Schedule of Upcoming Events

January 25  -  Brian Copeland's "The Waiting Period" 

Directed by David Ford

Saturday, January 25 at 7:30 

Winner of the Theater Bay Area Award for Outstanding Production of a Solo Play in 2019, this deeply moving and surprisingly funny work outlines Copeland’s own struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts. With this brave and original production Copeland is breaking down barriers for those who may be struggling with depression themselves. Featuring poignant and riveting insights, the solo show written by Copeland and directed by David Ford provides an unrelenting look at a key turning point in Copeland’s life—the mandatory ten-day waiting period before he could lay his hands on the newly purchased gun with which he planned to take his own life. Laced with surprisingly funny moments that serve as a buffer against the grim reality of his intentions, Copeland hopes this very personal and ultimately redemptive story will reach people who struggle with depression—often called the last stigmatized disease—as well as their families and loved ones. 

 

As critic Sam Hurwitt put it in The Idiolect: “It’s a play I’d strongly recommend to anyone who is now or has ever been depressed or who knows someone in that situation. But honestly, it’s such a strong piece that I’d recommend it just as heartily to anyone who’s ever been human.”

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Tickets $35.

Tickets available online,  or in person at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available.

January 30  -  Santa Rosa Symphony Young People’s Chamber Orchestra 

Thursday, January 30 at 7:30 

Help support nurturing of young musicians in our area by welcoming back Santa Rosa Symphony’s these string players as they share their craft.  One of the oldest youth orchestra programs in California, the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra works without a conductor, aiming to refine individual and collaborative musicianship of its young members.  This year’s program will feature edgy works by Heinrich Biber and Caroline Shaw and classics by Sir Edward Elgar and Camille Saint-Saëns.

 

Come out and enjoy the exceptional musicianship of the next generation of concert performers.

 

Generously sponsored by Kay Wells

 

Performance lasts one hour with no intermission.

 

Tickets $10 each performance, available online; in person at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available.

February 6 & 8  -  Katharine Gunnink 

Robert Mollicone, Pianist

 

Thursday, February 6 at 7:30 pm

&

Saturday, February 8 at 7:30

 

Acclaimed soprano, Katharine (“Katie”) Gunnink, returns to her hometown of Cloverdale
to dazzle us once again with her technical virtuosity and gorgeous voice! Performing
with Opera San Jose, as well in operatic venues from Rome to Aspen, Katharine
Gunnink has performed some of opera’s most exacting roles and won kudos for her
expressive, beautiful singing.


Robert Mollicone, a piano virtuoso and assistant conductor of the San Francisco Opera,
will open this program with an exciting solo performance and will also offer his
incomparable accompaniment to Gunnink.


The soprano will will be singing a selection of “Opera’s Greatest Hits.”  In her own words, this will be a “fun filled evening full of color and vibrance!”  You will know many of these best-loved arias and find yourselves humming them after the show.  Please join us for this joyful occasion, perfect for seasoned opera buffs, dabblers, and newcomers to the artform, too!


This will be an extraordinary evening of superlative musicianship by two really amazing
performers. We invite everyone to experience the artistry of Katharine Gunnink and
Robert Mollicone in one or both of the two performances at CPAC!


Generously sponsored by Amy Neel/The Neel Foundation


Tickets $30 each performance, available online; in person at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available.

February  21  - Cloverdale High School Improv Group

Friday, February 21 at 7:30

 

The Cloverdale High School Improv Group delivers great energy, imagination and talent right here in our town!  With no scripts, just suggestions from the audience, improv is a terrific fun for the audience and a wonderful challenge for the actors who have think fast to keep up and say their piece. 

 

Performance lasts one hour without intermission. 

 

Suggested donation $10.

Beginning March 7  -  Talley's Folly  by Lanford Wilson

Directed by Arte Whyte

Saturdays and Sundays - March 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22

Saturdays at 7:30  -  Sundays at 2:00 

This one-act, two-character play was winner of both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Drama Critics Circle Award in 1980. A romantic drama which takes place in a broken down boathouse in Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, this is an unlikely meeting between two people--a pretty, but as yet unmarried Protestant lady and a persuasive and charming 40-ish Jewish accountant from St. Louis who is determined to woo and win her. The two characters reveal secrets which reflect their changing world and their unconventional attraction to one another. This play has been described by The New York Times as a “’valentine to a classic romantic ideal: two lost souls finding in each other a respite for loneliness.’” A poignant tale Talley’s Folly is full of humor, need and in the end, the humanizing power of love.

Generously Sponsored by

Railroad Station Bar and Grill 

and

David McChesney

Students and Children $12   Adults $25 

Tickets available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

 

 

 

March 28  -  SonoMusette

Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 

Bay Area “Ambassadors of the French Chanson,” SonoMusette will return to CPAC on Saturday, March 28. Led by chanteuse, Mimi Pirard, this gifted ensemble will bring their unique interpretation of popular French songs (chansons) from the café music scene of mid-20th Century Paris. SonoMusette authentically recreates the moody melancholic sounds of the music made famous by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, and other greats artists of the era. Included in this year’s performance will be a number of original songs from SonoMusette’s new CD, with ballads exploring the universal themes of love, loss, longing, and hope. Please join us for an evening of musical storytelling that promises a soirée spectaculaire!

Last year’s show was sold-out so please get your tickets early.

 

Generously sponsored by

Tod Hill and Peter McAweeney

Christel and Ron Longo 

Dobie Edmunds and Thomas King

 

Tickets $30. The theater is located at 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Tickets available online; in person at the Mail Center, Etc., 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available.

Beginning May 2  -  Crimes of the Heart  by Beth Henley

Directed by Sandy Ziviani

Saturdays and Sundays - May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

Saturdays at 7:30  -  Sundays at 2:00 

We join the three Magrath sisters as they reunite in Hazlehurst, Mississippi to attend the family patriarch, Old Granddaddy, as he lives out the last hours of his life in this tragicomedy by American playwright, Beth Henley. Nominated for the 1981 Tony Award for Best Play Winner and winner of the1981 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Henley’s play has the distinction of not only being written by a woman but of having three female lead characters. Crimes of the Heart was adapted for film in1986 and garnered three Academy Award nominations. 

Products of a dysfunctional family prone to ugly problems, Meg, Babe and Lenny has each endured her share of trouble and misery. Terribly serious and also somehow hilarious, their troubles are highlighted by their stuffy cousin, Chick, and the awkward young attorney whose efforts to keep Babe from jail are complicated by his inability not to fall in love with her.

In a “Southern Gothic” atmosphere where laughter and craziness and love all come together, each of these three sisters faces her own “crimes of the heart.” This play is tough, tender and eccentric—like its characters-- and worthy of our attention.

Generously sponsored by Bob Scott and Tim McDonald

Students and Children $12   Adults $25 

Tickets available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

May 23  -  Border People  written and performed by Dan Hoyle

Directed by Charlie Varon

Saturday, May 23 at 7:30 pm

CPAC invites the audience to another first in our one-person theatrical shows, welcoming nationally acclaimed, award-winning actor and writer and San Francisco native, Dan Hoyle.  Hailed by The New York Times as “riveting, funny and poignant,” Hoyle is a master of journalistic theater and has offered international audiences his continuing exploration of cultural divides as he transforms himself into folks he has interviewed. 

Based upon Hoyle’s conversations and interviews from South Bronx housing projects, refugee safe houses on the northern border with Canada, and travels along the southwest border between the U.S. and Mexico, as well into Mexico, Border People offers us eleven monologues of people who live on and across both geographic and cultural borders.  Critically acclaimed, this solo play is described by Broadway World as “visionary” with “lots of characters, but not politics.”

“The beauty of Hoyle’s writing is that he incorporates no clichés into the multi-dimensional characters” says the Huffington Post. The New Yorker says that Hoyle’s portrayals are “compassionate and ultimately hopeful, without being soft at all.”  Hoyle says that he hopes his show encourages people “to have authentic experiences with folks outside their comfort zones,” to have “real intimate, shared experiences with people,” as “that’s what really gets us past all our prejudices and biases…”

 

This is yet another very special performance at CPAC that you will not want to miss!

Generously sponsored by Nancy and Geoff Dalwin

Tickets $30 available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

 

 

 

June 28  -  Telling The Story - Pride:  Stories of Family.  Stories of Faith. 

Sunday, June 28 at 2:30 pm

Building on the success of 2019's inaugural Pride event, this year’s program was developed at the suggestion of some of last year's attendees. The first program begins at 2:30 pm and will give voice to the stories of LGBTQI families. At 3:30 pm, there will be a brief intermission and documentary followed by our second program, “Stories of Faith.” Local Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist faith leaders will discuss the role of spiritual belief, practice - and struggle - within the Sonoma County LGBTQI community.

 

The event is free but your generous donation will help continue to build vibrant community through the performing arts.

 

The Pride event will be held at CPAC, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale, CA 95425.

Beginning July 18  -  Funny Money  by Ray Cooney

Directed by Jonathan Graham

Saturdays and Sundays - July 18, 19, 25, 26 August 1, 2

Saturdays at 7:30  -  Sundays at 2:00 

This is British farce at its most frenetic, improbable and charming. Mild-mannered accountant Henry A. Perkins is on his way home on the train when he picks up the wrong briefcase, one full of money. He assumes it is illicit but decides to keep it, races home to his wife and tells her they will move to Barcelona and leave everything behind. Confusion reigns as the couple tries to flee, with incompetent cops and criminals chasing Henry and his wife, and the money. The hapless accountant’s mad impulse to take the money and run finally comes to a predictably unpredictable finale. A play for lovers of comic mayhem in the best British style.

Generously sponsored by Dave McChesney

Students and Children $12   Adults $25 

Tickets available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

 

 

 

Beginning September 26  -  The Beard of Avon  by Amy Freed

Directed by Beulah Vega

Saturdays and Sundays - September 26, 27, October 3, 4, 10, 11

Saturdays at 7:30  -  Sundays at 2:00 

This is a witty farce about William Shakespeare which was nominated for a 2004 Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Play.  “Will Shakspere” is a stage-struck country bumpkin who longs to flee his dirty barn, his wife, and endless chores to join the ranks of poets and playwrights flourishing in Elizabethan London. Shakspere’s emergence as a writer of considerable talent finally impresses more than just his fellow actors.  We watch Shakspere become "Shakespeare" the front man, putting his name on works by Sir Francis Bacon, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and even the formidable monarch herself, Elizabeth I. 

These illustrious historical figures were all secret playwrights who feared association with the common people who made up theatrical audiences of the time, preferring that Will Shakespeare claim authorship.

Needless to say, playwright Amy Freed has supported just one of many theories about who and what Shakespeare actually was in this comic drama, but she also reflects on creative genius and the artists’ struggle to give it shape.  Join us and be delighted in this wonderful and irreverent tribute to the man (or men/women) called William Shakespeare!

 

 

Generously sponsored by

Lee Hunt and Joan Meisel

Dobie Edmunds and Thomas King

Students and Children $12   Adults $25 

Tickets available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

 

 

 

Beginning December 5  -  The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood  by Mary Lynn Dobson

Directed by Amy Lovato

December 5, 12  (On Saturdays) TWO PERFORMANCES 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm 

December 6, 13  (On Sundays) ONE PERFORMANCE at 2:00 pm only

This holiday season we invite everyone, young and old, to cheer the exciting and screwy adventures of that famous man-in-green who robs from the rich to give to the poor—of course it is Robin Hood!  Robin and his Merry Men encounter the ever-present damsel-in-distress, and a scheming sheriff, a gold-hoarding monarch, plus a “Town Guy” who seems to show up in every scene, whether he’s supposed to or not. Fun and laughter follow our hero as he follows his never-ending quest. So come one, come all—Robin’s Sherwood Forest awaits!

Generously sponsored by Reuser Industrial Park

Students and Children $7   Adults $12 

Tickets available online or at Mail Center, Etc., at 207 N. Cloverdale Blvd., 707-894-3222; or at the door if available prior to performances.

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