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 logotype November 16

Dr. Alan Stern and The Las cumbres Observatory present

The Exploration of Pluto
by New Horizons

New Horizons is NASAís mission to explore Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. After a dramatic, 26-year effort to develop and fly the mission, New Horizons made the first exploration of Pluto and its moons in July of 2015. I will recount the history of the mission, review its historic encounter with planet Pluto, discuss the major scientific discoveries made to date, speak to the viral public reaction to this exploration, and outline the missionís future plans for its extended mission to explore the Kuiper Belt and its next flyby in January of 2019.

TIMES: Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 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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Poster with logotype November 19

SHANNON NOEL AND STACIE BURROWS present

An Evening with MOMMY TONK &
THE ASSLESS CHAPS

Mommy Tonk Celebrates The Release of Their Debut Album.
2 Moms. 1 Guitar. Cursing in Perfect Harmony.

Hire the babysitter, call your girlfriends, take your spouse on a date! Mommy Tonk is a musical comedy duo based in Los Angeles. This 90-minute show about motherhood and marriage is packed full of irreverent comedy, heartfelt storytelling, and the prettiest, filthiest music you ever did hear. Backed by The Assless Chaps, a fiddle-based variety trio performing American roots music in a country and bluegrass style, these ladies don’t hold back—they say, or rather sing, what you've been thinking all along. CDs for sale at the show so you can take the party home with you.

For more information, visit their website or check them out on Facebook

TIMES: Sunday, November 19 at 7:00 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 logotypeDecember 3

Speaking of Stories presents

Love Letters

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

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 logotypeDecember 4

Noneow presents

The Black Market Trust

The Black Market Trust is a five member jazz band based in Los Angeles. Since the 2012 release of their all instrumental debut album “The Black Market Trust,” a milestone in the genre of gypsy jazz, the band has gone on to record two more albums, maintain a busy touring schedule, and have their music featured on TV shows like the ABC television series “Happy Endings” and the Hulu original program “Casual.” The band features the Django Reinhardt inspired gypsy sound of acoustic instruments, and infuses classics from the Great American Songbook with intricate vocal harmonies inspired by The Beach Boys, and other artists influential to the group. Their sophomore album “II” featured a Top Ten hit on the Adult Contemporary charts, a signature version of “Route 66”.

More info at: www.theblackmarkettrust.com/
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TIMES: Monday, December 4 at 7:00 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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Poster with logotypeDecember 8

Land of the Free llc. presents

"Trump"

A one man show

Join us for an intimate evening where
"Donald Trump" will speak to you one on one in a town-hall setting.

The last 15 minutes will be reserved for questions from the audience.
Don't miss out. It will be a Huge huge bigly night!

*Trump played by Lauren Watson.

TIMES: Friday, December 8 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20.50 general, $10.25 students (with 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 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 13 and 14

Betsy Woyach and Momentum Dance Company present

Be the Light

Momentum Dance Company is delighted to present their 4th annual Company Concert! This season the show comes with a special message to all in attendance: Let Your Light Shine. As always, this show is fun for the entire family and will inspire every member of your family to stomp their feet and clap their hands as we enter the holiday season!

Stepping into her fourth season of dance education in Santa Barbara, Momentum’s Director, Betsy Woyach, is proud to present 23 award winning dancers to the local community. Come enjoy MDC’s Competitive Company, ranging from ages 7 - 18, as they spread their “be the light” message with a total of 23 numbers choreographed by the director herself and some of today’s top industry choreographers. Dancers will perform solos, duets, trios, small, and large groups in all styles of dance including Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary. 

Let Your Light Shine will definitely be the high-LIGHT to your holiday season!

More information at www.MomentumDanceSB.com

TIMES: Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 P.M.

TIMESThursday, December 14 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $20 general, $30 VIP

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 19

Inspire Dance SB presents

Clara in the Land of Sweets

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara's Performing Groups dancing the story of Clara in the Land of Sweets. There will be swirling dancers, and silly Mice along with your favorite Nutcracker characters. The story begins at a party where Young Clara receives a Nutcracker doll from her Auntie Bess. Young Clara falls asleep later and dreams of her travels through the Snow Kingdom and the Land of Sweets as a ballerina! Ages 2 to Adult will enjoy this special holiday presentation through dancing and performance with performers aged 5-14 years old. More Questions? Call 805-770-5295 or Email info@inspiredancesb.com. Show times 2 pm and 7 pm. Duration 50 minutes long.

TIMES: Tuesday, December 19 at 2:00 P.M.

TIMESTuesday, December 19 at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 general, $12 seniors and children (12 and under)

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 19

Inspire Dance SB presents

Colors of the Season

Join Inspire Dance Santa Barbara School of Performing Arts and Technique for their 3rd annual holiday showcase Colors of the Season. There will be tap, lyrical, ballet, and excerpts from our newest ballet Clara in the Land of Sweets. Tickets are $ 10.00 for families to see their favorite dancer. Performers are aged 3 years to 18+. Enjoy this celebration of dance with our IDSB families. Show time 5:30 pm. Questions? Call 805-770-5295 or Email info@inspiredancesb.com

TIMES: Tuesday, December 19 at 5:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $10 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 logotypeDecember 22

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. Mark your calendars now for Friday, December 22.

“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, December 22 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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Poster with logotype January 20 through May 21, 2018

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Stories 2018 season

at Center Stage Theater

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 21 & 22
A tribute to Jay Thomas, bringing back some of the best stories from his Speaking of Stories performances.

Personal Stories 2018 February 25 through 28
A collection of first person true stories written and performed by members of the Santa Barbara community.

Surprising Stories March 25 & 26
Sometimes people will surprise you, and all of these stories promise to do just that. Readers to be announced soon.
(all stories and readers subject to change.)

Speaking of Friends April 22 & 23
Stories of friends and friendship. Readers to be announced soon.
(all stories and readers subject to change.)

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

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

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

B Level (general admission)
5 show $115
4 show $92
3 show $69

TIMES: Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 P.M.
TICKETS: Free admission

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 January 20 and 21

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 milkóbecause every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!


Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
The Phone Message by Stuart McLean
Jamaica by David Schikler

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Monday, January 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, January 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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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.)

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

Surprising Stories

Sometimes people will surprise you, and all of these stories promise to do just that. Readers to be announced soon.

You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til the Well Runs Dry) by T.C. Boyle
Take My Hand by John Romano
Bleacher Couch Man by Jess Walter

(all stories and readers subject to change.)

TIMES: Sunday, March 25 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
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.
TIMES:
Saturday, April 7 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Friday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES:
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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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
Chilvary 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.
TIMES:
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.

 

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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.
TIMES:
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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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.