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.


Poster with logotypeFebruary 26 through March 1

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories III

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures. Everything from refugees fleeing Vietnam to a “commando” trip to an ex’s wedding, your Santa Barbara neighbors have some wonderful stories to share! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Bill One:
Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 P.M.
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M.

Deborah Bertling reading Christmas on the 405
Deborah Donohue reading Twenty-Two Weeks
Beverlye Hyman Fead reading Paths We Have Taken
Nancy Gutfreund reading Elemental Differences: The Opera Singer and Auschwitz
Perie Longo reading Resurrecting My Husband's First Wife
Julia McHugh reading The Name Game
Adele Menichella reading Reliable Messenger
Maureen Murdock reading Tinkertoy Windmills
Fred Nadis reading Flight of the Bumblebee
Tam Trinh reading The Great Escape

Bill Two:
Monday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M.
Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 P.M.

Carolyn Butcher reading Commando Spider Complications
Holly Doden reading The Morning
Gary James reading Well-Hung Walls
Susan Keller reading Games People Play
Peggy Lamb reading Big Agnes
Elaine Lopez reading Escape
Kathy Marden reading What a Shame
Lance Mason reading Getting it Back
Pauline Brand Nelson reading How Checkbooks Work
Kelly Samuels reading I am Here

TIMES: Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 P.M. (BILL ONE)
TIMES: Monday, February 27, at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)
TIMES: Tuesday, February 28, at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
TIMES: Wednesday, March 1, at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Wednesday night only, must be purchased by Friday, February 24)
$20 for 2nd bill (If you purchased a ticket for one bill and would like to go to the other you may purchase a discounted ticket. Please call the box office to arrange)

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.

 

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

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Poster with logotypeMarch 1 through April 26

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 skills needed for spoken word performance. Eight two-hour class meetings and a final performance. Class will not meet on March 29. 2 sessions of the class will be offered, both on Wednesdays one at 3:30 and one at 6:00. (Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed.) Classes are open to all experience levels. Class size is limited.


TIMES: Wednesdays, March 1 through April 26, at 3:30 P.M. (No class on March 29)
TIMES: Wednesdays, March 1 through April 26, at 6:00 P.M. (No class on March 29)

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 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 with logotypeMarch 4 through 11

Santa Barbara Dance Arts presents

Configuration 2017

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and The Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and sassy jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat. This year, you can also see our award winning Competition Team, choreography by local favorite Brittany Sandoval, Director Alana Tillim is excited to present a “The Blue Light Between Us” a commentary on our phones and social media. Fresh from NYC, Lauren Serrano’s award winning “Stop The Hate” is a tribute to the victims of the PULSE Orlando shooting. Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors while they compete for a $250 cash prize courtesy of American Riviera Bank will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 4, at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, March 5, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, March 10, at 7:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, March 11, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, March 11, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $53 patron, $22 general, $15 Student (matinees only)
TICKETS: Pricing above includes a $3.00/ticket surcharge assessed by the theatre. Additional fees apply for online purchases.

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 with logotypeMarch 25

A Mariano Silva Production, www.Dance805.com presents

Experience the Magic of Brazil

A Folkloric Performance Showcase Featuring the Bahia Magia Dance Co.

Let your imagination take you on an adventure as the magic of Brazil comes to life just before your eyes in the breathtaking performances by the Bahia Magia Dance Company – A Mariano Silva Production. In vivid celebration of the rich history of Brazilian culture the Bahia Magia Dance Company’s performances include acrobatic Capoeira demonstrations, live Brazilian percussion and drumming ensemble, Orixa dances, traditional African Brazilian dances, stick fight dance of resistance and contemporary African Brazilian dance pieces which will weave together the many components of Brazilian culture. These whirling, magical performances will have your heart beating to the drum and have you out of your seats as performers will be leaping across the stage in these feet stomping, skirt twirling and body soaring pieces. This don’t want to miss performance will only be occurring on the Saturday March 25th matinee and evening shows. Purchase your tickets today to guarantee an unforgettable evening of culture, music, history and of course magic!

After each showing there will be a reception where delectable Brazilian cuisine and beverages will be for purchase on the veranda.

More information at www.Dance805.com

TIMES: Saturday, March 25, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 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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Poster with Twilight Zone logotypeMarch 26 and 27

Speaking of Stories presents

Tales from the Twilight Zone

Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show. Be ready for some fun twists, turns and surprises. Fans of the show will recall that you never quite know where a Twilight Zone adventure might take you! (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Howard Cohen reading One for the Angels by Anne Serling-Sutton
Michele Hunter reading Nightmare at 2000 Feet by Richard Matheson
Tony Miratti reading Time Enough At Last by Lynn A. Venable

 

TIMES: Sunday, March 26, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, March 27, 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 Friday, March 24)

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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Poster with Twilight Zone logotype March 31 and April 1

Nebula Dance Lab presents

endgame

by Selah Dance Collective/Meredith Cabaniss

A must see exhilarating evening of dance featuring guest performance by companies across the US. 
For their third Santa Barbara production, Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective teams up with Nebula Dance Lab to bring together young, emerging artists from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and New York to create an exhilarating evening of innovative dance work. Part of a larger exchange of movement and production ideas from coast to coast, this radical evening will show eight new works. Guest companies include Hannah Ruth Brothers (SB), Smashworks Dance (NY), Bones Movement (SF) and Novus Dance Project (LA). 
Featured work Endgame, by Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective, is an evening-length work that explores the fluid balance of reality and illusion as expressed by the continual reconciliation of what we wish and what we know. Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s play of the same name as well as the work of Marcel Duchamp and other artists of the 1913 Armory Show, this piece creates a world where the usable becomes unusable, the obvious is suspicious, and reality is questioned. An ambitious creative endeavor in the company’s third season, Endgame comes to life through emotional rawness, physical exertion, and fast-paced non-linear narrative.

TIMES: Friday, March 31, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $16 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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Poster with Twilight Zone logotype April 9

Inspire Dance Santa Barbara presents

Peter Pan

A Storybook Ballet

Fun for all ages!

 

TIMES: Sunday, April 9, at 4:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, April 9, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 students and seniors, $12 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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Poster with Twilight Zone logotypeApril 13 and 15

DogStar Theater Company presents

Last Train to Nibroc

by Arlene Hutton

Directed by Nita Davanzo

Starring Justin Davanzo and Ming Lauren Holden

A funny and touching portrait of two people searching for happiness amidst a time of anxiety and change.

"…a gently charming little play set in the 1940s, reminiscent of Thornton Wilder in its look at rustic Americans who are to be treasured for their simplicity and directness…" —Associated Press.
"NIBROC's jokes are funny and its couple endearing because their emotional struggles ring true." —Time Out NY.
"…a blissfully sweet romantic play quite unlike the typical fare offered in theatres these days." —NYTheatre.com.
"A character study that has originality and charm…Hutton's attention to detail (in character and period) plus her wonderfully authentic ear augurs well for her plays to come." —BackStage.
"It is beautifully written…Every line is a heartbeat." —Financial Times.

TIMES: Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TIMES: Saturday, April 15, at 3:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $28 general, $23 student

 

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 with logtype and crowd sceneApril 23 and 24

Speaking of Stories presents

Voices of Tomorrow

Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors. Readers to be announced soon. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Chivalry by Neil Gaiman
Don't Worry Baby by Benjamin Hale
The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Potato and the Wax by Chelsea Sutton
Landline by Chris Winn

TIMES: Sunday, April 23, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 24, 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 Friday, April 21)

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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Image of a record album with headphonesApril 26 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: Wednesday April 26, at 8:00 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.

 

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Poster with logtype and crowd sceneMay 5 and 7

Good Egg Productions PRESENTS

One Good Egg

A Bold, Brave and Funny One Woman Show "It will crack you up... and crack you open!"

Elaine Gale, writer and performer
Rod Lathim, director
Patricia L. Frank, scenic and lighting design
Michael D. Mortilla, sound design

A compassionate, enlightening journey of weeding through the mess of life and discovering love, new beginnings, finding home and creating a family. This illuminating work is powerful but balanced with humor and promises to inspire audiences.

Ultimately, ONE GOOD EGG is a universal story of how we make sense of our lives, move through challenges, and maintain hope, love, gratitude and a sense of humor.

What people are saying about ONE GOOD EGG:

I was blown away by your performance of One Good Egg. Raw. Honest. Heavy topics without feeling heavy. Uplifting. Touching. Hilarious. Brilliant. These are just some of the adjectives that come to mind.  I think your story is so poignant and beautifully told and important to help others better understand themselves through your journey. —Brian N.

Incredible!! I’m still beaming from it. Elaine, wow!!! Just wow. You rippled tremors of love and healing through the entire planet! —Annie F.

Your piece moved me to my core. The raw beauty and vulnerability you were able to capture that touched my soul. Witnessing someone in pure authenticity is magic. You were and are incredibly beautiful and powerful. Thank you for being such an inspiration and illuminating my path that much more for me. Thank you so much for coming alive, it’s such an invitation for me to do the same. —Erika S.

I want you all to know that this show was amazing—so professional! —easily as amazing as a Mike Birbiglia or other skilled one person show genius out there today. The crowd, laughed, cried, clapped, howled, sang, wolf whistled! DURING the show! —Vanja T.

I am bowled over and speechless at the fearless, beautiful and bold story. —Kristin R.

You must check out the poignant and hilarious performance by Elaine Gale in One Good Egg. I caught the LA debut and we were blown away by her insight-filled truth-telling, and courageous humor. —Gregory M.

The Friday May 5th 7:30 performance is a benefit and VIP reception for Direct Relief Women and Hospice of Santa Barbara. For tickets to this benefit performance please visit www.onegoodeggshow.com

More information at: www.onegoodeggshow.com

TIMES: Friday, May 5, at 7:30 P.M. - (Not Sold Through Center Stage Box Office)
TIMES: Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)
TIMES: Sunday, May 7, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, May 7, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $25 general, $20 student

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 with logotypeMay 21 and 22

Speaking of Stories presents

Survivor Stories

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories of overcoming adversity and conquering life’s biggest obstacles. Featuring a performance by Joe Spano. Complete line-up of stories and readers to be announced soon.

TIMES: Sunday, May 21, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 22, 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 Friday, May 19)

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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Poster with logotypeAugust 25

Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration present

CHAPDELAINE | MCMANUS

CLASSICAL OUTLAWS PLAY SOMOGYI

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 at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas.  From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique, “soulful” expressiveness, and versatility as a performer, composer and arranger/producer.
Tony McManus is known as one of the leading Celtic guitar players, collaborating with top musicians in Ireland, Brittany and Galicia as well as his native Scotland. Tony is also a fine classical player, and will team with Michael in a classical pairing not seen before.
Ervin Somogyi is one of the leading steel string and classical acoustic guitar builders in the world.  This concert is rare opportunity to hear both luthier and musician.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening of acoustic music will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar and have an opportunity to meet truly gifted maestros in their fields.

Visit their website here: www.sbaic.com http://sbaic.com/concerts/

TIMES: Friday, August 25, 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.

 

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, 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.