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Performing Arts: Theater

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Theater is alive and well in Monterey County. Several theaters present classical and contemporary works, in settings that range from small stage to outdoor amphitheater.

  • California's First Theater presents authentic 19th-century melodrama in their historic building on Scott and Pacific in Old Monterey. (The interior is currently closed for renovation.)

  • The Pacific Repertory Theater makes its home in Carmel. PacRep presents classical, contemporary and musical productions in the 300-seat Golden Bough, the 90-seat Circle Theater, and the Outdoor Forest Theater. Out in Carmel Valley, the Magic Circle Theater presents contemporary works.

  • In Salinas, The Western Stage presents dramas, toe-tapping musicals, and other entertainment including plays based on Steinbeck's novels and those representative of the area's diversity. A new group, Paper Wing Theatre Company, presents plays that benefit the Fox-California Theater for Performing Arts.

  • A production at the Wharf Theater is the perfect ending to an evening of dining on Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf.

  • A newcomer to the university scene, CalState University, Monterey Bay's World Theater presents regional and national touring theatrical productions, dance companies and music festivals, in addition to student productions.

  • Student productions can also be seen at Hartnell College and Monterey Peninsula College. Newspapers carry up-to-date listings and reviews of local performances.


California's First Theater
Scott and Pacific Streets
For More Information

CSU, Monterey Bay, World Theater
100 Campus Center, Bldg 28
831-582- 4580

Magic Circle Center for the Arts
8 El Camino Rd
Carmel Valley

Monterey County Theater Alliance

Pacific Repertory Theater
PO Box 222035
Carmel, CA 93922
Box Office 831-622-0100
831-622-0700 Fax 831-622-0703

The Western Stage Theater
156 Homestead Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
831-755-6816 Fax 831-755-6954

El Teatro Campesino
705 4th St
San Juan Bautista

Forest Theater Guild
P.O. Box 2325

Monterey Peninsula College Theater
980 Fremont St

Wharf Theater
On the Wharf

Did You Know?
The Western Stage is the only theater authorized by the Steinbeck estate to adapt his works for live theater.

News & Events
Cole Weston Drama Series Opens

The Forest Theater Guild enjoys one of the most spectacular settings a theater company could hope for: the West's oldest open-air amphitheater, snugged amid pines with a glimpse of the Pacific far below.

This year, FTG inaugurates a drama series named for notable Carmel photographer Cole Weston. In June, FTG presents Robert Bolt's play A Man For All Seasons, a timely theme for 2002 as it explores the need to resist the easy wrong while sticking to the difficult right. Sir Thomas More and Henry VIII are the two men whose friendship is tested by that bitter struggle.

For dates and ticket prices, call 831-626-1681.
TV Stars Tred Carmel's Boards in June

Pacific Repertory Theater has scored a coup in the casting of its upcoming production of The Elephant Man. The sympathetic Dr. Treves will be played by James Kiberd (who plays Trevor Dillon on All My Children), while Emmy Award-winning actress Barbara Babcock (Hill Street Blues, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, and Chicago Hope) portrays Mrs. Kendal. The role of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, is played the PacRep's Artistic Director, Stephen Moorer.

The play opens May 31 at Carmel's Golden Bough Theatre, and runs in repertory through June 30. Our Arts & Cultural Events calendar has listings for Monterey County theatrical events through December 2002.

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