Artistic Director of The Ensemble Theatre EILEEN J. MORRIS



By Prester Pickett

Directed by Eileen J. Morris


March 22 thru April 15, 2018



The Ensemble Theatre Presents



Eighth Day of the Week

By Prester Pickett




Who/What:  Up Next at The Ensemble Theatre, a family pulls together as its matriarch battles with Alzheimer's in Eighth Day of the Week.





Love is the center of family and all that it involves, and one family struggles to hold the line as their aging matriarch's memory begins to fade. This play originally was produced and presented in 1995 by the University Alzheimer Center at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Eighth Day of the Week is a story infused with humor to bring awareness to a condition that affects so many families around the world. This story will give a glimpse into the lives of family discovering, accepting, and learning how to cope with Alzheimerís.




Featured Cast members include:

Rachell Hemphill Dickson, Tanner Ellis, Shane Warren Jones, Robert Marshall, Joyce Anastasia Murray, Britney Walker-Merritte, Caprice Carter and Roc Living.







Show Run:  March 22 - April 15, 2018

Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.

Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Sundays: 3:00 p.m.



Where:                        The Ensemble Theatre

                                    3535 Main St, Houston, TX 77002



(L-R)  Shane Warren Jones as Benjamin, Britney Walker-Merritte as Dorthia, Joyce Anastasia Murray as Ma Dear, Rachel Hemphill Dickson as Beneatha and Tanner Ellis as Billie.  Photo courtesy of the Ensemble Theatre

About the Playwright

Prester Pickett

A graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio and the first African American to secure an MFA in Acting from Case Western Reserve University, where he also completed the curriculum in their American Studies Ph. D. Program.  His play on Alzheimer's in the African American community, EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK, explains how the disease impacts the entire family.  Professor Pickett's unique way that he blends education and entertainment has brought great attention to the emerging field of "Edutainment."  He resides in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with his wife and two sons where they make regular contributions to the efforts of establishing Greater Cleveland as an "Edutainment" Mecca.


(R-L)   Joyce Anastasia Murray as Ma Dear, Tanner Ellis as Billie and Rachel Hemphill Dickson as Beneatha.  Photo courtesy of the Ensemble Theatre



(R-L)   Joyce Anastasia Murray as Ma Dear, Rachel Hemphill Dickson as Beneatha and Tanner Ellis as Billie.  Photo courtesy of the Ensemble Theatre

The Cast

Beneatha ...............Rachel Hemphill Dickson

Billie..............Tanner Ellis

Benjamin..............Shane Warren Jones

Julius.............Shane Warren Jones

Julius...................Robert Marshall

Ma Dear.................Joyce Anastasia Murray

Dorthia................Britney Walker-Merritte

(L-R)  Joyce Anastasia Murray as Ma Dear, Britney Walker-Merritte as Dorthia, Rachel Hemphill Dickson as Beneatha and Shane Warren Jones as Benjamin.  Photo courtesy of the Ensemble Theatre

Eighth Day of the Week.  Photo courtesy of the Ensemble Theatre




The Ensemble Theatre's 2017-2018 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 official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.


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. Thirty-nine years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkinsí car to being one of Houstonís finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nationís largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensembleís $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.