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.
Lit Moon's highly stylized version of 'Richard III' is strangely appealing (albeit disjointed and inaccessibleespecially for those without a fairly thorough grasp of the narrative). This envisioning of the play tends more toward a performance-art installation than overtly representational theatre.BWW Previews: GLORIOUS! at Lompoc Civic Theatre March 24, 2017
Florence Foster Jenkins: you may have heard her name from a recent resurgence in popularity due to being portrayed by the un-ignorable Meryl Streep in the 2016 biopic. But before there was the movie, there was the play, Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, The Worst Singer in the World by Peter Quilter, which begins its run in Lompoc this weekend at the Civic Auditorium, and has performances until April 9.BWW Feature: DramaDogs Presents: FROM EVE'S FAIR HAND at The Faulkner Gallery March 23, 2017
A company with a persistent ambition to prioritize social justice in their work, DramaDogs has adopted a format for short, dramatic presentations that inform and entertain, and encourage audience engagement. Their production of From Eve's Fair Hand, by local writers Jinny Webber and Terre Ouwehand, shares (through monologue) the voices of female writers who left their mark on our cultural history. An appropriate celebration of Women's History Month, From Eve's Fair Hand introduces women like Amelia Bassano Lanier; Lady Mary Wroth; Aphra Behn; George Sands (nom-de-plume of Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin); Gertrude Stein; Virginia Woolf; and Vita Sackville-West; women who dared to write-while-female in eras when that act was considered one of non-conformity or rebellion.BWW Preview: The Producing Unit Presents a Staged Reading Of AMERICAN DREAMS at The Alhecama Theater March 22, 2017
The Producing Unit presents a staged reading of American Dreams, a performance piece exemplifying the broad and varied brands of "American" living. Directed by Peter Frisch and featuring Bill Egan, Tom Hinshaw, Meredith McMinn, Robert Riechel, Jeremy Tristan, and Ivy Vahanian, this series of monologues from a dozen different characters invites audiences to consider the very concept of the "American Dream," and how this socially constructed entitlement varies for each individual-yet exists consistently as a vital thematic goal.BWW Preview: Instant Karma Improv Comedy Presents SPONTANEOUS BROADWAY at Center Stage March 17, 2017
In the UCSB Department of Theatre and Dance's production of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, The Simpsons is not only significant, it's a currency that determines characters' livelihoods--and potentially their survival. Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play, written by Anne Washburn and directed by Tom Whitaker, shows a glimpse of a future post-nuclear disaster, when electricity is an almost-extinct amenity. The play shows how the survivors of the disaster rebuild culture in an astonishing, yet inevitable, way.BWW Review: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont Theatre Department March 8, 2017
The earthy aesthetic of this production suits the pastoral lifeblood of the play. Theset, designed by Yuri Okahana andbuilt in layers of depth, gives thefeeling of expanse and isolation. Performerscreatea slowly shifting backdrop of gentle choreography. In this setting,Lorca's tale of a love triangle and family feudhas the feel of amelancholic folk ballad.BWW Preview: BLOOD WEDDING at Westmont College February 24, 2017
Last year, Santa Barbara theatrical artists presented projects ranging from kitschy, hilarious renderings of cult-classics to sweeping epics that inspired the community to #SeeMoreTheatre. Your click-votes have been processed! Santa Barbara audiences loved Heathers: The Musical, Out of the Box's irreverent teen-angst murder musical, and Death of Kings, Irwin Appel's comprehensive showcase of Shakespeare's history canon that utilized all the performance and production talent UCSB has to offer.BWW Feature: RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN MAKE SIAM GREAT, AGAIN! at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre January 23, 2017
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.