ANNE OF GREEN GABLES Begins 11/27 at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

Chance Theater is pleased to remount its popular production of the heartwarming musical adaptation of the classic novel … Anne of Green Gables. Book by Joseph Robinette, music and lyrics by Evelyn D. Swensson, directed by Casey Long, associate direction by Travis K. Donnelly, and music direction by Bill Strongin.  Anne of Green Gables will preview from November 27 through December 3, regular performances will begin December 4 and continue through December 27 on the Cripe Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

BWW Review: Chance Theater's A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Mixes Dark Comedy with Heartbreaking Spiritual Catharsis
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 16, 2015

Full of the Obie-winning playwright's amusingly observant and stirringly poignant portraits of ordinary people in extraordinary flux, Samuel D. Hunter's 2010 play A BRIGHT NEW BOISE is now being staged in a terrific production currently in performance at Orange County's Ovation-winning Chance Theater in Anaheim Hills through October 25. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2015

Below, BroadwayWorld has a first look at Samuel D. Hunter's A BRIGHT NEW BOISE, running now through October 25, 2015 at Chance Theater! (more...)

Lauren Yee's New Comedy SAMSARA Extends Thru June 7th at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2015

Chance Theater is very excited to announce the extension of the highly theatrical comedy Samsara. The show, which is written by Chance Theater's 2015 resident playwright Lauren Yee, and directed by Benjamin Kamine, started performances on April 30 and was set to close today, May 31. However, due to overwhelming demand and positive reviews, Samsara will add two performances - Saturday, June 6 at 8pm and Sunday, June 7 at 7:30pm on the Second Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

AFTER THE REVOLUTION Begins This Weekend at Chance Theater
by BWW News Desk - Apr 14, 2015

Chance Theater is delighted to present the Southern California premiere of powerful drama about a fragmented family After The Revolution. Written by Pulitzer finalist Amy Herzog (4,000 Miles), and directed by Chance Theater Founding Artistic Director Oanh Nguyen. After The Revolution will preview from April 10 through April 17, regular performances will begin April 18 and continue through May 10 on the Main Stage at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. (more...)

Chance Theater Receives Challenge Grant at Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center Dedication Ceremony
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2015

On Saturday, February 7, Chance Theater's Board of Directors, staff and resident artists held a special event to honor their major capital campaign donors and give them a literal standing ovation. The guest of honor at the event was community leader, Bette Aitken, whose husband Wylie surprised her last year with a $250,000 gift to the Chance to name the theater's new home after her. (more...)

Photo Flash: Chance Theater Hosts MAPLE AND VINE Design Preview Party
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2014

Chance Theater will present the fourth show of its 16th Anniversary Season - the clever and sharply drawn fantasy, Maple and Vine. Written by Jordan Harrison, with direction by Mark Ramont. Maple and Vine will preview from September 19 through 25, with regular performances beginning September 26 and continuing through October 19 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken theater arts Center. The company recently held a design preview party for the show, and BroadwayWorld has photos from the event below! (more...)

Photo Flash: Chance Theater Hosts IN THE HEIGHTS Design Preview Party
by BWW News Desk - Jun 4, 2014

Chance Theater hosted a 'Design Preview Party' for its upcoming production of IN THE HEIGHTS, which starts performances on July 3. The 'Design Preview Party' is a special event that Chance Theater offers its members and VIP guests. It gives an exclusive group of patrons an opportunity to get an early glimpse at what the theater has in store, as well as meet the artists who will be working on and off the stage on the next show. Scroll down for photos from the event! (more...)

Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theater Picks for Orange County/Costa Mesa!
by Michael L. Quintos - Jun 4, 2014

This Summer, Orange County, CA---which includes Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Irvine, and even cities just a hop over the county line like La Mirada and Long Beach---is so chock-full of hot stage goodies, that you may have to earmark a lot more time in the next three months to properly satisfy all your theatrical cravings. Here's our Top 5 Summer Must-See picks, plus a few other noteworthy shows to check out around the area, too! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chance Theater's OC Premiere of Sarah Ruhl's PASSION PLAY, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

Chance Theater presents the second show of its 16th Anniversary Season - the humorous and inventive glimpse behind-the-scenes of the traditional Passion play produced in three distinctively different locations and times. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl, with direction by Trevor Biship (director of Chance's Ovation Award-winning Jerry Springer: The Opera). Passion Play opens tonight, May 3 and continues through May 25 at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chance Theater's OC Premiere of Sarah Ruhl's PASSION PLAY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2014

Chance Theater presents the second show of its 16th Anniversary Season - the humorous and inventive glimpse behind-the-scenes of the traditional Passion play produced in three distinctively different locations and times. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl, with direction by Trevor Biship (director of Chance's Ovation Award-winning Jerry Springer: The Opera). Passion Play will preview now through May 2, open May 3 and continue through May 25 at Chance Theater at Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

26 Hours of Live Performances Set for Chance Theater's 24-Hour Chance-A-Thon This Weekend
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2014

Chance Theater is officially announcing the performance line-up for our third annual 24hr Chance-a-thon, which will take place today, March 22 from 10am-11pm, and Sunday, March 23 from 9am-10pm. (more...)

Chance Theater Seeks Performers for 3rd Annual 24-Hour Chance-a-Thon; Deadline 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

Chance Theater is accepting proposals from artists and community members interested in performing in support of Chance's artistic and educational programs at the 24hr Chance-a-thon, which will take place from 10am-10pm today, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. (more...)

Chance Theater to Present Sarah Ruhl's PASSION PLAY, Begin. 4/25
by BWW News Desk - Mar 18, 2014

Chance Theater presents the second show of its 16th Anniversary Season - the humorous and inventive glimpse behind-the-scenes of the traditional Passion play produced in three distinctively different locations and times. Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl, with direction by Trevor Biship (director of Chance's Ovation Award-winning Jerry Springer: The Opera). Passion Play will preview from April 25 through May 2, open May 3 and continue through May 25 at Chance Theater @ Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center. (more...)

26 Hours of Live Performances Announced for Chance Theater's 24-Hour Chance-A-Thon, 3/22-23
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2014

Chance Theater is officially announcing the performance line-up for our third annual 24hr Chance-a-thon, which will take place on Saturday, March 22 from 10am-11pm, and Sunday, March 23 from 9am-10pm. (more...)

Chance Theater Seeks Performers for 3rd Annual 24-Hour Chance-a-Thon; Deadline 2/17
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2014

Chance Theater is accepting proposals from artists and community members interested in performing in support of Chance's artistic and educational programs at the 24hr Chance-a-thon, which will take place from 10am-10pm on Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23. (more...)

Chance Theater Celebrates New Home and New Name: Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

At Saturday's grand opening of Chance Theater's Bold New Home, Wylie Aitken, a major arts supporter and chair of the California Arts Council, announced that he has made a $250,000 contribution to name the new home of the Chance after his lovely wife, Bette Aitken. The new name will be the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center. The official dedication ceremony will be scheduled soon. (more...)

Chance Theater Extends THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES Through 12/28
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

Chance Theater announced that its popular un-holiday comedy, The Eight: Reindeer Monologues will be extending its run through December 28, 2013, adding performances on Monday, December 23 at 7:45pm and Saturday, December 28 at 11pm. (more...)

Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of Chance Theater's THE EIGHT: REINDEER MONOLOGUES
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues by Jeff Goode and directed by Alex Bueno is running now through December 22, 2013 at the Chance Theater. Scroll down to meet the cast! (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Chance Theater's THE SECRET GARDEN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2013

Chance Theater presents the fifth show of its 15th Anniversary Season - a family-friendly holiday offering The Secret Garden - The Musical with book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman, music by Tony Award nominee Lucy Simon, and directed by Casey Long and KC Wilkerson. The Secret Garden - The Musical opened on November 30 and continues through December 29 at Chance Theater. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

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