2019/2020 Mainstage

Stories about taking responsibility, finding freedom, daring to hope, living in harmony

-- and charting a new and certain course in an uncertain world. 


Holiday Show - Rejoice and be PLAID!

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

Directed by Stuart Ross | Songs by Various

Musical arrangements by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg and David Snyder

December 11 – 29, 2019

They’re ba-ack! Francis, Jinx, Smudge and Sparky have been brought back to Earth to provide a little heavenly harmony in a discordant world. This hilarious and heartwarming new version of Forever Plaid includes holiday favorites such as “The Dreidel Song,” “Cool Yule,” “Let it Snow,” and “Joy to the World”; a speed-date version of “The Ed Sullivan Show” featuring the Rockettes, the Chipmunks and The Vienna Boys Choir; "Sh-Boom", “Fever,” "Hey There” and other memorable hits from the 50s.

“Toasty, cozy, musical holiday cheer to assist us in appreciating all the good stuff around us, especially in times of trials and tribulations.” - Backstage West


AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Appropriate for all ages.


Featuring the Broadway Juniors Directed by Miriam Arichea and

Special Appearances by Frosty, Rudolph and Santa Claus


Kids of all ages will enjoy this 25-minute concert and singalong, which is followed by a reception with hot chocolate, apple juice and cookies downstairs and an opportunity for parents and grandparents to take photos of their toddlers with Santa and friends! The Broadway Juniors, under the direction of Miriam Arichea, are 13 to 15-year-old local students from Newbury Park to Ventura who love to sing -- Aliza Barroca, Abigail Block, Troy Braun, Samantha Hirschhorn, Emma Safier, Riley Stork and Neirin Winter.


December 16 at 5:30 p.m.  &  December 21 at 10:00 a.m.

$20 adults/$10 children

Bring a canned good or toy for local families-in-need when you purchase your tickets and get a FREE TICKET.

From the producers that brought you "The Drifters and The Coatsers". 

Forever Motown

Nine all-star performers, including former members of THE MARVELETTES,

And a live band in a concert of your


January 10-12, 2020 (7 performances)

From its initial run at New York's Westchester Broadway Theatre through two multi-year runs in Las Vegas and an ongoing five-year National Tour, Forever Motown continues to be the premier Motown celebration. Now two additional original Motown legends join the group for this critically acclaimed concert: superstars Glenn Leonard from The Temptations and G.C. Cameron, original lead singer of The Spinners.


AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Appropriate for all ages.

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.

Romantic Comedy

Almost Maine

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

“A” Train

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.


Murder Mystery Spoof

Alfred Hitchcock’s

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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2019/2020 Season

Big River:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

(optional addition for new subscribers)

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings

Never, Not Once

Almost Maine

"A" Train

Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps

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