PlayFest Santa Barbara

Welcome to PlayFest Santa Barbara!

PlayFest Santa Barbara celebrates its fifth annual Festival of New Plays in January, 2017. To launch our next festival, we are hosting a fundraising evening on September 15, 2016 with the world premiere performance of PlayFest’s 2016 honoree playwright Peter McDonough’s, The Boondawgle Estate, produced by our long-time creative partner, DramaDogs. This event takes place at Center Stage Theatre.

This special performance is a fundraiser, benefiting both PlayFest and DramaDogs. As part of the special evening a pre-show reception with wine and light hors d’oeuvres will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. on the Center Stage plaza with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Santa Barbara Museum of Contemporary Art is scheduled to be open during the pre-show reception for Boondawgle and guests are encouraged to stroll through the gallery. Immediately following the performance, a post show reception with dessert, wine and coffee will take place with an opportunity to mingle with the Boondawgle playwright, director and actors.

11215780_804210366351737_1174901458055166598_nThe Boondawgle Estate is fast paced, witty, engaging, and celebrates a family and all the quirkiness that their dysfunctions entail. Taking place during the early 1930s at a manor home in upstate New York, the recipe for this comedy folds in a little farce, a splash of vaudeville, a split personality, a dash of skullduggery, a hint of gender bending, a distasteful elixir, a pinch of mistaken identity, an assortment of odd characters, a dose of the true meaning of family, and one goldfish.

Tickets for this event are $53 for a single ticket and $96 for a pair of tickets. This price includes the Center Stage facility fee. The tickets are available through the Center Stage Theatre ticket office 805-963-0408.


Artistic Directors, Jeff Meek and R. Michael Gros.

Artistic Directors, Jeffrey Meek and R. Michael Gros.

PlayFest Santa Barbara’s 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.

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.  

“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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