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.


posterMay 4

Jacquelyn De Longe presents

Expressing Motherhood Santa Barbara

The National Play about Motherhood
Created in 2008 by Lindsay Kavet and Jessica Cribbs

Directed and produced by Jacquelyn De Longe

Expressing Motherhood is coming to Santa Barbara’s Center Stage Theater! This national hit production has been showcasing true stories about motherhood to sold-out audiences since 2008. This one night only show is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day, with readings from published authors Ann Faison and Judy Silk, and tales by many more talented storytellers and actors. Enjoy musical performances by comedic duo Mommy Tonk and local song bird Tommie Vaughn of Wall of Tom.

For more info, visit http://expressingmotherhood.com/

Cast:
Ann Faison
Cybil Gilbertson
Judy Silk
Karen Kasaba
Maria Cina
Meredith Miller
Michelle Joyner
Karen Rappaport
Mommy Tonk
Tommie Vaughn

TIMES: Wednesday, May 4 at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general in advance, $28 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 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

black-and-white photo of seated audience membersMay 5

Weslie Ching presents

CRIT: Spring ’16

CRIT: Spring ’16 is the latest installment of a series of free informal showings of new works and works-in-progress by local performing artists followed by a community critique. Come check out some new work and let us know your reaction! We'll keep it short, easy, and fun. We welcome both long-time performing arts aficionados and curious newbies.

The artists this round are Robin Bisio & Ethan Turpin, Ally Bortolazzo, Amanda Staples, and Melissa Lowenstein, with a post show critique moderated by Elizabeth Folk.

INFO/CONTACT: wesliechingdance.com/CRIT or info@wesliechingdance.com

TIMES: Thursday, May 5, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: Free admission

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 shows a cartoon candy house with a photo of pink ballet slippers in the backgroundMay 7

Inspire Dance SB presents

Hansel and Gretel

A storybook ballet based on the classic fairy tale. Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister tricked and kidnapped by an evil witch living deep in the forest in a house made of cake and confectionery. The two children save their own lives by outsmarting her and escaping her evil clutches.

This short ballet, filled with Village Children, a Witch, a Mysterious Gypsy Storyteller, Enchanting Woodland Creatures and Fairies is sure to capture even the youngest audience members’ heart. Come join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara in its premier of‘Hansel and Gretel and enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend. You will be charmed by performances from dancers age 5 years and up and dazzled by new sets and costumes. Artistic Director Sean Lynn Crawford.

For more details contact Inspire Dance SB at info@inspiredanceartssantabarbara.com or phone (805) 770-5295.

TIMES: Saturday, May 7, at 4:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 7, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 senior/student, $10 children under 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 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Adderly logoMay 8

The Adderley School presents

Adderley April Workshops

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

TIMES: Sunday, May 8, at 1:00 P.M.

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

logo in the form of a tavern blade sign, showing the New York skylineMay 13 through 21

The Producing Unit presents

Yankee Tavern

Directed by Peter Frisch

The Producing Unit, Santa Barbara’s award-winning theater company, announces its next play, Yankee Tavern, by one of the most produced playwrights in America, Steven Dietz.

The play takes place in a crumbling, dusty and somewhat eerie New York City bar, the Yankee Tavern, where an engaged young couple have inherited the premises due to the untimely and somewhat suspicious death of the boy’s father.

Ray, a cantankerous, colorful character provides additional layers of mystery with his many theories regarding a variety of subjects: the moon walk, the JFK assassination, 9/11 and the truth about Kleenex’s plot to increase seasonal allergies.

The mystery is enhanced when a baseball cap–wearing stranger with little to say enters and orders a beer for himself and his invisible friend. Suddenly an edge-of-your-seat thriller becomes reality and characters hurtle towards the powerful conclusion.

Yankee Tavern features four of Santa Barbara’s finest actors, including Golden Globe award-winner Joseph Bottoms (Ray), New York City actor Charlie Rohlfs (Adam), local Santa Barbara favorite Bill Egan (Palmer) and LA actress and Santa Barbara newcomer Hayley O’Connor (Janet).

Steven Dietz is an American playwright whose 30+ plays have been widely produced in the U.S. and internationally. In 2010, Dietz was once again named one of the Most Produced Playwrights in America, placing eighth on the list, tied with Tennessee Williams and Edward Albe.! Dietz was awarded the 2011–2012 Ingram New Works Fellowship (joins David Auburn and John Patrick Shanley).

Yankee Tavern is a cousin to John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: The play isn’t really about what did or didn’t happen; it’s about the agony of uncertainty.” —Miami Herald.

Yankee Taver is a very sly play from a highly accomplished craftsman of the theater.” —Chicago Tribune

“One helluva show…slyly fashioned as an edge-of-your-seat thriller.” —Daily News

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

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

TIMES: Sunday, May 15, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 19, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, May 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, May 21, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 general, $25 seniors, $18 students w/ID, $11.50 student rush (available 30 minutes before curtain)

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

poster containing headshots of the readersMay 22

Speaking of Stories presents

LITERARY POTPOURRI

A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared – something old, something new and something Twilight Zone! A new story by author Christina Winn, a classic bit of humor from P.G. Wodehouse and finally a story that inspired an episode of Twilight Zone.

Please note that for the May performance we will be doing two shows on Sunday, at 2:00 and 6:00, instead of our traditional Sunday and Monday schedule.

Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk (or maybe a glass of wine) —to toast the stories and the conclusion of a great season.

Meredith Baxter reading “Arco” by Christian Winn
John Fink reading “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse
Anne Guynn reading “Beautiful People” by Charles Beaumont
Sylvia Short reading “Enemies” by Nadine Gordimer

For more information, visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, May 22, at 6:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, May 20)

Other than A Level season subscribers, 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

May 25 and 26

UCSB Dept. of Theater & Dance presents

UCSB DANCE COMPANY IN CONCERT

Directed by Delila Moseley

Choreography by Cherice Barton, Guest Artist, Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston, Christina McCarthy, and Jerry Pearson, Faculty, UCSB and “Dances for Isadora” by Jose Limon.

TIMES: Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, May 26, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Adderly logoMay 27 and 28

Santa Barbara Festival Ballet presents

Cinderella

Denise Rinaldi, artistic director

Based upon the classical ballet

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

TIMES: Saturday, May 28, at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students and 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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BOX OFFICE (805) 963-0408 (V/TDD)

Adderly logoJune 10, 17, and 18

Dance With Harout presents

Love, Seduction

& an Armenian Grandmother!

The Dance with Harout Performance Company comes back for their second year at Center Stage, presenting Love Seduction & an Armenian Grandmother! Prepare yourself for a wild ride as you learn about love, seduction and the hilarious adventures of an Armenian grandmother through dance styles encompassing Burlesque, Hip Hop, Jazz Funk and Armenian! You don’t want to miss this!

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

TIMES: Friday, June 17, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, June 18, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $30 general (in advance), $40 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 seating is on a limited basis, or is not allowed at all once the performance begins. Please plan your arrival time accordingly.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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

Poster showing a cancan dancerJuly 16 and 17

CENTER STAGE THEATER & SPEAKING OF STORIES presents

THE 28TH ANNUAL
SANTA BARBARA
FRENCH FESTIVAL

The Santa Barbara French Festival returns to Oak Park July 16 and 17 to celebrate Bastille Day and all the things that make the French cultural history so rich. Great food, wine, mimosas, crepes, delicious pastries, music, dance—and, of course, the infamous Poodles & Pals Parade! The Santa Barbara French Festival is an event not to be missed. It's a Dance Festival, a Music Festival, an Arts & Crafts Festival and, of course, a Food Festival! It is also a way to support Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories, two great Santa Barbara arts organizations. Each day the fun starts at 11:00 am when the entertainment kicks off on three different stages and continues non-stop until 7:00. The stages are filled with dance and music from more than 30 different acts including performances, audience participation opportunities and instruction. And every minute of entertainment is all free! Great entertainment is only part of what the French Festival has to offer—more than 70 booths will be offering everything from crepes and delicious French pastries to face painting and henna tattoos. You can grab a mimosa or a beer, as you peruse some beautiful paintings and photography. Enjoy a delicious crepe while shopping for your French Festival t-shirt and beret. Take a moment for a quick massage before you settle in for the next performance with a sinfully delicious croissant. All in the beautiful setting of Santa Barbara's Oak Park. Center Stage Theater and Speaking of Stories are pleased to present this great community event, which serves as a joint fundraiser for the two organizations. For complete details on the performers, food, crafts, shopping and activities visit FrenchFestival.com or "Like" us on Facebook so you get all the updates as the Festival approaches.

The 28th Annual Santa Barbara French Festival Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17, 11:00 to 7:00 in Oak Park at 300 W. Alamar. Admission is Free and the Festival is a non-smoking event.

For more information visit FrenchFestival.com, frenchfestival@sbcoxmail.com or call 805-963-8198.

TIMES: Saturday, July 16, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, July 17, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Admission is free!

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)

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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 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.