The Sebastiani Theatre belongs to Sonoma.
In the 80 years since winery patriarch Samuele Sebastiani opened his eponymous playhouse on the Plaza, that theater has symbolized the soul of Sonoma. If this town has a cultural nexus, it is that theater. If there is one place in town where more people meet, mix and mingle, it is there.
Thousands of Sonomans have stood on that stage singing their first public song, dancing their first public dance or performing their first magic trick before a live audience.
Thousands more have been that audience, cheering their children and grandchildren, joining a chorus of voices that knits them together into a community, into that proverbial village.
Sebastiani performances have included the Sonoma Ballet Conservatory, the San Francisco Mime Troup, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, Performing Arts Camp, Broadway Bound Kids, comedian Will Durst, Norton Buffalo, musician/storyteller John McCutcheon, the Sonoma City Opera, countless Christmas shows, children’s programs and puppeteers.