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Local Theatre Companies:
1. Good Company Players, Fresno, CA
2. Selma Arts Center
3. Reedley’s River City Theatre Co.
4. The Enchanted Playhouse, Visalia, CA
5. The Kings Players, Hanford, CA
6. Merced Playhouse
7. Encore Theatre Company, Tulare, CA
8. Lindsay Community Theater
9. The Golden Chain Theatre, Oakhurst, CA
10. Centerstage Clovis Community Theatre
11. Children’s Musical Theaterworks, Fresno, CA
12. Workshop 44
13. Blossom Trail Players, Sanger, CA

Lindsay Community Theater

Our Lady of the Tortilla is a heartwarming comedy written by Cuban-American playwright Luis Santeiro and directed by Val Salcedo. The play follows the Cruz family as they struggle with their beliefs and conflicts in their everyday lives, and the miracle of seeing the face of the Holy Virgin in a tortilla.

Adults $9.99
Students $5.00
Tickets available https://bit.ly/LCTOurLadyOfTheTortilla

Covid Safe Protocols will be in place including requiring masks inside the theater, social distanced seating, and hand sanitation stations. Vaccination status verification will be required for patrons wishing to sit in the upstairs Cabaret seating. Patrons will be asked to consume all refreshments outside during intermission except for those who are sitting in the upstairs Cabaret seating.

Join UR Here (formerly The Fourth Wall Theatre) THIS Saturday, July 10, at 2pm, in the Second Space Theatre, for the first of our ‘222 Test Pilot’ series – THE SQUIRRELS, by Robert Askins – a darkly satirical comedy about wealth inequality from which no creature escapes unscathed.
The 222 Test Pilot Series is designed to explore a series of exceptional plays which are under consideration for full-production in an upcoming season. Through November 2021, (at 2pm on the 2nd Saturday of each month), we will present five readings onstage at Good Company Players’ Second Space Theatre. As an audience member, you will have the opportunity to watch a cast of accomplished local actors perform these plays and then participate in an open-forum talk-back following the show. UR Here is committed to producing challenging theatre that represents the diverse artists and community in the Central San Joaquin Valley, so we hope to see you there!
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or purchase a Series Pass and see ALL FIVE of the upcoming shows for only $45!

You can purchase tickets here.

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present its second in-person production of
the 2021 – 2022 Mainstage season, “This Is Our Youth” written by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Brad Myers.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 2-6, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Dennis and Cheryl
Woods Theatre on campus. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and
$10 for all students. The production is intended only for mature audiences. Children under 12 are not permitted.
In meticulous, hilarious, and agonizing detail, “This is Our Youth” follows forty-eight hours of three very lost young
souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era: Warren Straub, a dejected nineteen-year-old who steals fifteen
thousand dollars from his abusive lingerie-tycoon father; Dennis Ziegler, the charismatic domineering drug-dealing
friend who helps him put the money to good use; and Jessica Goldman, the anxiously insightful young woman
Warren yearns for.
Funny, painful, and compassionate, “This is Our Youth” is a living snapshot of the moment between adolescence
and adulthood.
“This Is Our Youth” was ranked one of “The 25 Best American Plays of the last 25 Years” by The New York Times.
“’This Is Our Youth’ finds eloquence in the verbal fumbling and listless non sequiturs of ambition-free, overgrown
stoners,” said The New York Times’ Ben Brantley. “But Kenneth Lonergan is no mere tape recorder. Like the best
“vernacular” playwrights, he translates what he hears into a heightened form of speech. His dialogue sounds truer to
life than life itself, in capturing both the moral evasions and unintended revelations that emerge every time people
open their mouths. A portrait of three blighted young things in Manhattan on a grass-and-cocaine-fueled bender,
‘This Is Our Youth’ was the play that made us start listening to Mr. Lonergan.”
The production is double-cast and includes Kathryn Andres, Brianne Avina , Andrew Mickelson, Tyler Murphy, Wade
Pierson, and Carlos Sanchez.
Andres, Pierson, and Sanchez perform October 29, 31, November 3, and 5, 2021. Avina, Mickelson, and Murphy
perform October 30, November 2, 4, and 6, 2021.
Until further notice, proof of complete COVID vaccination or a negative result from a COVID test performed within 72
hours of the performance day is required to be admitted. The Department of Theatre and Dance will also require
audience members to be fully masked while inside the theatre. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers
will not be permitted, and there are no refunds or exchanges. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on
weekdays and one hour before each performance, and it accepts cash, check, or credit card payments.
Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking
permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.
For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or universitytheatre@csufresno.edu.

Fresno Pacific University presents The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle as fall play

Eric Argyle is having a bad Sunday. It’s late. He’s still in pajamas. A room full of people are staring at him. And he died at 11:42 a.m., two days ago. An issue no one seems all that receptive to.
So begins The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle, Fresno Pacific University’s fall theater production. This Irish story by Ross Dungan is told in two acts, and supertitles will be provided for hearing inclusion. Brandi Martin, MFA, is directing the play, her first in-person production as FPU theater program director.
Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on October 21, 22 and 23 with matinees at 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 23 and 24 in Ashley Auditorium in McDonald Hall on the main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno, 93702.
Seating will be limited and masks will be required in the auditorium regardless of vaccination status. People are encouraged to buy tickets in advance at eventbrite.com/e/the-life-and-sort-of-death-of-eric-argyle-tickets-174344157067. Admission—$18 for general audiences and $15 for students and alumni—may also be paid at the door as long as seating is available.
Visiting Artist Chris Carsten will play the title character, with several FPU students each in multiple roles: Alex Hodson, Redlands; Tiana Gabel, Coalinga; Alexander Lujan, Selma; Lindsay Martin, Coarsegold; Izaiah Ruiz, Tulare; and Steph Gonzales and B.K. Robinson, both Fresno. The student production team includes, Madison Alley, Stockton, stage manager & student director; Elizabeth Davis, Tulare, lighting designer; Jacob Cozzi, Clovis, sound designer; Maria Vollmer, Germany, costume assistant; and Landon Goldsborough, graphics. Adjunct Instructor Brooke Aiello is costume designer.

Good Company Players

Tickets can be purchased here!

Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s:

9/16 – 11/7 Addams Family – Monstrously entertaining!
11/11 – 1/9/22 Elf – An over-sized holiday hit!

Good Company Players at 2nd Space:
Holly Jolly Holidays November 5 – December 19, 2021

You may reserve by calling our Box Office at (559) 266-9494. It’s currently open Tuesday through Thursday from Noon to 5, Friday and Saturday from Noon to 6:30, and Sunday from 10 to Noon. You can purchase tickets on their website here.


October 28-November 28 at the East Sonora Theatre
Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is filled to capacity, but by the morning, it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, his door locked from the inside. Isolated, with a killer on the loose, Detective Hercule Poirot must identify the murderer–before he or she decides to strike again. With a train full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport! Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express boasts all the glamour, intrigue, and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace. “A guaranteed good time.”–The Huffington Post
November 18-December 19 at the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Historic Park
This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of the Smith family unfolds just before the 1904 world’s fair took over St Louis’ and the nation’s imagination. The musical includes the best-loved songs from the film, including “The Boy Next Door,” “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. “Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play is perfect for a holiday outing and spot-on for the entire family. [You] won’t leave without a smile on your face.”–The Reporter
Sierra Rep’s 2021 Tribute Series titles will be announced at a later date.
Single tickets go on sale June 7 at 10am.
“Though we’re re-opening, we are by no means out of the woods yet,” says Lee. “There’s a lot to rebuild. Our year-and-a-half-long closure will make smaller cast shows and reduced programming an inevitability in 2022. We remain committed to maintaining youth workshops and camps and our school-touring program. But if there’s anyone out there who is still wondering “How can I help SRT?”, the answer is to buy tickets and buy them early.”
Season subscriptions will not be sold for the 2021 season. SRT will bring back season subscriptions for the 2022 Season, announced in late August. Ticket prices range from $30 to $42, and discounts are available.
SRT has also made the addition of three preview performances per mainstage production. Tickets to these performances are open to the public at a discounted rate. The preview performance process allows creatives staff (directors and designers) an opportunity to adjust a production based on the addition of a live audience. As well, the theatre is adjusting curtain times for Wednesday matinees to 12pm (instead of the previously scheduled 2pm).
“Time off has also afforded all of us in management to sharpen our goals for the theatre thoughtfully,” says Viets. “As a result, our commitment to coming back “safer, stronger, better than ever” is not just rhetoric but well-laid plans that continue to materialize every day. There’s no question that the last 14 months have taken their toll on everyone. It’s ironic that at a time when live theatre has never been more needed in our lives, we have had to remain closed. However, we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of shows we have in store. We have carefully curated these shows to provide what we feel is needed the most now: joy, comfort, celebration, and fun.”
For more information about Sierra Repertory Theatre, please visit www.SierraRep.org or call the Box Office at (209) 532-3120. Follow Sierra Repertory Theatre on Instagram at @SierraRep; and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SierraRep. We operate out of two theaters located in East Sonora and in Historic Columbia State Park in Northern California. The East Sonora Theatre is located at 13891 Mono Way, Sonora. The Historic Fallon House Theatre is located at 11175 Washington St. in Columbia, California. Both theaters are air-conditioned and ADA accessible.

Selma Arts Center presents ZOOT SUIT, playing November 5-20, 2021 at the Selma Arts Center
A play by Luis Valdez
Music by Daniel Valdez and Lalo Guerrero
Lyrics by Lalo Guerrero
Directed by Juan Luis Guzmán
Produced by Nicolette C. Andersen
Choreographed by Steven Montalvo

“Watcha mi tacuche, ese!”
SAC is proud to present the Chicanx epic, ZOOT SUIT. Performed with permission from the legendary Teatro Campesino, ZOOT SUIT, written by Luis Valdez, spins a captivating tale of cultural bonds and racial tensions in Los Angeles during World War II. Henry Reyna and his friends and family enter a tangled world of violence and racism when they are blamed for the death of a young man at a party. In the resulting backlash, Henry and twenty-one other 38th Street Gang members are found guilty of the murder and are sent to San Quentin to serve life sentences while Los Angeles erupts into violence. Based on actual and historic events, ZOOT SUIT’s poignant ending reminds theater-goers of the importance of fighting discrimination while also celebrating the diversity of voices in art.
ZOOT SUIT is Rated R
Friday, November 5, 2021 7:30pm
Saturday, November 6, 2021 2:00pm; 7:30pm
Sunday, November 7, 2021 2:00pm
Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:30pm*
Friday, November 12, 2021 7:30pm
Saturday, November 13, 2021 2:00pm; 7:30pm
Sunday, November 14, 2021 2:00pm
Thursday, November 18, 2021 7:30pm*
Friday, November 19, 2021 7:30pm
Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:00pm; 7:30pm
*Student Night, Includes a post-show talkback with cast and crew; student group rates available
† (TO BE ANNOUNCED) Vizual Voices ASL interpretation offered during this performance for Deaf and Hard of Hearing guests
$21 Adults
$19 Seniors, Student, Military
$15 Child under 13
Education Opportunities: Group Rates available for schools and student organizations. Please call (559) 891-2238 for information and rates.
Tickets are available by calling 559.891.2238, by visiting selmaartscenter.com/tickets or at the Selma Arts Center box office located at 1935 High Street, Selma, CA 93662. Box office hours are Tuesday & Thursdays 1PM-5PM (hours may vary). A processing fee will apply when purchasing online and in the Box Office.
Seating is assigned. Doors open half an hour before show time on normal performance nights. For more information, call (559) 891-2238, email nicolettea@cityofselma.com, or visit the Selma Arts Center website at selmaartscenter.com Tickets will also be available at the door for the same price until sold out. Season Members may apply their Member benefits for this production. For questions or renewal please call (559) 891-2238. Any CDC guidelines in place during performances will be fully enforced. Masks are required unless fully vaccinated.

Visalia Players-
Hot Flashes the Musical is opening next weekend!! This fun musical will open October 29 and will run for 4 weekends! We promise you, you will not want to miss it!

Purchase your tickets online at https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?actions=5&p=772 or calling 734-3900.

Merry Christmas Dear Grandpa Presented by the Kings Players in Hanford

A comedy by Michael Jacot

Directed by Debbie Walker

Nov. 13,14,19,20,21,26,27,28 Dec. 3,4,5

Friday and Saturdays: 7:30 Sundays: 2:00

A great Christmas comedy for the entire family!!

Amber has invited her family to her very first home for the “perfect family Christmas”, but nothing goes right. When an accident prevents her from making dinner, her kitchen-challenged siblings frantically pick up the slack with mixed results. Join us for dinner, won’t you?


2020 SEASON TICKETS will be honored. Go to our website and enter your code in the space provided. If you do not remember your code, please call and someone will get back to you.

Wheelchair/walker access available. No stairs required. Comfortable chairs are in the wheelchair spaces for general tickets when no wheelchair reservations made. Any questions, please call.

Reservations: kingsplayers.org

or 584-7241 for assistance

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