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: 2018

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Poster with logotypeJanuary 10 and 11, 2018

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, January 10 at 7:00 P.M.

TIMESThursday, January 11 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 logotypeJanuary 15, 2017

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!

50% of all ticket sales receipts will be donated to the victims of the flood

*Trump played by Lauren Watson.

TIMES: Monday, January 15 at 6:30 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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January 25, 2018

MYERS, WIDDERS, GIBSON, JONES & FINEGOLD, LLP presents

RECOVERY A-Z:

Recovering from Insurance, FEMA and Southern California Edison
A Free Community Event - Informational Meeting For Victims Of The Thomas Fire And Flood

OJAI –
Wednesday, January 17 - 6pm to 9pm Summit School - Hartmann Hall, 12525 N. Ojai Rd.
Thursday, January 18 - 6pm to 9pm Ojai Valley Woman's Club, 441E. Ojai Ave.
Monday, January 22 - 6pm to 9pm Oak Grove School, 220 W. Lomita Ave.

VENTURA –
Friday, January 19 - 6pm to 9pm Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.
Saturday, January 27 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St.

CARPINTERIA
Saturday, January 20 - 1pm to 5pm Alcazar Theatre, 4916 Carpinteria Ave.
Saturday January 27 - 12 pm to 4 pm Alcazar Theatre, 4916 Carpinteria Ave.

SANTA BARBARA
Thursday, January 25 - 6 pm to 9 pm
Center Stage Theatre, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara

TIMES: Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 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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February 2 through 11, 2018

DramaDogs, a Theater Company presents

EARTH DUET and OTHER STORIES

A series of short works in collaboration with
Climate Change Theatre Action

Kicking off their 25th spectacular year, DramaDogs presents EARTH DUET a new series of short plays that artisticly combines poetry and humor, imparting the message about the importance of environmental conservation. Presented in collaboration with CLIMATE CHANGE THEATRE ACTION, EARTH DUET celebrates the beauty of our planet while inspiring the imagination to consider the future of our environment."

Profits from the February 9th performance will be donated to Direct Relief to aid in community recovery from the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides.

TIMES: Friday, February 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, February 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 P.M.
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Thursday, February 8 at 8:00 P.M.
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Friday, February 9 at 8:00 P.M.
TIMES: Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $18 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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February 10, 2018

Transform Trhough Arts Theater presents

Colors of Love

Colors of Love is a Valentine Dance Show featuring professional dancers and singers, together they blend their unique talents into powerful expression of different colors of human experience. Join us for unforgettable celebration of love with local and LA dancers and singers ranging from Latin, Salsa, Belly Dance, Burlesque, Samba to Argentine Tango and more.

Indulge your senses, heart and ears with delicious magic of dance and live music in a style of Barbara Streisand,Jazz and Love songs sung by fabulous Meghan Monroe.

TIMES: Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $35 general in advance, $40 general 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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Adderley school logoFebruary 15, 2018

Weeping Willow Books presents

Unmasked LIVE

Women Read About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty

Unmasked LIVE, a blush-worthy performance of essays and poems from the new anthology, Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty. The production features readers Deborah Donohue, Andrea Weir Estrada, Maya Shaw Gale, Tanya Ko Hong, Perie Longo, Nancy Shobe, Linda Stewart-Oaten, and the anthology’s editors, Marcia Meier and Kathleen Barry.
In these days of heightened awareness about women and sex, #MeToo revelations, and soul-searching over sexual harassment, "Unmasked LIVE” offers a look at the inner world of women, sexuality and intimacy—and how important it is to talk about and focus on healthy sex.
As Gloria Steinem said: “Sex for women after 50 is invisible for the same reason that contraception, abortion, and sex between two women or two men has been forbidden: sexuality is supposed to be only about procreation. This lie was invented by patriarchy, monotheism, racism and other hierarchies. Sexuality is and always has been also about bonding, communicating, and pleasure. ‘Unmasked’ helps to restore a human right.”

TIMES: Thursday, February 15, at 7:30 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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Adderley school logoFebruary 22, 2018

Theater of the Feminine Underground presents

Anima

Anima, Theater of the Feminine Underground, is a women’s ritual theater project whose mission is to give voice to the feminine subconscious for the purpose of individual and collective transformation and bringing socio-political balance.
“Sexy, honest, intelligent, funny and darkly beautiful."
10 local powerhouse female artists bare their souls -sharing dreams, fantasies, secrets, rants, revelations and vulnerable reveals through dance, song, spoken word and performance art.

TIMES: Thursday, February 22, at 7:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $23 general in advance, $28 general day of the performance

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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February 25, 2018

The Endowment for Youth Committee presents

Tribute to Maya Angelou

Click here for more information

TIMES: Sunday, February 25, 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 February 25 through May 21, 2018

Speaking of Stories presents

Speaking of Stories 2018 season

at Center Stage Theater

In light of all of the challenges that our community is currently facing we have decided to postpone our 2018 season. The revised 4-show season will open on February 25th with Personal Stories. March 25 & 26 we will present our planned tribute to Jay Thomas, with a special Nothing But Laughs performance.

Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 4 shows or put together a package of 3. 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 $112.

Personal Stories 2018 February 25 through 28
An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more.  Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them!  Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. 
There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.

Nothing But Laughs March 25 & 26
A tribute to Jay Thomas, one of our favorite performers! We are all definitely ready for some laughs and this show will absolutely provide them! Dan Gunther, Devin Scott and Rudy Willrich will be performing three of the great comedic stories that Jay Thomas graced our stage with.

Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler
Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean

Speaking of Friends April 22 & 23
Stories of friends and friendship.

Bar Mitzvah by Michael Bernard 
Chivalry by Neal Gaiman 
Monster Ball by Anabelle Gurnitch 
The Ambien Diaries by Jen Lancaster 

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

Faline England reading The Lover of Horses by Tess Gallagher
Megan Holaway reading The Haunting by John Connally
Joe Spano reading One Quarrel by Ron Carlson

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

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

B Level (general admission)
4 show $92
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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Poster with logotype February 25 through 28, 2018

Speaking of Stories presents

Personal Stories 2018

An eclectic collection of original true stories performed by their authors. Performers range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time and as authors they include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. Stories of love, sex, family, childhood misadventures and more.  Your friends and neighbors have some wonderful stories to tell, don’t miss being with us to hear them!  Join us on the patio after each show to toast the actors with cookies and milk – the perfect way to celebrate any great story. 

There will be 2 bills of stories, each program will be performed twice.

Bill A: Click here for Descriptions and Bios

Joel Altschul reading The Best Defense is a Good Offense
Susan Chiavelli reading (Gravity, No Engines)
Susan Cochran reading I Have a Granddaughter
Lisa Gates reading Body Parts
Cami Helmuth reading Cloud Watching
Michelle Howard reading The Year I Failed Women's Studies
Tania Israel reading I Come From
Noah Lashly reading Straight to Gay
Tony Miratti reading The Killer in the Closet
Angie Swanson-Kyriaco reading Denial, Depression and Dysfunction: The 90's Edition

Bill B: Click here for Descriptions and Bios

Megan Burwell reading Dear Megan Burwell
Anna Jordan reading I'm Gonna Need Backup
Rudi Lion reading Transported
Robert MacNeal reading Wooing
Kathy Marden reading Coming Home
Lesley Miller reading The Most Unexpected Year
Pauline Nelson reading Thereby Hangs A Tail
Marcia Orland reading Breakfast at Tiffany's
Jan K. Ruskin reading My Sexual Revolution
Cynthia Waring reading Smoky

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.
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Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M.

TICKETS: $28 general, $18 students and military, $18 Early Bird Special (Sunday and Wednesday shows 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 1 through 4, 2018

Nebula Dance Company presents

HHII Dance Festival

"HHII Dance Festival reaches for the stars..." The Santa Barbara Independent

"International & National artists under one roof, three unique performances, 30+ dance works, across three days...exhilarating" Devyn Duex, Founder/Artistic Director | Nebula Dance Lab

"Galaxy of Dance: HHII Dance Fest promises three days of new and recent work" Santa Barbara News-Press

Presented by Nebula Dance Lab, HH11 Dance Festival is an annual dance festival in its 4th year, showcasing 30+ works within three unique shows, plus the Apogee Awards and kickoff evening highlighting Arts Education & Youth performances. Artists featured over the past three years have spanned the Globe from Budapest Hungary to New York City, Chicago IL and Canada, plus across California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, and Santa Barbara.

HH11 strives to bring together international & national artists both emerging and established over four days, four unique performances, featuring a diverse representation of professional dance works. Don't miss any of these amazing performances!
Artists featured: Robin Bisio Films (SB), FUSE Dance Company (LA), Kiruthika Rathanaswami (Canada), Project 21 Dance (LA), RE|Dance Group (IL), The Dance Network (SB), Santa Barbara City College Dance Company (SB), Janos Feledi | FELEDI PROJECT (Budapest, Hungary), Briana Markovich (SB), Watson Dance (OC), Psychopomp Dance Theater (LA), Kendra Pearson (SF), UCSB Dance Company (SB), Embark Dance Theater (OC), Stephen Kelly (SB), Rebecca Bryant Danceworks (LB), Lauren Chertudi (SF), Peri Trono (SF), Tonia Shimin (SB), Louise Reichlin/LA Choreographers & Dancers (LA), and Nebula Dance Lab (SB)

Plus Apogee Awards honoring Dance Education & Youth in a kickoff evening March 1st including special performances by State Street Ballet Young Dancers (SB), Santa Barbara Dance Arts (SB), Linda Vega Dance Studios (SB), Panther Dance Company (SB), and FELEDI Project (Budapest, Hungary)

Get your festival pass and participate in the rich experience the HHII Dance Festival provides [passes are not transferable]. VIP Festival passes are available for patrons interested in early entry, a complimentary beverage, and the opportunity to personally select and reserve your seat prior to the show [early VIP entry is 30 minutes prior to each show].

TIMES: Thursday, March 1 at 7:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
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Friday, March 2 at 8:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 4 at 2:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $24 general, $19 students, $58 Festival Pass, $68 Festival Pass (includes preferred seating, and complimentary beverage at each performance),

$11.50 general (Thursday March 1 only)

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 15, 2018

Opper Films presents

Secrets of Desert Point

(Documentary)

"No talk, no maps, no photos... we became really good liars"

Directed by Ira Opper

In the early eighties, while sailing off remote Lombok Island in Indonesia, young California surfer Bill Heick and his friends stumbled across the perfect wave, a pristine barreling left reeling endlessly and empty over a shallow, live-coral reef. As treacherous as it was beautiful, it was later dubbed “Desert Point” for its dry forbidding nature. In the years that followed, a crew of hardcore surfers set up a makeshift beach outpost and kept their treasure off the surf-media map for most of a decade. Their mission: to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible, no matter the cost. Life on the remote point was a constant balancing act between the surfing dream and the very real possibility of injury, armed robbery and life-threatening disease. 

"The most exciting and successful undercover wave discovery's in history" SURFER MAGAZINE

More information at:
www.opperfilms.com
www.secretsofdesertpoint.com

A BENEFIT FOR SURFRIDER SANTA BARBARA

TIMES: Thursday, March 15 at 6:30 pm
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Thursday, March 15 at 8:30 pm

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 logotype March 10 through 17, 2018

Santa Barbara Dance Arts presents

Configuration 2018

Come see Santa Barbara’s premiere youth dance company at the annual sell-out smash, Configuration, presented by Santa Barbara Dance Arts and The Arts Mentorship Program. Perfect for the entire family, Configuration features high-energy hip hop, evocative contemporary, and entertaining jazz numbers that will leave you dancing in your seat.  Come see our award winning Axis Dance Company perform “Where the Light Gets In,” choreography by local favorite Brittany Sandoval, and Director, Alana Tillim set a piece addressing the helplessness our youth feel when faced with recent the tragic events in the world and now, in our own community.  Unique to this production, student work shares the stage with professional choreographers; carefully selected nurtured by professional mentors while they compete for a $250 cash prize courtesy of American Riviera Bank will be awarded at the opening evening performance. Patron VIP seating available at all shows.

TIMES: Saturday, March 10 at 7:00 P.M.
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Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
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Friday, March 16 at 7:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 P.M.
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Saturday, March 17 at 7:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

TICKETS: $50 patron, $25 general, $17 Student (matinees only)

(Patron ticket sales will end 2 hours before each show)

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 23 and April 24, 2018

Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective presents

DISLOCATE |
a dance concert

featuring BLiPSWiTCH and Smashworks Dance Collective

For their fourth Santa Barbara production, Meredith Cabaniss/selah
dance collective will produce an evening of emerging artists from Austin, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and New York to create an exhilarating evening of innovative dance work. Part of a larger exchange of movement and production ideas from coast to coast, this radical evening will show eight new
works. Guest companies include BLiPSWiTCH (Austin, TX), Smashworks Dance Collective (NY), and Novus Dance Project (LA).

Featured work "something like the desert", by Meredith Cabaniss/selah dance collective, is an evening-length work centered around a journey into one's personal wilderness. Inspired in part by The Alchemist, a fable about following one's dreams, the work confronts a traditional notion of where strength lies: is it in the moments where one stands tall and confronts fear? Or does one find strength comes from a quieter place where your heart can speak?

TIMES: Friday, March 23 at 8:00pm
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Saturday, March 24 at 8:00pm

TICKETS: $23 general, $18 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 logotype March 25 and 26, 2018

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 milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk! (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Devin Scott reading Dave and the Dentist by Stuart McLean
Rudy Willrich reading The Phone Message by Stuart McLean
Dan Gunther reading Jamaica by David Schikler

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, 2018

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 modern day 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.
 
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. SOLD OUT
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Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 P.M.
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Friday, April 13 at 8:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
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Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 P.M. SOLD OUT
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Sunday, April 15 at 2:00 P.M. SOLD OUT

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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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.