Abravaya Brings New Play to Rohnert Park

So, what’s former Spreckels Performing Arts Center Manager Gene Abravaya been doing since his retirement to the Arizona desert? “I’ve been enjoying my retirement and developing style and techniques for the abstract sculptures I am interested in designing,” he says. “Oh, and I’ve been working on a new play.” That play, The Trial of John…

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ musical creators to perform in Petaluma

Popular Broadway musicals are often inspired by classic books. For example, next month’s Spreckels Theater Company production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” written by Mark Haddon and adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens. Kander and Ebb’s ‘Cabaret,’ opening August 31 at Cinnabar Theater, is based on John Van Druten’s…

Nancy Hayashibara to present evening of music and comedy

It’s been a while since pianist Nancy Hayashibara – of the Santa Rosa Junior College – has appeared on stage in one of her semi-legendary stage shows, in which she alternates between stellar renditions of classical masterpieces and hilarious comedy bits, often playing over-the-top characters, including (sometimes) her own mother. On Saturday, July 28, she…

Novato Theater Co. announces two-night appearance of Cash & King

On Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, Novato Theater Company will host the popular Sonoma County-based touring show Cash & King, featuring singer-actor Steven Kent and a band of local musicians putting a highly personal spin on the traditional tribute show. During the two-act production – which has been playing to sold-out houses in…

‘Coco’ to screen on Angel Island

The Mill Valley Film Festival will be teaming up with the Angel Island Conservancy to present an open-air, early-evening screening of Pixar’s magical ‘Coco’ on Angel Island on Saturday, July 21. A fundraiser for the Conservancy – which assists in facilitating various upgrades to Angel Island, a National Park, and which also sponsors a scholarship…