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.


Poster with logotypeSeptember 16

Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara presents

In Conversation:

Curators Emiliano Valdés and Miki Garcia

Curators Emiliano Valdés and Miki Garcia, as well as artists featured in the exhibition Guatemala from 33,000 km, will speak about their work in the context of contemporary art in Central and Latin American art today. Organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, this exhibition marks the first ever in-depth commitment to the study of Guatemalan art in the late 20th and early 21st century. With the support of the Getty’s Fall 2017 initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Guatemala from 33,000 km features artwork in a range of media, tracing the tumultuous route that has traversed the history of Guatemala since 1960.

(NOTE: Click this link is for a FREE RSVP; the event is open to the public)

TIMES: Saturday, September 16, at 4:30 P.M.

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.

Poster with logotypeSeptember 17

UC SANTA BARBARA DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE presents

The Odyssey Project

To have a voice is to have a choice

By Homer and the Cast
Directed by Ming Lauren Holden

Returning for its seventh year, The Odyssey Project partners incarcerated teens at Los Prietos Boys Camp with UC students through a theatrical collaboration. Supported by a team of artists and mentors including a mask maker, an aikido instructor, a poet, and a mime/movement specialist, together they re-write Homer's epic Odyssey using their own life stories. Everyone in the cast is a hero or heroine on their path to empowerment. Come journey with us!

“The show they captured was varied, upbeat, and revealing. Through a variety of techniques, including recitation from the Odyssey, enactments of its scenes, dance, shared personal stories, raps, and affirmations, the cast created a hybrid virtual world that contained both the grandeur and exoticism of the ancient Mediterranean and the gritty, uncompromising reality of life at risk in contemporary Southern California.” — Santa Barbara Independent

For more information, visit www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu/projects/odyssey/ and http://odysseyprojectfilm.com

TIMES: Sunday, September 17, at 2:00 P.M.
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 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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The Producing Unit presents

Disgraced

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play
Limited run: 5 Performances only!!!

Professional Equity Cast features Fajer Al-Kaisi, Ivy Vahanian, Ryan McCarthy, Rasool Jahan and Samip Raval. A post-show discussion with the actors follows every performance.

From Ayad Akhtar comes the “breathtaking, raw and blistering” play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of South Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream — complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity destroy all that he’s worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as “terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity” (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one’s self and one’s beliefs will leave you breathless.

Performance Length - The performance length is approx. 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Be Aware - Recommended for ages 14+ for strong language and violence.

TIMES: Thursday, September 28, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Friday, September 29 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, September 30 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, October 1 at 2:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $38 general, $25 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 logotypeOctober 2 through November 27

Speaking of Stories presents

Readers Theater Class

Uncover The Performer Inside of You!

Develop your acting and public speaking skills.
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.

8-Week Class with a Final performance led by Artistic Director Maggie Mixsell
Mondays, October 2 through November 27, at 3:30 or 6:00 pm
(No class meeting on Monday November 13)

Open to all experience levels.
Class size is limited.
(8) 2 hour class sessions and a final performance at Center Stage Theater

(Classes must meet minimum enrollment to proceed. Fee is non-refundable once class begins.)

TIMES: Mondays, October 2 through November 27 at 3:30 P.M.
TIMES: Mondays, October 2 through November 27 at 6:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $203 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 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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Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Featuring:
Cybil Gilbertson • Hannah Ruth Brothers• Cynthia Waring • Yemaya Duby • Melissa Lowenstein• Amber Noelle • Samantha Bonavia • Karen Barranco• Elaine Gale • Claire Cooley • Justine Sutton• Lamara Heartwell • Lisa Citore

more info at lisacitore.com

TIMES: Wednesday, October 4, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 in advance, $28 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 logotypeOctober 7

Weslie Ching Dance presents

Formal Devices

A Dance Concert

Local choreographer Weslie Ching shares an evening of modern dance performance with the Los Angeles-based JESSICA KONDRATH | THE MOVEMENT. Ching's work favors walking patterns layered with repetitions of quick, idiosyncratic gestures and abstract themes inspired by scientific principals. Kondrath takes the elegant, sculptural lines of ballet and deftly distorts them, creating poignant dances that are at once beautiful and awkward. While their work differs aesthetically, both are at heart formalists, interested in creating work that stimulates via visual and energetic patterns rather than overt narrative.

Ching's will be sharing The Entirety of Us, a light-hearted and quirky quintet based on the prismatic spectrum and the nature of light, Summer Eyes, a steely solo inspired by summer thunder storms, and Corpus/Chorus, a quartet that draws movement inspiration from principles of mechanics. Kondrath will be premiering a new work entitled Many Moons which is a quintet inspired by lunar cycles, gravitational pull, and with weightlessness of space.

TIMES: Saturday, October 7, at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $20 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.

 

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Poster with logotypeOctober 14

Hector Sanchez presents

Envision!

Dance | Dreams


Unabashedly theatrical, decidedly contemporary, joyously uplifting and often thought provoking, Hector Sanchez’s ENVISION will undoubtedly entertain with its cast of Santa Barbara dance favorites!

 



Featuring the creative and choreographic talents of:
HAROUT ARISTAKESSIAN • DWH
LAUREN BREESE • AIREDANSE
CESAR CARTAGENA
DERRICK CURTIS
VASILY GOLOVIN • DANCE FEVER
AUTUMN MCINTYRE • ELEVATED DREAMS
TERESA KUSKEY NOWAK • LA BOHEME
HECTOR SANCHEZ • JUST BAILA
BETHANY SUTHERLAND
JATILA VAN DER VEEN

TIMES: Saturday, October 14, at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $25 general, $20 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 logotypeOctober 20 through 22

DogStar Theater presents

The Foreigner

This timely story is both hilarious and frighteningly relevant. Winner of two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play (1984) and Best Off- Broadway Production, based on what the NY Post describes as a "devilishly clever idea," the play demonstrates what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.

"I laughed start to finish at one comic surprise after another."The New Yorker.

"...a constant invitation to relax and laugh at the foolishness of life..." —Village Voice.

"Shue's comedy is positively antic, yet pleasantly seasoned with a few dashes of
sentimentality...He has raided comedy's storehouse..." — Bergen Record.

The 2:00 show on Sunday, October 22 will be followed by a talkback with the director and cast

Starring:
Justin Davanzo
Ming Lauren Holden
Matt Smith
Leslie Story
Matt Cooper
Tyler X Koontz
& Van Riker

TIMES: Friday, October 20, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Saturday, October 21 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, October 21 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 P.M.
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Sunday, October 22 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $28 general, $20 students, seniors, and veterans

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 logotypeOctober 31 through November 4

Out of the Box Theatre Company presents

The Rocky Horror Show

Let’s do the time warp again!
Book, music, and lyrics by Richard O’Brien.

A satirical tribute to the science fiction and B-list horror movies of the 20th century, The Rocky Horror Show centers around two naive lovers, Brad and Janet. Seeking shelter from a thunderstorm in an old castle, they find themselves thrust into the laboratory of the cross-dressing mad scientist Dr. Frank 'N' Furter and his motley crew. Stripped of inhibitions - and their clothes - Brad and Janet embark on a wild, unforgettable journey of pleasure and self-discovery. Reality, fiction, and camp collide in this mash-up of comics, rock and roll, and late-night horror flicks.

NOTE: This production contains adult material and language.

more information at outoftheboxtheatre.org

TIMES: Tuesday, October 31, at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Wednesday, November 1 at 8:00 P.M.
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Thursday, November 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Friday, November 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 P.M.
TICKETS: $35 premium interactive seating (includes a prop bag), $28 general, $15 student and senior

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 logotypeDecember 3

Speaking of Stories presents

Love Letters

by A.R. Gurney
Starring Meredith Baxter & Michael Gross

Directed by Maggie Mixsell

Two Performances only!

The stars of the iconic Eighties sitcom Family Ties reunite to bring to life A.R. Gurney’s wildly popular Love Letters. A benefit performance for Speaking of Stories. Two performances only! Join us on the patio after the performance for a reception with the actors.

TIMES: Sunday, December 3, at 2:00 P.M.

TIMESSunday, December 3, at 6:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $150 sponsor, $25 general, $20 students and 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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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.

 

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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.