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 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 Breakdown: 'SHEquels,' Y'all! RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARSBWW Breakdown: 'SHEquels,' Y'all! RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS
Posted: Sep. 20, 2016


BWW Review: LitMoon's THE GLASS MENAGERIE Shows Life After the Bough BreaksLitmoon's production captures the resounding void of the Wingfields' desperation.
Posted: Sep. 15, 2016


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


BWW Preview: THE BOONDAWGLE ESTATE Is a 30s Throwback of Farce, High Pants, and Fast Talkin'The Boondawgle Estate is an homage to the brisk, definitive cinema styles of the 30s and 40s.
Posted: Sep. 7, 2016


BWW Blog: On The Verge 2016 - Live Fast, Die AwesomeBWW Blog: On The Verge 2016 - Live Fast, Die Awesome
Posted: Sep. 23, 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 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: 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: Enthralling Performances and Smart Writing Make BAD JEWS a Comedic SuccessBWW Review: Enthralling Performances and Smart Writing Make BAD JEWS a Comedic Success
Posted: Apr. 22, 2016


BWW Preview: Launch Pad and Idris Goodwin Bring the FUNK to UCSBBWW Preview: Launch Pad and Idris Goodwin Bring the FUNK to UCSB
Posted: Apr. 22, 2016


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.
BWW Preview: One Night Only--IMPROV COMEDY BATTLE ROYALEBWW Preview: One Night Only--IMPROV COMEDY BATTLE ROYALE
June 10, 2016

Instant Karma Improv Comedy returns to Center Stage Theater to present one night of spontaneous hilarity on Saturday, June 11th at 8:00pm.
BWW Preview: Ensemble's Scandelous FALLEN ANGELSBWW Preview: Ensemble's Scandelous FALLEN ANGELS
June 10, 2016

While indecent in the twenties, Coward's absurd situation comedy delivers potency in the twenty-first century, now that common social opinion of pre-marital relations isn't nearly so damning.
Summer Stages: This Summer's Theatre Lineup in Santa Barbara 2016Summer Stages: This Summer's Theatre Lineup in Santa Barbara 2016
June 10, 2016

Summer Stages is your guide to upcoming theatrical events for the summer in the Santa Barbara area. Check out this year's shows!
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.


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