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 logotypeOctober 20 through 22

DogStar Theater presents

The Foreigner

Directed by Nita Davanzo

This timely story is both hilarious and frighteningly relevant. Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play (1984) and Best Off- Broadway Production, based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.

"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another."The New Yorker.

"...a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life..." —Village Voice.

"Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of
sentimentality...He has raided comedy's storehouse..." — Bergen Record.

The 2:00 show on Sunday, October 22 will be followed by a talkback with the director and cast

Starring:
Justin Davanzo
Ming Lauren Holden
Matt Smith
Leslie Story
Matt Cooper
Tyler X Koontz
& Van Riker

10% of all profits will be donated to The Anti-Defamation League in support of their fight against all forms of hatred and bigotry.

TIMES: Friday, October 20, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 P.M.
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Sunday, October 22 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $28 general, $20 students, seniors, and veterans

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 logotypeOctober 27 and 28

The Dance Network presents

The Voodoo Strut

The Dance Network is proud to present our third annual Halloween showcase!

This fall performance features Halloween-themed dance pieces, fun costumes, some tricks, and a surprise treat at the end of the show! Our unique showcase can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come see performers ranging in age from 3 to almost 80 years old in a variety of dance styles, including tap, hip hop, jazz, salsa, contemporary, and more! Our talented choreographers this year are Meredith Cabaniss, Kelli Forman, Karyn Laver, Emma Neumann, Daniel Rojo, Bethany Sutherland, and Kyle Ybarra. Our dance family is looking forward to having a blast with all of you!

TIMES: Friday, October 27, at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $22 general, $13 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 logotypeOctober 31 through November 4

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

The Rocky Horror Show

Let’s do the time warp again!
Book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien.

A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of the 20th century, The Rocky Horror Show centers around two naive lovers, Brad and Janet. Seeking shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle, they find themselves thrust into the laboratory of the cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and his motley crew. Stripped of inhibitions - and their clothes - Brad and Janet embark on a wild, unforgettable journey of pleasure and self-discovery. Reality, fiction, and camp collide in this mash-up of comics, rock and roll, and late-night horror flicks.

NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.

more information at outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Tuesday, October 31, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Wednesday, November 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Thursday, November 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Friday, November 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $35 premium interactive seating (includes a prop bag), $28 general, $15 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 logotypeNovember 2

City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara presents

2017 Arts Symposium

South County - November 2, 9:00am to 4:30pm
at Center Stage Theater and the Balboa Building


Arts Fund Us: How to Monetize Your Art featuring Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans and Randy Cohen, VP of Americans for the Arts

Join the arts and culture community to learn about ways that your art can be a revenue source. Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans, will share his experience of how arts facilitated New Orleans' economic renaissance after Hurricane Katrina. Randy Cohen, Vice President of Americans for the Arts, will explain how nonprofit arts organizations generated over $50 million in income last year in Santa Barbara County.

This is a day you can't afford to miss! Everybody is welcome.

more information at Sbac.ca.gov/symposium

2017 Arts Symposium Santa Barbara:
Thurs., Nov. 2


AM SESSION: BALBOA BUILDING 735 State Street next to Banana Republic

9:00 a.m. - noon
AM Plenary/Keynote: Arts Make Dollars and Sense + Q & A
Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy, Americans for the Arts

LUNCH
12:00 p.m. Lunchtime Dine Arounds & Networking
Option 1: Arts Education in Santa Barbara (Host) at Blue Owl Cafe
Option 2: Pacific Standard Time (includes brief tour of the MCASB) at California Pizza Kitchen

PM SESSION: CENTER STAGE THEATER
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
PM Plenary/Keynote: How the Arts Revitalized New Orleans Post-Katrina + Q & A
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans

more information at Arts Symposium 
more information at Americans For The Arts
more information at Arts Council of New Orleans

TIMES: Thursday, November 2, at 9:00 A.M.
TIMES: Thursday, November 2 at 12:00 P.M.
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Thursday, November 2 at 1:30 P.M.
TICKETS: $5 general (each session), $15 Lunchtime dine arounds

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 logotypeNovember 3

City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara presents

2017 Arts Symposium

North County – November 3, 9:00am to 12:00pm at Milani Community Center

 

North County - 9:00-12pm at the Milani Community Center
Nov 3: Hey North County! Join fellow members of the arts and culture community across disciplines at the Milani Community Center to learn about ways that your art can be a revenue source. Randy Cohen, Vice President of Americans for the Arts, will explain ways that nonprofit arts organizations generated over $50 million in income for artists and cultural practitioners last year in Santa Barbara County.
This is a day you can't afford to miss! Everybody is welcome.

more information at Sbac.ca.gov/symposium

Santa Maria Schedule
AM SESSION: MINAMI COMMUNITY CENTER
9:00 a.m. - noon
AM Plenary/Keynote: Arts Make Dollars and Sense + Q & A
Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy, Americans for the Arts

more information at Arts Symposium 
more information at Americans For The Arts

TIMES: Friday, November 3 at 9:00 A.M.
TICKETS: $5 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 November 19

SHANNON NOEL AND STACIE BURROWS present

An Evening with
MOMMY TONK &
THE ASSLESS CHAPS

Mommy Tonk Celebrates The Release of Their Debut Album.
2 Moms. 1 Guitar. Cursing in Perfect Harmony.

Hire the babysitter, call your girlfriends, take your spouse on a date! Mommy Tonk is a musical comedy duo based in Los Angeles. This 90-minute show about motherhood and marriage is packed full of irreverent comedy, heartfelt storytelling, and the prettiest, filthiest music you ever did hear. Backed by The Assless Chaps, a fiddle-based variety trio performing American roots music in a country and bluegrass style, these ladies don’t hold back—they say, or rather sing, what you've been thinking all along. CDs for sale at the show so you can take the party home with you.

For more information, visit their website or check them out on Facebook

TIMES: Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 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. 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 3

Speaking of Stories presents

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney
Starring Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Two Performances only!

The stars of the iconic Eighties sitcom Family Ties reunite to bring to life A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular Love Letters. A benefit performance for Speaking of Stories. Two performances only! Join us on the patio after the performance for a reception with the actors.

TIMES: Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMESSunday, December 3, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $150 sponsor, $25 general, $20 students and 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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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.

 

BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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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.