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.


Title: Swapped 2016September 10

Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults presents

Swapped

A gender-reversed musical theatre cabaret

Join the Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults for the first annual Swapped, a gender miscast musical review featuring songs from popular musicals. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers as our talented students perform, creating a cabaret atmosphere. VIP seating includes your own seat at a front row table and additional perks.

Be sure to come early (6:45) to participate in a silent auction to be continued during intermission, featuring goods from local artisans and businesses. All proceeds will go towards helping SB TIYA further their goal of bringing youth theater to the Santa Barbara Community.

Click here to visit The Santa Barbara Theatre Initiative for Young Adults Facebook page

TIMES: Saturday, September 10, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 students, $35 (VIP parties of more than one, purchase VIP seating together to ensure the same table)

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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An actor in a mask stands over two prostrate actorsSeptember 11

UC SANTA BARBARA DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE PRESENTS

THE ODYSSEY PROJECT

TO HAVE A VOICE IS TO HAVE A CHOICE

By Homer and the Cast

Directed by Michael Morgan

Returning for its sixth year, The Odyssey Project partners teens from Los Prietos Boys Camp with UC students through a theatrical collaboration. Supported by a network of university and community teaching artists including a mask maker, hip-hop music artists, mime/movement specialist, fight and dance choreographers, together they re-write The Odyssey of Homer using their own life stories. Everyone in the cast is a hero or heroine on their path to empowerment—their personal Ithaca. Come journey with us!

“The show they captured was varied, upbeat, and revealing. Through a variety of techniques, including recitation from the Odyssey, enactments of its scenes, dance, shared personal stories, raps, and affirmations, the cast created a hybrid virtual world that contained both the grandeur and exoticism of the ancient Mediterranean and the gritty, uncompromising reality of life at risk in contemporary Southern California.” —Independent

For more information, visit www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/projects/odyssey/ and http://odysseyprojectfilm.com

TIMES: Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 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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a goldfishSeptember 15 through 18

DramaDogs presents

The Boondawgle Estate

World Premiere of The Boondawgle Estate by Peter McDonough

Served up during the early 1930s at a manor home in upstate New York, the recipe for this comedy folds in a little farce, a splash of vaudeville, a split personality, a dash of skullduggery, a hint of gender bending, a distasteful elixir, a pinch of mistaken identity, an assortment of odd characters, a dose of the true meaning of family, and one goldfish.

Directed by Ken Gilbert
Music by Eric Valinsky
Stage Management/Prop Master: Katelyn Tustin
Set and Lighting Design by Theodore Michael Dolas
Costume Design by Miller James

Featuring: Josh Jenkins, Sean Jackson, Marisol Miller-Wave, E. Bonnie Lewis, Meredith McMinn, Kathy Marden, Leslie Ann Story, and Paul Canter

Thursday September 15 performance only will be a benefit for Santa Barbara PlayFest. Tickets are $53 and the evening will include a pre-performance reception, intermission refreshments on the Center Stage Terrace and a post-performance reception with the actors, playwright and PlayFest Board.

TIMES: Thursday, September 15, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, September 16, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 17, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 17, at 7:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 18, at 6:00 P.M.

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

TICKETS: $53 general, $96 for two tickets (Thursday September 15 performance 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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headshots of three guitaristsSeptember 30

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration presents

A Classical Guitar Celebration

with Fiore, Feriante and Chapdelaine

Giacomo Fiore, Andre Feriante and Michael Chapdelaine will present a classical and contemporary repertoire and original pieces including music by Santa Barbara and other California-based composers. Presented informally in the round, trading stories and humor, the evening will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar.

Giacomo Fiore is an Italian-born guitarist and musicologist livng in San Francisco and teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of San Francisco, and UC Santa Cruz.

Segovia-trained and award winning guitarist/composer Andre Feriante has introduced a sensual and contemporary sound to an otherwise traditional genre. His creative blend of classical, flamenco and Brazilian styles speaks to people from all walks of life.

Michael Chapdelaine is the only guitarist ever to win First Prize in the world’s top competitions in both the Classical and Fingerstyle genres; the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition and the National Fingerstyle Championships.

TIMES: Friday, September 30, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general $12 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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Actress in sunglassesOctober 8

Cynthia Waring presents

Bodies Unbound

Written and Performed by Cynthia Waring, Directed by Jill André

As seen in New York City, Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bodies Unbound is the triumphant story of a woman who left a convent—where she went to escape the pain of her life—and became a massage therapist. In laying her hands on more than 30,000 people, she discovered the sacredness of ordinary experience and the wisdom of the flesh. The poetry of her story will sing in your blood and touch you to the marrow of your bones. A must see for those committed to healing. Gillian McIntosh, Whole Life Times

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

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

TICKETS: $23 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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Image of a bloody hand holding a bloody axNovember 3 through 13

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Lizzie

Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner

Lizzie is a rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America's favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes, feature films, and the Lifetime channel, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as America's first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, why?

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M.

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

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

TIMES: Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, November 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 13, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 student 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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Image of a record album with headphonesApril 20 through 30

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

High Fidelity

Music by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Bring It On The Musical, If/Then)

Lyrics by Amanda Green (Bring It On The Musical, Hands on a Hardbody)

Book by David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Shrek the Musical, Good People)

Meet Rob Gordon, a thirty-something, indie record store owner who knows everything there is to know about music but nothing about how to have a mature, functional relationship. Based on the popular novel by Nick Hornby (and the 2000 film featuring John Cusack), High Fidelity follows Rob on an introspective evaluation of his life and lost loves though an original rock and roll score that's peppered with musical references to some of the great rock and pop artists of our time.

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Times: Thursday April 20, at 8:00 P.M.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 student 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.