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.


photo of a dancer on the beachNovember 2

The Open Hive Project presents

Buzz

A Collaborative Concert
Featuring
ArtBark International
Drama Dogs—A Theater Company
Jessica Kondrath / The Movement
KIN Dance Company
K. Mrazek, L. Heartwell, T. Tillman
Melissa and Sarah Block
Mindy Nelson
Motion Theatre Dance Company
Ruban Rouge Dance Company
Selah Dance Collective
Watson Dance
Weslie Ching

A full evening of dance, music, & physical theater by local Santa Barbara and Southern LA performing artists filling the HIVE with wonder, magic, passion and extraordinary talent from Santa Barbara and Southern California.

Join us for an evening of wonder! Designed by artists who seek more sustainable ways of producing the performing arts, the Open HIVE is an initiative that is lateral, co-operative, and co-creative launched by Maria Rendina-Frantz, Melissa Block, Meredith Cabaniss, and Misa and Stephen Kelly June of 2014.

Rather than a single individual or organization carrying the bulk of the financial and production responsibilities, participating HIVE artists work as a community to generate and maintain this performing opportunity. All artists have contributed a production fee which they will have an opportunity to earn back if ticket sales and fundraising exceed production costs, with any surplus being divided equally among participating groups.

Participating HIVE artists contribute creative work and also share in the labor and decisions which are necessary to produce an evening of exceptional professional dance, music, and physical theater. MotionTheatre dance company ((501c(3)) is the non profit organization sponsoring the first season of the Open Hive.

TIMES: Sunday, November 2, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 general; $15 children, seniors (65 and above), and students (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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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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PosterNovember 20

Instant Karma and Friends present

Instant Karma

This November Instant Karma and Friends return to Center Stage Theater to present a pre-Thanksgiving treat. Indulge in a night of spontaneous hilarity on Thursday, November 20, at 8:00 P.M.

Instant Karma is a troupe of improv artists who have achieved notoriety with their lightning-quick wit and madcap imaginations. They’re so far outside the box, they’re a circle. If you like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” you’ll love Instant Karma.

Audience suggestions (and laughter) inspire immediate, ingenious and often outrageous storytelling. The performers create completely improvised scenes, games, and songs. Musical improviser, composer, conductor, and Magic Castle veteran Maestro Richard Allen accompanies and inspires the cast.

This is a completely raw and wild form of entertainment where performers rely on their wits and one another. Anything can happen. Tina Fey famously said: “In improv there are no mistakes, only beautiful accidents.”

Instant Karma’s previous Central Coast appearances include a sellout show at Center Stage Theater and ongoing artistic residency at the award-winning Ventura Improv Company.

TIMES: Thursday, November 20, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $17.50 general, $15 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 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookNovember 21 through 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories:
Santa Barbara Voices

Speaking of Stories presents an eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. The performers range from very accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time in their lives and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. The performances will range from scripted readings to storytelling.

BILL A
Friday, November 21, at 8:00
Sunday, November 23, at 2:00

Michael Bernard, “I’m a Terrible Parent”
Deborah Donohue Wells, “How I Came to Love the Leaf Mold”
Nancy Gutfreund, “A Taurus, a Gold Chain…and the Man Next Door”
Sam Harley, “Mystery Girl”
Rebecca Jacks, “Tic…Tic…Boom”
Kathy Marden, “My Dad”
Meredith McMinn, “This Time I Was Ready”
Jenny Mercein, “Soul Fire”
Michael Russer, “Journey of Unexpected Transformation”
Linda Stewart Oaten, “Awaiting Trial”

BILL B
Saturday, November 22, at 8:00
Sunday, November 23, at 6:00

Martin Bell, “The Answered Call”
Carolyn Butcher, “The Butterfly”
Kristina Coggins, “Best Laid Plans”
Dan Gunther, “French Hospital”
Susan Gulbransen, “School Daze”
Gary James, “Learner’s Permit”
Tania Israel, “Always the Bride”
Jeff Wing, “What a Deferens a Day Makes”
Ann Wisehart, “The Bloody Hand”

For more information visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: BILL A: Friday, November 21, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: BILL B: Saturday, November 22, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: BILL A: Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: BILL B: Sunday, November 23, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $15 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 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookDecember 6 and 7

The Adderley School presents

Adderley December Workshops

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

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 10:00 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 11:00 A.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 12:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 4:30 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, December 6, at 6:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, December 7, at 1:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, December 7, at 2:30 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 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 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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posterDecember 18

Betsy Woyach & Momentum Dance Company present

1st Annual Company Concert

Betsy Woyach, owner/director of Santa Barbara's newest competitive dance company is proud to present the First Annual Company Concert!

Momentum Dance Company brings dancers ages 6 to 20 to the stage performing solos, duets trios, and large groups in all styles of dance ranging from Tap to Hip Hop.

Fun for the entire family, this show is sure to inspire the artist in us all! Guest performances will be included. You do not want to miss out on the first show of it's kind Santa Barbara has ever seen!

Performers include the 2014-2015 Competitive Companies: Mini Company, Junior Company, Teen Company, Senior Company and Pro Company. Choreographers include Betsy Woyach, Kelly Marshal,l and Jess Warfield.

For more information, visit www.MomentumDanceSB.com or www.MissBetsyAnn.com

TIMES: Thursday, December 18, at 7:00 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS: $20 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 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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image of juke boxJanuary 9 and 10

Anacapa School presents

Sockhop

A Musical Tribute to Early Rock and Rolle

The Performing Arts and Music classes of the Anacapa School come together to entertain you with some of the best loved songs from the 1950’s and 60’s. Enjoy music from Dion and the Belmonts, Danny and the Juniors, the Ronettes, the Five Satins and more!

TIMES: Friday, January 9, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME).
TIMES: Saturday, January 10, at 7:30 P.M. (NOTE EARLY TIME)

TICKETS:$11.50 general, $6.50 students, Anacapa Students free with school I.D.

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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookJanuary 11 and 12

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

Stories to Tickle Your Funny Bone

Speaking of Stories begins its 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!

"Meet The Sweet Potato Queens" by Jill Conner Browne
"Julia's Child" by Augusten Burroughs
"Wishful Shrinking" by Carrie Fisher
"Oh The Places They Will Go" by David Rakoff
"French Kiss-Off" by Ali Wentworth

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, January 11, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, January 12, 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 Thursday, January 8)

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)

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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookFebruary 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FRANCESCA MARCIANO

Speaking of Stories continues its season with a collection of stories from Italian author Francesca Marciano's brilliant recent collection "The Other Language." Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

"Chanel"
"The Italian System"
"Roman Romance"
"An Indian Soiree"

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, February 16, 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 Thursday, February 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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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMarch 15 and 16

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF FOOD

A Collection of Tasty Tales

Speaking of Stories continues its season with stories about one of our favorite topics -- food! Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!
"Food and Loathing in Las Vegas" by Anthony Bourdain

"The Kitchen Child" by Angela Carter
"Meatloaf" by Nora Ephron
"Chilvary" by Neil Gaiman
"Family Dining" by Aleksandar Hemon
"Yancy's Red Hots" by Wright Thompson

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, March 15, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, March 16, 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 Thursday, March 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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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)

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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookApril 19 and 20

Speaking of Stories presents

CELEBRATION OF STORIES

Great Stories by a collection of Wonder Authors

Speaking of Stories continues its season with an eclectic group of charming stories, full of charm and a few surprises. 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!

"An Empty Jacket" by Wendell Berry
"Chilvary" by Neil Gaiman
"Baggage Claim" by Marina Keegan
"Julia and the Warlord" by B.J. Novak
"The Rematch" by B.J. Novak
"Plenty Good Fiesta" by Elizabeth Taylor

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, April 19, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, April 20, 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 Thursday, April 16)

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)

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Speaking of Stories logo of open bookMay 17 and 18

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF T.C. BOYLE

Speaking of Stories concludes its season with a collection of stories by one of our favorite authors! Stories will be announced soon. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Speaking of Stories 2015 Season: Nothing But Laughs January 11 & 12; Celebration of Stories February 15 & 16; Speaking of Food March 15 & 16; Speaking of Francesca Marciano April 19 & 20; Speaking of T.C. Boyle May 17 & 18

Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4 shows. 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. Also as a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $74 to $137.

For complete subscription details visit www.speakingofstories.org.

TIMES: Sunday, May 17, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, May 18, 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 Thursday, May 14)

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.