Maggie Yates

Maggie Yates Maggie Yates is a writer, editor, and theatre artist. She studied theatre at UC Berkeley and writing at the University of San Francisco. She is an editor at Rocky Nook Inc., a Santa Barbara-based publishing company. She previously worked with The Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in Berkeley, and currently works for Out of the Box Theatre in Santa Barbara. She is enthusiastic about all kinds of drama, from petty and absurd to universal and thematic of the human condition.
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BWW Review: Campfire Tales and Mythic Origins Made Modern in SECOND SKINIt's a ghost story—a campfire story. It's also very personal; it's a love story about family bonds.
Posted: May. 6, 2016


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BWW Review: SBCC Reveals the Mysteries IN THE NEXT ROOM“In The Next Room,” shows how the mass availability of technology paves the way for social change.
Posted: Mar. 16, 2016


BWW Preview: What's Your Damage? HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Brings Back the 80sBWW Preview: What's Your Damage? HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL Brings Back the 80s
Posted: Oct. 12, 2015


BWW Review: Ventura College Heads INTO THE WOODS in Stylish FashionBWW Review: Ventura College Heads INTO THE WOODS in Stylish Fashion
Posted: Mar. 2, 2016


BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE - An Eccentric, Wondrous (Auto)BiographyBWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE - An Eccentric, Wondrous (Auto)Biography
Posted: Feb. 12, 2016


BWW Review: Hail the Bacchae! VENUS IN FUR is Pure SatisfactionBWW Review: Hail the Bacchae! VENUS IN FUR is Pure Satisfaction
Posted: Jun. 19, 2015


BWW Preview: ON THE VERGE'S Summer Theatre FestivalBWW Preview: ON THE VERGE'S Summer Theatre Festival
Posted: Jul. 2, 2015


BWW Blog: WILL ROGER'S AMERICA Illustrates the Changing World'Will Rogers’ America' features Rich Hoag as Rogers, the rope-twirling celebrity of yore.
Posted: Dec. 1, 2015


BWW Review: Campfire Tales and Mythic Origins Made Modern in SECOND SKINBWW Review: Campfire Tales and Mythic Origins Made Modern in SECOND SKIN
May 6, 2016

Interesting, overlapping personal narratives tell slightly different stories, making the whole story strong, but mysterious in the little places of ambguity. The mythic nature of the story and the characters leaves some magical unreliability that makes the story mystifying in it's fairy-tale qualities.
BWW Review: Enthralling Performances and Smart Writing Make BAD JEWS a Comedic SuccessBWW Review: Enthralling Performances and Smart Writing Make BAD JEWS a Comedic Success
April 22, 2016

Based on the title, one might assume that Joshua Harmon's 'Bad Jews' is a play more specifically rooted in Judaism that it actually is. While Harmon's play does revolve around several characters vying for a relic from their recently deceased grandfather, the play is actually not about what makes someone a 'Bad' Jew, but more broadly, what makes someone a bad person.
BWW Preview: Launch Pad and Idris Goodwin Bring the FUNK to UCSBBWW Preview: Launch Pad and Idris Goodwin Bring the FUNK to UCSB
April 22, 2016

In 'We Want the Funk: A Rustbelt Lullaby on the One,' charismatic Chuck resolves to trust in the notion that economic depression and cultural oppression can be overcome by creating music. Chuck can't play an instrument, but he devotes his energy to forming a funk band to connect his community to their grander calling. That calling might be a literal ticket out of the slums if their band hits it big across the nation; but Chuck, who Goodwin describes as a 'ghetto spiritual leader,' is more interested in the transcendent aspect of music.
BWW Review: Bottoms and Coleman Make PROOF a Must-SeeBWW Review: Bottoms and Coleman Make PROOF a Must-See
April 20, 2016

A provocative, modern, and intimate play about the processes of troubled, magnificent minds, 'Proof' provides the sweet relief of calm moments amongst a hailstorm barrage of trauma.
BWW Review: THE WOMEN OF CEDAR CREEK Dismantle with Great CareBWW Review: THE WOMEN OF CEDAR CREEK Dismantle with Great Care
April 14, 2016

Deep in Texas, the Montgomery women of Cedar Creek come together to empty their ancestral home of their ailing mother's belongings before selling the property to developers. In Catherine Ann Jones's play about the family dynamics of mourning, the three daughters of Cedar Creek, each with a unique relationship to their remembered childhood, navigate the distressing transition of relocating their mother, who suffers from escalating dementia, out of the family home.
BWW Blog: 35MM Invites Audiences to Contemplate ArtBWW Blog: 35MM Invites Audiences to Contemplate Art
April 7, 2016

35mm is ultimately about relationships-those made unavoidable through providence of family or career; or relationships with those who provide protection, haven, and inspiration. It's about the people we want, the people we can't have, and about accepting the hopelessness of a flatlining love affair. It's about the people we lose, and the relationship we have with their ghosts.
BWW Review: SBCC Reveals the Mysteries IN THE NEXT ROOMBWW Review: SBCC Reveals the Mysteries IN THE NEXT ROOM
March 16, 2016

In The Next Room, illustrates how the mass availability of technology paves the way for social change. Yet at it's core, Ruhl's play is about the personal details of her characters' private lives and desires; and how the availability of electricity changes their lifestylefrom the physician's office to the living room to the bedroom.
BWW Preview: Out of the Box Stops Time with 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITIONBWW Preview: Out of the Box Stops Time with 35MM: A MUSICAL EXHIBITION
March 8, 2016

Out of the Box, a company that constantly pushing to broaden the expectations of theatre and art in Santa Barbara is thrilled to present 35mm this spring at Center Stage Theater-this production is both musical theatre and photographic showcase, with songs inspired by photographic content.
BWW Review: Let Us Sit and Tell Sad Stories of THE DEATH OF KINGSBWW Review: Let Us Sit and Tell Sad Stories of THE DEATH OF KINGS
March 4, 2016

Death of Kings weaves Richard II, Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Henry V, Henry VI (parts 1, 2, and 3), and Richard III, into a fast-moving onslaught of conflict and mayhem that ceaselessly emphasizes the play's theme and title: the succession of royal lineage via death, murder, and dethronement.
BWW Review: Ventura College Heads INTO THE WOODS in Stylish FashionBWW Review: Ventura College Heads INTO THE WOODS in Stylish Fashion
March 2, 2016

'Into the Woods' reframes well-known fairy tales into a single narrative that brings characters from beloved stories together in an inclusive universe for a re-envisioned adventure.
BWW Preview: TWO POINT OH Examines Humanity vs Virtual IntelligenceBWW Preview: TWO POINT OH Examines Humanity vs Virtual Intelligence
February 25, 2016

It's a concept that hovers just on the brink of discovery, a technological advancement somewhere between science and science fiction: virtual and artificial intelligence.
BWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE - An Eccentric, Wondrous (Auto)BiographyBWW Review: I AM MY OWN WIFE - An Eccentric, Wondrous (Auto)Biography
February 12, 2016

In Ensemble's presentation of Doug Wright's 'I Am My Own Wife,' actor John Tufts does an impressive job of personifying the history of cultural and political crisis and evolution in Germany and East Berlin by telling the story of eccentric transvestite Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who lived publicly as a woman despite the homophobic European regimes that controlled Germany at the time.
BWW Preview: 39 Defaults is Suspicion on the RunBWW Preview: 39 Defaults is Suspicion on the Run
February 10, 2016

Theater in Motion's objective is to provide immersive and intimate performance experiences that eliminate the option for passive viewing. Theater in Motion encourages audiences to invest fully in the social and political concepts represented on stage, and then interact with these ideas by engaging in related discourse with the artists after the show.
BWW Preview: I AM MY OWN WIFE Presents the Struggle for Identity and SurvivalBWW Preview: I AM MY OWN WIFE Presents the Struggle for Identity and Survival
February 4, 2016

Based on the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (born Lothar Berfelde), I Am My Own Wife is the Pulitzer and Tony-winning production of a transvestite of renown in the chaos of wartime and post-war Germany.
BWW Preview: A IS FOR ABORTION Seeks to Normalize Women's Right To ChooseBWW Preview: A IS FOR ABORTION Seeks to Normalize Women's Right To Choose
January 20, 2016

On this upcoming 43rd Anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision, the Santa Barbara Pro-Choice Coalition presents a theatrical piece based in the testimonial style. It presents a narrative that builds a sense of community amongst characters to alleviate the feeling many women have of being unsupported in their decision to keep or terminate a pregnancy.
BWW Preview: Help THE UNITY SHOPPE Prep for Christmas!BWW Preview: Help THE UNITY SHOPPE Prep for Christmas!
December 11, 2015

The Unity Shoppe and all their wonderful programs are in play! Help out the community this year by checking out the upcoming events for this comprehensive community resource.
BWW Review: Ensemble's WOMEN IN JEOPARDY Brings the Sitcom to the StageBWW Review: Ensemble's WOMEN IN JEOPARDY Brings the Sitcom to the Stage
December 14, 2015

MacLeod's play points out the lack of representation of middle-aged, middle-class women in entertainment; and then reinforces the idea by using the very stereotypes about this group that generally prevent these women from being utilized more dramatically.
BWW Review: PRISM PRODUCTIONS Presents the Most Bizarre Christmas Carol of All TimeBWW Review: PRISM PRODUCTIONS Presents the Most Bizarre Christmas Carol of All Time
December 11, 2015

Prism Productions, a.k.a. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society, presents 'A Christmas Carol' in a true, meta display of 'Waiting For Guffman' bizarreness.
BWW Review: Impro Theatre Brings Stylized, Dramatic Improv to SB with TWILIGHT ZONE: UNSCRIPTEDBWW Review: Impro Theatre Brings Stylized, Dramatic Improv to SB with TWILIGHT ZONE: UNSCRIPTED
December 2, 2015

A lengthy, stylized improvised narrative, especially one that isn't rooted in the predictable contingency of absurd comedy, is a sophisticated practiceone that Impro Theatre, a Los Angeles-based improvisational group presented in Santa Barbara by Instant Karma Improv Comedy, presents in abundance.
BWW Blog: WILL ROGER'S AMERICA Illustrates the Changing WorldBWW Blog: WILL ROGER'S AMERICA Illustrates the Changing World
December 1, 2015

Most recently produced at the Timbers by Prism Productions, Rich Hoag has been presenting his version of Will Rogershumorist, columnist, actor, performer, radio personality, and American celebrityfor over a decade.


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