Rubicon offers special 10 am student matinees throughout the school year. These performances are for productions with suitable content and educational appeal. Many of these productions coincide with the California Arts Education Standards, local school curriculum and/or state recommended reading lists. The theatre experience is enhanced with access to a study guide. Within the pages of this in-depth publication teachers and students discover the world of the play at their own pace as they explore fun facts, trivia and critical analysis. There are games, puzzles and discussion topics to give teachers a variety of ways to engage their students. Following the performance, the audience is invited to share their thoughts with the cast by participating in a question and answer session called a “Talkback.”



Ticket Cost

$10 per student. Teachers and parents may attend for free (one free ticket per 10 students). Includes light intermission snack and bottle of water. Rubicon Theatre is an intimate venue with only 186 seats—we encourage early reservations.




Upcoming Student Matinees Performances



Friday September 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

We are thrilled present "Incognito", a mysterious and beautiful new play about the intersection between memory and identity. Several stories (some based on true events) are woven together. One concerns a man who steals Albert Einstein’s brain to try to understand the elusive nature of genius. Another follows a man who has lost his short-term memory but recalls his affection for his wife, whom he greets anew each day. The third focuses on a scientist who beginning a new romantic journey who struggles to know her own mind and heart while probing the minds of others. Four actors play 21 characters in this deeply moving and original play.

Taking Sides       

Friday October 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. and Friday November 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

In post-World War II Germany, a U.S. Army officer interrogates world-famous conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, who chose to stay in Germany when many of his colleagues left their homeland out of protest or fear of persecution. Was Furtwängler guilty of collaborating with the Nazis, or did he stay out of devotion to his country and his art?


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol         

Friday December 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by the ghosts of three spirits, who show him the error of his ways and lead him on a path to redemption. This imaginative, highly theatrical version of the great classic is told in the storytelling style of Nicholas Nickleby, with actors playing characters, animals, and even inanimate objects! The production received rave reviews from audiences and critics and was a Critic’s Pick in the L.A. Times last season. Broadway veterans Peter Van Norden (RTC’s Copenhagen) and Emmy Award-winner Joe Spano (“NCIS,” RTC’s Bucky and Sylvia) head a remarkable and versatile 24-person cast.


King Lear       

Friday March 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and Friday March 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Mercurial by nature and confused by age, the king of Britain divides his affections and his kingdom between his three daughters, only one of whom loves him enough to speak the truth and to refuse to flatter him falsely. Thrown into a rage, the king exiles his youngest daughter, turns on his best friend, and becomes more and more irrational. Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest play, this monumental drama is an epic and hauntingly unforgettable story of love, greed, madness, and reconciliation.


Note: Due to the nature of live theatre, artists, dates and plays may be subject to change.