2016-2017 Theatre Events

The Glass Menagerie

Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by John Blondell
September 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and September 4 at 4 p.m., Porter Theatre
$20 General Admission, $15 Students, Seniors, and Children
Santa Barbara’ Lit Moon Theatre Company kicks off the season with a special presentation of Tennessee Williams’ American masterpiece about an early 20th century St. Louis family, and the tensions that break it apart.


Written by Juan Mayorga
Directed by Mitchell Thomas
September 22 at 7 p.m., Porter Theatre
No Admission Charge
Two men live in the same apartment block. One likes long walks, Greek myths and foreign languages. The other likes making lists, fixing bikes and blackmail. One day, they bump into each other in a local cafe. Only this is no coincidence: one of them has been planning this moment for a very, very, very long time. A brilliant new play from Spain, in the department’s *Boundary Crossings Staged Reading Series.

As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by John Blondell
October 14,15 and 20, 21, 22, 7:30 p.m., Porter Theatre
$12 General Admission, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children
Deceit. Trickery. Banishment. Death threats. Sounds serious but all ends happily in Shakespeare’s sparkling romantic comedy. For tickets!

*Letters from Cuba

Written by María Irene Fornés
Directed by Linday Twigg '16
November 3 at 7 p.m., Porter Theatre
In her final, most auto-biographical play, María Irene Fornés gives us an unapologetically feminine look at a relationship that's been stretched across borders. A dreamy meditation on the ties of family, Letters from Cuba adresses the longing and urgency to maintain familial connection that is so integral to the immigrant experience. *Boundary Crossings Staged Reading Series.

Special Shakespeare Event!


Westmont Fall Dance Concert
Directed by Susan Alexander
December 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 10 at 2 p.m., Porter Theatre
$10 General, $7 Students, Seniors, and Children
Featuring new choreography by students and faculty members of the Theatre Arts Department. The performance promises to be entertaining, energizing, and inspirational. Don't miss this opportunity to see the amazing and talented dancers.


2017 Spring Theatre Events

*The Body of a Woman as a Battlefield in the Bosnian Wars

Written by Matej Visniec Directed by John Blondell
January 27 at 7 p.m., Porter Theatre
No Admission Charge
Two women search for connection, healing, and redemption following the atrocities of the Bosnian Wars. An important play from Romania, in the department’s Boundary Crossings Staged Reading Series. Not recommended for children under 17. *Boundary Crossings Staged Reading Series.

A Movable Musical Feast

Theatre Arts and Music Co-production Composed by Claudio Monteverdi, Biagio Marini, and Giacomo Carissimi Conducted by Grey Brothers, Staged by John Blondell
February 2, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 7 p.m.
February 3, Trinity Episcopal Church, 7 p.m.
February 4, Westmont College, 7 p.m
No Admission Charge
Ravishing instrumental and choral music by three Italian masters of the early Baroque tradition, featuring Carissimi’s Jephte (ca 1648), considered the archetype of the Latin oratorio.

Bodas De Sangre (Blood Wedding)

Written by Federico García Lorca, in a new version by Tanya Ronder
Directed by Mitchell Thomas
February 24-25, March 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., Porter Theatre
$12 General Admission, $7 Students and Seniors
The bride has chosen well; the man of her future is a glass of clear water. But the muddy river of her past won’t stop flowing. Federico García Lorca's surrealist blood-soaked tragedy of forbidden passion, family feud, and doomed love is given a strikingly beautiful staging featuring ritual, dance, and live music.

You Can't Keep Living This Way (Senior Project)

Written and Directed by Mia Altman
March 24-25, 7:30 p.m., March 25 at 2 p.m., Porter Theatre
No Admission Charge
He’s too callous to care. She’s too anxious to function. We’ve all got too much of something.

Fringe Festival!

Moderated by John Blondell
Westmont Campus
April 20, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m., April 22 at 3 p.m.
The epicenter of the department’s programming, The Fringe is our annual celebration of original, devised, experimental, and otherwise new and unseen work that culminates every season at the college. Last year’s Fringe featured over 30 original pieces of theatre, dance, film, art installations, and solo performance, and included nearly 100 students. A one-of-a-kind event not to be missed. Really. Fringe2017

General Admission per day $10,
Students & Seniors Admission $7
All festival pass General Admission $15
All festival pass Student & Seniors $10