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.


speaking of stories logo of open bookJanuary 27 through March 18

Speaking of Stories Presents

Readers Theater Class

Uncover the Performer Inside of You!

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 of playwriting by reading aloud.

Classes are open to all experience levels. Class size is limited. (Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed.)

TIMES: Tuesdays, January 27 through March 17, at 1:30 P.M.

TIMES: Wednesdays, January 28 through March 18, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $203 registration fee

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)

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Posters howing hightway signsJanuary 23 through February 1

The Producing Unit presents

154 & Paradise

Written by Gerald DiPego
Directed by Peter Frisch

The Producing Unit proudly presents the world premiere of 154 and Paradise by Gerald DiPego, the celebrated screenwriter, sole credited author of Phenomenon with John Travolta, The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner, Instinct with Anthony Hopkins, Angel Eyes with Jennifer Lopez, Sharky's Machine with Burt Reynolds, and on and on.

Peter Frisch, former director of the Granada Theater restoration and opening seasons, stage director of 160 plays, musicals, cabaret and opera presentation and producer of 150 hours of network television, directs 154 & Paradise.

154 & Paradise is an extraordinary work, part Twilight Zone, part Six Characters in Search of an Author, part 12 Angry Men, about the ways in our lives are intertwined here on earth, the ways in which our every action and every word can affect each other and tip the scales of life’s delicate balance.

DiPego is a confirmed Magic Realist, and his plays, his characters and even the settings are not quite what they seem. We hope to give this script a wonderful launch as it will definitely have "legs" and eventually reach a national audience and publication.

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

TIMES: Friday, January 23, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 24, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, January 25, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, January 29, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday, January 31, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, January 31, at 9:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, February 1, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 general, $18 students and seniors, $11.50 student rush 30 minutes before curtain subject to availability, student 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)

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Poster showing dandelionFebruary 6 through 14

DramaDogs, a Theater Company presents

Tales of Woo and Woe:
A Journey of the Heart

A celebration of the follies, sorrows, and joys of love in the words and songs of William Shakespeare.

A theatre piece integrating various Shakespearean scenes, monologues, and songs to create a life journey of our woos and woes.

Using the powerful words of the Bard as our springboard, we will explore our relationships with ourselves and each other.

Valentine’s Day lasts for two weeks!

Directed by Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis. Set and lighting: by Theodore Michael Dolas. Featuring: E. Bonnie Lewis, Ken Gilbert, George Coe, Mindy Turano, Hylla Sue Fischer, Jennifer Marco, Mack Urbanowicz, and Josh Jenkins

For more information, visit www.dramadogs.org

This Project is funded in part by the Community Arts Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. It is also funded in part by the Center Stage Rent Subsidy Program.

TIMES: Friday, February 6, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 7, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, February 8, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, February 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, February 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 14, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, February 14, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 students/seniors SPECIAL: “Pay What You Can” February 8 and 14 (at 2 P.M.). At the door or by phone only (no online sales). Suggested minimum donation $8. Cash or check 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 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

Speaking of Stories logo of open bookFebruary 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FRANCESCA MARCIANO

Speaking of Stories continues its season with a collection of stories from Italian author Francesca Marciano's brilliant recent collection "The Other Language." Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Ann Dusenberry reading "Roman Romance"
Meredith McMinn reading "Chanel"
Anne Torsiglieri reading "The Italian System"

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Speaking of Francesca Marciano February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Celebration of Stories April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, February 16, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

posterFebruary 22 through 27

Proboscis Productions presents

Fellinifest 2015

La La La Strada

A Theater Festival for Movie Lovers

A five-day festival of plays about movies and the people who made them.  Three premiere, original productions.  Jeff Mills and Proboscis Theater Company present La La La Strada, a new play that explores the creation of Federico Fellini's iconic 1953 film La Strada.  Hungarian theater artist Eva Magyar present Marlene: The Competition, a one-women exploration of the trials and challenges faces by a  Marlene Dietrich impersonator living in London circa 2014.  The Paradise Theater from Chimacum Washington presents Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells, a tour de force solo performance that brings the giant and magnetic personality of Orson Wells to life.

TIMES: Sunday, February 22, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Tuesday, February 24, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Thursday, February 26, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Friday, February 27, at 9:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $23 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 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)

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posterFebruary 23

Proboscis Productions presents

Fellinifest 2015

Marlene:
The Competition

A Theater Festival for Movie Lovers

A five-day festival of plays about movies and the people who made them.  Three premiere, original productions.  Jeff Mills and Proboscis Theater Company present La La La Strada, a new play that explores the creation of Federico Fellini's iconic 1953 film La Strada.  Hungarian theater artist Eva Magyar present Marlene: The Competition, a one-women exploration of the trials and challenges faces by a  Marlene Dietrich impersonator living in London circa 2014.  The Paradise Theater from Chimacum Washington presents Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells, a tour de force solo performance that brings the giant and magnetic personality of Orson Wells to life.

TIMES: Monday, February 23, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $23 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 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

posterFebruary 27

Proboscis Productions presents

Fellinifest 2015

Rosebud:
The Lives of Orson Wells

A Theater Festival for Movie Lovers

A five-day festival of plays about movies and the people who made them.  Three premiere, original productions.  Jeff Mills and Proboscis Theater Company present La La La Strada, a new play that explores the creation of Federico Fellini's iconic 1953 film La Strada.  Hungarian theater artist Eva Magyar present Marlene: The Competition, a one-women exploration of the trials and challenges faces by a  Marlene Dietrich impersonator living in London circa 2014.  The Paradise Theater from Chimacum Washington presents Rosebud: The Lives of Orson Wells, a tour de force solo performance that brings the giant and magnetic personality of Orson Wells to life.

TIMES: Friday, February 27, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $23 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 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

Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMarch 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FOOD

A Collection of Tasty Tales

Speaking of Stories continues its season with stories about one of our favorite topics -- food! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

"How to Make an Apple Pie" by Elizabeth Berg read by Linda Burrows
"The Kitchen Child" by Angela Carter read by Pamela Dillman
"A Really Big Lunch" by Jim Harrison reader TBA
"Family Dining" by Aleksandar Hemon read by Bob Lesser

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Speaking of Francesca Marciano February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Celebration of Stories April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, March 16, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, March 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 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 dancersMarch 22

Hart Pulse Dance Company presents

Hart Pulse Dance Company California Tour 2015

Celebrating its ninth year of contemporary dance, Hart Pulse Dance Company is hitting the road with a traveling show featuring its most loved works and a world premiere! With a four-city California tour launching in March, Hart Pulse Dance is excited to not only be bringing its love for exciting and soulful dance to new audiences, but also to be sharing the stage with local dance companies and artists in each city along the way.

Recognized by the New York Times this past August and voted LA's Top Dance Show by LA Weekly newspaper, Hart Pulse Dance Company is known for its dynamic partnering, beautiful storytelling and addictive musical choices.

Hart Pulse Dance Company's 2015 California Tour will offer company-taught master classes the day of each performance and post-show mingling so dancers and audiences alike can get to know its dancers and director. This tour is guaranteed to move you, impress you, and leave you wanting more!

For more information, visit www.hartpulsedance.com

TIMES: Sunday, March 22, at 3:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students with I.D.

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)

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PosterApril 2 through 12

Out of the box theatre company presents

the wild party

Music, book and lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March

In the 1920s, urban America shed its moral inhibitions as brazenly as women had discarded their high-button shoes and whalebone corsets. Hot jazz, flappers and flowing bootleg booze were emblematic of a devil-may-care, post-WWI cynicism and irrational exuberance. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, The Wild Party evokes the darker recesses of that era.

Adapted from a once-banned, book-length poem written in and about the Roaring Twenties, The Wild Party is a steamy prohibition tale that tells the story of one wild evening in the Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie and Burrs, a chorus dancer and a vaudeville clown. In a relationship marked by vicious behavior and recklessness, they decide to throw a party to end all parties... but after a long night of hellbent hedonism, jealousy erupts and a romantic double-triangle ends in tragedy.

NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.

More info at www.outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Thursday, April 2, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 4, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, April 9, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, April 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, April 12, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $15 student (with student ID)

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

Speaking of Stories logo of open bookApril 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

CELEBRATION OF STORIES

Great Stories by a Collection of Wonderful Authors

Speaking of Stories continues its season with an eclectic group of charming stories, full of charm and a few surprises. 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!

"An Empty Jacket" by Wendell Berry
"Chilvary" by Neil Gaiman
"Baggage Claim" by Marina Keegan
"Julia and the Warlord" by B.J. Novak
"The Rematch" by B.J. Novak
"Plenty Good Fiesta" by Elizabeth Taylor

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Speaking of Francesca Marciano February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Celebration of Stories April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 20, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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

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

Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMay 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF T.C. BOYLE

Speaking of Stories concludes its season with a collection of stories by one of our favorite authors! Stories will be announced soon. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Speaking of Francesca Marciano February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Celebration of Stories April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 18, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, May 14)

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

box office photo

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.