ENSEMBLE THEATRE

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


The Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director EILEEN J. MORRIS


The Ensemble Theatre

Presents Its 2015 - 2016 Season

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The Ensemble Theatre's 2015 - 2016 Season Includes:

 

PLENTY OF TIME
PG-13/ Contemporary Romantic Comedy

By John Shevin Foster

Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Runs:  May 12 - June 5, 2016   
                                                                       

What happens when a spoiled, southern debutant and a Black Panther fall in love?  It is 1968.  Corey and Christina meet in Oak Bluffs - a black section of Martha's Vineyard.  Christina is 17 years old and from an upper class family.  Corey is 22 and a member of the Black Panther Party.  Despite their obvious differences they are sexually attracted, share a passionate night together and resolve to continue their affair over the span of 33 years.  Each time they return to the small private beach house, they bring with them their personal growth and experiences.  Their relationship deepend through the influences of the social and political changes of the time - Black militarism, feminism, Vietnam and AIDS.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2013-2014 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

 

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DETROIT '67

PG-13/ Drama with Music/ Regional Premiere

By Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews:  March 19, 20 and 23

Runs:  March 24 April 17, 2016
                                                                       
It's 1967 and almost every single Motown release has made the charts, yet the world is changing around Chelle and Lank, who run an after-hours club in the basement of their late parents' house.  Tensions mount when the siblings discover that their dreams have diverged, and their tight-knit community is threatened by the arrival of a mysterious outsider, while the city around them erupts in violence.  This powerful play unfolds at an explosive moment in our history, surrounded by the race riots that ravaged the City of Detroit in 1967, and set to a vibrant soundtrack of Motown hits of the day.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2014-2015 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

 

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FENCES
PG-13/ Drama/ Classic Revival
By August Wilson
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews:  January 23, 24 & 27

Runs:  January 28 - February 28, 2016
                                               
In this powerful and dramatically compelling work that won August Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play, Troy Maxson is a strong man, yet hardened by life in an America where to be proud and Black was to face pressures that could crush a man, body and soul.   But the 1950s are yielding to the new spirit of liberation in the 1960s.  It's a spirit that is changing the world and Troy Maxson has learned to deal with it the only way he can...a spirit that is making him a stranger, angry and afraid in a world he never knew, to a wife and son he understands less and less.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2015-2016 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is generously sponsored by Spectra Energy.

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A SOULFUL CHRISTMAS

G/ Musical

By Stepp Stewart

Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris

Musical Direction by Carlton Leake

Previews:  Nov. 14, 15 & 18
Opening Night and Media Reception: Nov. 19, 2015

                              
Runs:  Nov. 19 Dec. 30, 2015

This African American tale is the story of two children who are taken on a musical journey one magical Christmas Eve. Watch as they discover the rich history within the music, dance, and culture. Join them as they go back in time and enjoy all of your favorite Soulful Christmas tunes, performed in the style of the artist that made them famous. You will feel like a little kid again when you hear: Santa Claus is coming to town, "Go Tell It On The Mountain" - Mahaila Jackson, "This Christmas" - Donny Hathaway,  "Silent Night" - The Temptations, and more. Exciting fun for the whole family! *Rights Pending          

A Soulful Christmas is a musical concert with selections written, performed and published by various artists.  Adapted by Patdro Harris with additional music by Carlton Leake.

 

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Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing

 PG-13 / Drama with Music / Regional Premiere

Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan

Directe and Choreographed by Patdro Harris

Musical Direction with Original Songs by Carton Leake

Previews: June 25, 26 and 29

 

Runs:  June 30 - July 31, 2016
                                                                                   
 Kansas City jazz filled nights awakened to cracks of baseball bats as change for Black Americans seemed enticingly close in 1947.  Satchel Paige and many other all-stars flourished in Negro League Baseball, and Jackie Robinson has just integrated major-league baseball.  It's a snapshot of America in extraordinary times at the verge of extraordinary change.  This story celebrates the triumphs and humanity of these players as business men and family men who are best described in Satchel Paige's quote "Work like you don't need the money.  Love like you've never been hurt.  Dance like nobody's watching."

The Ensemble Theatre's 2014-2015 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

 

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For information regarding subscriptions, tickets and group sales call The Ensemble Theatre Box Office:  713-520-0055 or visit www.ensemblehouston.com.

 

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. The theatre is known as the only professional theatre in its region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African-American experience. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African-American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African-American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997.

 

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre. Through its varied programs, The Ensemble Theatre benefits an audience and artistic constituency of approximately 65,000 people annually.

 

 

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