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 Preview: PVT. WARS - Dark Comedy Flourishes in a VA HospitalBWW Preview: PVT. WARS - Dark Comedy Flourishes in a VA Hospital
Posted: Aug. 14, 2015


BWW Preview: Crazy Cat-People--Lompoc Civic Presents INDOOR/OUTDOOR'Indoor/Outdoor' is a story of a man’s struggling relationship with his cat.
Posted: Aug. 5, 2015


BWW Preview: LAUNCH PAD Summer Series Presents New WorkLaunch Pad presents new work from UCSB Artists-in-residence.
Posted: Aug. 6, 2015


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BWW Preview: AMADEUS Aspires to Create Work of Enduring SignificanceBWW Preview: AMADEUS Aspires to Create Work of Enduring Significance
Posted: Oct. 3, 2014


BWW Reviews: Lit Moon Successfully Scales the Everest of THE CHERRY ORCHARDBWW Reviews: Lit Moon Successfully Scales THE CHERRY ORCHARD
Posted: Sep. 9, 2014


BWW Reviews: Dos Pueblos Theatre Presents the Wild and Wondrous Circus of ALICE IN WONDERLANDDos Pueblos Theatre's Wild and Wondrous ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Posted: Nov. 13, 2014


BWW Review: Complexity and Extravagance in AMADEUSFrom glittering coats and buckled shoes to extreme powdered wigs, Amadeus is a visual spectacle.
Posted: Oct. 15, 2014


BWW Preview: JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED--Theatre/Literature Double Majors Rejoice!An intelligent, witty re-imagination of the well-known world of Jane Austen’s work.
Posted: Mar. 9, 2015


BWW Review: THE BEST BROTHERS Delivers Style, Comedy, and the Triumph of CatharsisEnsemble delivers a stylish comedy that incorporates elements both absurd and tragic.
Posted: Dec. 10, 2014


BWW Preview: PVT. WARS - Dark Comedy Flourishes in a VA HospitalBWW Preview: PVT. WARS - Dark Comedy Flourishes in a VA Hospital
August 14, 2015

Dark comedy sprouts roots and finds the resources to flourish inside the VA hospital, despite the hard truth that the patients are suffering veterans who've lost some aspect of their humanity in the jungle.
BWW Preview: LAUNCH PAD Summer Series Presents New WorkBWW Preview: LAUNCH PAD Summer Series Presents New Work
August 6, 2015

Anne Torsiglieri, KJ Sanchez, and James Still present new plays via the UCSB Launch Pad workshop program. Readings are free and open to the public: Thursdays in August: 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20.
BWW Preview: Crazy Cat-People--Lompoc Civic Presents INDOOR/OUTDOORBWW Preview: Crazy Cat-People--Lompoc Civic Presents INDOOR/OUTDOOR
August 5, 2015

Indoor/Outdoor's concepts more closely describe human relationships than they do feline behaviorisms, and the play is both comedic and touching.
BWW Review: A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Offers a Dark and Beautiful Search for MeaningBWW Review: A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Offers a Dark and Beautiful Search for Meaning
July 22, 2015

Dark themes mercilessly played through incredibly sympathetic characters makes for an unapologetic and ambitious play that forces the audience to consider meaning, whether on a personal or universal level.
BWW Preview: La Vie En Rose at the SB FRENCH FESTIVALBWW Preview: La Vie En Rose at the SB FRENCH FESTIVAL
July 8, 2015

The French Festival means Absinthe in flasks at the thigh of your stocking, champagne flutes and big hats with tri-color garnish, and bushels of lavender large enough to spill out of barrels-and, le piece de resistance: the corset-clad, curly-haired, high-kicking can-can ladies of the annual French Festival Drag Review.
BWW Preview: ON THE VERGE'S Summer Theatre FestivalBWW Preview: ON THE VERGE'S Summer Theatre Festival
July 2, 2015

A company created to bring exciting theatre to Santa Barbara in the summer doldrums between Solstice and Fiesta, On the Verge's mission is to galvanize local playwrights, performers, and designers to create shows that are attractive to a diverse audience demographic, especially the younger crowd.
BWW Review: Hail the Bacchae! VENUS IN FUR is Pure SatisfactionBWW Review: Hail the Bacchae! VENUS IN FUR is Pure Satisfaction
June 19, 2015

David Ives's play-within-a-play is a modern take on the constantly undulant and always tantalizing balance of power between the sexes.
SUMMER STAGES 2015 - Upcoming shows for the Santa Barbara Summer Season!SUMMER STAGES 2015 - Upcoming shows for the Santa Barbara Summer Season!
May 27, 2015

Coming to Santa Barbara Stages This Summer!
BWW Preview: THE TALENTED ONES Takes Off With Launch PadBWW Preview: THE TALENTED ONES Takes Off With Launch Pad
May 20, 2015

'The Talented Ones', a black comedy about the American Dream, takes off with UCSB's Launch Pad--a workshop program for new dramatic works.
BWW Review: The Rise and Fall of the Revolutionary Spirit in BLOODY POETRYBWW Review: The Rise and Fall of the Revolutionary Spirit in BLOODY POETRY
May 15, 2015

'Bloody Poetry' shows that true libertines and true punks don't die; they rot away, into infamous paradigms of idealistic decadence.
BWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Examines Relationships, Real and ImaginedBWW Review: DEAD MAN'S CELL PHONE Examines Relationships, Real and Imagined
April 24, 2015

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' is a play in which time is twisted, existence is questionable, and relationships are forged through the connective tissue of technology.
BWW Review: WOYZECK Burns with Tragic InevitabilityBWW Review: WOYZECK Burns with Tragic Inevitability
April 24, 2015

'Woyzeck' is lovely and horrible; a narrative, musical dream cycle of moments that represent the tragic realities of love and loss; and damaging effects of social hierarchy and human brutality.
BWW Blog: The Westmont Fringe Festival Celebrates the Creative ProcessBWW Blog: The Westmont Fringe Festival Celebrates the Creative Process
April 17, 2015

Fast, raw, and entertaining, the Westmont Fringe Festival is view of artistic creation that allows the audience to see more of the creative journey than just the final destination.
BWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity StrippedBWW Preview: WOYZECK Explores the Price of Humanity Stripped
April 8, 2015

'Woyzeck' has evolved beyond original playwright Buchner's vision. It's an evocative production that emphasizes the importance of dignity as a defining aspect of humanity-and the price paid when that humanity is stripped.
BWW Reviews: Impro Theatre Presents JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED with Hilarious ResultsBWW Reviews: Impro Theatre Presents JANE AUSTEN UNSCRIPTED with Hilarious Results
April 3, 2015

Impro Theatre's production featured talented performers with a flare for biting, Austenian wit and an impressive aptitude for physical humor. The performance was swift and dynamic, and it conceptually captured the spirit of Austen's literary universewithout omitting the inherent comicality inevitable in the confluence of modern and antiquated cultures represented simultaneously.
BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken and I'll Conquer the World!BWW Preview: THE WILD PARTY: Give Me a Bottle of Bourbon and Half a Chicken and I'll Conquer the World!
April 1, 2015

'The Wild Party' is a dark and sexy theatrical presentation; a bold, sleek adaptation of the show that proves that all you need to throw a wild party is wild company.
BWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and HandcuffsBWW Blog: 24 Hours of Power, Influence, and Handcuffs
March 31, 2015

Congratulations to all the actors, writers, and directors on a successful showcase--and congratulations to Elements on a successful event!
BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!BWW Previews: Spring High School Musical Season, 2015!
March 31, 2015

Santa Barbara high school students bring audiences a range of exciting musicals, including Legally Blonde, Crazy for You, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Young Frankenstein.
BWW Review: LIGHT UP THE SKY Takes the Thespian Caricature Too FarBWW Review: LIGHT UP THE SKY Takes the Thespian Caricature Too Far
March 20, 2015

'Light up the Sky' would have been more interesting as a show that functioned on two levels: a fun period farce and a smart satire about a play that's a smart satire. Instead, 'Light up the Sky' is fluffy and pointless; a superficial farce too unrelatable to be mindlessly funny, and not self-aware enough to be satirically comical.
BWW Blog: SMELLS LIKE BOURBON: My Offering to  Elements Theatre Collective's 24-Hour Play FestivalBWW Blog: SMELLS LIKE BOURBON: My Offering to Elements Theatre Collective's 24-Hour Play Festival
March 12, 2015

And from the printer and my exhaustion will come forth a one-act play called 'Smells Like Bourbon' (loosely based on my willingness but inability to produce a play overnight).


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