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July 26 – July 27, 2019

The Antipodes

A play about people telling stories about telling stories. A group of people sit around a table telling, cataloging, and theorizing stories. Their purpose is never clear: are they brainstorming ideas for a TV show? A film? A mythology? This is a world where ghostly fables co-exist with mundane discussions of snacks and sexual exploits, where the vague instruction to tell stories about “something...

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August 30 – August 31, 2019

The Humans

Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night and the heart and horrors of the Blake clan are exposed. A bold, bruised, and billowing drama, The Humans layers the fabric of a family’s past as ...

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October 18 – October 19, 2019

Mary Jane

As Mary Jane navigates both the mundane and the unfathomable realities of caring for Alex, her chronically ill young son, she finds herself building a community of women from many walks of life. Mary Jane is Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog’s remarkably powerful and compassionate portrait of a contemporary American woman striving for grace.

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January 24 – January 25, 2020

How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, a woman and her husband talk with a fellow married couple about a younger acquaintance—a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party which alters the course of their lives. HOW TO TRANSCEND A HAPPY MARRIAGE explores the boundaries of monogamy a...

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March 13 – March 14, 2020

The Designated Mourner

We regret to inform our patrons that this show has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency. Please see our COVID-19 Update page for more information and helpful links.   As their rapidly changing country slips into totalitarianism, three artist-intellectuals try to make sense of their changing lives in this searing and prescient drama. A famous poet-intellectual, his daughter, and her hu...

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April 17 – April 18, 2020

Mr. Burns: a post-electric play

We regret to inform our patrons that this show has been CANCELLED due to the Covid-19 emergency. Please see our COVID-19 Update page for more information and helpful links. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy propels us forward nearly a century, following a new civilization stumbling into its future. After the collapse of civilization, a group of survivors share a campfire and begin to piece...

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January 21 – January 22, 2022

Staged Reading: The Quality of Life

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELED After making every effort to find a way for the “show to go on”, we are sorry to announce that this show has been canceled due to a positive COVID infection within the cast and crew. If you have already purchased tickets, you will be contacted regarding exchanging, donating or receiving a refund. We hope to reschedule this show at a future date. ABOUT THE SHOW Set i...

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November 4 – November 5, 2022

The Quality of Life

Set in the Berkeley hills after a major fire, Jane Anderson’s 2007 play introduces us to Jeannette, an earthy, high-spirited woman whose husband, Neil, is dying of cancer. When her cousin Dinah from Ohio comes for a visit with her husband, Bill, the two couples — one solidly on the left, the other resolute in their conservative Christian beliefs — are made to confront their huge dissimilarit...

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March 17 – March 18, 2023


Two half-sisters, Jackie and Mary, inherit a stamp collection which might be worth a fortune and become involved with three men, including the owner of a stamp store Phillip and Dennis. Each try to out-do each other in attempting to reap possible rewards from the stamp collection. About Ubu’s Other Shoe & Staged Readings A staged reading is a form of theatre without sets or full costumes and...

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September 1 – September 2, 2023

Keely and Du

Keely and Du is a 1993 play by Jane Martin that is just as relevant and thought-provoking today as it was 30 years ago. The story centers on Du, a right-to-life activist, and Keely, a pregnant rape victim whom Du is confining. Through the course of the play, the two women transcend their circumstances and the ideological issues that separate them to forge a relationship, but one without any easy a...

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October 20 – October 21, 2023

Heroes of the Fourth Turning

It’s nearing midnight in Wyoming, where four young conservatives have gathered at a backyard after-party. They’ve returned home to toast their mentor Gina, newly inducted as president of a tiny Catholic college. But as their reunion spirals into spiritual chaos and clashing generational politics, it becomes less a celebration than a vicious fight to be understood. On a chilly night in...

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January 26 – January 27, 2024

The Revolutionists

Four beautiful, badass women lose their heads in this irreverent, girl-powered comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen (and fan of ribbons) Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris. This grand and dream-tweaked comed...

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March 15 – March 16, 2024


This spellbinding, romantic journey begins with a simple encounter between a man and a woman. But what happens next defies the boundaries of the world we think we know—delving into the infinite possibilities of their relationship and raising questions about the difference between choice and destiny.

Constellations will run approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

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April 19 – April 20, 2024

UBU World Premiere: Forget Tomorrow

Ubu’s season finale show is a world premiere of a challenging and thought-provoking new play. FORGET TOMORROW follows a family through a day in crisis as a rare and degenerative brain disorder has struck them for a third time. Relationships and family roles are redefined by one paradoxical question: If the disease comes for you, what will you remember? How will you remember? Leave yourself a...

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September 20 – September 21, 2024


Lee Blessing’s self-described 1991 “metaphysical farce,” FORTINBRAS, is a comic interplay of wry literary criticism and contemporary wit which takes up where William Shakespeare’s Hamlet left off. Young Fortinbras enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the...

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November 1 – November 2, 2024

Molly Sweeney

Molly Sweeney leads a full and productive life as a woman with blindness. But her husband Frank can never leave well enough alone. His insistence that she undergo a risky surgery to restore her sight has powerful and unintended consequences. Inspired by Oliver Sacks’ essay To See and Not See, legendary Irish playwright Brian Friel tells this gentle tale from the shifting perspectives of Moll...

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March 14 – March 15, 2025

17 Raccoons (or It’s a Really Long Story)

Some people don’t slide their way to the bottom, sometimes the bottom reaches up and knocks them out. Jill shares the intimate details of a two-year period when “the highlight was being diagnosed with cancer.” Finding the hilarious moments in family trauma and learning to be specifi c in her life’s plans, Jill brings her new one woman show to the SLO REP stage. Join our Season Subscriber F...

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April 18 – April 19, 2025


In this biting and provocative Broadway comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck, innocence collides with experience as four aspiring young novelists partake in private writing classes with a recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instructor. Join our Season Subscriber Family! Buy all five Ubu Staged Readings and you’ll receive a discount on tickets (5 shows-$90!) plus other benefits! ...

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May 23 – May 24, 2025

Ada and the Engine

As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-la...