Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, CACenter Stage Theater
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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.

Calendar of Events

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Center Stage Theater is an intimate space, therefore LATE SEATING is limited or not allowed at all. The LATE SEATING POLICY will vary with each show. The theater staff strongly suggests allowing ample time to find parking, locate the theater, and pick up your tickets.


Poster with logotypeDecember 15

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Clara in the Land of Sweets

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara's Performing Groups dancing the story of Clara in the Land of Sweets. You will see swirling dancers, silly Mice and more favorite Nutcracker characters. Ages 2 to Adult will enjoy this special holiday presentation through dancing and performance. Photo Credit - Alejandro Navarro Photography.

TIMES: Saturday, December 15 at 2:30 P.M.
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Saturday, December 15 at 4:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 seniors and children under 12

 

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 logotypeDecember 16

Lights Up! Theatre Companypresents

A Christmas Carol

A Teen Theatre Production

Join us for Lights Up Theatre Company’s teen production of A Christmas Carol.
Get into the holiday mood with this theatrical, touching, and hilarious performance complete with ghosts and traditional carolers – you may even be invited to sing along!

TIMES: Sunday, December 16 at 2:00 P.M.
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Sunday, December 16 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $12 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. 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 logotypeDecember 6 through May 20

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2019 SEASON

Speaking of Stories is pleased to announce our 25th season of performances, running February through May of 2019. The 2019 season will include 3 shows, Personal Stories February 24-27, Nothing But Laughs April 28-29, and Celebration of Stories May 19-20 featuring performances by T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano.
This will be a very special season, because in addition to being our 25th Anniversary it will also be our final season. After much deliberation we have decided that it is time to bring the series to an end. We are excited to present these final three wonderful shows along with a special Holiday performance in December 2018.

Subscribe for all 4 shows or put together a package of 3. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $112.


Holiday Memories December 6 through 9, 2018
An eclectic collection of original first person true stories of holiday memories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Personal Stories 2019, February 24 through 27
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.

Nothing But Laughs, April 28-29
Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone! Speaking of Stories continues its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Performers to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

Celebration of Stories May 19 & 20
featuring T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors! Please join us after the shows on the patio for a special celebration to toast the final performances.

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $84
B Level (general admission)
4 show $92 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $69

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 logotypeDecember 21 through 23

Lit Moon Theatre Company presents

Humbug!

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by John Blondell

“You will be visited by three ghosts…” Lit Moon premiered its version of Charles Dickens’ haunting story about Christmastide redemption in 2007. Refreshed and back for Christmas 2018! Featuring Victoria Finlayson, Stanley Hoffman, Nina Sallinen, Anna Telfer, Chris Wagstaffe, with music by Jim Connolly. Props and objects by Jaco Connolly, Costumes by Olivia Warner, Lighting by Jonathan Hicks.

TIMES: Friday, December 21 at 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday, December 22 at 4:00 P.M.
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Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 P.M.
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Sunday, December 23 at 4:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students, seniors and children

 

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 4

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

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

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 Recreational 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, kids under 10 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 19

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 logotypeFebruary 24 through February 27

Speaking of Stories presents

PERSONAL STORIES

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

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 logotypeApril 5 through 14

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Fun Home

A Coming-of-Age Musical

Description: The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” The New York Times.

NOTE: This production contains mature language and content.

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Book by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

TIMES: Friday, April 5 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 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 logotypeApril 28 and 29

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone Speaking of Stories begins its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Stories and actors to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

TIMES: Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 26)

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 logotypeMay 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

featuring Joe Spano

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors!

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TIMES: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 20 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, May 16)

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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Box Office Information

The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. Tickets may also be purchased online at any time. See below for location and directions.

TICKETS

Purchase Tickets Online click here for a complete list of current programs

Purchase by Phone with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover: (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

All ticket prices include a Center Stage Facility Fee which helps maintain the theater.
All ticket sales are final at the time of purchase. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Online sales subject to a $1.50 surcharge per ticket.
There are no additional charges to purchase tickets over the phone.

Unless otherwise noted, all seating is general admission.

NOTE: If online sales are closed, tickets may still be available by phoning the box office at (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD).

PLEASE NOTE: Because of the intimacy of Center Stage Theater, latecomers may be seated at appropriate intervals only. Some performances may not allow late seating. Please arrive 20-30 minutes early if you must purchase a ticket at the door.

logo LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

Center Stage Theater is located in Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California. Click here for map.

Take Highway 101 to Carrillo Street, exit and turn toward the mountains (northbound turns right, southbound turns left). Proceed to Chapala Street (fourth light) and turn right. Proceed 1-1/2 blocks and turn left into either of two entrances to Paseo Nuevo. Park near the elevator, or proceed to roof-level parking.

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.