Each of the four one-act plays in Stoop... enacts a situation of "stooping." In various ways, we all stoop below our positions, our standards, our morals. We bend our bodies, we punish and expose ourselves, and we betray ourselves.

Every woman has at one time been concerned with sex, food, career, God and complete environmental annihilation. The men in their lives have to live through the experiences of these women as they delve into these matters.

The Plays

  • Bedtime by Mary Gallagher ponders the question of God and eternity as seen through the eyes of two young sisters after they have been tucked in for the night.
  • Lives of the Great Waitresses by Nina Shengold explores the mystery of being called to one's career. "Either you have it, or you don't; and if you don't, don't bother."
  • The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George offers an inside look at a liposuction clinic waiting room.
  • Stoop by Lanford Wilson presents three neighbors in a moment that seems--at first--mundane.

Stoop. . . features an all-female ensemble of four local actors performing thirteen different characters: Deanne Anders (Artistic Director of Santa Barbara Youth Theatre) makes her local debut as a performer. Erica S. Connell (Founding member of DramaDogs), E. Bonnie Lewis (Co-artistic Director of DramaDogs and a California Arts Council Artist in Residence), and Rina Perri (Dancer and actress) were last seen in DramaDogs' Cardinal Sin. Director Ken Gilbert was last seen in as the Old Man in DramaDogs' The Chairs and as Mr. Kovacs, the waiter, the doctor and the barber in Genesis West's The Danube.

Costumes are by Paul Marceau, who recently costumed Genesis West's repertory of Mud and The Danube, as well as last season's DramaDogs' production of The Chairs.

Set and lighting are by Ted Dolas. Photos by Baron Eric Spafford.

TIMES: Fridays and Saturdays, May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8:00 P.M.
............Matinees Saturdays, May 12 and 19, at 2:00 P.M.
$16 general, $12 students and seniors

The Center Stage Theater Box Office is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 P.M., and one hour before each performance. See below for location.

Tickets may also be purchased by telephone using
Visa, Master Card, and American Express.
Phone (805) 963-0408 (V / TDD).

Center Stage Theater is located in the Paseo Nuevo Center, upstairs at the intersection of Chapala and De la Guerra Streets, Santa Barbara, California.

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.