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.


January 25

MYERS, WIDDERS, GIBSON, JONES & FINEGOLD, LLP presents

RECOVERY A-Z:

Recovering from Insurance, FEMA and Southern California Edison
A Free Community Event - Informational Meeting For Victims Of The Thomas Fire And Flood

OJAI –
Wednesday, January 17 - 6pm to 9pm Summit School - Hartmann Hall, 12525 N. Ojai Rd.
Thursday, January 18 - 6pm to 9pm Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441E. Ojai Ave.
Monday, January 22 - 6pm to 9pm Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave.

VENTURA –
Friday, January 19 - 6pm to 9pm Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.
Saturday, January 27 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.

CARPINTERIA
Saturday, January 20 - 1pm to 5pm Alcazar Theatre, 4916 Carpinteria Ave.
Saturday January 27 - 12 pm to 4 pm Alcazar Theatre, 4916 Carpinteria Ave.

SANTA BARBARA
Thursday, January 25 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Center Stage Theatre, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara

TIMES: Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 P.M.

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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February 2 through 11

DramaDogs, a Theater Company presents

EARTH DUET and OTHER STORIES

A series of short works in collaboration with
Climate Change Theatre Action

Kicking off their 25th spectacular year, DramaDogs presents EARTH DUET a new series of short plays that combines artistic combination of poetry and humor imparting the message about the importance of environmental conservation. Presented in collaboration with CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION, EARTH DUET celebrates the beauty of our planet while inspiring the imagination to consider the future of our environment."

TIMES: Friday, February 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, February 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 P.M.
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Sunday, February 4 at 5:00 P.M.
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Thursday, February 8 at 8:00 P.M.
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Friday, February 9 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 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 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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February 10

Transform Trhough Arts Theater presents

Colors of Love

Colors of Love is a Valentine Dance Show featuring professional dancers and singers, together they blend their unique talents into powerful expression of different colors of human experience. Join us for unforgettable celebration of love with local and LA dancers and singers ranging from Latin, Salsa, Belly Dance, Burlesque, Samba to Argentine Tango and more.

Indulge your senses, heart and ears with delicious magic of dance and live music in a style of Barbara Streisand,Jazz and Love songs sung by fabulous Meghan Monroe.

TIMES: Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general in advance, $40 general at the door

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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Adderley school logoFebruary 15

Weeping Willow Books presents

Unmasked LIVE

Women Read About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty

Unmasked LIVE, a blush-worthy performance of essays and poems from the new anthology, Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty. The production features readers Deborah Donohue, Andrea Estrada, Maya Shaw Gale, Tanya Ko Hong, Perie Longo, Nancy Shobe, Cheri Steinkellner, Linda Stewart-Oaten, and the anthology’s editors, Marcia Meier and Kathleen Barry.
In these days of heightened awareness about women and sex, #MeToo revelations, and soul-searching over sexual harassment, "Unmasked LIVE” offers a look at the inner world of women, sexuality and intimacy—and how important it is to talk about and focus on healthy sex.
As Gloria Steinem said: “Sex for women after 50 is invisible for the same reason that contraception, abortion, and sex between two women or two men has been forbidden: sexuality is supposed to be only about procreation. This lie was invented by patriarchy, monotheism, racism and other hierarchies. Sexuality is and always has been also about bonding, communicating, and pleasure. ‘Unmasked’ helps to restore a human right.”

TIMES: Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 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 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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Adderley school logoFebruary 22

Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Anima, Theater of the Feminine Underground, is a women’s ritual theater project whose mission is to give voice to the feminine subconscious for the purpose of individual and collective transformation and bringing socio-political balance.
“Sexy, honest, intelligent, funny and darkly beautiful."
10 local powerhouse female artists bare their souls -sharing dreams, fantasies, secrets, rants, revelations and vulnerable reveals through dance, song, spoken word and performance art.

TIMES: Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general in advance, $28 general day of the performance

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 logotype February 25 through May 21, 2018

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Stories 2018 season

at Center Stage Theater

In light of all of the challenges that our community is currently facing we have decided to postpone our 2018 season. The revised 4-show season will open on February 25th with Personal Stories. March 25 & 26 we will present our planned tribute to Jay Thomas, with a special Nothing But Laughs performance.

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 4 shows or put together a package of 3. 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. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $112.

Personal Stories 2018 February 25 through 28
A collection of first person true stories written and performed by members of the Santa Barbara community. For this production there are actually 2 separate bills, each performs twice. One Bill comes with your subscription, and you can purchase the second bill for a discounted price if you would like. Alternatively, you could select both bills as two subscription shows and then add one or two of the other months to complete a three or four show subscription.

Nothing But Laughs March 25 & 26
A tribute to Jay Thomas, one of our favorite performers! We are all definitely ready for some laughs and this show will absolutely provide them! Dan Gunther, Devin Scott and Rudy Willrich will be performing three of the great comedic stories that Jay Thomas graced our stage with.

Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler
Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean

Speaking of Friends April 22 & 23
Stories of friends and friendship.

Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard 
Chivalry by Neal Gaiman 
Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch 
The Ambien Diaries by Jen Lancaster 

Celebration of Stories May 20 & 21
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors!

The Haunting by John Connally
Wishing by Deena Goldstone
Refresh by Benjamin Percy

For additional performance details see the individual show listings below or visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112
3 show $84

B Level (general admission)
4 show $92
3 show $69

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 logotype February 25 through 28

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories 2018

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. Performers will range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time in their lives and as authors they will include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. The performances will range from scripted readings to storytelling. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

Bill A:

Joel Altschul reading The Best Defense is a Good Offense
Susan Chiavelli reading (Gravity, No Engines)
Susan Cochran reading I Have a Granddaughter
Lisa Gates reading My Dark and Snowy Night
Cami Helmuth reading Cloud Watching
Michelle Howard reading The Year I Failed Women's Studies
Tania Israel reading I Come From
Noah Lashly reading I Know How To Pick 'Em
Tony Miratti reading The Playhouse
Angie Swanson-Kyriaco reading Denial, Depression and Dysfunction: The 90's Edition

Bill B:

Megan Burwell reading Dear Megan Burwell
Anna Jordan reading I'm Gonna Need Backup
Rudi Lion reading Transported
Kathy Marden reading Coming Home
Robert McNeal reading Wooing
Lesley Miller reading The Most Unexpected Year
Pauline Nelson reading Thereby Hangs A Tail
Marcia Orland reading Breakfast at Tiffany's
Jan K. Ruskin reading My Sexual Revolution
Cynthia Waring reading Smoky

TIMES:
BILL A:
Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 P.M.
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Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M.
BILL B:
Monday, February 26 at 7:30 P.M.
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Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, February 23)

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 logotype March 25 and 26

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing but Laughs

A tribute to Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas was one of our favorite Speaking of Stories performers and we will begin our season with a tribute to him.  A collection of humorous stories that were performed by Jay Thomas. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean
Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler

TIMES: Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, March 26 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday Matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, March 23)

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 logotypeApril 6 through 15

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Green Day's American Idiot

Green Day's powerhouse album is brought to life in this electric-rock musical of youthful disillusion. American Idiot -- based on Green Day's Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album, a scorching attack on what they saw as the hypocrisy and moral evils of the Bush Administration after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as the increasingly submissive nature of the American public -- boldly takes the American musical where it's never gone before. Lost and disconnected in a post-9/11 America, Johnny, Tunny, and Will struggle to find meaning in their lives. The three twenty-somethings flee the constraints of their hometown for the thrills of city life, but their paths quickly diverge as Tunny enters the armed forces, Will is called back home to attend to a pregnant girlfriend, and Johnny descends into an urban underworld, following a seductive love interest and a deadly new best friend. As each of the three men learns to navigate his "alienation," we see in them America's struggle to find a new path in this new millennium, after a long period of darkness.
 
This powerful, high-octane, rock fable includes every song from Green Day's album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown.
 
NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.
more information at outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Friday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $15 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 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 logotype April 22 and 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Friends

Stories of friends and friendship. Readers to be announced soon.

Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard
Chivalry by Neal Gaiman
Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch
The Ambien Diaries by Jen Lancaster

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 23 at 7:30 P.M.

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

 

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

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Poster with logotype May 20 and 21

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors! Complete line-up of stories and readers to be announced soon.

The Haunting by John Connally
Wishing by Deena Goldstone
Refresh by Benjamin Percy

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 21 at 7:30 P.M.

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

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 logotypeSeptember 21

Dijo Productions presents

The Sorrow Cart

Announcing the most important show of the year!

Dijo Productions presents the West Coast premiere of The Sorrow Cart, a musical play about and for the homeless. All proceeds from the show will benefit The Soldiers Project to assist in aiding our homeless vets.

The Sorrow Cart brings to the stage an immense array of talent. It features well known K-LITE radio personality Catherine Remak, Ed Giron, most recently featured in A Walk In the Woods and host of the radio show Community Matters on KZSB Los Angeles casting director, actor and film director Chris Game, L.A. actress Lisa England, and renown Santa Barbara acting luminaries, including George Coe, Leslie Story, Erika Leachman, Richard Lonsbury, Oliver Hamilton, Phil Moreno, Rachel Christian, Van Riker, and Alison Waxman.

In this holiday season, this is Santa Barbara’s chance to help those most in need.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Give yourself the present of giving!
SUPPORT OUR HOMELESS VETS!

TIMES: Friday, September 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $15 students, $10 military

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 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 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.