Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, California
|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.
SOME PAST PERFORMANCES: 2001-2004
December 29, 2000 through January 14, 2001
UP ALL NIGHT THEATER COMPANY PRESENTS
TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 P.M.,
Sundays January 7 and 14 2:00 P.M.
May 4 through 19, 2001
DRAMA DOGS PRESENTS
Four one-act plays about contemporary women, and how each of us sometimes
stoops below herself
TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays, May 4, 5, 11, 12,
18 and 19 at 8:00 P.M.
August 24 through September 8, 2001
SANTA BARBARA ACTORS THEATER PRESENTS
SPEED THE PLOW
The Santa Barbara Actors Theatre Inc. announces the opening of its third season at Center Stage Theater with a satirical look at the near-wealthy and near-great of Hollywood: David Mamet's Speed the Plow, staged by Norman B. Schwartz, starring Robert Riechel Jr., Kimberly Reeder and Christian Trask . MORE
TIMES: August 24-25-30-31- September 1-6-7-8 at
8:00 P.M., September 2 matinee at 2:00 P.M.
Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, 2001
TRIPSICHORE YOGA THEATER PRESENTS
The London-based ensemble Tripsichore combines theater, dance, yoga, and music combine to explore the cycle of life and death--and ways out of it. MORE
TIMES: Friday and Saturday, September 14 & 15,
at 8:00 P.M.
September 21 through October 7, 2001
LIT MOON THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
TIME: To be announced.
October 12 through November 13, 2001
MANGO PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
Featuring local artists Justin D.M. Palmer, Catherine Cole, Christopher Pilafian, and The Multi-Cultural Drama Company, as well as innovative out-of-town performances from Ruffy Landayan, Lindsay Kayser and world-class juggler Jay Gilligan. Furthermore, there will be a special screening of the short animated films of Academy Award nominated director Don Hertzfield. Other highlights at other venues include an all-day festival kick-off concert in Anisq'oyo' Park, and an evening with The Yonder Mountain String Band, a popular blue grass group from Colorado performing at the end of the festival party at SOho on November 13.
For complete calendar and more information, visit: www.mangofest.org
April 12 through 21, 2002
GENESIS WEST PRESENTS
A fairytale for grownups, as a fearsome Giant terrorizes an idealistic family and the Turnip Fairy comes to their aid. MORE
TIMES: Low-price preview: Thursday April 11, 8:00
May 3 through 11, 2002
DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
A ten-year-old African girl is kidnapped from her village and put aboard a slave ship bound for the New World. Told in a performative style based on West African music, dance, and storytelling traditions, in collaboration with the newly formed UCSB West African Performance Ensemble.
TIME: May 3-11
January 23, 24 & 25, 2004
SANTA BARBARA DANCE ALLIANCE PRESENTS
Robin Bisio, Nancy Colahan, Valerie Huston, Heather Glabe, Christine Loizeaux, Thomas McDonnell, Ilana Morgan, Susan Shaberman, Rina van de Kamp
Nine of Santa Barbara's best choreographers were selected by a panel
in November. You will see quite a range of work including: modern dance,
ballet, performance art (theater/dance) and video work.
Steven Lovelace has been honored with the 7th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Hannah Beth Jackson, Assemblywoman, will present Steven with the "Martha" statuette on opening night. Join us for a glass of wine after the concert to celebrate and meet the artists.
Last year we just about sold out.....so get your tickets early!
TIMES: January 23, 24, 25,
at 8:00 P.M.
Wednesday through Saturday February 4-7 and 11-14, 2004
DRAMATIC WOMEN PRESENTS
A play about the near future.
In the hills above Los Angeles, on an extraordinary night, five people whose lives and loves have become intertwined, meet at a climactic moment in time. This premiere production features some of Santa Barbara's finest actors, including: Henry Brown, Bonita Carol, Tom Hinshaw, Laurel Lyle and Tony Miratti
April 23 and 24, 2004
LIFE BEFORE SEX
Written and performed by MOIRA KEEFE
On the heels of rave reviews and sold-out performances in San Diego, writer, producer, and comedian Moira Keefe brings to Center Stage her autobiographical one-woman shows Life Before Sex (a comedy about growing up in the 1970s) and Life with a Teenager... I'm Having a Hot Flashback.
"She's a rare bird, this talented writer-actor--an autobiographical performer whose honesty and self-mockery make for an evening as entertaining as it is cathartic, especially for women surviving motherhood and menopause." --San Diego Union Tribune
Sunday, April 25, 2004
UCSB PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL PRESENTS
The Robin Cox Ensemble will present a multimedia performance of new works by UCSB faculty and alumni, including Leslie Hogan, Carolyn Bremer, Karen Tanaka, Kwame Braun, Judy Bauerlein, Stephanie Nugent, and Robin Cox. In addition to music performed by this quintet of violin, cello, clarinet, and two percussion, the performance will include collaborations with video, animation, dance, and theater. Robin Cox (violin), Peter Jacobson (cello), Eric Leckrone (percussion), Eric Mellencamp (percussion), Elana Weber clarinets), Stephanie Nugent (dancer), Judy Bauerlein (performance artist), Kwame Braun (video artist). Visit www.robincoxensemble.com
Program (* indicates premier performance): New Year's Harmattan* (Kwame Braun/Robin Cox); Thirty-Five (Leslie Hogan); Song of Songs (Karen Tanaka); Peanut Jelly and Butter* (Carolyn Bremer); Potter's Wheel (Stephanie Nugent/Robin Cox); Midnight (Robin Cox); Directions to Keep From Falling* (Judy Bauerlein/Robin Cox).
May 7, 8, 14, and 15, 2004
UCSB CENTER FOR CHICANO STUDIES
Only a cherished childhood father-daughter memory and the spirituality of the desert can save Paz from her nightmare. A sensual poetic love story about memory, survival and home. Both moving and funny, Sweet Peace gives a fresh new voice to the Latino and lesbian communities. MORE
July 10, 2004
THE BURNING BUSH TOUR 2004 PRESENTS
Clements, described by the Maui News as a blend of "a former Buddhist monk with Noam Chomsky and Lenny Bruce," performs in an improvisational theatrical monologue combining comedy, satire, drama and activism. MORE
To benefit Burma's imprisoned Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Sun Kyi. A World Dharma Word of Mouth Production: www.WorldDharma.com
July 12-22, 2004
SUMMERDANCE SANTA BARBARA PRESENTS
FUTURE TRADITIONS FOUNDATION PRESENTS
Defying not only gravity, but sometimes the laws of economics as well, professional dancers and innovative choreographers continue to celebrate their magic in our community. Principal dancers from State Street Ballet, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, and Minnesota Ballet will move beyond the styles of their respective companies in technically and emotionally challenging new works. Dancers include Alyson Mattoon, Sam Mitchell, Micah Kurtzberg, Bhatia Bilow, Robert Rainey, Thomas McDonnell, Juliana Kouznetsov, Kirsten Stuart, Samuel McKaig, Austin McCormick, and Misa Kelly. Juliana Kouznetsov, currently under contract with the American National Ballet, following engagements the Hartford Ballet and State Street Ballet, and Stephen Kelly, who has worked with American Repertory Dance Company, Ballets Blaska, and Repertory-West Dance Company are the artistic directors.
See the best classical, modern, jazz and break dancers move beyond the styles of their respective companies in technically and emotionally challenging new work.
Thursday, July 29, 2004
BORDELLO: Art of Ill Repute
Performances by: Shelly Rudolph, Princess Allura, Julie Sabin, live D.J.s, and the Naughty/Nice Girlz Burlesque. Artwork by: Penny Bohn, Cil de Kolda, Jessika Fuhrmaneck, Emily Haopian, Sally Hamilton, Cimmi Jammet, Alicia Le Van, Georgia McDermott, Jeanninie Star, Christina Schwantes, and Carrie Watson.
Bordello: "Art of Ill Repute" is the brain child of eclectid diva Tess Hartwell, retro girl Cimmi Jammet, and is co-produced by urban goddess Alicia Le Van. The night will feature a sophisticated gallery of art produced by local visual artists that explores passion, taboo, and all things feminine. The collection includes obscure yet highly personal portraits of Carrie Watson, sensual nudes of professional photographer Cildee Kolda, erotic yarn paintings by Georgia McDermott, and the controversial "Innocence Lost" series by Penny Bohn, among several other talented women artists.
Bordello will begin with sultry jazz singer Shelly Rudolph performing on the foyer, then soulful vocalist Julie Sabin will entertain you while you sip wine & Soju cocktails on the patio, in between viewing the artwork and tearing up the dance floor. Later, inside the theatre, the lovely Princess Allura will mesmerize the crowd with her exotic bellydance entitled "Sacred Feminine," and at ten o'clock the much-anticipated debut of the haughty Naughty/Nice Girlz burlesque revue; starring the bodacious blonde babe from Boston Luscious Le Van, Santa Barbara's own sassy sweetheart Minxy-Tart, and the double-d delight from Hollywood Miss Darcey Leonard, among others! Working his magic on the decks will be underground L.A.'s most famous screwball D.J. Mr. Prickle, followed by Britain born D.J. Gryphn, host of Smily-Smile on KCSB, spinning deep funky house grooves to help get you in the mood!
With provocative art, sensual music, dancing, drinks and decadent truffles handmade by Jessica Foster, Bordello is sure to be a brow raising event that will serve as the perfect concoction on a sultry summer night that you will definitely want to be mixed up in!
This event is for audiences 18 years and older.
For more information, visit www.eclecticdivas.com
September 9, 10, 11, 2004
BARD PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
Et tu, Brute? In-fighting among contemporary coeds takes a page from bloody ancient Rome in Julianne Caesar. The play opens with the theater department of Connie Francis College preparing to put on an all-women production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Backstage rivalries mirror the on-stage doings of Shakespeare's tragedy: betrayal and ill omens which presage murder. The play bounces from the California-speak of the actors to their eloquent Shakespeare speeches, both in rehearsal and in moments of high emotion--often with a comic twist. Julianne Caesar premiered on the NYC fringe in June, 04 and follows New Bard's successful run of Starkey's Soccer Moms last winter at Center Stage. MORE
For more information, visit www.newbardproductions.com
September 25 through October 3, 2004
The 2004 Lit Moon World Theater Festival features visionary, boundary-testing examples of contemporary physical theater and multi-media performance art from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Lit Moon Theatre Company is recognized both here and abroad for its adventurous, highly physicalized stagings of classic novels and plays. Fresh on the heels of its sold-out, standing-room-only performances of Hamlet at the 8th Shakespearean Festival in Gdansk, Poland, the company returns home to Santa Barbara as part of the 2004 Lit Moon World Theater Festival.MORE
TIMES: September 25 through
October 3. See sechedule above.
Thursday, October 7, 2004
CAUGHT IN THE ACT
November 12 & 13, 2004
OF STORIES PRESENTS
Visit the web site: www.speakingofstories.org
TIMES: Friday November 12 at
Sunday, November 14, 2004
ARTE Y PASIÓN
Visit the web site: www.bertoflamenco.com
Monday, December 13, 2004
Visit the web site: www.householdink.com/
Friday, December 31, 2004
LULU'S BACK IN TOWN
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.