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.


headshots of three guitaristsSeptember 30

The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration presents

A Classical Guitar Celebration

with Fiore and Chapdelaine

Giacomo Fiore teaches a diverse set of courses (including 20th/21st Century Classical Music Surveys, Improvisation, Music Appreciation, the Hollywood Musical, and the Music of the Beatles) at the San Francisco Conservatory, UCSC, USF, and Cal State Monterey Bay and serves as the Artistic Director of Tangents Guitar Series. Giacomo will present a contemporary classical repertoire of original pieces including music by California and Santa Barbara-based composers Lou Harrison, Larry Polansky, Garry Eister, and Nick Norton.
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.
Presented informally, trading stories and humor, the evening will be a delightful treat for those who love the harmonies of the classical guitar.

TIMES: Friday, September 30, 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.

 

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poster showing dancer in soft focus with shadowsOctober 1

Weslie Ching presents

Semiosis

Weslie Ching, a recent recipient of the first Santa Barbara Independent award for emerging choreographer, is staging a full-length evening of her work at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. She has invited Jessica Kondrath, a Los Angeles-based choreographer and artistic director of Jessica Kondrath | The Movement, and Robin Bisio, a local dance filmmaker, to share the program. Entitled Semiosis, the concert will explore the use of signs and portents as portals to meaning in multimedia contemporary dance.

TIMES: Saturday, October 1, at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general $15 students with 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 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 showing dancer in soft focus with shadowsOctober 6

KCRW & the Santa Barbara Independent presents

Priced Out

Santa Barbara's Housing Crisis

Join KCRW and the Santa Barbara Independent at the Center Stage Theater on Thursday, October 6, for a conversation about Santa Barbara’s housing crisis. Hosted by KCRW's Jonathan Bastian, this live broadcast event is free with RSVP* and will be followed by a Q&A. Be sure to come early and unwind with complementary wine at the reception!

Ask workers in Santa Barbara what their biggest struggle is, and there’s a good chance they’ll say it’s finding an affordable place to live. The numbers paint a troubling picture: the median home price is around $1 million, and the rental market is 99.5 percent full. So how did we get here? Is it the rise of Airbnbs? The lack of student housing at Santa Barbara City College? O, strict building codes designed to preserve Santa Barbara’s charm? We’ll hear from Robert Pearson, Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Housing Authority, and Nick Welsh, Executive Editor of the Santa Barbara Independent, as they try to answer a number of pressing questions, including: how do you keep a young, talented workforce in a place they can’t afford to live?

*Please note that your RSVP does not guarantee admission. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

For more information, visit KCRW at www.kcrw.com and the Santa Barbara Independent at www.independent.com

TIMES: Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 P.M.Reception at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: Free

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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Actress in sunglassesOctober 8

Cynthia Waring presents

Bodies Unbound

Written and Performed by Cynthia Waring, Directed by Jill André

As seen in New York City, Los Angeles and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bodies Unbound is the triumphant story of a woman who left a convent—where she went to escape the pain of her life—and became a massage therapist. In laying her hands on more than 30,000 people, she discovered the sacredness of ordinary experience and the wisdom of the flesh. The poetry of her story will sing in your blood and touch you to the marrow of your bones. A must see for those committed to healing. Gillian McIntosh, Whole Life Times

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

TIMES: Saturday, October 8, at 8:00 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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Actress in sunglassesOctober 28 and 29

The Dance Network presents

The Voodoo Strut 2016

The Dance Network is proud to present our second Halloween showcase, The Voodoo Strut! Our fall performance will feature an evening of Halloween-themed dance pieces, guest performers, fun costumes, some tricks, and a surprise treat for the audience at the end of the show. This unique showcase is not to be missed and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Come see performers ages 4 to almost 80 in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, tap, hip hop, and more!

Choreographers include: Lauren Hovey, Karyn Laver, Deja Re, Daniel Rojo, Bethany Sutherland, Kyle Ybarra, and guest performers Just Baila!

TIMES: Friday, October 28, at 7:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 29, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, October 29, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $13 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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Image of a bloody hand holding a bloody axNovember 3 through 13

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

Lizzie

Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt, and Tim Maner

Lizzie is a rock-show retelling of the bloody legend of America's favorite ax-wielding double-murderess and Victorian hometown girl. Lizzie Borden, who has become fodder for jump rope rhymes, feature films, and the Lifetime channel, was a Massachusetts woman who was acquitted in 1892 of the ax murders of her father and stepmother, and lived the rest of her life as America's first infamous tabloid star. But did she really do it? And if so, why?

NOTE: This production contains mature content and language.

TIMES: Thursday, November 3, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 4, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 5, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMES: Thursday, November 10, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Friday, November 11, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Saturday, November 12, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday, November 13, 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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Speaking of Stories logoJanuary through May, 2017

Speaking of Stories presents

SPEAKING OF STORIES 2017 SEASON

Bringing short stories to life as talented actors transform them from the page to the stage.
Stories of humor, science fiction, survival and more!

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. 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 $140.

Nothing But Laughs January 22 & 23
Stories to tickle your funny bone and make you smile!

Personal Stories III February 26 & 27
A collection of first person true stories written and performed by members of the Santa Barbara community.

Tales from the Twilight Zone March 26 & 27
Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show.

Voices of Tomorrow April 23 & 24
Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors.

Celebration of Stories May 21 & 22
A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared!

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

TICKETS:

A LEVEL (reserved seat)
TICKETS: 5 show $140
TICKETS :4 show $112
TICKETS :3 show $84

B LEVEL (general admission)
TICKETS: 5 show $115
TICKETS :4 show $92
TICKETS :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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drawing of a man laughingJanuary 22 and 23

Speaking of Stories presents

Nothing But Laughs

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! Stories and performers to be announced soon.

TIMES: Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, January 23, 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, January 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.

 

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Poster with logotypeFebruary 26 and 27

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories III

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.

TIMES: Sunday, February 26, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Monday, February 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, February 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 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!

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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Image of a record album with headphonesApril 20 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: Times: Thursday April 20, at 8:00 P.M.

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

TIMES: Saturday April 22, at 8:00 P.M.

TIMES: Sunday April 23, at 7:00 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 sceneApril 23 and 24

Speaking of Stories presents

Voices of Tomorrow

Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors.

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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Poster with logotypeMay 21 and 22

Speaking of Stories presents

Celebration of Stories

A mixture of lovely and spicy tales that are just too good not to be shared!

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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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.