2017-2018 SEASON

•The Box Office opens 1 hour before curtain • The House opens 20 minutes before curtain •
• Any late seating will be at the discretion of the House Manager •

All tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call at the Box Office. No mailing or printing of tickets is necessary.

November 24 – December 17

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Dell’Arte Company Holiday Touring Show

The Dell’Arte Company’s annual holiday show tour, now in its 37th year, ushers in the festive season with an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen.

When a magical mirror shatters and two pieces fall into the heart and eye of young Kai, his friend Gerda must embark on a journey of a lifetime to set things right and eventually embrace the power within her. The Snow Queen is an enthralling holiday spectacle for the whole family and features an assortment of magical characters, which include a trio of bumbling trolls, a talking tree and a flying reindeer. The Snow Queen will begin its run in the Carlo Theatre on November 24 & 25 at 7:30 pm. Keeping with tradition, admissions for most performances are free thanks to the generous support of local schools, the California Arts Council, Wildberries Marketplace, Stephany Joy of Re/Max Humboldt Realty, Pierson Building Center, Coast Central Credit Union and Ramone’s Bakery and Cafe; as well as, The James Irvine Foundation. The audience is asked to contribute non-perishable food items, which the cast collects and donates to local food banks in collaboration with local non-profit, Food for People.  Click for information on free shows.

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December 7 – 10 @8PM

Character Projects

Created and Performed by DAI’s 2nd-year MFA/AEP students

all student shows are pay-what-you-can

Join Dell’Arte’s Second Year Ensemble students in a spirited evening of performance as they transform into vibrant characters and inhabit an extraordinarily imagined world on stage. The students undertake an investigation of the two main questions of the MFA program: How does the physical actor transform and also reveal themselves through the mask of character? How does a play take shape, born from the body-in-action and the actor’s dramatic imagination?

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February 1 – 3 @8PM


Created and performed by DAI’s 1st-year students

all student shows are pay-what-you-can

Guaranteed to evoke boisterous laughter, Commedia dell’Arte is a lively comic form that has bold physical play, masks, topical humor and virtuosic improvised performance as its hallmarks. Archetypical characters are overtaken by mayhem and madness in this parade of human folly that knows few bounds yet requires precision and discipline from its ensemble performers.

February 15 – 18 @8PM


Created and Performed by DAI’s 2nd-year MFA/AEP students

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

From the page to the vibrancy of the stage…Short original plays adapted from non-theatrical sources by the MFA 2nd year students. Inspired by poems, short stories, and works of fiction or non-fiction, the students find ways to make words and images theatrical. Through dialogue, movement, and music, non-theatrical works move from the page to the stage.

March 16 & 17 @8PM

Keep the Fires Burning: A Dell’Arte Cabaret

The Dell’Arte Company

$10/$12 . 14+

Who knows what this night will bring – but it’s bound to keep your fire stoked. Original acts from the faculty of Dell’Arte and the Dell’Arte company to throw on your logs and fan your flames higher and higher; Music, dance, and the unexpected.

March 22 – 24 @ 8PM


Created and performed by DAI’s 1st-year students

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

In music and drama, the tensions of human interaction…This most dramatic of our First Year students’ work is set in a moral universe where characters are forced to weigh the consequences of their actions. Through moral and ethical dilemmas, the price may be sacrifice and loss, as virtue struggles to triumph.

April 19 – 22 @8PM


Created and Performed by DAI’s 2nd-year MFA/AEP students

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

This one-weekend performance run is the culmination of a study exploring the theatrical realm of Tragedy; a form which, at its root, pits the rational and ordered world against that of terror and chaos. Join the 2nd year MFA students for an original night of theatre.

May 3 -5 @8PM


Created and performed by DAI’s 1st-year students

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

This sell-out event delivers the best medicine of all in a spirited night of fiasco, frivolity and fun. Join the first-year ensemble as they navigate the sublime world of the clown.

May 17 – 20, & 24 – 27 @8PM

2018 Thesis Festival

Presented by Dell’Arte 3rd year MFA graduates

All student shows are pay-what-you-can

Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre presents the 2018 Thesis Festival featuring four new one-act plays created by this year’s graduating MFA class.

Past Shows

June 15 – July 15 2017

The 27th Annual Mad River Festival

3 Stages Light Up Blue Lake!

Dell’Arte has brought original entertainment to local, national, and international audiences for over four decades. As one of a handful of rural, professional ensemble theatres in the United States, Dell’Arte is internationally recognized for its unique contribution to American theatre and is proud to call Humboldt home! Each year, Dell’Arte produces the annual summer Mad River Festival, lighting up its Blue Lake stages with performances from local and international artists for five weeks of non-stop entertainment. The festival promises something for everyone and continues to carry the tradition of stellar summer performance on the North Coast!

June 15 – July 2 2017

The State of Jefferson Picnic: This land is your land, but mostly my land

The Dell’Arte Company presents an original mainstage musical farce!

june 21 & 28 2017

Mad Labs 1 & 2

Experimental Theatre by Dell’Arte Faculty and Alumni from around the world!

June 18 & 25 2017

the big top family series

Two Afternoons of family fun under the Pierson Big Hammer Tent!

June 30 & July 1 2017

red light in blue lake: an adult cabaret

The Mad River Festival’s tantalizing late night cabaret. 18+ Please!

July 6 – 9 2017


Original pieces created by Dell’Arte alumni, supported by the Nancy Lafrenz Memorial Scholarship

Feb. 9 – 11, 2017

The Dude & Mary Jane: A Match Made in Humboldt

3 Events Featuring Jeff “The Dude” Dowd

Activist, philosopher, film guru, and inspiration for Jeff Bridges’ character in The Big Lebowski, Jeff Dowd will join us to help get Mary Jane launched into the world.

Thursday Feb. 9: A private speaking engagement with Mr. Dowd at the Carlo Theater, open only to Dell’Arte students and those who purchase VIP All Event Passes.

Friday, Feb. 10: Dell’Arte hosts a LeBOWLski Party at E&O Bowling complete with a costume contest and the best White Russians in Humboldt. $20 at the door covers admission to the party and your lane and shoes.

Saturday, Feb. 11: A Double Feature Screening of Mary Jane: A Musical Potumentary and The Big Lebowski hosted by The Original Dude himself at Eureka Theater! Ages 17+

Buy tickets for each event, or a VIP Pass for them all (including the otherwise closed to the public private speaking event).

Jan. 20 & 21, 2017 @ 7:30 PM

Fish Tales IV: A Family Friendly Variety Show

Presented by Mad River Alliance and Dell’Arte

Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 & under. Free with Steelhead Days registration.

Fish Tales IV makes a splash in the Carlo Theatre once again! Presented by Dell’Arte International and the Mad River Alliance, Fish Tales is a family friendly variety show bubbling with storytelling, music and comedy.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 18, 2016

2016 Holiday Show: Alice in Wonderland
A Holiday Adventure

Annual Dell’Arte Company Holiday Show Tour

Click Below For A Full List of Performance Venues and Prices

A nimble new piece from the Dell’Arte Company featuring original music and athletic acting, this isn’t your everyday Alice! Uprooted by family transition and trying to find her footing in a new town, Alice is having trouble adjusting to NorCal life. Tethered to her phone, attempting to stay connected to her old town, Alice is thrown headlong into a Wonderland adventure like you’ve never seen, filled with familiar faces and surprising twists!

Nov 4 & 5, 2016 @8 PM

The Secret Life of Spantsa

By Zuzka Sabata

$10 / $12

Dell’Arte Company member Zuzka Sabata’s original one-woman play about historical figure Olive Oatman, the first tattooed white woman in America.

Sept. 15 – 18, 2016

Mary Jane – A Musical Potumentary

September Film Screenings

In Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre

Mary Jane – A Musical Potumentary is the winner of the 2016 Oregon Independent Film Festival for Best Musical!
Here is your chance to see it or see it again! Playing at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Come dressed as your favorite character and enter to win some sweet MJ schwag!

September, 2016

“THE Stolen Salmon” Shadow Play

September Tour

More Details on Performance schedule to come

A collaboration between Tsek Houdaqh (“where the children are”) afterschool program of the Wiyot Tribe at Table Bluff and Dell’Arte International. The shadow play, adapted from a Wiyot story and performed by the tribe’s youth, will tour in Humboldt County during California Indian Days and Wiyot Days.

Check out a video about the project by clicking HERE.