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April 3, 2017


For Immediate Release

Contact: Rod Lathim
805 569-1064


A Bold, Brave and Funny One Woman Show

Opens May 5-7, 2017 at Center Stage Theater

Santa Barbara, CA
“ONE GOOD EGG,” a new one-woman show written and performed by Elaine Gale, and directed by Rod Lathim, will give four performances at Center Stage Theater in downtown Santa Barbara May 5-7, 2017. Opening night May 5th at 7:30 will be a benefit for Direct Relief Women and Hospice of Santa Barbara followed by a VIP catered reception with food generously donated by Nectar Eatery & Lounge and wine provided by Brander Vineyard. Limited tickets are available for the benefit show at $100 per person. May 6th and 7th shows are $25 general admission.

“ONE GOOD EGG” is one-act, one-woman show written and performed by former Los Angeles Times award-winning journalist, storyteller, humorist, and communication professor, Dr. Elaine Gale, a sixth-generation Nebraskan who now resides in Santa Barbara and is the Interim Chair for the BA Program at Antioch University, Santa Barbara and an Adjunct Professor in the Communication Department at Santa Barbara City College. She loves writing, teaching, building community and empowering others.

The ONE GOOD EGG show is a compassionate, enlightening journey of weeding through the mess of life and discovering love, new beginnings, finding home and creating a family. This illuminating, autobiographical work is powerful and unflinchingly honest but is balanced by humor. The 75-minute show is performed without an intermission.

Co-chair of the ONE GOOD EGG production, Monica Lenches, said: “What drew me to Elaine’s project was her commitment to transcending the apparent loss of a dream and transforming it into an empowering, life-changing gift. I was inspired by her vulnerability, honesty and courage and felt moved to keep its message alive by bringing it to Santa Barbara and offering its healing power and potential to our community.”

Award-winning journalist and playwright, Elaine Gale, said she’s most interested in what is under the surface, and in what people are not talking about, including herself. She earned a MFA in creative nonfiction from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and was a nonfiction writer for many national newspapers and magazines in her career before she went back to school for her doctorate in Human Communication and was awarded tenure at California State University, Sacramento, where she is on a professional leave to tour her ONE GOOD EGG show and then finish her memoir manuscript of the same name.

“I was doing stand-up comedy in Sacramento, but I really wanted to tell a longer story and include more of the narrative arc, more of the highs and the lows,” Gale said. “I wanted to risk more emotionally for this show than I have before onstage as an artist and be more vulnerable. I hope the show helps people laugh and cry and feel more alive.”

Veteran, award-winning director Rod Lathim, who worked with Gale to highlight the theatrical elements of the script, said: “I was attracted to this work because of its honesty, humor and ability to inspire audiences. My work has been focused on creating theatre that leaves an audience thinking, re-evaluating and embracing new ideas. The work deals with many issues that people face on a daily basis, but are not often discussed in public. It offers insight on how we can all come through challenges in life and see a silver lining.”

The design team for ONE GOOD EGG includes Scenic and Lighting Designer Patricia L. Frank, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Santa Barbara City College, and features original music by Bay Area musician, Lydia Violet.

Lathim said ONE GOOD EGG may be one woman’s story, but it is relatable and timely and “is ultimately a universal story of how we make sense of our lives, move through challenges, sustain loss, and still maintain hope, love, gratitude, and a sense of humor.”

Although performed before in Los Angeles, Oakland and Sacramento, this is the first time this work has been fully staged. Lathim and Gale chose to create an intimate setting in Center Stage Theater, changing the seating configuration from its normal bleacher style to an “L” shaped setting with the set in the corner of the theatre. Lathim, a founding board member of Center Stage Theater said: “I love seeing this flexible space being used to its fullest capacity. It makes a more interesting and exciting experience for the audience.” “ONE GOOD EGG” is appropriate for audiences 18 years old and up. It promises to be a rollercoaster of emotions, buoyed by plenty of humor and insight.

For opening night benefit and VIP reception tickets, go to for details. Limited tickets are available at $100. Tickets for May 6th and 7th at 7:30pm and May 7th at 2pm can be purchased by calling Center Stage Theatre (805) 963-0408 or again going to for information and click on “Buy Tickets.” Ticket prices are $20 for Students with current student identification (show at box office) and all the General Admission tickets are $25. There is no late seating due to the intimate nature of the show, thus please allow ample time to be seated before the curtain time. For full information on ONE GOOD EGG, visit