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Sonoma County Theater PREVIEW by Don Gibble


Sonoma County Theater PREVIEW by Don Gibble

Welcome to March, Sonoma County. There are five shows worth looking into. For those of you who only go to the theater one time a year, this is the month to go!

First is “Wait Until Dark” performing at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. Directed by the talented David Yen and starring Nick Christenson, Denise Elia Yen and the very talented Erik Weiss, this is the play version of the amazing film starring Audrrey Hepburn and written by the playwright behind “Dial M for Murder”. Fortickets call the Spreckels Box Office at 707 588-3400. Location for Spreckels is 5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park 94928. The show opens March 11th and closes April 3rd.

Second show I'm excited about is “The Hallelujah Girls” performing at The Wells Fargo Center For the Arts in Santa Rosa. The story is about the feisty females of Eden Falls that decide to shake up their lives in an abandoned church-turned day spa where they gather every Friday afternoon. The show opens March 18th and also closes April 3rd.

Third show worth checking out is “Emotional Creature, the Secret Life of Girls Around the World” performing at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Written by Eve Ensler, author of “The Vagina Monologues”. Directed by the amazing Wendy Wisely, the show opens March 4th and closes March 13th. There will be an after-play discussion on Sunday March 6th. Members of the artistic staff andcast will be hosting the discussion surrounding the play, themes, playwright and artistic process. For tickets call 707 527-4307.

Fourth show is “Anna in the Tropics” by Nilo Cruz performing at the 6th Street Playhouse. Winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, “Anna in the Tropics” is a poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban-American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand. The show opens March 11th and closes March 26th. No performance Easter Sunday, March 27th.

Fifth but not least is “Outside Mullingar” performing at Main Stage West in Sebastopol. The show opens March 18th and closes April 3rd. Written by John Patrick Shanley, author of “Doubt” and “Moonstruck” comes a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day weekend! Location for Main Stage West is 104 N. Main St. Sebastopol 95472.

If it's been over 10 years that you've gone to the theater, this is definitely the time to go back!



"Wait Until Dark" Classic Broadway suspense thriller at Spreckels

Spreckels Theatre Company presents "Wait Until Dark," a thrilling theater experience taking audiences on a gripping, white-knuckle ride.

Multiple award-winning North Bay actress, Denise Elia-Yen stars as Susy Hendrix, a blind Greenwich Village housewife who becomes the target of three depraved and desperate criminals searching for heroin hidden in a doll.

With the help of a young neighbor, Susy discovers she is at the center of a bizarre and a deadly game of cat and mouse. Refusing to be a victim, Susy uses her only weapon - her senses - as the suspense builds to a heart-stopping climax in this riveting Broadway thriller written by Frederick Knott.

David L. Yen directs the play, which will be presented in Spreckels black box theater featuring Denise Elia-Yen as Susy; Nick Christenson as Carlino; Skylar Evans as Sam; Madigan Love as Gloria; Chris Schloemp as Mike; and Erik Weiss as Roat.


March 11 to April 3, 2016

8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays (except Saturday, March 19)
2 p.m. Sundays
2 p.m. Saturday, March 19 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31

TICKETS:  $16 to $26
$16 students; $22 youth; $24 seniors; $26 general.


Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Bette Condiotti Theatre
5409 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA 94928


For tickets, call the Spreckels Box Office at 707-588-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12 to 5 p.m. and one hour before showtime.



Miriam Ani to Direct Comedy “The Hallelujah Girls”
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

The Hallelujah Girls, a play by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten brings hilarity to the stage when the feisty females of Eden Falls decide to shake up their lives in an abandoned church-turned day spa where they gather every Friday afternoon. 

“We are very excited to have Miriam Ani on board as director for this very entertaining production,” says John DeGaetano, artistic director for North Bay Stage Company, a resident company. “Miriam is an actor, director, and educator with over 10 years experience, and as she mentions; deeply committed to unfolding the artistry of the human body, voice, and spirit.”

Miriam is a previous company member of Hedgerow Theatre, has directed for Hedgerow, Shoot East, and at Goucher College. She is a proud KCACTF respondent and Theatre Bay Area adjudicator and has just returned from LA where she originated the lead role of Abigail in the world premiere of Jim Knable’s new play Green Man at Stages Theatre. Miriam holds an MFA in Acting from CUNY Brooklyn. For more information:

A little bit about the play: The Hallelujah Girls is about the loss of a dear friend, which makes a group of women realize that time is precious. Comic tension mounts, so by the time the women of Eden Falls rally together to overcome certain obstacles and change their lives, you've got a sidesplitting, joyful comedy. Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten and produced by Audie Foote. 

The show, in a 3-week limited production runs March 18th through April 3rd. Show dates for THE HALLELUJAH GIRLS are Mar 18, 19, 20*, 25, 26, 27* and Apr 1, 2, 3* – 2016  (8pm, or *Sunday Matinees 2pm) at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts – East Auditorium.       

North Bay Stage Company is a resident theatre company of Wells Fargo Center for the Arts located at 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa, CA. Tickets: $26, can be purchased online at, by phone at 707-546-3600 and at WFCA box office - open 7 days, noon to 6pm. For more information about North Bay Stage Company, visit their website

SRJC Theatre Arts Presents:

Emotional Creature, A Shakespeare Cabaret, and Twelfth Night

Following the success of last fall’s performances of Almost, Maine, and Mary Poppins, the Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Theatre Arts Department returns with another exciting line-up for the spring season. This semester showcases Eve Ensler’s play Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, one night of performances in A Shakespeare Cabaret, and William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night in honor of the upcoming 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. Performances take place in either Burbank Auditorium or Newman Auditorium, both located at SRJC’s Santa Rosa campus, 1501 Mendocino Avenue. Parking permits are required in campus lots, available for $4.

Directed by Wendy Wisely, Emotional Creature will run from March 4 through March 13 in Burbank Auditorium. This ensemble play is made up of original monologues and alluring songs about the lives, voices, and innermost thoughts of girls all over the world—highlighting the diversity and commonality of the issues they face. The play is made possible by a special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Due to strong language and content, the play is recommended for ages 14 and above, and youth tickets will not be available. Women's Global Leadership Initiative ( is co-sponsoring Emotional Creature as part of the College’s Women's History Month event series.

Further details on show times, and SRJC performances for the remainder of this season can be found online at

Ticket information is also available online, and may also be purchased by calling SRJC’s Theatre Box Office at (707) 527-4307.

Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics

 on the G.K. Hardt Stage at 6th  Street Playhouse

Anna in the Tropics startled the national theater scene when it won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize despite never having been produced in New York while it also faced competitors like Edward Albee’s The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia and Richard Greenberg’s Take Me Out.

Anna in the TropicsSet in 1929 in Tampa (Ybor City), Florida, Nilo Cruz takes us to a classic Cuban­American cigar factory where machines have yet to replace workers in a rapidly mechanizing industry. The arrival of a new lector, a well­dressed and well­spoken gentleman, is a cause for excitement and celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination. 

The ever­present dichotomy of tradition and modernity pervade Cruz’s play as he explores how this polemic complicates and causes friction in both our public and private lives. Some characters fervently cling to the familiar while others struggle to change everything. At the heart of it all, Cruz uses passion, romance and love to express how we think about these omnipresent contradictions.

Directed by Marty Pistone, an award winning and seasoned director at the playhouse, Anna in the Tropics features an exciting cast full of both new and familiar faces. Bronwen Shears, a local favorite returns to the GK Hardt stage to play Conchita, a cigar roller, unconvinced of her own husband’s fidelity, and who desires a passionate love affair herself. 6th Street also brings Armando Rey, a Los Angeles­based professional film, television, and theatre actor, to play Juan Julian, the admired and simultaneously disdained lector.

Anna in the Tropics runs Friday, March 11th through Saturday, March 26th in the 6th Street Playhouse G.K. Hardt Theatre. Tickets range from $15 to $32 and are available online or at the box office at 52 West 6th Street in Santa Rosa. Call (707) 523­4185 or visit for tickets and more information.



Outside Mullingar

Runs March 18 – April 03Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm; Sundays @ 5pm

TICKETS: General $25 – Senior (+62) $22 – Student $15Buy Tickets Now!

Tony Award nominee for Best Play. From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes a romantic comedy set in rural Ireland. Anthony and Rosemary are lovelorn farmers who haven’t got a clue when it comes to love. These hopeless singletons will need to overcome a bitter land feud, familial rivalries and their own romantic fears to find happiness. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, John Patrick Shanley’s tenderhearted portrait reminds us it’s never too late to take a chance on love.

104 N. Main Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472