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.


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 and 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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Photo: David Bazemore

September 12 and 13

Lit Moon Theatre presents

Hamlet

Last seen in March, Lit Moon returns again to CST, with its striking, unconventional staging of Hamlet. Begun in 2000, this 80-minute “mini spectacle” stands as one of the company’s signature pieces, and features four actors, a composer-musician, and a gigantic paper set created by the late great Czech scenographer Milon Kalis. Words, action, space, and music all converge to create a haunting and heightened interpretation of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. The show has played in Santa Barbara on many occasions, toured to Europe and Canada, and plays in Beijing in October 2014, as part of the National Theatre of China’s Festival of International Theatre.

Featuring James Connolly, Victoria Finlayson, Stanley Hoffman, Jeff Mills, and Mitchell Thomas; Lighting Design by Theodore Michael Dolas; and Stage Managed by Elaine Galang. Directed by John Blondell.

Come wish Lit Moon “bon voyage,” and don’t miss it—it only comes around once in a blue moon.

“startling…” “groundbreaking…” an “’avant-garde classic…’”

—Tom Jacobs, Santa Barbara Independent

TIMES: Friday, September 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 13, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 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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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: $18 general, $11.50 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: $18 general, $11.50 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 26 through October 5

DramaDogs presents

DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE

An Ensemble of Short Plays
by EM Lewis

Funny tragic and endearing . . .a touching and moving experience of characers in all sorts of relationships. Directed by Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis. Lighting and set design by Theodore Michael Dolas. Featuring E. Bonnie Lewis, Ken Gilbert, Kathy Marden, Jennifer Marco, George Coe, and Mark Urbanowicz.

TIMES: Friday, September 26 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, September 27 at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 P.M.

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

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

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

TIMES: Sunday, October 5 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 General, $18 Seniors/Students (with valid student ID)
Pay What You Can Performances September 28 & October 2. Sales at the box office only, no online sales or credit card sales. $8 suggested minimum donation.

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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posterOctober 9 through 12

Nebula Dance Lab presents

Dreamscape

Nebula Dance Lab returns to Center Stage for a fourth season with four performances of Dreamscape, featuring choreography by Nebula Dance Lab. Nebula returns fresh and hungry to explore new territory as a company with this new and exciting work. Dreamscape from its beginning has been centered around the collaborative process Nebula holds near and dear; from the initial concept, through the choreography into the lighting, costumes, and music. The entire company has been a participant in the creation of this work. The new twist this season is that the choreography has been also included in this collaborative process, where dancers have become choreographers and directors working cohesively as a team to create this full evening length work.

Fresh off their 2013 season touring their work throughout California, and an invitation to travel to Chile for performance and outreach, Nebula is thrilled to produce the world premiere of their sixth original work choreographed by Nebula Dance Lab, Dreamscape; featuring choreography by Devyn Duex, Emily Tatomer, Meghan Morelli, Megan Butala, Megan Ragland, Shelby Joyce, Meredith Cabaniss, and featuring guest performance by Kaita Mrazek. The purpose of this work is to explore the various forms and concepts of dreaming, both literally and figuratively. The goal is to take the audience on a journey oddly familiar, transitory, and hopeful. This work showcases Nebula’s whimsical and humorous side. In addition to the powerful choreography depicted through this story, Nebula collaborates with a variety of artists to bring this dream world to life, including Anaya Cullen on costume design; Meredith Cabaniss, lighting/visual arts design, William Pasley, music composition, and more!

This work’s goal is to take you out of reality just for a moment in time…and explore the inner workings of the landscape of dreams. Set to an original score by William Pasley, Nebula's first opportunity to include the professional artistry of sound throughout the entire work.

Nebula’s Dreamscape showcases the musical talents of four professional artist(s). Catch their live performances starting 15 minutes prior to show times. A different musical guest each show…come to each show and catch them all.

For more information about Nebula Dance Lab please visit www.nebuladance.org

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

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

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

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

TICKETS: $21 general, $16 students and 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 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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October 20 through December 8

Speaking of Stories presents

Readers Theater Class

Eight-Week Class with Final Performance
With Artistic Director Maggie Mixsell

Discover the performer inside of you. Develop your acting and public speaking skills recreating stories and characters. Explore classic and modern dramatic 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. Open to all levels of experience. Seven two-hour class sessions and a final performance. Class size is limited.

"This class was an invaluable experience in my continued growth as an actor. Maggie brings wisdom, wit, and a keen ear for what will ring true."

—Kathy Marden

TIMES: Class will start on Monday, October 20, at 3:30 or 6:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $200 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.

 

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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: $28 general, $18 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: $28 general, $18 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.