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Sonoma

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Real Women Have Curves by Josefina López – 6th Street Playhouse – Set in a tiny sewing factory in East L.A., this is the story of five full-figured Mexican-American women who are racing to meet nearly impossible production deadlines in order to keep their tiny factory from going under. And while they work, hiding from the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service), they talk… about their husbands and lovers, their children, their dreams for the future. The story is told from the point of view of Ana, the youngest among them.

with Alexa Jimenez, Reilly Milton, Bethany Regan, Rosa Reynoza, Anakarina Swanson

Directed by Marie Ramirez Downing

Santa Rosa * May 12 – June 5

Tickets $18 – $29

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The Book of Will by Lauren Gunderson – Raven Players – A uniquely engaging story of how Shakespeare’s plays were gathered, preserved, and published after his death by his friends and fellow actors. It’s a humorous and inspiring portrait of friendship, love, and the arduous task of saving the greatest plays ever written. The Book of Will received the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award in 2018. 

Featuring Steven David Martin, Craig Peoples, Mary DeLorenzo, Monique Scott, Nicholas J. Augusta, Robert Bauer, Ashley Garcia, Aimee Drew, Bill Garcia

Directed by Diane Bailey

Healdsburg * May 13 – May 29

Tickets $12 – $25

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Wink by Jen Silverman – Main Stage West – Wink follows unhappy housewife Sofie and her breadwinning husband, Gregor, who both seek weekly counseling from an unorthodox therapist, Doctor Frans. Their current topic of disagreement: the cat, Wink. When Wink goes missing, violent desires, domestic anarchy, and feline vengeance emerge, threatening the neatly ordered reality Sophie, Gregor, and Doctor Frans have constructed.

with John Browning, Sam Coughlin, Michael Fontaine, Illana Niernberger

Directed by James Pelican

Sebastopol * June 3 – June 25

Tickets $20 – $32

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9 to 5, the Musical by Patricia Resnick and Dolly Parton – 6th Street Playhouse – Based on the popular 1980 film, it’s the story of three women pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss. Concocting a plan to kidnap and turn the tables on their despicable supervisor, will the ladies manage to reform their office – or will events unravel when the CEO pays an unexpected visit?

with Anne Warren Clark, Daniela Innocenti Beem, Juliette Bradbury, Jill Wagoner, Mark Bradbury

Directed by Carl Jordan

Santa Rosa * June 2 – June 26

Tickets $26 – $45

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Dance Nation by Clare Barron – Left Edge Theatre – Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. These young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

with Serena Elize Flores, Rosie Frater, Kimberly Kalember, Abbey Lee, Sam Minnifield, Eshani More, Regielyn Padua, Mike Pavone and Caitlin Strom-Martin

Directed by Paige Picard

Santa Rosa * June 4 – June 19

Tickets $22 – $44

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Marin

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The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol, Adapted by Jefferey Hatcher – Ross Valley Players – The classic 19th Century comedy of errors and mistaken identity updated for today’s audiences, not unlike a Marx Brothers comedy. When officials in a small Russian town learn that an undercover government official is coming, the village is sent into a world of panic, cover ups and greed. A low-level clerk from St. Petersburg, with his own larcenous bent, is misidentified as the inspector. The result is a frantic merry-go-round of corruption, lust and certifiable self-delusion.

with Michel Harris, Wood Lockhart, Steve Price, Pamela Ciochetti, Hunter Candrian-Velez, Alexandra Weitman, Philip Goleman, Robert Molossi, Chris Harney, Greg Nelson, Natalie Mendes, Benjamin Vasquez, Raysheina de Leon-Ruhs, Daphne Cowlin

Directed by Lisa Morse

Ross * May 6 – June 5

Tickets $15 – $30

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The Sound of Music by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse, Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II – Throckmorton Theatre – based on the 1949 memoir of Maria von Trapp, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess to a large family while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain von Trapp. He is ordered to accept a commission in the German navy, but he opposes the Nazis. He and Maria decide on a plan to flee Austria with the children.

with Katrina Lauren McGraw, David Schiller, Desiree Goyette, Danny Slomoff, Kimberly Marron, Noah Ong Bamola

Directed by Adam Maggio

Mill Valley * May 13 – May 29

Tickets $25 – $45

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A Doll’s House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath – Novato Theater Company – The play picks up after Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House concludes as Nora returns with a newfound confidence. She has become a successful, even controversial writer. But, Torvald hasn’t divorced her, presenting her with all sorts of legal difficulties. And she is in trouble for her feminist writing. The play examines the rules of society and gender.

with Alison Peltz, Mark Clark, Jannely Calmell, Shirley Nilsen Hall

Directed by Gillian Eichenberger

Novato * May 19 – June 12

Tickets $12 – $27

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Hello, Dolly! by Michael Stewart, Jerry Herman – The Mountain Play – Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, it’s the musical the story of Dolly Levi, a strong-willed matchmaker who travels to Yonkers, New York in order to find a match for the miserly “well-known unmarried half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. In doing so, she convinces his niece, his niece’s intended and Horace’s two clerks to travel to New York.

with Dyan McBride, Randy Nazarian, Jen Brooks, Amanda Conran, Chachi Delgado, Zachary Frangos, Paul Hogarth, Jill Jacobs, Anna L. Joham, Julia Ludwig, Jesse Lumb, and Gary Stanford Jr.

Directed by Jay Manley

Mount Tamalpais State Park * May 22 – June 19

Tickets $25 – $45

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The Sound Inside by Adam Rapp – Marin Theatre Company – When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student named Christopher, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a surprising request of Christopher that neither knows if he can fulfill. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.

with Denmo Ibrahim and Tyler Miclean

Directed by Jasson Minadakis

Mill Valley * May 26 – June 19

Tickets $25 – $60

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Napa

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Bright Star by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell – Lucky Penny – Inspired by a true story, it’s a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and ’40s. When literary editor Alice Murphy meets a young soldier just home from World War II, he awakens her longing for the child she once lost. Haunted by their unique connection, Alice sets out on a journey to understand her past—and what she finds has the power to transform both of their lives.

with Taylor Bartolucci, Ian Elliot, Barry Martin, Tommy Lassiter, Sean O’Brien, Tim O’Connor, Barbara McFadden, Jenny Veilluex, Kirstin Pieschke, Emma Sutherland, Vanessa Dalpiaz, Alex Gomez, Brad Fischer, Leslie Sexton, Madison Morgan, Pilar Gonzales, Cas Davis

Directed by Barry Martin

Napa * May 27 – June 12

Tickets $25 – $35

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