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.


PosterJuly 18 through August 10

DIJO Productions presents

Ghetto

Directed by Ed Giron

Music Director Bill Waxman

Joshua Sobol's powerful play based on true events about residents of a wartime Jewish ghetto who entertain the Nazis in exchange for their lives. Not suitable for children. Contains adult themes, gunfire, loud noises.

TIMES: Preview Friday, July 18, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, July 19, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 20, at 2:00 P.M.

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

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

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

TIMES: Friday, August 1, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Sunday, August 3, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday, August 9, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, August 10, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Preview, July 18: $18 general. All other dates: $25 general, $21 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.

 

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PosterJuly 24

The Adderley School presents

July Adderley Workshops

TIMES: Thursday, July 24, at 6:00 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME

TIMES: Thursday, July 24, at 7:30 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more (by phone or at the box office only), $33 VIP (with reserved seating)

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.

 

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PosterAugust 14

The Adderley School presents

August Adderley 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 14, at 5:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, August 14, at 6:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, August 14, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more (by phone or at the box office 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.

 

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PosterAugust 15

The Goleta School of Ballet presents

Giselle

Goleta School of Ballet’s Summer Intensive students present the full-length classic Giselle. Students participating in the GSB 5-week summer course will culminate their studies in this classic ballet presentation.

TIMES: Friday, August 15 at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

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 seated 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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PosterAugust 21

The Adderley School presents

August Adderley 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 21, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more (by phone or at the box office 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.

 

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PosterSeptember 4

Samuel A. Simon presents

The Actual Dance

A love story by Samuel A. Simon

An award-winning play, directed by Kate Holland, performed by Sam Simon

The Actual Dance is one of the most beautiful love stories ever told—a spiritually inspiring journey, from navigating the uncharted waters of a cancer diagnosis, through the fear and trepidation at the possible loss of a spouse, and ultimately achieving dual survival through the power of love. Upon learning his wife’s grim diagnosis of breast cancer, the ringing in Sam’s ear was not as one would expect, in fact it was an orchestra, playing the music of his life—The Actual Dance.

A special presentation of The Actual Dance in Santa Barbara in advance of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Sam and his wife, Susan, will both participate in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer September 7 & 8 in Santa Barbara.

From People Who Have Seen the Show:
“It was personally moving an cathartic for me and my family.”
“A special experience that I won’t forget. Thanks, Sam.”
“Really shook me when I heard you talk about your mom.…”
“You are Fabulous!!”
“Sam, [you] give voice to a perspective and experience not often heard—the experience of husbands coping with wives’ serious illnesses. You are a rare male voice in the breast cancer journey.”

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the playwright.

Learn more at www.theactualdance.com

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

TICKETS: $18 general, $12 walkers or crew for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

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.

 

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PosterSeptember 20

On Edge Festival presents

Faye Driscoll
You're Me (Redux)

Performed by Faye Driscoll and Jesse Zarritt

The On Edge Festival is a program of the MCA Santa Barbara. More info at www.mcasantabarbara.org

TIMES: Saturday, September 20, at 8:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $15 general, $10 Students (with valid 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.

 

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PosterSeptember 21

On Edge Festival presents

Janie Geiser
Fugitive Time

World premiere, co-commissioned by the On Edge Festival

The On Edge Festival is a program of the MCA Santa Barbara. More info at www.mcasantabarbara.org

TIMES: Sunday, September 21, at 7:00 P.M. NOTE EARLY TIME

TICKETS: $15 general, $10 Students (with valid 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.

 

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PosterNovember 6 through 16

Out of the box theatre company presents

Bare: A Rock Opera

Music by Damon Intrabartolo
Book and Lyrics by Jon Hartmere.

A contemporary rock musical in the vein of Spring Awakening and RENT, BARE: A Rock Opera explores the story of a group of coed Catholic boarding school students wrestling with identity, sexuality and religion. It centers on the secret relationship that develops between two male roommates, until their secrets come to light and their friends become entangled in the controversy. Set to an electrifying rock score, BARE is a provocative and tender story of love, friendship, secrets, acceptance, and consequences.

NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.

More info at www.outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Thursday, November 6, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 7, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Sunday, November 9, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, November 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 14, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 16, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 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.

 

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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: Sunday, April 5, at 2:00 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: $25 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

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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.