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January 23—January 25, 2015 at the beautiful Garvin Theatre in Santa Barbara!

All staged readings are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!

About Us:

garvin_theater_seatsOur 2015 Season will take place at the Garvin Theatre, located on the beautiful Santa Barbara City College Campus, overlooking Santa Barbara harbor. PlayFest Santa Barbara stages professional theatre readings, workshops and promotes original new plays, musicals, new translations and adaptations of classics by emerging and established writers. We provide theatre lovers with the opportunity to attend performances, lectures, interviews, and master classes with some of the world’s leading artists. PlayFest takes place in Santa Barbara, California, the “American Riviera”.

Artistic Directors, Jeff Meek and R. Michael Gros.

Our vision is informed by our commitment to performing arts virtuosity. We aim to create a haven for diverse artists to develop and celebrate classic and new literary and musical works from conception to completion. We are committed to providing an exciting and creative environment for artists to hone their skills and promote their talent with the support and guidance of the world’s leading professional theatre artists. We believe the cultural vitality of our community is enhanced and reflected by the creative depths of our storytelling.

PlayFest Santa Barbara Board President, Jim Green and Managing Director, Amanda Kramer.

Above all, we expect to be a credit to the communities we serve, a valuable resource to our audience, and a place where dedicated artists can grow and prosper. Toward this end, we will not only listen to our audience and artists, but also embrace the idea that PlayFest Santa Barbara is at their service. If you’d like to submit a play, head over to our Playwriting Competition Page for information on awards, judging and submission procedures.  

 

Here is what we featured in our 2014 Season

“Three Views of the Same Object” Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

ThreeViewsThis unforgettable drama by Henry Murray (Winner of the 2011 Woodward Newman Drama Award and a 2012 Holland New Voices Award) centers on Jesse and Poppy, longtime loves, who have made a suicide pact to protect against the time when their bodies deteriorate and they lose control over their destinies. But life has thrown them a curve… so what does this mean for the pact? Three Views of the Same Object explores three different outcomes to this dilemma. It’s a story about enduring love and aging in America.

Join us on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Garvin Theatre for the staged reading of the latest incarnation of what the LA Times picked as CRITICS CHOICE! and describes as “Fascinating, haunting and certain to provoke post-show conversation.”

The reading will be followed by an audience discussion with acclaimed playwright, Henry Murray, director, Jeffrey Meek, and cast on how the play has developed to this point and to hear your thoughts on how you experienced the play in its current form.

Three Views of the Same Object is very much concerned with death, but it’s full of life and energy; muscular without being bulky; and it manages to be uplifting without a hint of treacle. And it’s a brilliant piece of theater.” Stage and Cinema

“The subject of aging in America… is handled with profound care, reverence and without a whiff of patronizing sentimentality… Raw, vicious and multidimensional… For anyone who appreciates seasoned acting, fine directing and a brilliant script.” EyeSpyLA

 The Garvin Theatre is located on Santa Barbara City College, WEST Campus on the 800 block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Parking is FREE. For directions, click HERE.

This stage reading of “Three Views of the Same Object” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

For biographies of the artists, visit our 2014 Season Page.

“The Oy of Sex” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:30 PM

After leaving her cheating husband, Bea discovers, to her horror, that her nice Jewish son Hal has secretly been running a sex shop in London’s Soho district. When Hal closes up shop for a two-week holiday, his prudish mum insists upon smartening-up the ramshackle store while he’s gone. Afraid to lose sales in the meantime, she finds she has a flare for counseling the lonely customers who wander in — and for selling them sex toys. Surrounded by edible knickers and blow-up dolls, Bea discovers more about sexuality than she ever wanted to know, which may be just what she needs to save her own troubled marriage.

Come laugh with us on Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 PM at the Garvin Theatre for this adult comedy by Len Richmond (First Place winner, Alliance Repertory Company New Works Contest). The reading will be followed by a conversation between the playwright, cast, audience and director, Allison Bibicoff. For biographies of the artists, visit our 2014 Season Page 

The Garvin Theatre is located on Santa Barbara City College, WEST Campus on the 800 block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Parking is FREE. For directions, click HERE.

This staged reading of “The Oy Of Sex” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating!

“City of Light” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

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Photo by Bill Johnson

“City of Light”  is a new, original musical comedy.  Just a few weeks before her wedding, Molly Haver — in a moment of panic — flees the comforts of Pasadena and runs off to Paris to clear her head. But from the moment she lands in Paris everything goes wrong, and Molly is faced with a decision that could alter the course of her life.  

Join us Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 PM for a staged reading of this musical comedy about the journey of self-discovery, followed by a discussion with the Creative Team, cast and audience about what it takes to write a musical. Book by Gabrielle Wagner Mann, music by Jan Roper, lyrics by Julie Weiner.

“City of Light” will be performing in the Garvin Theatre, located on Santa Barbara City College, WEST Campus on the 800 block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Parking is FREE. For directions, click HERE. 

For artist biographies, visit the 2014 Season Page

This staged reading of “City of Light” is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

“EMOTIONAL CONNECTION through HOT OBJECTS:  A Playwright’s Workshop to Writing Emotionally Authentic Monologues and Plays.” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

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Jeanette Farr

Sometimes the way into a larger work is through the monologue and this workshop will explore connecting emotionally to an object (or photo) and writing the “story” behind it. What emerges into an idea for a longer piece may surprise you. Participants can bring the “hot object” or photo with them that has personal connection or significance. Other objects and photos will be provided for this practical writing workshop. 

Join us on Saturday, January 25 at 10:30 AM at the Garvin Theatre with your paper and pen or laptop, and be ready to write! This workshop, taught by playwright, Jeanette Farr, is from 10:30 AM until 12:00 PM and is free to the public. Arrive early for guaranteed seating. 

For Jeanette Farr’s biography, visit the 2014 Season Page.  This workshop will be held on the lower level of the Garvin Theatre complex in classroom DM 134. The Garvin Theatre Complex is located on Santa Barbara City College, WEST Campus on the 800 block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Parking is FREE. For directions, click HERE.

This playwriting workshop is free to the public. Arrive early for best seating.

“From Page to Stage or Screen and Vice Versa” Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM

In this panel, industry professionals discuss their experience in story development, the relationship of their theatre experiences (or love thereof) to the work they now create in screen mediums, the trend of plays and especially musicals, being created from sources originating in movies or television and the creative opportunities for theatre writers to support their theatre passion through careers in television, film and perhaps, new media.

Moderated by PlayFest Co-Artistic Director, R. Michael Gros. Panelists scheduled to appear are Paul Clay, Jack Kenny (pictured left), and Dava Saval. For biographies of the panelists, visit the bottom of the 2014 Season Page.

The Garvin Theatre is located on Santa Barbara City College, WEST Campus on the 800 block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA. Parking is FREE. For directions, click HERE.

Check out a clip from our PlayFest Play Party! “Apple Season”, by E.M.Lewis, actors – Rebecca Staab and John Walcutt. Directed by Jeffrey Meek.

“I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics but for our contributions to the human spirit.” John F. Kennedy

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