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.


February 25

The Endowment for Youth Committee presents

Tribute to Maya Angelou

Click here for more information

TIMES: Sunday, February 25, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free admission

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 logotype February 25 through May 21, 2018

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Stories 2018 season

at Center Stage Theater

In light of all of the challenges that our community is currently facing we have decided to postpone our 2018 season. The revised 4-show season will open on February 25th with Personal Stories. March 25 & 26 we will present our planned tribute to Jay Thomas, with a special Nothing But Laughs performance.

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. 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.

Personal Stories 2018 February 25 through 28
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 March 25 & 26
A tribute to Jay Thomas, one of our favorite performers! We are all definitely ready for some laughs and this show will absolutely provide them! Dan Gunther, Devin Scott and Rudy Willrich will be performing three of the great comedic stories that Jay Thomas graced our stage with.

Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler
Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean

Speaking of Friends April 22 & 23
Stories of friends and friendship.

Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard 
Chivalry by Neal Gaiman 
Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch 
The Ambien Diaries by Jen Lancaster 

Celebration of Stories May 20 & 21
featuring Joe Spano
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors!

Faline England reading The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
Megan Holaway reading The Haunting by John Connally
Joe Spano reading One Quarrel by Ron Carlson

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112
3 show $84

B Level (general admission)
4 show $92
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 logotype February 25 through 28

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories 2018

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.

Bill A: Click here for Descriptions and Bios

Joel Altschul reading The Best Defense is a Good Offense
Susan Chiavelli reading (Gravity, No Engines)
Susan Cochran reading I Have a Granddaughter
Lisa Gates reading Body Parts
Cami Helmuth reading Cloud Watching
Michelle Howard reading The Year I Failed Women's Studies
Tania Israel reading I Come From
Noah Lashly reading Straight to Gay
Tony Miratti reading The Killer in the Closet
Angie Swanson-Kyriaco reading Denial, Depression and Dysfunction: The 90's Edition

Bill B: Click here for Descriptions and Bios

Megan Burwell reading Dear Megan Burwell
Anna Jordan reading I'm Gonna Need Backup
Rudi Lion reading Transported
Robert MacNeal reading Wooing
Kathy Marden reading Coming Home
Lesley Miller reading The Most Unexpected Year
Pauline Nelson reading Thereby Hangs A Tail
Marcia Orland reading Breakfast at Tiffany's
Jan K. Ruskin reading My Sexual Revolution
Cynthia Waring reading Smoky

TIMES:
BILL A:
Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 P.M.
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Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M.
BILL B:
Monday, February 26 at 7:30 P.M.
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Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday and Wednesday shows only, must be purchased by Friday, February 23)

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 logotype March 1 through 4

Nebula Dance Company presents

HHII Dance Festival

"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 4th 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 three 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 over four days, four unique performances, featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Don't miss any of these amazing performances!
Artists featured: Robin Bisio Films (SB), FUSE Dance Company (LA), Kiruthika Rathanaswami (Canada), Project 21 Dance (LA), RE|Dance Group (IL), The Dance Network (SB), Santa Barbara City College Dance Company (SB), Janos Feledi | FELEDI PROJECT (Budapest, Hungary), Briana Markovich (SB), Watson Dance (OC), Psychopomp Dance Theater (LA), Kendra Pearson (SF), UCSB Dance Company (SB), Embark Dance Theater (OC), Stephen Kelly (SB), Rebecca Bryant Danceworks (LB), Lauren Chertudi (SF), Peri Trono (SF), Tonia Shimin (SB), Louise Reichlin/LA Choreographers & Dancers (LA), and Nebula Dance Lab (SB)

Plus Apogee Awards honoring Dance Education & Youth in a kickoff evening March 1st including special performances by State Street Ballet Young Dancers (SB), Santa Barbara Dance Arts (SB), Linda Vega Dance Studios (SB), Panther Dance Company (SB), and FELEDI Project (Budapest, Hungary)

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].

TIMES: Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 P.M.
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Friday, March 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $24 general, $19 students, $58 Festival Pass, $68 Festival Pass (includes preferred seating, and complimentary beverage at each performance),

$11.50 general (Thursday March 1 only)

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 logotype March 10 through 17

Santa Barbara Dance Arts presents

Configuration 2018

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and The Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and entertaining jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat.  Come see our award winning Axis Dance Company perform “Where the Light Gets In,” choreography by local favorite Brittany Sandoval, and Director, Alana Tillim set a piece addressing the helplessness our youth feel when faced with recent the tragic events in the world and now, in our own community.  Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors while they compete for a $250 cash prize courtesy of American Riviera Bank will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 patron, $25 general, $17 Student (matinees only)

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 logotype March 15

Opper Films presents

Secrets of Desert Point

(Documentary)

"No talk, no maps, no photos... we became really good liars"

Directed by Ira Opper

In the early eighties, while sailing off remote Lombok Island in Indonesia, young California surfer Bill Heick and his friends stumbled across the perfect wave, a pristine barreling left reeling endlessly and empty over a shallow, live-coral reef. As treacherous as it was beautiful, it was later dubbed “Desert Point” for its dry forbidding nature. In the years that followed, a crew of hardcore surfers set up a makeshift beach outpost and kept their treasure off the surf-media map for most of a decade. Their mission: to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible, no matter the cost. Life on the remote point was a constant balancing act between the surfing dream and the very real possibility of injury, armed robbery and life-threatening disease. 

"The most exciting and successful undercover wave discovery's in history" SURFER MAGAZINE

More information at:
www.opperfilms.com
www.secretsofdesertpoint.com

A BENEFIT FOR SURFRIDER SANTA BARBARA

TIMES: Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm
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Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 pm

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 logotype March 14 through April 25

Speaking of Stories presents

ReaDERS tHEATER

Uncover the Performer Inside Of You!
With Artistic Director Maggie Mixsell

Develop your acting and public speaking skills recreating stories and characters. Explore classic and modern literature and discover the language of theater, dig for literary themes, build character, uncover through-lines and learn the essentials skills needed for spoken word performance. Six two-hour class meetings and a final performance.

Classes are designed for beginners and intermediate level students. Class size is limited.

TIMES: Wednesdays, March 14 through April 25, at 3:30pm (No class on March 28)
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Wednesdays, March 14 through April 25, at 6:30pm (No class on March 28)

TICKETS: $153 registration Fee per slass (Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed.)

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 logotype March 25 and 26

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing but Laughs

A tribute to Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas was one of our favorite Speaking of Stories performers and we will begin our season with a tribute to him.  A collection of humorous stories that were performed by Jay Thomas. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean
Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler

TIMES: Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Monday, March 26 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, March 23)

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 6 through 15

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Green Day's American Idiot

Green Day's powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. American Idiot -- based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, a scorching attack on what they saw as the hypocrisy and moral evils of the Bush Administration after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the increasingly submissive nature of the American public -- boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. Lost and disconnected in a post-9/11 America, Johnny, Tunny, and Will struggle to find meaning in their lives. The three twenty-somethings flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but their paths quickly diverge as Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to a pregnant girlfriend, and Johnny descends into an urban underworld, following a seductive love interest and a deadly new best friend. As each of the three men learns to navigate his "alienation," we see in them America's struggle to find a new path in this new millennium, after a long period of darkness.
 
This powerful, high-octane, rock fable includes every song from Green Day's album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
 
NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.
more information at outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Friday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 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. 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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April 20 and 21

Opera Santa Barbara presents

Trouble in Tahiti and Gallantry

This double bill will play both nights

TIMES: Friday, April 20 at 7:30 P.M.
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Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 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 logotype April 22 and 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Friends

Featuring readings by Meredith Baxter & Joe Spano

Stories of friends and friendship.

Meredith Baxter reading Proper Wolf by Ron Carlson
Joe Spano reading Take My Hand by John Roman
Michael Bernard reading Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard
Pamela Dillman reading Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 23 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 20)

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 logotype May 20 and 21

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! Complete line-up of stories and readers to be announced soon.

Faline England reading The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
Megan Holaway reading The Haunting by John Connally
Joe Spano reading One Quarrel by Ron Carlson

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 21 at 7:30 P.M.

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

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 logotype June 15 and 16

Dance with Harout Performance Co. presents

The Seven Deadly Sins

Performance by the Dance with Harout Performance Co.

A sultry production where dancers will captivate your attention through nine exceptional dance numbers and sinful story-telling. Combining hip hop, modern dance, and burlesque…and offering a different perspective on sin. Special Guest Performance June 16th only.

Harout Aristakessian, Founder of the Dance with Harout (DWH) Performance Co., teaches dance classes that are open to dancers of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of dance experience. His students get the life-enriching journey of participating in a show from the early stages of choreography to dancing on stage in a professional production.

More information on their facebook page here

TIMES: Friday, June 15 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, June 16 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $32 general (in advance), $42 general (at the door)

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 logotypeSeptember 21

Dijo Productions presents

The Sorrow Cart

Announcing the most important show of the year!

Dijo Productions presents the West Coast premiere of The Sorrow Cart, a musical play about and for the homeless. All proceeds from the show will benefit The Soldiers Project to assist in aiding our homeless vets.

The Sorrow Cart brings to the stage an immense array of talent. It features well known K-LITE radio personality Catherine Remak, Ed Giron, most recently featured in A Walk In the Woods and host of the radio show Community Matters on KZSB Los Angeles casting director, actor and film director Chris Game, L.A. actress Lisa England, and renown Santa Barbara acting luminaries, including George Coe, Leslie Story, Erika Leachman, Richard Lonsbury, Oliver Hamilton, Phil Moreno, Rachel Christian, Van Riker, and Alison Waxman.

In this holiday season, this is Santa Barbara’s chance to help those most in need.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Give yourself the present of giving!
SUPPORT OUR HOMELESS VETS!

TIMES: Friday, September 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students, $10 military

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.