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Sonoma County

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Cabaret by John Kander, Fred Ebb, Joe Masteroff – 6th Street Playhouse – Willkommen. Bienvenue. Come to the cabaret and the heady ‘anything goes’ world of Berlin in 1930. In the steamy, sleazy Kit Kat Klub on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, is love possible?

As the Nazis advance and patriotism gives way to racism, partiers carry on…disinterested in politics and engrossed in decadent entertainment while they ignore the encroaching horror.

directed by Jared Sakren

Santa Rosa * September 15 – October 16

Tickets $28 – $48

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Evil Dead The Musical – Raven Players – Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee turned demon-killing hero) and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes … and all to music. This show takes all the elements of the cult classic films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness and combines them into one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.

with Evan Espinoza, Steve Cannon, Jewel Ramos, Ashley Talbot, Troy Thomas Evans, Beth Greene and Bohn Connor

directed by Kerry Duvall

Healdsburg * September 23 – October 9

Tickets $10 – $35

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Stand and Deliver by Robert Bella – Santa Rosa Junior College Theatre Arts – Based on a true story and the Academy-Award nominated film, Stand and Deliver celebrates Jaime Escalante, a math teacher at an East LA high school who transforms his students’ lives with his unorthodox teaching methods.

With Daniel Bañales, Jackie Rosas, Amir Ghazi Moradi, Jeremy Castillo Carreras, Aurelio Correia, Robyn Parianos, Isiah Christon-Lee Carter, Andrea Lizbeth Chavez, Inés Malpartida, Miriam Valencia, Ben Donner, Karl Arcamo, Juan Torres, Tomas Fierro, Mark Ciccarelli, Tajai Britten, Marisela Navarro, David Kahn, Rosa Valentine, Maritza Reyes.

Directed by Elizabeth Dale

Santa Rosa * September 30 – October 9

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Tickets $20 – $25

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The Moors by Jen Silverman – Main Stage West – A dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility. Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path.

with Kevin Bordi, Taylor Diffenderfer, Brenda Reed, Katherine Rupers, Maddi Scarbrough, Nora Summers

directed by James Pelican

Sebastopol * September 30 – October 23

Tickets $20 – $32

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Tapas’ Short Play Festival – Pegasus Theatre Company – In Bailey Jordan Garcia’s Good, Good Girls three not so little girls check out the word “vagina”. A man just wants to deliver a plant in A Sign is a Sign, by Peter Dakutis and the woman blocking his way just wants to be needed. When a student completing homework in a café responds to a random text, chaos ensues, in Cary Pepper’s Bruno Saw the Doctor.

The other plays include Campy Capers by Stephen M. Cannon, A Harmony of Both by Terrence Patrick Hughes, Three Women on a Bench, Talking by Diane H. Sampson and Free Connection by Steve Koppman.

directed by Diana Grogg, Sharon Hawthorne, Darlene Kersnar, Damien Olsen, Lois Pearlman

Guerneville * September 30 – October 23

Tickets $20 – $32

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Polar Bears by David Templeton – Dave Pokorny Presents/Main Stage West/St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – A one-actor show in which a father, sorting through memories — and possibly digging though boxes in his attic at Christmas time — spontaneously recalls one whopper of a true story (based on the playwright’s life), involving his lifetime obsession with Santa Claus, his desperate attempts to keep his kids believing after an unexpected medical diagnosis, and his realization that sometimes lies, even those told in love, can backfire in unpredictable ways.

with David Templeton

David will be performing Polar Bears at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC in late October. These performances are “previews” for the big trip to New York and are fundraising events to assist with the expenses of mounting a show in New York.

Healdsburg * October 13 * Click HERE for more information

Petaluma * October 15 * Click HERE for more information

Sebastopol * October 19 * Click HERE for more information

Ticket cost ranging from donation to $30 depending on venue

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Misery by William Goldman/Steven King – Cinnabar Theater – When successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, he wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. 

with Mary Gannon Graham, Edward McCloud, Kellie Donnelly

directed by Tim Kniffin

Petaluma * October 14 – October 30

Tickets $25 – $40

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Marin County

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Picnic by William Inge – Ross Valley Players – On a sweltering Labor Day morning, the women of a quiet neighborhood on the wrong side of the tracks are preparing for the annual picnic. Hearts are broken and lives are changed in the following twenty-four hours, as a drifter wakes up the sleepy community. A small Kansas town in the 1950s is the setting for William Inge’s bittersweet melodrama which explores themes of sexuality, repression, rites of passage, and disappointment.

with Dalton Ortiz, Lizzy Bies, Steve Price, Dale Leonheart, Tori Truss, Evan Held, Tamar Cohn, Valerie Weak, Raysheina de Leon-Ruhs, Jen Marte, Max Carpenter

directed by Adrian Elfenbaum

Ross * September 9 – October 9

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Tickets $15 – $30

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Dunsinane by David Grieg – Marin Theatre Company and Tamalpais High School Conservatory Theatre Ensemble – Following the defeat of Macbeth by Malcolm and an English army in the Battle of Dunsinane at the end of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, having outlived her second husband Macbeth after she had Macbeth kill her first husband, continues to enforce the Moray claim to the throne via herself and her son by her first marriage. The play parallels the attempted nation-building by the English leader Siward and the continued bloodshed against the English occupying forces with contemporary events in Afghanistan and Iraq.

with Brendan Barger, Aldo Billingslea, Daniel Duque Estrada, Jack Hochschild, Kira Keane, Molly Lyons, Josh Odsess-Rubin, Lisa Anne Porter, Michael Ray Wisely

co-directed by Jasson Minadakis and Rob Lutfy

Mill Valley * September 22 – October 16

Tickets $25.50 – $60.50

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The Rocky Horror Show by Richard O’Brien – Marin Musical Theatre Company – A loving homage to classic B sci-fi films and horror genres with an irresistible rock’n’roll score. Sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a transvestite scientist. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet meet a houseful of wild characters, including a rocking biker and a creepy butler. Through elaborate dances and rock songs, Frank-N-Furter unveils his latest creation: a muscular man named “Rocky.”

with Stephen Kanaski, Nelson Brown, Shayla Lawler, Anna Vorperian, HarriettePearl Fugitt, Sleiman El-Ahmadieh, Jenny Boynton, Anne Clark, Ken Adams

directed by Jenny Boynton

Novato * October 7 – October 31

Tickets $35.00 – $50.00

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Napa County

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Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim & Hugh Wheeler – Lucky Penny – Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns to 19th century London seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett’s luck changes when Todd develops a thirst for blood and provides her with an unending supply of fresh ingredients for her meat pies.

Directed by Staci Arriaga

Napa * October 21 – November 6

Tickets $32.00 – $43.00

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