Inspiratia International (SB), ArtBark International | Misa Kelly & Michelle Cotrina aka "Leilani & Miele" (SB), FUSE Dance Company (LA), Kendra Pearson (SF), Jess Harper & Dancers (LA), GRAYSCALE (LA), The Dance Network (SB), Gianna Burright (OJ), UCSB Dance Company (SB)

TIMES: Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
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Friday, March 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 3 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $24 general, $18 students, $15 Opening Night/Apogee Awards, $58 Festival Pass, $68 VIP Festival Pass [includes preferred seating, and complimentary beverage at each performance]

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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Poster with logotypeMarch 6, 2019

Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Local female artists share their dreams, secrets, fantasies, rants, revelations and vulnerable reveals on stage in dance, song, spoken word and performance art.

“Stirring, sensual, thought-provoking, mythic.” -Man About Town
“Bold, personal and bring-the-house-down funny.” - Sentinel
“Vulnerable, daring and feverishly gripping.” - Montecito Journal

TIMES: Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general (in advance), $28 general (day of the show)

All seating is general admission. All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges. For all performances late seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

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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.