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

Ater Miss Julie plays at Main Stage West in Sebastopol through March 3.

On Stage Now - Sonoma County Performing Arts 

Sonoma County has theatrical entertainment nearly everywhere you turn, from intimate studio theater productions to Broadway hits, in state of the art theaters and in stunning outdoor settings. Springtime brings and eclectic selection of dramas, musicals, comedies, and even a thriller.

After Miss Julie

Feb. 14 - March 3

Main Stage West, Sebastopol

Patrick Marber's adaptation of "Miss Julie," August Strindberg's 1888 play about sex and class, is transplanted to the setting of an English country house on the eve of the British Labour Party's historic landslide election win in 1945. The story involves three characters—wealthy, young Miss Julie, along with a valet and a cook—and takes place in the kitchen of a manor house.

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

Million Dollar Quartet

Feb. 22 - March 24

6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

See four music legends in one amazing night! In 1956 a twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley together for one unforgettable night. Step inside the recording studio to witness hits like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog,” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” being recorded for posterity. This production was extended from its initial run through March 17 before it even opened!

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

Also, Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, March 7, 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The Nether

March 1-24

Left Edge Theatre, Santa Rosa

Part crime drama and part sci-fi thriller, the play centers on The Nether, a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity, and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.

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

Only Kidding!

March 2-17

Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, Cloverdale

An over-the-hill comic invites a young joke-writer to his Catskills cottage to help him update his act for a top-rated, late-night television show and his “break” into the big time. The action moves to a sleazy night-club in Brooklyn as a comic duo tries to negotiate a deal with a mafia-type club owner to get a spot on the same late-night show. The play ends in stand-up comedy heaven—the nationally televised talk show—where backstage the comics await their big moment, and for the older comic, his last chance.

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

All the Great Books (Abridged)

March 8-17

SRJC Theatre Arts, Santa Rosa

The Literary Canon explodes as one of the bad boys of abridgement, director and playwright Reed Martin, and the cast take you on a ninety-eight-minute roller-coaster ride through all the great books…abridged! Prepare to zip through everything you didn’t get around to reading in school. Recommended for ages 13 and above.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 at 2 p.m.

Surprise Party

March 14-23

Raven Performing Arts, Healdsburg

The World Premiere of Surprise Party, written by local author Ron Nash. It's 1943, World War 2, and bigotry and racism are running rampant in small-town America. A reporter married to a Jew fights the rise of antisemitism in his community. The play examines how the big issues that fuel war are dealt with on a more personal basis in everyday life. This is a  Raven on the Road Production and will be performed at Hudson Street Wineries in Healdsburg.

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

The Revolutionists

March 15 - April 7

6th Street Playhouse - Studio Theatre, Santa Rosa

An activist playwright, a selfless assassin, a Caribbean spy, and former queen Marie Antoinette fight for liberté, égalité, sororité, and their rightful place in history! Another signature piece by Lauren Gunderson full of suspense, humor, and an edgy take on modern feminism.

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. and Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Barbecue Apocalypse

March 29 - April 20

Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park

Three couples gather on the deck of a suburban home for a midsummer barbecue. While the hosts struggle with feelings of inadequacy about their decor, clothes, careers, and just about everything else, superficial squabbles abound. Meanwhile, the rest of the world has literally been falling apart.

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Thursdays, April 11 and 18 at 7 p.m.

A Perfect Ganesh

March 29 - April 14

Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma

The pilgrimage tradition is turned on its head when two outwardly unremarkable, middle-aged friends throw themselves into a rousing tour of India, each with her own dreams of what the fabled land of intoxicating opposites will do for the suffering she hides within. Ganesha, the golden elephant god, is the spiritual center of the play and the source of release for the women.

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

Heathen Valley

March 29 - April 14

Main Stage West, Sebastopol

This haunting southern epic, set in the 1840s, centers on the desire of the Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina to bring the word of God to a remote and untamed valley. When the bishop must return to civilization to raise funds, he leaves his companions behind to keep charge. When he returns, he is amazed at the progress that has been made, but also disturbed that earthly pleasures are replacing the poverty that might have been more befitting to the glory of God.

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

Power Lines: A New Play Festival with Hard Hats

April 4-13

SSU Theatre Arts, Rohnert Park

The Power Lines festival returns with four new plays written, directed, designed, and performed by SSU students.

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Jesus Christ Superstar

April 19 - May 5

SRJC Theatre Arts, Santa Rosa

Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

Due to SRJC renovations, this production will be performed at Maria Carillo High School Auditorium.

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. Also, Saturdays, April 27 and May 4 at 2 p.m.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

April 19 - May 5

Raven Performing Arts, Healdsburg

Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia relish in bickering and complaining about the injustices of their lives. Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike. Old resentments flare up, new conflicts arise, the barbs fly fast and furious.

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

Thursday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

To Kill a Mockingbird

April 26 - May 12

6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa

Few perspectives on American society have been as perceptive, or as poignant, as those of young "Scout" Finch in 1930s rural Alabama. As her lawyer father defends a black man framed for a crime he did not commit, she and her brother witness their community divided over issues of injustice and racism.

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

Born Yesterday

April 26 - May 12

Sonoma Arts Live, Sonoma

Junk tycoon Harry Brock gets more than he bargained for when he tries to buy some respectability and sophistication for his brash girlfriend Billie Dawn. When Harry hires a political reporter to educate Billie so she won't embarrass him during an important trip to Washington, she learns a lot more than grammar and diction - and hilarious complications ensue.

Opening Night performance, Friday, April 26 at 8 p.m. following special reception. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.

 

Find a list of all performing arts theaters here.

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Jen Jones.

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