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2013 -2014 Season -
 

Ticket Policy: No Refunds, No Exchanges, No Child under 6, Group rates not available for opening night performances or the last week of the run. Note: The Ensemble Theatre Now Has Assigned Seating.

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Immediate Family
PG/ Comedy/ Regional Premiere
Adult themes and strong language
By Paul Oakley Stovall
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: Sept. 21, 22, 25
Opening Night and Media Reception: Sept. 26, 2013                                                                       
Runs:  Sept. 26 - Oct. 20, 2013
                                                           

In the Bryant family’s Hyde Park home, things run amok in preparation for a family wedding. Evy can’t understand why her younger brothers are so mysterious and distant; Jesse is afraid to be true to himself and honest with his family; and no one can understand why Tony is eager to get married. Modern Family meets Soul Food as these siblings try to bridge their differences with a little help from God, a few card games and their Immediate Family.

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.


Djembe and the Forest of Christmas Forgotten
G/ Musical/ World Premiere
Book, Original Music, and Lyrics by Carlton Leake
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris

Previews:  Nov. 9, 10, 13
Opening Night and Media Reception: Nov. 14, 2013                                                                       
Runs:  Nov. 14 – Dec. 22, 2013

This epic new musical fairytale takes us to the imaginative and colorful kingdom of Abahu where it is time for the Royal Christmas Festival (a three hundred year old tradition). Every year the Call of Christmas is followed by the playing of Djembe (African drum) in the festival square where everyone has gathered. The djembe signifies balance and harmony between man and nature. Trouble ensues when a curse by the king’s twin sister and keeper of the mistletoe has befallen the kingdom. The curse brings chaos and struggle to the kingdom and leaves the drum lost in the forest of Christmas forgotten. Fourteen years later, the king’s daughter, Princess Binah and her friend, Nika head out on a journey to find the drum, save the kingdom, and restore the true Spirit of Christmas.

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. Djembe and the Forest of Christmas Forgotten is generously sponsored by Shell Oil Company.


 

The Meeting
PG/ Drama                      
By Jeff Stetson
Directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore

Previews:  Jan. 25, 26, 29
Opening Night and Media Reception: Jan. 30, 2014                                                            
Runs:  Jan. 30 - Feb. 23, 2014                                                       

Fascinating and dramatically compelling, this eloquent play depicts the supposed meeting of two of the most important men of modern times; Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Differing in their philosophies, but alike in their mutual respect, the two men debate their varying approaches to the same grave social problems, both prepared to die for their beliefs but neither aware of how soon their assassins’ bullets would await them.

 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.

 

By The Way, Meet Vera Stark
PG/ Comedy/ Regional Premier
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews:  Mar. 15, 16, 19
Opening Night and Media Reception: Mar. 20, 2014                                                                       
Runs:  Mar. 20 - Apr. 13, 2014
                                               
In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark is a seventy year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a determined African American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood star desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come.   

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. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark is generously sponsored by Spectra Energy.

The Old Settler
PG/ Drama / Revival
By John Henry Redwood
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews:  May 3, 4, 7
Opening Night and Media Reception: May 8, 2014                                                              
Runs:  May 8 - June 1, 2014   
                                                                       

In World War II Harlem, two spinsters, Elizabeth and Quilly (or as they were called in those days - an “old settler”) take in a young male roomer, Husband who has come from South Carolina to search for his girlfriend, Lou Bessie. There is an ominous cloud of tension that hangs over Elizabeth and Quilly’s relationship. This tension is further exacerbated when Elizabeth and Husband take to liking each other. It is this “carrying on” that exposes a thirty-year-old wound which, until now, only had a bandage—now the wound can heal for the sisters.

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, Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.


I Wish You Love
PG/ Musical/ Regional Premier
By Dominic Taylor
Directed by Lou Bellamy

Previews: June 21, 22, 25
Opening Night and Media Reception: June 26, 2014                                                                       
Runs:  June 26 - July 27, 2014
                                                                                   

In 1957, Americans were falling in love to the sweet sounds of Nat “King” Cole. His carefully manicured image distracted an entire generation of white viewers from the reality of racial violence raging in the streets. Still, Cole believed that with enough talent and persistence he would be judged on the content of his character as opposed to the color of his skin. Join us for an intimate portrait of one man, his music, and the dreams of a nation.

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.I Wish You Love is generously sponsored by Chevron with additional funding from Norton Rose Fulbright.