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Play Category: Live Performance
Jewel Theatre Company
Jewel Theatre Company (JTC) is the only year-round professional theater company in Santa Cruz County. Now in their seventh year, they recently moved into their new home at Center Stage (formerly Actors’ Theatre) in Downtown Santa Cruz and expanded their season. JTC prides itself on bringing you quality, professional actors performing in both familiar favorites and lesser known plays, by first-rate playwrights. Their seasons are eclectic, ranging from drama and musicals to comedy and classics, all in a quest to bring you inspired live theater you’ll want to tell your friends about.
Founded in 2005, JTC operates under a contract with Actors’ Equity Association (the union for professional actors and stage managers in the U.S.) and is dedicated to creating extraordinary productions that explore and advance the art of theater by entertaining, enlightening and engaging the community. Now approaching its seventh season, JTC’s main program is producing, in an intimate 88-seat theater, a season of four or more plays annually, including comedies, dramas and musicals, for residents and visitors of Santa Cruz.
JTC productions run the gamut from premieres to rarely-seen plays to more well-known, popular fare, highlighting artistic excellence in all aspects of production – writing, acting, directing and design. JTC’s inaugural production, Love Match, was a funny, sometimes touching examination of life, love and the human condition, combining several one-acts by accomplished playwrights with songs a la Americana, and was dubbed by critic Ann Bennett of the Santa Cruz Sentinel as “Best Surprise” of 2005. JTC’s next production was Nicky Silver’s Raised in Captivity. The Sentinel critic described this dark comedy as “vivacious” and “captivating” and said “It’s a tricky kind of theater that requires a delicate balance to pull off, and JTC has brought just the right touch,” further validating the company’s burgeoning reputation for presenting unique, quality theater that is moving, funny, and philosophical, a reputation that continues to this day.
JTC also presents fresh interpretations of more popular material such as You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Sylvia (dubbed “adorable” by the Sentinel critic), both of which played to several standing room only houses in JTC’s 2006/2007 and 2009/2010 seasons, respectively. Additionally, JTC is active on the new works front, having presented an original one-act play, a West Coast premiere of two Lanford Wilson one-act chamber musicals, and an elaborate staged reading of a new musical about Peggy Guggenheim.
Visit the Jewel Theatre web site for ongoing season schedules and information.