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Guide to Current Shows, Plays, and Musicals in Sonoma County

George M! plays June 9 through July 9 at Santa Rosa's 6th Street Playhouse.

On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts 

Theater lovers are spoilt for choice in Sonoma County, where productions are being staged nearly everywhere you turn. From intimate studio theater productions to big, bold Broadway renditions, there are shows to please everyone. Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.

 

Tempestuous

June 2-25

Pegasus Theater Company at Riverkeeper Stewardship Park, Guerneville

A modern adaptation of The Tempest written by local playwright Merlyn Sell, written in contemporary English. The setting is a former commune on the banks of the Russian River in Guerneville, once the home of a magical sub-culture of peace and nature. Characters include: a Professor dabbling in magic to return a lost love, a witch seeking the power of her youth, children seeking sanity, and spirits causing chaos and attempting to gain their freedom. Yet, they all seem to be seeking family. Merlyn Sell is a Sonoma State University graduate and author of Theater Bay Area’s featured play Tonight at the Palace and, also, of Circus Acts.

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 6 p.m.

 

George M!

June 9 - July 9

6th Street Playhouse, G.K. Hardt Theatre, Santa Rosa

The Broadway musical George M! tells the story of George M. Cohan, giant of the American musical theatre, over a 60-year period of his live from vaudeville to New York City, where he ruled the Broadway stage for 25 years. Cohan transformed the Broadway variety show into a musical where song and dance advance the plot. He was the creator of songs like Yankee Doodle Dandy, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and Give My Regards to Broadway.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 24, July 1, and July 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Becky’s New Car

June 9-25

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

A fresh, risky comedy about mid-life boredom, money, cars, and moral drift. Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and in a middling marriage, when a socially inept and grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where Becky works.  Becky is offered nothing short of a new life…and the audience is offered a chance to ride shotgun as Becky dares to consider making some huge life changes.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 

Pagliacci

June 10-25

Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma

Short, gritty, and with one of the great tenor arias of all time, Pagliacci is a perennial audience favorite. Canio (the clown) is consumed with jealousy because he has overheard his wife, Nedda, plan a tryst with a lover. They’re performing in a play, whose plot about a wife scheming to deceive her husband is a bit too close to real life. As this play within a play goes wrong, find out why he turns to the audience and proclaims: “La commedia è finita!” (The comedy is ended.)

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Lear

June 15 - July 2

Main Stage West, Sebastopol

This two-person adaptation of King Lear puts an ingenious spin on The Bard’s tragic tale of power and distorted love. King Lear is the puppeteer of his own puppet show, obsessively playing out his loss of family, power, friendship, shelter, sanity, and hope. In his mind, he is the only real human in his motherless kingdom of power and commodity, where love is merchandise for barter. The Fool, an acid clown who goads Lear in his desperation, stage-manages his story until they both succumb to Lear’s madness. "Lear" opened in 2016 in San Francisco and has subsequently toured nationally. The play features actor/puppet masters Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 5 p.m.

 

The Tempest

June 16-25

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale

The Tempest as written by Shakespeare - what a fun and well-timed contrast to the contemporary version to be found in Guerneville with Pegasus Theater Company. On a remote island, the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place. He conjures up a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son Ferdinand.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Summer Repertory Theatre Festival

June 16 - Aug. 5

Santa Rosa Junior College, Burbank and Newman Auditoriums

Each summer, Summer Repertory Theatre presents five different shows over the course of seven weeks. The performers and stages are transformed as if by magic for each show. Join the throngs of theater lovers flocking to the stages for this season’s professional drama, comedy, and musical offerings:

West Side Story (June 16-29)

Chicago (July 5-18)

A Raisin in the Sun (July 5-18)

The Drowsy Chaperone (July 23 - Aug. 5)

Clybourne Park (July 23 - Aug. 5).

Evening shows at 7:30 or 8:00 p.m. Matinees at 2 p.m.

 

Anything Goes

June 23 - July 9

Raven Theater, Healdsburg

It’s 1934, and nightclub singer/evangelist Reno Sweeney is on an ocean liner traveling from New York to England. Her pal Billy Crocker has stowed away to be near his love, Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to the wealthy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. With the help of disguises, tap-dancing sailors and good old-fashioned blackmail, Reno and Moonface Martin (Public Enemy #13) join forces to help Billy in his quest to win Hope’s heart. Features great Cole Porter tunes such as: It’s De-Lovely, Friendship, I Get A Kick Out Of You, All Through The Night, Anything Goes, You’re The Top and Blow, Gabriel, Blow.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

 

In the Mood

July 13 - Aug. 5

Shakespeare in the Cannery, Santa Rosa

The Shakespeare in the Cannery Festival, July 13 - Sept. 2, begins with In the Mood, a musical adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Performances are in the outdoor cannery venue in historic Railroad Square. Showtime will be at 7 p.m., with the gate opening at 5 p.m. Take a picnic for a pre-show meal, beverages will be available for purchase. Be sure to take a chair or blanket and dress in layers.

 

Gypsy

July 14-30

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

Daring and unstoppable Mama Rose, stage mother supreme, will do anything to see that her children June and Louise achieve show business fame.  Set against the backdrop of the vaudeville circuit in the 1920's, this landmark musical will delight audiences with its entrancing story and classic songs like Let Me Entertain You and Everything's Coming Up Roses.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 

Man of La Mancha

July 21 - Aug. 6

North Bay Stage Company, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa

Man of La Mancha retells the timeless tale of Miguel Cervantes’ Don Quixote as a play within a play. Cervantes re-enacts his story of the mad knight, a dying old man who lives in a world of his imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. The show features some of Braodway’s greatest: Dulcinea, I’m Only Thinking of Him, I Really Like Him, and The Impossible Dream.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

The Foreigner

Aug. 4-13

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale

"Froggy" LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base, is visiting a rural Georgia fishing lodge. Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. Froggy tells all assembled that Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Now Charlie overhears more than he should, including damaging revelations, made with the thought that Charlie doesn't understand a word being said. That he does fuels the ensuing, nonstop hilarity.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

FairyWorlds!

Aug. 10 - Sept. 2

Shakespeare in the Cannery, Santa Rosa

The Shakespeare in the Cannery Festival, July 13 - Sept. 2, continues with FairyWorlds!, a new  adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performances are in the outdoor cannery venue in historic Railroad Square. Showtime will be at 8 p.m., with the gate opening at 6 p.m. Take a picnic for a pre-show meal, beverages will be available for purchase. Be sure to take a chair or blanket and dress in layers.

 

Tapas New Short Play Festival

August 11-27

Pegasus Theater Company, Guerneville

This annual new play festival is written, directed, and acted by locals in the Russian River area. This is Community Theater in the truest sense. It is art by, for, and about the community that it is being performed in.

the plays that have been chosen for TAPAS 2017 are as follows:

Build a Wall by Cary Pepper

Derivatives by George Bereschik

Donnelley's by Madeline Puccioni

Don't Just Sit There by Diane Sampson

Profiled by Tony Sciullo

Terroir by Amanda Yskamp

Upgrade by Daniel Curzon

Performance times TBA

  

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.

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