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 Previews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at San Marcos High SchoolBWW Previews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at San Marcos High School
Posted: Nov. 2, 2016


BWW Feature: CATASTROPHIC THINKING by Carol MetcalfBWW Feature: CATASTROPHIC THINKING by Carol Metcalf
Posted: Nov. 11, 2016


LAST 365 DAYS

BWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACEBWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
Posted: Sep. 26, 2016


BWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World According to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARSBWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS
Posted: Sep. 12, 2016


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 Breakdown: All-Star Branding on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 2BWW Breakdown: All-Star Branding on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
Posted: Oct. 3, 2016


BWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Brings in Royal Drag LineagesBWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Brings in Royal Drag Lineages
Posted: Oct. 10, 2016


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 Feature: CATASTROPHIC THINKING by Carol MetcalfBWW Feature: CATASTROPHIC THINKING by Carol Metcalf
November 11, 2016

Everyone can relate to disaster. If drama is conflict, then calamity is the seed of all good plays. Sometimes disaster takes people by surprise, like an earthquake. In these cases, drama is concerned with the aftermath of the crisis and society's response. In cases where the disaster is inevitable, drama's focus can shift to society's response to anticipation. Local comedienne Carol Metcalf explores another narrative option in her new one-woman show, 'Catastrophic Thinking.'

BWW Previews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at San Marcos High SchoolBWW Previews: YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU at San Marcos High School
November 2, 2016

Director Riley Berris and a large cast of quirky characters bring the revelry of humorous melodrama to the San Marcos High School Stage.

SINNER/SAINT Gives History and Future of LGBTQSINNER/SAINT Gives History and Future of LGBTQ
October 25, 2016

Sinner/Saint is not an indictment of the Christian community--it's a bittersweet and genuine storytelling experience that offers the most vulnerable aspects of the Christian-LGBTQ reconciliation movement: anxiety, denial, desperation for approval, sadness, forgiveness, and healing.

BWW Preview: LIZZIE at Out Of The Box Theatre CompanyBWW Preview: LIZZIE at Out Of The Box Theatre Company
October 25, 2016

Teenage Riot: Out of the Box Brings the LIZZIE BORDEN murder to the Stage

BWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALLSTARS Crowns a Queen QueenBWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALLSTARS Crowns a Queen Queen
October 17, 2016

THIS IS IT! The crowning of a queen. Are you #TeamAlaska? #TeamKatya? #TeamDetox? Or #TeamRoxxxy? The decision to have the Drag Race contestants eliminate each other (rather than judge/host RuPaul making the final decision) each week created an interesting competitive dynamic this season, one that resulted in, as Alaska says, a re-creation of season 5's match-up of Rolaskatox vs. a 'loveable weirdo.'

BWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Brings in Royal Drag LineagesBWW Breakdown: RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Brings in Royal Drag Lineages
October 10, 2016

It's down to the final five queens! Roxxxy Andrews continues to stay in the competition by flying under the radar; Detox is annoyed that she isn't winning more; and Alaska is getting cocky. But Mama Ru has a makeover challenge up her floral sleeves: the ladies are about to drag out their mothers and sisters!

BWW Review: MACBETH Brings Smoke and Mirrors and Projections to the Nightmare in ScotlandBWW Review: MACBETH Brings Smoke and Mirrors and Projections to the Nightmare in Scotland
October 7, 2016

MACBETH Brings Smoke and Mirrors and Projections to the Nightmare in Scotland.

BWW Breakdown: All-Star Branding on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 2BWW Breakdown: All-Star Branding on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS 2
October 3, 2016

Phi Phi is gone, and Tatianna and Alyssa Edwards are back in the game. Start your engines-it's the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS top 6: TheArtof the Deal.

BWW REVIEW: IN A WORD In a MortuaryBWW REVIEW: IN A WORD In a Mortuary
September 30, 2016

Elements Theatre Collective Presents: 'In a Word' Since the disappearance of her son two years ago, Fiona has created a narrative of her version of events born from grief, regret, and the guilt of unspoken relief of being freed from the burden of a special needs child she was not equipped to handle. Runs 9/30 at the Java Station; 10/1 in Lompoc; and 10/2 at Maraville Santa Barbara. www.elementstc.org

BWW Review: Sultry Tango and Sly Humor Make MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING a Fun Shakespearian FrolicBWW Review: Sultry Tango and Sly Humor Make MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING a Fun Shakespearian Frolic
September 29, 2016

'Much Ado About Nothing' is a Shakespearian comedy that plays, essentially, on the idea that gossip is a bitch. With sultry tango, occasional jovial singing, and slapstick stalking throughout the playing space, 'Much Ado About Nothing' is a natural, entertaining Shakespearian experience.

BWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACEBWW Breakdown: Phi Phi is a Sore Winner and Loser (Truth) on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE
September 26, 2016

Trust the Duchess: It ain't over just yet. Why? Because the eliminated All-Stars are back, baby! Coco is back, and her tear-away arrival ensemble is beaded to the gods. Tatianna is back, and her boat neck mini-dress turns into a sleek, studded Selena-brassiere. Ginger is back, and what starts out as big and silver folds down into something bigger and silverier, if that's possible. And Alyssa Edwards is back, back, back again!

BWW Blog: On The Verge 2016 - Live Fast, Die AwesomeBWW Blog: On The Verge 2016 - Live Fast, Die Awesome
September 23, 2016

Santa Barbara supports a sizeable, like-minded artistic community that has, for the past two years, collided their stories and aesthetic styles into building blocks of communal inspiration. The constructed product is the annual On The Verge Summer Repertory Theater. This festival presents a vision of reality interpreted by the young, upcoming generation of theater artists.

BWW Breakdown: 'SHEquels,' Y'all! RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARSBWW Breakdown: 'SHEquels,' Y'all! RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS
September 20, 2016

Last week's dramatic elimination prompts real talk amongst the remaining queens about how the 'rules' of the game. Alyssa Edwards explained that her decision to give Ginger Minj the heeled boot was because she felt other bottom-runner Katya had been better in the competition on a more consistent basis. Phi Phi and Roxxxy see Alyssa's decision to eliminate based on personal choice rather than the judges' critiques as a betrayal of the sisterhood, though Roxxxy has the good sense to only voice her opinion on the confessional camera. A note from Ginger asking the girls to 'play a fair game' incites the ladies to squabble, but Katya (thank you, Katya!) shuts them down. It's a competition, after all, and Alyssa can choose whomever she wants to kick out of the game.

BWW Review: LitMoon's THE GLASS MENAGERIE Shows Life After the Bough BreaksBWW Review: LitMoon's THE GLASS MENAGERIE Shows Life After the Bough Breaks
September 15, 2016

Litmoon's production captures the resounding void of the Wingfields' desperation. 'The Glass Menagerie's' characters, flawed past self-awareness, anxiously grasp at a lifestyle unavailable to them. The audience champions their hopes while simultaneously recognizing the folly of their untenable desires. Striking and complex, Litmoon's The Glass Menagerie offers a view of the constant regret that haunts those bereft of realistic hopes for a better future.

BWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World According to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARSBWW Breakdown: The HERstory of the World According to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS
September 12, 2016

RuPaul's Drag Race has shown an increasing willingness to share its self-awareness, and more and more frequently does the show reminds us that any 'reality' competition featuring seasoned performers (which these drag queens are) will sashay the line between the vitality of unscripted television and the polish of a rehearsed variety show. 'The HERstory of the World' is no different, and the queens are cast appropriately: Alaska's middle-gender aesthetic is put to the task of playing 'the original naughty girl,' Eve; Phi Phi O'Hara, queen of cosplay, is cast as Helen of Troy; Ginger is Katherine the Great; cool-kid Detox plays the ultimate spoiled brat, Marie Antoinette; Alyssa Edwards prepares to rep her Texas pride as gunslinger Annie Oakley; Roxxxy Andrews will portray professional pageant queen Eva Peron; and Katya gets a chance to bat her lashes as Princess Diana.

BWW Preview: THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE Is a 30s Throwback of Farce, High Pants, and Fast Talkin'BWW Preview: THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE Is a 30s Throwback of Farce, High Pants, and Fast Talkin'
September 7, 2016

Get ready for on-stage shenanigans (including slap fights, hypochondriac melt-downs, and injuries from swinging doors).

BWW Preview: SINNER/SAINT Brings Faith into the LGBTQ ConversationBWW Preview: SINNER/SAINT Brings Faith into the LGBTQ Conversation
August 24, 2016

Spectrum Ministries Santa Barbara presents a performance of 'Sinner/Saint,' a new play written, directed and performed by Westmont alumna Lindsey Twigg and Danielle Draper.

BWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Aren't Enough of a PartyBWW Review: VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Aren't Enough of a Party
July 26, 2016

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a play with enjoyable moments and talented performers. Unfortunately, the production simply has too limited a range of emotion to be memorable.

BWW Preview: KIDDO AND PATTY HEARST HEARST Brings Nostalgia of a Bygone EraBWW Preview: KIDDO AND PATTY HEARST HEARST Brings Nostalgia of a Bygone Era
July 22, 2016

The summer of 1974 was a time of political and social upheaval. Nixon is considering resignation post-Watergate scandal, and publishing heiress Patty Hearst is at large with the Symbionese Liberation Army in Southern California. 'Kiddo and Patty Hearst' examines a young woman's struggle to grow up in a tumultuous era, just around the corner from famous LA haunts.

BWW Review: The Hollywood Fringe Festival in SBBWW Review: The Hollywood Fringe Festival in SB
July 16, 2016

Devised, written, directed, and performed by Jeff Mills, Erica Flor, and Madelyn Robinson: Proboscis Theatre's recent efforts, 'Bloody Beautiful' and 'Strap-On,' are intimate and provocative works that delve into personality manifestation.



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