Speaking of Stories 2017 Season

Bringing short stories to life
as talented actors transform them from the page to the stage.
Stories of humor, science fiction, survival and more!


Enjoy a full season of great Speaking of Stories performances. Subscribe for all 5 shows or put together a package of 3 or 4. Select an A-level Subscription with an assigned seat, or a B-level with open seating. Whatever works for you! Remember, being a subscriber comes with special privileges! Unlike single tickets, Subscriber tickets can be exchanged if your plans change. As a subscriber you receive a discount on any additional tickets you purchase. Subscriptions range from $69 to $140.

Nothing But Laughs

January 22 & 23
Stories to tickle your funny bone and make you smile! Featuring a performance by Meredith Baxter.

Meredith Baxter reading Matches by Anne Lamott
Michael Bernard reading Love Poems by Michael Bernard
Tom Hinshaw reading The Foosball Championship of the Whole Entire Universe by Simon Rich
Devin Scott reading Manliness Manifesto by Dave Barry
Sylvia Short reading The Catalogical Imperative by Anne Fadiman

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Personal Stories III

February 26, 27 & 28

An eclectic collection of original first person true stories performed by their authors. Performers will range from accomplished professional actors to people appearing in front of an audience for the first time in their lives and as authors they will include published, well established writers and others who are just beginning. The performances range from scripted readings to storytelling. Join the performers after the show for complimentary cookies and milk—because every good story should be toasted with cookies and milk!

Bill One:

Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 P.M.
Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 P.M.

Deborah Bertling reading Xmas on the 405
Deborah Donohue reading Twenty-Two Weeks
Beverlye Hyman Fead reading Paths We Have Taken
Nancy Gutfreund reading Elemental Differences: Auschwitz and the Opera Singer
Perie Longo reading Resurrecting My Husband's First Wife
Julia Mchugh reading The Name Game
Adele Menichella reading Reliable Messenger
Maureen Murdock reading Tinkertoy Windmills
Fred Nadis reading Flight of the Bumblebee
Tam Trinh reading The Great Escape

Bill Two:

Monday, February 27 at 7:30 P.M.
Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 P.M.

Carolyn Butcher reading Commando Spider Complications
Holly Doden reading The Morning
Gary James reading Well-Hung Walls
Susan Keller reading Games People Play
Peggy Lamb reading The Big Agnes
Elaine Lopez reading Escape
Kathy Marden reading What a Shame
Lance Mason reading Getting it Back
Pauline Brand Nelson reading How Checkbooks Work
Kelly Samuels reading I am Here

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Tales from the Twilight Zone

March 26 & 27
Stories that inspired episodes on the iconic Twilight Zone television show. Be ready for some fun twists, turns and surprises. Fans of the show will recall that you never quite know where a Twilight Zone adventure might take you! Readers to be announced soon. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

Howard Cohen reading One for the Angels by Anne Serling-Sutton
Michele Hunter reading Nightmare at 2000 Feet by Richard Matheson
Tony Miratti reading Time Enough At Last by Lynn A. Venable
Jenna Scanlon reading After the Monkey Speaks: A Midcentury Tale by Susan Chiavelli

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Voices of Tomorrow

April 23 & 24
Stories from some of today’s best young and emerging authors. Readers to be announced soon. (all stories and readers subject to change.)

John Brindle reading The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
Pamela Dillman Haskell reading Landline by Chris Winn
Paisley Forster-Saunders reading The Potato and the Wax by Chelsea Sutton
Ann Guynn reading Don't Worry Baby by Benjamin Hale

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Survivor Stories

May 21 & 22
Inspirational, funny, poignant and moving stories of overcoming adversity and conquering life’s biggest obstacles. Featuring a performance by Joe Spano.

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This Project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.

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