Stories about taking responsibility, finding freedom, daring to hope, living in harmony
-- and charting a new and certain course in an uncertain world.
West Coast Premiere!
Never, Not Once
By Carey Crim
Directed by Katharine Farmer (Nibroc Trilogy/South Pacific)
February 5 – 23, 2020
Beautiful and searing, this timely new play by Carey Crim (23.5 Hours/Conviction) recently premiered at Jeff Daniels’ The Purple Rose Theatre to rave reviews. When a young biology student raised by two mothers decides to learn more about her DNA, she reaches out to the man she believes to be her father, forcing everyone around her to relive a painful hidden past. Recipient of the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, this important play is about our hunger to understand our past and the choices we make in life.
“Theatrically satisfying and socially urgent. A rare experience…live theatre so moving it provokes tears." Encore Michigan
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Recommended for mature audiences college-age and older due to the emotional nature of the content and some language.
By John Cariani
Directed by Stephanie Coltrin
March 25 – April 12, 2020
This quirky, romantic comedy about love and loss has broken box office records and received critical acclaim throughout the nation. The story unfolds through a series of nine vignettes, all of which take place on a magical midwinter night when the citizens of Almost – a place too disorganized to be called a town and too populated to be a wilderness – discover the life-altering power of the human heart. Strangers become friends, friends become lovers, and lovers turn into strangers.
“Poignant and witty. Its charm is real.” New York Daily News
“A mega-hit that is unabashedly unhip. The show offers a sweetness and decency that’s become rare at the theatre…a welcome breath of fresh air.” New York Post
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Recommended for high school age and up.
World Premiere Run
Written and Performed by Annie Torsiglieri
Original Music by Brad Carroll
Directed by Risa Brainin
May 6 – 24, 2020
Told with humor, insight and a few choice expletives, this courageous play, based on a true story, follows a family as they learn to accept the unexpected and live in the moment, meeting the joys and hardships of raising a child with autism. The play is performed by Broadway veteran Annie Torsiglieri and was developed in the Launch Pad program at UCSB. We are honored to present the first full-length regional run.
“Simply the best solo show and quite likely the best original play of any kind to come out of Santa Barbara this decade…the emotional impact cannot be overstated.” The Independent
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Recommended for mature audiences due to adult content and strong language.
Friday, June 5 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 6 at 2 p.m. 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
June 5 – 7, 2020
The producers of The Drifters and Cornell Gunter’s Coaster and Forever Motown bring you THE PLATTERS, for 7 shows only!
Start your summer with this popular group that was inducted into the Rock and Roll and Grammy Halls of Fame. The group topped the charts with songs like “Only You (And You Alone)”, “The Great Pretender,” “My Prayer,” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “Twilight Time.”
Murder Mystery Spoof
The 39 Steps
By Patrick Barlow
Based on the 1915 Novel by John Buchan and the 1935 Film by Alfred Hitchcock
Directed by James O’Neil
September 9 – 27, 2020
Funny and fast-paced, this “whodunit” is a hilarious mix of film noir and juicy spy novel, with a little Monty Python thrown in for good measure. Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of four), mistaken identities, mishaps, an onstage plane crash, and good old-fashioned romance. Rubicon company member Joseph Fuqua stars as the dashing and debonair Richard Hanney.
“A perfect soufflé… fast and frothy, performed by a cast of four that seems like a cast of thousands…theatre at its finest.” New York Times
AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Recommended for middle school and older.
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Never, Not Once
Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps