2021-2022 Theatre Events
NEXUS Staged Reading Series
Featuring 3 BIPOC playwrights in works TBD
Directed by Johnny Jones, Scholar/Artist In-Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
September 25, November 6, and December 4 @7:30pm in Porter Theatre
From the liminal space of returning to the theatre amid renewed hope and faith in a “new normal,” the NEXUS Staged Reading Series features multiple modern and contemporary playwrights and plays that engage diversity, equity, and inclusion. These BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) narratives connect and examine themes of race and its multiple intersections of class, gender, sex, ethnicity, religion, and other social constructions in an effort to produce lasting and needed cultural conversations throughout American society. Event registration recommended.
Audience advisory: Contains adult themes and language.
Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil
A new play by Hannah Kenah
Directed by Diana Small '09, Resident Director and Instructor of Theatre
October 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 @ 7:30pm in Porter Theatre
With a matinee performance on October 30 @ 2pm
A comedic foray into the history of flight, featuring the Wright Brothers, the crew of Apollo 11, and a semi-fictional multi-generational family from Ohio where aviation was born.
Audience advisory: This play contains passionate language by Ohioans about Ohio. Suitable for ages 13 and up.
You Will Be Found: Hope Songs
Directed by Mitchell Thomas, Professor of Theatre
November 19 and November 20 @7:30 pm in Porter Theatre
Join us for an uplifting evening featuring songs of hope, joy, and love from a broad variety of genres and styles. All proceeds from the show will support student work in the Fringe Festival and the CALM childhood trauma non-profit of Santa Barbara.
$15 General, $10 Students
The Miser, or the School for Lies
By Moliere, Adaptation by James Magruder
Directed by John Blondell, Professor of Theatre
February 25, 26, March 3, 4, 5 @ 7:30pm
With a matinee performance on March 5 @ 2pm
Love and Money! How can we get it and how can we get more? Moliere’s wildly funny comic romp is as timely in Santa Barbara 2022 as it was when Moliere wrote it for Parisian audiences in 1668.
Audience Advisory: Stay in your Seats! You Might Fall Down Laughing.
A creation by and for the community ~ Curated by Mitchell Thomas, Professor of Theatre
Produced by Jonathan Hicks ‘04, Assistant Professor of Theatre
April 21 – 24 @ 7 pm at Westmont
The Fringe Festival is a four day performance extravaganza completely created and led by current Westmont students. Featuring all different types of fine art including short plays, film, dance, and poetry, the Fringe celebrates the collaborative efforts of theatre and non-theatre students alike. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that you don't want to miss!