Sonoma Arts Live is making a few New Year’s resolutions.
Earlier show times… a higher number of performances spread more widely throughout the year… an immediate transition from the former alliance of different theater troupes into a single theater company… and a decided move toward more artistic and thematic consistency in its choices of plays and musicals. Those are just some of the changes that will be coming in 2016 as Sonoma Arts Live institutes a number of new initiatives as the local theater organization launches its sixth year at the Sonoma Community Center.
One of the biggest changes – a winter series of three shows plus a high-profile youth musical – begins in mid-January with a 2002 play by Nora Ephron, the late writer of the hit movies “When Harry Met Sally” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” and the bestselling memoirs “Heartburn” and “I Feel Bad About My Neck: and Other Thoughts About Being a Woman.” Titled “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” the anthology-style play was co-written by Ephron’s sister Delia, and will kick off what Sonoma Arts Live hopes will be a robust season of programming during a time of year when the organization’s offerings have, in the past, been relatively slim.
“We did a big survey last summer, and we asked our audiences what they wanted,” says Jaime Love, Sonoma Arts Live’s executive artistic director. “One of the things they wanted was more material in the winter. A lot of the people who come to our shows go away in the summer, so they said, ‘Why don’t you do more shows in the winter, when there isn’t so much going on?’”
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