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.


Logo showing letter A in front of a red curtainAugust 13

The Adderley School presents

Adderley August Workshops

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

TIMES: Thursday, August 13, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 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 seated 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  Click for a complete listing

photo of ballerinasAugust 14

Goleta School of Ballet presents

Summer Workshop Performance

Goleta School of Ballet presents the Summer Intensive Workshop Performance on August 14. This performance is the culmination of the five-week summer program for pre-professional students and features excerpts from classic ballets Paquita, Swan Lake, Don Quixote and La Vivandiere.

TIMES: Friday, August 14, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $18 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 seated 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  Click for a complete listing

photo of ballerinasAugust 15

Center Stage Theater presents

Center Stage theater
25th anniversary celebration

Join us for a gala celebration of Center Stage Theater’s first 25 years!

Please join us on August 15th for a party worthy of our 25 years—delectable treats and cocktails followed by a special performance showcasing the diversity and talent that fills Center Stage each year: Alma de Mexico, Santa Barbara Silver Follies, Proboscis Theater Company, and more.  Our goal is to raise $25,000 for capital improvements to make the theater even better for the next 25.

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For more information visit CenterStageTheater.org, cstheater@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, August 15, reception at 7:00 P.M., performance at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $50 general

SPONSORSHIPS: $250 (with 2 tickets), $500 (with 4 tickets), $1,000 (with 10 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 seated 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  Click for a complete listing

photo of ballerinasAugust 21 through September 5

So Called Productions presents

Pvt. Wars

Written by James McLure

Directed by Bill Egan

Starring George Coe, Sean Jackson and Sean O’Shea.

All proceeds benefit The Santa Barbara Theatre Awards

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

TIMES: Saturday, August 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, August 23, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Wednesday, August 26, at 8:00 P.M..

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

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

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

TIMES: Sunday, August 30, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Tuesday, September 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Wednesday, September 2, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday, September 5, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 general in advance, $30 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 seated 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  Click for a complete listing

Poster showing someone in a Tibetan mask playing a guitarSeptember 25 through October 4

The Producing Unit presents

What Rhymes with America

Written by Melissa James Gibson

Directed by Peter Frisch

A father and his teenage daughter stand on either side of a closed door. Life is unraveling for him, and it is entirely uncertain for her. So begins Melissa James Gibson's poignant and hysterically funny play about estrangement and the partially examined life. Four lost souls fight their losing battle for identity and happiness in an unforgiving world.

Starring Bill Egan, Deborah Bertling, Ariel Eakin and Ivy Vahanian

Peter Frisch, former Executive Director of the Granada Theater, stage director of 160 plays, musicals, cabaret and opera, producer of 150 hours of network television, directs Gibson’s miniature, quirky, gem of a play.

Hank (Bill Egan) is a recently separated dad. Because of the messy way his marriage is ending, he tries to define a new relationship with his 16-year-old daughter, Marlene (Ariel Eakin). Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Hank finds a friend in the needy and unpredictable Sheryl (Ivy Vahanian) and thanks to a chance meeting, he becomes involved with the seriously complicated Lydia (Deborah Bertling). What Rhymes With America examines how Hank adjusts to his new life and juggles relationships with these three, very different women. The 2012 “dramedy” mixes big laughs with truly heartbreaking moments.

"This touching, sorrowful comedy [is]…full of compassionate wonder at the innumerable ways in which lives can go wrong."

—NY Times.

"Gibson writes fluidly and beautifully for that Impatient Age, slowing down our emotional metabolism for deeper scrutiny.

—New York Magazine.

"People in Melissa James Gibson's enchanting, tough-minded, 85-minute play, WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA, feel their way around life with an off-balance neediness that is both morose and unexpectedly engaging

—Newsday.

For more information, visit www.TheProducingUnit.org and www.facebook.com/TheProducingUnit

TIMES: Friday, September 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, October 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, October 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 3, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, October 4, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 general, $18 students, $11.50 student rush 30 minutes before curtain subject to availability, I.D. required

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 seated 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  Click for a complete listing

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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

Purchase by Phone with Visa or Mastercard: (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.