Upcoming Performances

Welcome to the Willits Community Theatre

 

Come enjoy outstanding live performances in our intimate venue!

 

(Pssssssst! keep reading for more detailed news about the 2017 Season Lineup!)

 

The News We All Have Been Waiting For: (drum roll)

 Here it is! The WCT 2017 Mainstage Season.

 

NEXT UP:

 

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” – a Comedy by Steve Martin.

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3072012

Martin’s febrile imagination runs rampant in this humorous yet semi-serious contemplation of Twentieth Century art, philosophy and science. Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein meet in a Paris café in 1904 to talk about their work. Towards the end of the play, they are joined by a special guest from their future – and our past – who is very good at saying, “Thanyouvermuch.” No one knows exactly what it means, and the atmosphere of the play ranges somewhere between the hilariously absurd and the absurdly hilarious. Directed by Jim Mastin, plays Sept. 8 through 24.

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FAN MAIL FOR THIS SHOW!!

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Great show at the Willits Community Theater > Don’t miss it!

I had the extreme pleasure of attending the opening night of Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the Willits Community Theater on Friday night.  I rarely attend a show early in the run but I am so glad that I did so that I can share my enthusiasm with you and encourage you to attend the show early on.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

I was fully captivated from the opening moments of the show.  What a clever play and so humorous … I laughed throughout. 

I am much impressed with the entire production.  The directing is outstanding and the acting superb and compelling.   As to the production values, all aspects were tremendous … set, lights, artwork, costumes, music.  Nothing is lacking in this fine production.

Jim Mastin really pulled of a winner with his stellar direction of this work.  I hope he and Assistant Director, Mary Buckley bring their talents back to WCT for another adventure in make-believe. 

GO TO THIS SHOW AND ENJOY!

Freddie Long

 

Visit cosmopolitan Paris in 1904 and enjoy the cozy and expansive repartee of two geniuses of the 20th Century–Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein–discussing what in the world will come next. Comic Steve Martin’s hilarious rumination on genius, art and science, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”, opens for its three-week, ten-show run on Friday, September 8 at the Willits Community Theatre.
Directed by Jim Mastin, the play brings forth revolutionary artist Picasso into the famed Parisian cabaret at the turn of the centuries where he meets world-renowned physicist Einstein. A colorful cast of local characters joins in the fun, and they toss about ideas that could well turn the world inside-out and upside-down. The result is a serious contemplation of the nature and origin of genius, as well as a rollicking spoof of that contemplation.
Director Jim Mastin and his wife Mary Buckley, who serves as the stage manager, have worked together and separately on mainstage and other productions at Ukiah Players Theatre and Mendocino College. For several years they co-produced UPT’s Readers Theatre Series. This is Mastin’s first time directing at WCT, and he is excited about bringing this unique show together with his more than 35 years of varied theater experience.
Mastin says, “I like seeing it all come together–particularly this production, which was a challenge to cast–and putting it all together on stage as an art form. I think this is something the community will be quite pleased with.” Starring in the show are local favorites Kevin Moore, Lee Stipe, Gloriann Lucero, David Partch, Tara Logan, Kathy de Bane, Ron Greystar, Tami Potter, Jeremy Hershman and Matthew Feigel.
The action takes place at an actual bar called the Lapin Agile, which was a popular gathering spot for artists, musicians and free-thinkers in the artsy Montmarte section of Paris. The audience is welcomed into intimate and enlightening moments as Picasso engages in lively exchanges with the eminent Einstein, and experiences an epiphany about the new era that is dawning.
Playwright Steve Martin’s absurdist humor swings into full gear as the other characters join in the fray, including a moment where the corner curmudgeon Gaston erupts into a Percy Sledge song line from the 1970s. This wild mix of eras and time frames, of colorful Parisian characters, of enormous ideas–name it–merges into an evening of non-stop, witty, free-wheeling entertainment, complete with a surprise mystery guest who appears from the future wearing blue suede shoes.
Unique to this WCT production, local artists are providing paintings that will be included on the set and will be available for purchase by audience members. Painting sales will benefit WCT as well as supporting local artists. The artists include Wayne Knight, Bob Mastin, Peter Onstad, Polly Palacek, Marie Pera, Elaine Richard, Marlana River, Sandy Strong, Brian Weller, and Suzanne Wolf.

 

Photos by Ron Greystar!

 
The First Thursday September 14th performance of Picasso at the Lapin Agile will be a benefit for the Willits PEO. To purchase tickets call Marilyn Harden at 459-5649.
 
Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.
 
Advance tickets for all shows can be obtained in person at Mazahar, 38 S. Main St., Willits; online at brownpapertickets.com; or by phone 24/7 at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will also available at the door for each show until sold out. For further information, contact the WCT office at 707-459-0895 or visit the theatre website at www.willitstheatre.org. The WCT playhouse is located at 37 W. Van Lane (behind Shanachie Pub).
Please join us in thanking our Season Underwriters
Les Schwab Tire Center of Willits and Willits Furniture/La Bodega
and
Our “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Underwriter:  Nite Bite!
Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.

Tickets for all Performances at WCT will be available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets.

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Reserved Seating.  If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to select Row A seats when making your purchase.

For more information at any time, phone WCT at 707-459-0895 (leave a message) or email wct@willitsonline.com

You may also send a message via the Contact Form on this site, and Webmaster will direct it to the appropriate party.

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by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Bill Barksdale

November 3 – 19

Moon Over Buffalo

 

 

MOON OVER BUFFALO
Moon Over Buffalo, directed by Bill Barksdale, is a fast-paced, comic love letter to live theater. Look out Noises Off. This may be funnier. There is almost literally a laugh a minute. Like the great comic playwrights of yesteryear, Ken Ludwig is a master of the laugh. Moon marked the return of Carol Burnette to Broadway.
It’s the 1950’s and faded Broadway stars, George & Charlotte Hay, are certainly down on their luck as they struggle to juggle their productions of Noel Coward’s Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in summer stock! Lines and characters get mixed up. George and Charlotte are fighting. Daughter, Roz’s clueless fiancé is just finding out about Paul. Company actress, Eileen, is pregnant – oops. And everything that can go wrong does, just a Hollywood producer, Frank Capra, is showing up to see today’s matinee. As sassy stage-manager, Ethel says “The only good thing about Buffalo is that it’s named after an animal!”
Critic, Liz Smith of the New York Post said “This has to be one of the most hysterical things ever put onstage. I have seen Moon Over Buffalo three times! I expect you to see it once.” You may want to see it more.
With bloated egos as tall as Everest, everything has to tumble into laughter. Don’t miss WCT’s light-hearted production of Moon Over Buffalo.
Moon Over Buffalo opens November 3 and runs for ten shows through November 19

show dates are

 November 3 – 19.

 

 

 

Tickets for all Performances at WCT will be available for purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets.

BPT Ticket Sales Close 2 Hours Before the Show Begins, so get your tickets early, or at the door!

Tickets also available:

In Person at Mazahar,

by phone any time 1-800-838-3006.

Also at the door if not sold out.

Ticket prices are $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Thursday and Sunday performances for main stage productions.

Advance tickets online, by 800# phone and at Mazahar close 2 hours before the show opens, so get your seats early or show up at the door to claim any unsold seats.

This series is all Reserved Seating.  If you wish to have Accessible Seating in “Row A” ~ no stairs ~ please make sure to select Row A seats when making your purchase.

For more information at any time, phone WCT at 707-459-0895 (leave a message) or email wct@willitsonline.com

You may also send a message via the Contact Form on this site, and Webmaster will direct it to the appropriate party.