As summer comes to an end, it’s time to take our seats and enjoy the wide variety of excellent theatrical productions offered throughout Sonoma County! Experience thrillers, comedies and musicals; your favorite classics and new, cutting edge stories. Live theater magically transports you to another world – and away from a digital screen!
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August 30 – September 22.
By Jonathan Spector. Directed by Elizabeth Craven.At Eureka Day School, a progressive charter school in Berkeley, all points of view are respected, all voices heard. After all, these parents only want the best for their kids. However, when the issue of vaccinations breaks out like a bad case of chickenpox, tolerance for opposing views undergoes a stress test that is both hilarious and harrowing. Launched last year, the play had the Bay Area buzzing, with the San Francisco Chronicle declaring that playwright Spector
“proves as much a master of pathos as of comedy.”
Tickets: General $24 | Senior (62+) $22 | Student $20 | Child (18 and under) $10
August 30 – September 22.
Book by Howard Ashman; music by Alan Menken. Stage Direction by Nathan Cummings; music direction by Mary Chun.
A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre-goers for over 30 years. The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” – after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it: BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!
Tickets: $45 Adult | $40 Senior | $30 Student
August 23 – September 15.
By Karen Zacarias. Directed by Jessica Headington.
Chaos ensues when friends start reading between the lines!
“A delightful, fresh comedy…distinctive, sharp.”—Talkin’ Broadway
An endearing comedy about five very different book-loving friends and how the staid dynamics of their meetings quickly change when they become the subject of a documentary film, making everyone self-conscious. Add a professor of comparative literature to the group and. . .Egos clash! Jealousies surface! Chaos ensues! If you’ve been in a book club, you’ll recognize the dynamics; if you haven’t, you’ll probably be surprisingly amused.
September 6 – 28.
Mark Gregory, Director
Shirley Jackson’s 1958 novel is unique in that her house is not haunted by the spirits of the departed. Her house IS the haunting. Does the house merely playback unhappy events from its past, like an old recording on repeat? Or is the house a sentient entity, preying on the emotional weakness of its inhabitants, causing them to self destruct? You decide.
Tickets: $20 for general audiences, $15 for Students and Seniors 60+. Pay What You Can Fridays: Sept. 6 and 13. Champagne Buffet Gala: Sept. 28.
Tapas New Short Play Festival Pegasus Theater Company at Masonic Lodge, Guerneville
September 13 through 28.
Featuring plays by northern California playwrights exclusively and, this year, an all-female cast of wonderful local actresses.
The plays include:
Grilled by L.H. Grant, directed by Darlene Kersnar
Solar Flares by Stanley Rutherford, directed by Ed Brown
Heroes by Susan Jackson, directed by Scott Kersnar
Lady M. Visits the Dermatologist by Margy Kahn, directed by Lois Pearlman
Stuff by Darlene Kersnar, directed by Lauri Lippin
Executive Order by L.H. Grant, directed by Darlene Kersnar
$18 general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Sept. 13 and 20 are Pay-What-You-Can, with seats available on a walk-in basis only.
“Arsenic and Old Lace” at Raven Performing Arts Theater
An American classic; literally a killer comedy!
Mortimer Brewster’s ordinary world is turned upside down when he discovers that his dear aunts have been poisoning lonely old men for years! Mortimer tries to help his aunts and protect his fiancé — all while trying to keep his own sanity!
By Joseph Kesselring, Directed by Joe Gellura
Sep 13 Opening Night Bubbly; Sep 19 Value Night Half Price, Sunday Post-Show Discussions.
Tickets: $5 | $25 | $28.
“Merman’s Apprentice” presented by Sonoma Arts Live at Andrews Hall, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma.
September 27 – October 13
Book & Lyrics by Stephen Cole, Music by David Evans, Directed by Jaime Love and Larry Williams. Co-Producers- Suzy & Wulfrin Oberlin.
It’s 1970. The golden age of musical theatre is drawing to an end. But young Muriel Plakenstein of Brooklyn doesn’t know that! She runs away from home to become a Broadway star, and, in true Broadway tradition, runs right off the train and into the Queen of Broadway, Ethel Merman. Ethel takes a liking to the kid and takes her to a rehearsal, they end up singing together… and, you guessed it! Merman takes Muriel under her wing, making little Muriel Plakenstein Merman’s Apprentice.
“The Kitchen Witches” at Cloverdale Performing Arts Center
Sept. 28 – Oct. 13
Long-time rival cooking show hostesses Isobel Lomax and Dolly Biddle have been bitter enemies for thirty years, when Larry Biddle dated one and married the other. When they are forced into an unwanted partnership co-hosting a TV show called “The Kitchen Witches,” what was meant to be a cooking diva docu-drama, turns into on-set warfare. Dolly’s long-suffering TV-producer son tries to keep the co-hostesses on track but to no avail, with predictable results—the show becomes a ratings smash hit! Directed by Amy Lovato. Suggested audience high school and older–mild adult themes.
Students $12 Adults $25; Pay-what-you-can preview on September 27 at 7:30 pm.
“The Good Doctor” at Santa Rosa Junior College, Newman Auditorium
by Neil Simon, adapted from Anton Chekhov. Directed by Wendy Wisely.
Two giants of theatre history—the legendary comic genius, Neil Simon, and the game-changing Russian writer, Anton Chekhov—converge and the result is deliciously human. A young writer who is struggling with writer’s block shares his frustration through a series of funny, exasperating, poignant, and thoroughly charming stories. As the playwright says, “I can’t think of a humorous situation that does not involve some pain.”
Recommended for ages 13 and up. Some adult content.
“Macbeth” at The Phoenix Theater, Petaluma.
An exciting new production of Macbeth with a cast of five actors promises to be the highlight of the North Bay’s autumn theatrical season! Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy presents the classic story of a good man’s descent into evil, obsession, and madness.
“The Sound of Music” at Sonoma State University
Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park.
November 22-December 8.
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.
Celebrate the holidays with this collaborative production between SRJC and SSU students. Inspired by the von Trapp family’s true story, this timeless masterpiece is set at the feet of the majestic Austrian Alps as the Nazi menace begins to spread across Europe. Premiering on Broadway 60 years ago, audiences will once again be transported by the show’s award-winning score, including unforgettable songs like “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things,” and “Climb Every Mountain.”
Recommended for ages 7 and up.
at Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa
Set in a courtroom in New York’s Bellevue Hospital, the story follows a high-priced call girl incarcerated on a charge for killing a violent “John”. A court appointed psychiatrist and an aggressive prosecutor, say she is unfit to stand trial. As testimony from experts, physicians and her parents unfolds, she attempts to prove to the judge that she isn’t “nuts” and to stand trial for manslaughter. A Broadway hit, Nuts has been called the best courtroom drama since Witness for the Prosecution.