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.
Theatre students at Dos Pueblos High School recently presented student-driven mini-plays, comprised of micro-scenes stitched together within a theme. These pieces feature the student point of view, which calls on the students to critically examine and reflectonconflict in their lives. These students have recognized problems within their (youth) culture, and have built dramatic renderings of situations that more clearly define these issues, and offer information for conflict diffusion and resolution.BWW Review: HARD RAIN: A THEATRICAL PROTEST Presents Thoughts on the Election December 28, 2016
'Hard Rain: A Theatrical Protest' offered a workshop view of six new dramatic renderings of the American experience in this time of political turbulence. Commissioned and curated by John Blondell, this festival included short works inspired by the recent election. These early drafts functioned well as think pieces, and represent raw, immediate reactions to the cultures clashes lately highlighted by the presidential election.BWW Feature: SEASONS OF ART at TOTEM Arts Education December 14, 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 School November 2, 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 Company October 25, 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 Lineages October 10, 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 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.orgBWW Review: Sultry Tango and Sly Humor Make MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING a Fun Shakespearian Frolic September 29, 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 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 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 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 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' September 7, 2016
Get ready for on-stage shenanigans (including slap fights, hypochondriac melt-downs, and injuries from swinging doors).