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2015 -2016 Season
 

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Platanos Y Collard Greens
PG/ Contemporary Comedy/ Regional Premiere

Written By: David Lamb
Directed By: Rachel Hemphill Dickson

Previews: Sept. 19, 20, 24
Opening Night: Sept. 24, 2015
Runs:  Sept. 24 - Oct. 18, 2015    

Plantanos Y Collard Greens is a thought-provoking romantic comedy about Freeman, an African American man and Angelita, a Latino woman who fall in love and find themselves caught in the midst of stereotypes, prejudice, and urban myths held by their family and friends.  Their budding love beautifully swirls in the context of hop-hop, humor, and satire to impel the audience to evaluate pervasive and outrageous viewpoints as each one is cleverly shot down and poetically and justly exposing them as misrepresentations of reality.

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.


A Soulful Christmas
G/ Musical Revival

Written by: Stepp Stewart
Directed/ Choreographed by: Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by: Carlton Leake

Previews: Nov. 14, 15, 18
Opening Night: 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!

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.


 

Fences
PG/ Drama/ Classic/ Revival

Written by: 
August Wilson
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris

Previews: Jan. 23, 24, 27
Opening Night: Jan. 28, 2016
Runs:  Jan 28 – Feb. 28, 2016

In this the powerful and dramatically compelling work that won August Wilson the 1987 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, 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’ a spirit that is changing the world Troy Maxson has learned to deal with the only way he can…a spirit that is making him stranger, angry, and afraid in a world he never knew and to a wife and son he understand 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.

 

 

Detroit ‘67
PG/ Drama with Music/ Regional Premiere

Written by: Dominique Morisseau
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris

Previews: Mar. 19, 20, 23
Opening Night: Mar. 24, 2016
Runs: Mar. 24 – Apr. 17, 2016

It’s 1967 and almost every single Motwon released 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 that unfolds at an explosive moment in our history - the race riots that ravaged the city of Detroit in 1967 - set to a vibrant soundtrack of Motown hits of the day.

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.

 

Plenty of Time
PG-13/ Contemporary Romantic Comedy/ Regional Premiere

Written by: John Shevin Foster
Directed by: Eileen J. Morris

Previews: May 7, 8, 11
Opening Night: May 12, 2016
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 and share a passionate night together. The next morning, however, they begin to talk their conflicting worlds unfold. Over the next thirty-three years they marry, although not to each other, and continue to meet on the same annual date to continue their- sometimes illicit – affair. Each time they return to the small private beach house, they bring with them their personal growth and experiences, as well as the influences of the ongoing (sometimes radical, sometimes stagnant) social and political changes for African-Americans.

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.

 


Sachel Paige and the Kansas City Swing
PG/ Drama with Music/ Regional Premiere
Written by: Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
Directed by: TBD

Previews: June 25, 26, 29
Opening Night: June 30, 2016
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, many of whom crossed color lines like Jackie Robinson who become the first Black player in modern major-league baseball. This story the triumphs and humanity of these players as business men and family men 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 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.