Whether you prefer dramas like “To Kill a Mockingbird” or musicals like “Guys and Dolls,” “Annie,” and “West Side Story,” you’ll find them at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, known for taking a brave approach to works both old and new.
On The Main Stage
These shows are performed in the company’s 185-seat G.K. Hardt main stage. The 2018-19 season also includes “Million Dollar Quartet” — re-creating a night in 1956 when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley gathered for an impromptu jam session in a recording studio — and “Moon Over Buffalo,” a comedy about a struggling acting troupe that learns a famous director is coming to see them perform.
In The Studio
There’s also a more intimate, 99-seat black box stage known as The Studio, which for 2018-19 features the campy cult musical “The Rocky Horror Show”; “12 Dates of Christmas,” a comic holiday survival guide; Tennessee Williams’ classic “A Streetcar Named Desire”; “The Revolutionists,” a brutal comedic quartet about four wildly different historic French women who lived boldly during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror; and “Faceless,” a gripping courtroom drama about faith and identity.
And as a bonus for the 2018-19 season, the Playhouse presented an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” in summer 2018.
The Playhouse also houses The Apprentice Company, for young theatre artists ages 8-17 who demonstrate a high level of professionalism, maturity, and commitment to the theater arts. They present a production each fall and spring; for fall 2018, it’s "Cirque Du 6th Street," with fairy tales and fables. Plus, the Playhouse’s school of drama offers classes for all ages and all levels of experience, from youth to teens to adults.
An Historic Setting
The 6th Street Playhouse is housed in the more-than-120-year-old Del Monte cannery building near Santa Rosa's historic Railroad Square. Built in 1894, the red-brick building was one of the few in Santa Rosa that withstood the devastation of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. In 2004, the Santa Rosa Players and Actors Theatre became partners under one board of directors. Together they renovated the former fruit-packing plant into one of the best theater venues in Sonoma County.
Whether you make it a full evening or a weekend, be prepared to be inspired and captivated by performances at the 6th Street Playhouse. It's a unique venue in downtown Santa Rosa, and restaurants and lodging are easily available in the nearby Railroad Square historic district.
6th Street Playhouse, 52 W. Sixth St., Santa Rosa, 707-523-4185