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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.

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 logotypeHelp Center Stage make their LED dreams come true!!

We need to replace our traditional lighting fixtures with NEW & IMPROVED LED Fixtures!
Why they are so much better:

ARTISTICALLY - They drastically increase the options for our renters. Instead of each lighting instrument being confined to just one color, each instrument can be every color in the rainbow!

ENVIRONMENTALLY— They are much better for the environment.
LEDs require much less energy to operate. A standard traditional stage light is 750 watts, a standard LED fixture is 125 watts.
LEDs produce a great deal less heat, which means the theater needs less air conditioning. Conventional lighting fixtures burn at 3200 degrees kelvin, LED fixtures generate no discernable heat.
LEDs produce less trash. Traditional lamps last approximately 300 hours, LED lamps last approximately 50,000 hours.

Why we need to act now:

Soon we wont be able to purchase lamps for our current lighting instruments. The State of California is eliminating standard incandescent lighting fixtures and soon we won’t be able to purchase them so our current fixtures will be useless.

Even More Urgently:

The prices are about to go up. We have the opportunity to purchase $30,000 worth of equipment for $20,000 but we have to act fast. We need to raise $20,000 by January 15 to take advantage of this great price.
We need your help, to make this happen!
Make a donation today with link below or call us at 805-963-8198! Help us spread the word by sharing this message as widely as possible!

THANK YOU!!!!

Donate Now!

Poster with logotypeDecember 6 through May 20

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2019 SEASON

Speaking of Stories is pleased to announce our 25th season of performances, running February through May of 2019. The 2019 season will include 3 shows, Personal Stories February 24-27, Nothing But Laughs April 28-29, and Celebration of Stories May 19-20 featuring performances by T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano.
This will be a very special season, because in addition to being our 25th Anniversary it will also be our final season. After much deliberation we have decided that it is time to bring the series to an end. We are excited to present these final three wonderful shows along with a special Holiday performance in December 2018.

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.


Holiday Memories December 6 through 9, 2018
An eclectic collection of original first person true stories of holiday memories performed by their authors. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Stories of love, family, loss and adventure, lots of adventures, 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!

Personal Stories 2019, February 24 through 27
An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story.
There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.

Nothing But Laughs, April 28-29
Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone! Speaking of Stories continues its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Performers to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

Celebration of Stories May 19 & 20
featuring T.C. Boyle and Joe Spano
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors! Please join us after the shows on the patio for a special celebration to toast the final performances.

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TICKETS:
A Level (reserved seat)
4 show $112 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
3 show $84
B Level (general admission)
4 show $92 (Season plus Holiday Memories)
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.

 

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 19

The Adderley School presents

January Workshops

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

TIMES: Saturday, January 19 at 12:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 1:30 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 19 at 4:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $33 VIP, $23 general, $18 children, $18 groups of 10 or more (please call or visit the box office to arrange group tickets)

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 logotypeJanuary 25 through February 3

THE PRODUCING UNIT presents

HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE

By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Peter Frisch
Starring Ivy Vahanian, Brian Harwell, Jenna Scanlon, Bill Egan, Shay Munroe, Matt Chung, Blake Benlan, and Roz Borah

An extraordinary new play by celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl- a literate, funny and dark exploration into the incompatibility of traditional marriage with our sexual, animal roots.

Into the lives of two, "happily" married, middle-aged couples comes the remarkable Pip, a woman who lives, loves and sleeps with two male lovers and will only eat meat that she has killed herself. Responsive only to the instincts of her own, internal drummer, Pip's entrance onto the stage of the marrieds alters their understanding of life and relationships forever.

Sarah Ruhl has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and the PEN/Laura Pels Theater Award for a distinguished American playwright. Two of her plays have been finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and she received a nomination for Tony Award for Best Play.

"This new play is a subversive enchantment. It is part absurd domestic serio-comedy, part erotic magic realism, unflinching about taboos and about questioning that, just maybe, monogamy isn't enough"
-Newsday

Contains adult material. Not recommended for children.

TIMES: Friday, January 25 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, January 26 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Thursday, January 31 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, February 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $29 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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Poster with logotypeFebruary 9

Transform Trhough Arts Theater presents

COLORS OF LOVE

Colors of Love is a Valentine Dance Show that features professional dancers and singers, together they blend their unique talents into powerful expression of different colors of human experience.

What you will experience mystery, vivacious energy, tender sensuality, exquisite beauty, infectious passion and being evoked and transformed into a new sense of aliveness.

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 Kanga LaVrado and Meghan Monroe.

Also show is a benefit for non profit Arts without limits.

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

TICKETS: $35 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.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 21

Arthur Murray Dance Studio Santa Barbara presents

Arthur Murray Theater Show

Starring the students and professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara

Description:
Come and join us for a one-night only event full of glitz, glamour and ballroom dancing! The students and professional dancers of the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara invite you to enjoy a cornucopia of theatrical routines and beautiful dancing. From sizzling salsa performances to sensual and romantic rumba routines there is something for every mood and every taste. Dancers range from brand new students who show off how much you can accomplish within a few months to accomplished competitive dancers who travel the world and wow audiences with their impressive skills.

Whether you are a ballroom dancer yourself, someone who is curious about this fascinating hobby or just here to cheer on your friends and relatives, you are guaranteed to enjoy an exciting evening filled with laughter, tears and anything in between. Let us show you the diverse and exhilarating world of couples-dancing and show you the many ways you can enjoy this beautiful hobby.

About the organizer:
The Arthur Murray Dance Studios are the biggest private dance organization in the world, teaching the world to dance since 1912. As a franchise of ballroom dance studios it is our mission to change people’s lives through dancing and spread the joy of dancing all over the world. With over 260 studios in more than 21 countries Arthur Murray stays committed to the highest level of instruction through fully certified instructors who are constantly learning and improving their craft. The Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Santa Barbara has been part of the community since 1948 and is home to highly accomplished and certified instructors who can’t wait to bring dancing into the lives of everyone in the beautiful city of Santa Barbara.

http://www.arthurmurraysb.com
http://facebook.com/arthurmurraysb

TIMES: Thursday, February 21 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $25 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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Poster with logotypeFebruary 24 through February 27

Speaking of Stories presents

PERSONAL STORIES

An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from
accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as
authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of
love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more. Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful
stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them! Join us on the patio after each show to toast the
actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice. If you purchase both bills, for the second bill your tickets will be just $20!

Bill Two

Royce Adams Thief Catcher
Deborah Bertling PK
Cody Minnick Free God Wrote Back
Patricia Heller Trust Issues
Tania Israel The Great Barrier
J.D. Lewis Writing
Marcia Orland When I Wasn't Looking
Robert MacNeal Imagine
Michael Seabaugh Charlie Girl
Marilee Zdenek Memories That Heal

Bill Two

Mashey Bernstein With My Father In the Dark
Robin Gerber The Greatest Gift
Valerie Girard The People Whisperer
Cie Gumucio In a Split Second
Gary James A Remote Memory
Judy Karin Elastic Collisions
Brian Silsbury Eulogy To Locomotion
Linda Stewart-Oaten What My Mother Wore
Paul Willis Gumdrops
Jonathan Young At the UFO Convention

TIMES: Sunday, February 24 at 2:00 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Monday, February 25 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)
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Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL ONE)
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Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M. (BILL TWO)

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee and Wednesday night only, must be purchased by Thursday, February 21)
TICKETS:$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.

 

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Poster with logotypeApril 5 through 14

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Fun Home

A Coming-of-Age Musical

Description: The winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, FUN HOME is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir. This groundbreaking production introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family that connect with her in surprising new ways.

“Heart-gripping and cathartic, FUN HOME occupies the place where we all grew up” The New York Times.

NOTE: This production contains mature language and content.

Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Book by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel

TIMES: Friday, April 5 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 6 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 12 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, April 14 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general, $20 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.

 

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Poster with logotypeApril 28 and 29

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone Speaking of Stories begins its 25th season with a performance of hilarious stories. Great stories performed by talented actors. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! Stories and actors to be announced soon.

A Letter to My Grandson by Dave Barry
Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard read by Michael Bernard
The Don of the Dance by Karl MacDermott
Leo Wouldn’t Iron His Jeans by Jane Gawahl
Odd Jobs by Stuart McClean

TIMES: Sunday, April 28 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Friday, April 26)

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 logotypeMay 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

featuring Joe Spano

Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories, a free for all of great stories performed by fabulous actors!

I Walk Between the Raindrops by T. C. Boyle read by T.C. Boyle
The Blue Tree by Rick Bass read by Faline England
Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy read by Joe Spano

TIMES: Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 P.M.
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Monday, May 20 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military,
TICKETS:$18 Early Bird Special (Sunday matinee only, must be purchased by Thursday, May 16)

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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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.