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

6th Street Playhouse presents Death of a Salesman, March 30 - April 28

On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts 

Theater lovers are spoilt for choice in Sonoma County. Productions are being staged nearly everywhere you turn, from intimate studio theater productions to Broadway hits. This spring's selection presents quite a variety of drama, musicals, farce, dance, romance, and a dose of Shakespeare. Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.

 

Death of a Salesman

March 30 – April 28

6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa

Willy Loman is a fading salesman who cannot understand how he failed to win success and happiness in business and in life. Through a series of soul-searching revelations of the life he has lived with his wife, his sons, and his business associates, it becomes apparent that his incessant quest for the "American Dream" kept him blind to the people who truly loved him.

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

 

Magic Circle Cycle

April 19, 21

The Imaginists, Santa Rosa

Magic Circle Cycle, a collaboration with Kalei Yamanoha and The Imaginists, excavates old narratives and invents new stories in four movements with spell-like songs. It’s a new, hybrid form of storytelling: an invented ritual intervention, song cycle, biting satire, and poem-play. Kalei Yamanoha plays the lyrical spine on banjo, piano, accordion and bass drum.

Performances at 8 p.m.

 

Into the Woods

April 20 – May 6

SRJC Theatre Arts, Maria Carrillo High School Auditorium

American musical theatre genius Stephen Sondheim weaves a basketful of beloved fairytales into a theatrical adventure for grown-ups (and big kids). Told in two acts, this enlightening fable goes past the point of answered wishes and “happily ever after” to find out what really happens next when the stories end.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Also, Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. 

 

Spring Dance Show

April 25 – May 5

SSU Theatre Arts and Dance, Rohnert Park

The SSU Dance Faculty presents a show featuring Brooklyn-based dance troupe Urban Bush Women and SSU dance students.

Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26, at 10 a.m. Friday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, May 3-5, at 7:30 p.m.

 

La Cage Aux Folles

April 27 – May 20

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

After twenty years of un-wedded bliss, Georges and Albin are in upheaval when Georges' son announces his engagement to the daughter of a bigoted, right-wing politician. Albin is the star performer 'Zaza' at the couple’s drag nightclub. While Georges reluctantly agrees to masquerade as "normal" when he meets the family of the bride-to-be, Albin has other plans.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, May 12 and 19, at 2 p.m.  

 

Water by the Spoonful

April 27 – May 13

Raven Theater, Healdsburg

Characters from different walks of life, separated by thousands of miles, find solace with each other in an online chat room. Birth families splinter, online families collide, and strangers create profound emotional ties in this heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption.

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

 

Women in Jeopardy

May 4-27

Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa

Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this a hilarious off-road adventure.

Two divorcées are suspicious of their friend’s new boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! Trading their wine glasses for spy glasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend.

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

 

Peter Pan

May 4-20

Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park

Join in the magic with Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Wendy and her brothers as they journey to Neverland after just a little sprinkling of fairy dust. Spreckels presents the musical version of the play with Sarah Wintermeyer playing Peter, the role being written for and traditionally played by a female artist.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. Sundays at 1 p.m. Also, Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m. Saturdays, May 12 and 19 at 1 p.m.

 

Spring Dance Show: Bridges and Barriers

May 4-6

SRJC Theatre Arts, Santa Rosa High School Auditorium

Bridges and Barriers features exciting new dance work by student choreographers and SRJC dance alumni, hard-hitting Hip hop from Auxilary Dance Company, sensational pieces by SRJC’s talented Dance Faculty, and a unique fusion of Modern Jitting by guest choreographer Joslynn Mathies-Reed. 

Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

Jeeves Intervenes

May 11-27

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

Enjoy a delightful romp full of deception and disguise in P.D. Wodehouse’s story of two friends trying to evade meddling relatives in 1920s high-society London. It’s up to Jeeves, the ever-faithful manservant, to rescue the two bumbling fools.

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

 

Eurydice

May 11 - 27

Main Stage West, Sebastopol        

A modern reimagining of a timeless love story, Sarah Ruhl’s play takes a fresh look at the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, Eurydice. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.

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

 

The Compleat Wrks of Willm Shkspr

May 18 – June 3

6th Street Playhouse, Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa

The REDUCED Shakespeare Company brings you all 37 plays in 97 minutes. Three madcap actors in tights and Converse All-Stars weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursdays May 24 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m.

 

The Fantasticks

June 8-24

Cinnabar Theatre, Petaluma

Since its premiere in 1960, this romantic charmer about a boy, a girl, their two fathers and a love that grows with each season has been enchanting audiences everywhere. At the heart of the longest-running musical in the world is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time.

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

 

Honky

June 8 – July 1

Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa

A darkly comedic satire about racism, Honky is a look at five people, white and black, as they navigate the murky waters of race, rhetoric, and basketball shoes. When a young African American is shot for a pair of basketball shoes, sales triple among white teens. Are ghetto-glorifying commercials to blame, or is it the white CEO that only sees dollar signs? Luckily, there’s a new pill on the market guaranteed to cure racism.

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

 

Illyria

June 15 – July 8

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

Peter Mills’ version of Twelfth Night is a modernized, musical re-telling of Shakespeare's greatest comedy, Twelfth Night. Capturing the energy of the play's hijinks in mistaken identities, and its emotional exploration of the themes of gender roles in society and unrequited love, the play ultimately provides a happy musical theatre ending.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays, June 30 and July 7 at 2 p.m.

 

Shrek the Musical

June 22 – July 8

Raven Theater, Healdsburg

It’s irreverent fun for the whole family with Shrek, the unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess, coming up against a short, short-tempered bad guy and a host of fairy tale misfits.

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

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.

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