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Sonoma Arts Live Announces 2015 Season

Sonoma Theatre Alliance, the consortium of North Bay based theater companies, has announced a new name, new direction and new team for its theatrical and entertainment presentations at the recently remodeled Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, located at the Sonoma Community Center in downtown Sonoma, CA.
Revitalized as Sonoma Arts Live, the theater presentation organization has Jaime Love at the helm as Executive Director and has named Brooke Tansley as Artistic Director.
"We wanted a new name to encompass all of our exciting plans. We feel the new name of Sonoma Arts Live does that," said Executive Director Jaime Love, who has been with Sonoma Theatre Alliance since its inception in 2010. "One part of the mission of the Sonoma Arts Live organization remains fundamentally the same - to support and promote local talent. Under the sub-heading of Sonoma Arts Local, we will be able to provide more support for our member theater companies by creating and implementing marketing and promotion for each company presenting productions on the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center."
Tansley, who comes to Sonoma by way of Transcendence - the professional summer series in Jack London State Park, will provide support to the local theatrical season, add a professional winter season, and work on producing presentations dedicated to a younger audience.
"Conceived as an organization of interconnected creative programs - offering local theater, innovative and professional entertainment, as well as arts education for teens and adults - Sonoma Arts Live was formed for the purpose of enriching the community and making Sonoma an arts and cultural destination," said Artistic Director Brooke Tansley, a stage and film producer and actress who has starred in Broadway productions as Penny Pingleton in "Hairspray" and Belle in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

The Sonoma Arts Live - Sonoma Arts Local 2015 season opens April 16 and continues through October featuring the following productions:

April 16 to May 3, 2015: "NUNSENSE THE MEGA MUSICAL"
By Dan Goggin / Produced by J Love Productions / Directed by Wayne Goodman
All the fun of the original musical "Nunsense" has been super-sized in this sequel featuring the original nuns, plus five new male and female characters, including the never-before-seen infamous convent cook. The production is a benefit for Sonoma Arts Live.
Performances: April 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30 and May 1, 2, 3.
Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

May 14 to May 31, 2015: "NOISES OFF!"
By Michael Frayn / Produced by Narrow Way Stage Company / Directed by Nick Christenson
Called the funniest farce ever written, "Noises Off!" is a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called "Nothing's On." Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious comic play.
Performances: May 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

June 11 to June 28, 2015: "LITTLE MURDERS"
By Jules Feiffer / Produced by M & G Productions / Directed by Gerrett Snedaker and Artistic Director Will Combs
Political and social satire at its best "Little Murders" is the story of Patsy, who brings home her boyfriend to meet her severely dysfunctional family amidst a series of random shootings, garbage strikes and electrical outages ravaging the neighborhood.
Performances: June 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

July 9 to July 26, 2015: "JAKE'S WOMEN"
By Neil Simon / Produced by JoLee Productions / Directed by Joey Hoeber
A poignant comedy about Jake, a writer who likes to make up dialogues in his head between himself and the women in his life. As his second marriage crumbles, Jake's women "characters" make uncomfortably astute observations about his life.
Performances: July 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays.

Aug. 20 to Sept. 6, 2015: "PROOF"
By David Auburn / Produced by Sonoma Stage Works / Directed by Todd Evans
A troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable mathematician father, must recalibrate her life. Following her father's death, she is forced to decide how much to reveal about herself and whether to take the advice of her high roller sister; how to honor her father's legacy; and if she can accept romance.
Performances: August 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, 30 and Sept. 3, 4, 5, 6.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Sept. 17 to Oct. 4, 2015: "ASSASSINS"
A musical by Stephen Sondheim / Produced by Narrow Way Stage Company / Directed by Trevor Hoffmann
This horrifying, but hilarious musical explores and examines a fraternity of political assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of our history and the success, failure and questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society.
Performances: Sept. 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and Oct. 1, 2, 3, 4.
Showtimes: 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays

Performances are presented at the Rotary Stage at Andrews Hall, a historic Greek Revival landmark theater located at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA. The theater is conveniently located within walking distance from Sonoma Plaza with its acclaimed restaurants, wine shops and boutiques and offers ample free parking. Season tickets are available for $99 per person for all six productions. Individual ticket prices are $12 to $26 per person, depending on play or musical and seating availability. For tickets or more information call 707-974-1932 or visit www.sonomaartslive.org


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