ENSEMBLE THEATRE

www.ensemblehouston.com
3535 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002
Phone: 713-520-0055
 


The Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director EILEEN J. MORRIS


Presents

The 2011 - 2012 Season

35TH ANNIVERSARY

A PROUD PAST.  A BOLD FUTURE.

 

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THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL

By Ifa Bayeza

Directed by Elizabeth Van Dyke

February 2 - 26, 2012

Opening Night: February 2, 2012

PG / Drama

 

Winner of the 2009 Edgar Award, presented by Mystery Writers of America, THE BALLAD OF EMMETT TILL is told through contemporary prose with the infusion of jazz.  A month after his fourteenth birthday, this confident youth from Chicago, a boy on the threshold of manhood, embarks on a summer trip to Mississippi.  His pursuit of happiness and liberty are pierced with the poignancy of life.  The 1955 lynching of Emmett Till fell on the cusp of a saga that changed the course of the nation.

 

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CUTTIN' UP

By Charles Randolph Wright

Directed by Eileen J. Morris

March 22 April 15, 2012

Previews: March 17, 18, 21, 2012

Opening Night: March 22, 2012

PG / Comedy

CUTTIN' UP is an exploration of the African American barbershop trimmed with a series of thought-provoking and funny anecdotes, memories and music, into a living oral history covering 60 years.  Andre, a second generation barber decides he's had enough of the "one horse town" he grew up in and hits the road for greener pastures.  His journey ends in Cleveland, Ohio where he works for Howard, a long - time barber and shop owner who sees the shop as a communal ground of life.

 

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KING HEDLEY II

By August Wilson

Directed by Eileen J. Morris

May 10 - June 3, 2012

Previews: May 5, 6, 9, 2012

Opening Night: May 10, 2012

R / Drama

KING HEDLEY II tells the story of a young man striving to make a difference in his world and those around him by planting seeds - seeds that will bring beauty to his environment and seeds that will ensure that his legacy can be carried on.  Set in 1985, KING HEDLEY II follows the characters created by August Wilson in Seven Guitars.  a poignant story of hope and forgiveness of the common man who bears both physical and emotional scars, yet still dreams.

 

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SANCTIFIED

By Javon Johnson

Music by Rollo A. Dilworth

Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris

Musical Direction by Carlton Leake

June 28 - July 29, 2012

Previews: June 23, 24, 27, 2012

Opening Night:  June 28, 2012

PG / Musical

This hilarious gospel comedy opens a window to the African American church, gospel music, and the congregation that sustains it.  East Piney Grove Church (standing on its traditions.....and its last legs) is faced with the challenge of working together in their last - ditch effort for a successful revival.  Their newly appointed Pastor, in desperation, enlists the help of his cousin and self - proclaimed gospel   D-I-V-A, but the church elders won't stand for it.

 

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Join us for the 2011 - 2012 Thirty - Fifth Anniversary Season!

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THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE

3535 Main Street, Houston Texas 77002

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