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2019-2020 Season
 

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School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play
PG Comedy/Regional Premiere
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by
Eileen J. Morris

Previews: September 14,15 & 18
OPENING NIGHT: September 19, 2019
Runs:  September 19- October 13, 2019

The hive is buzzing at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school as Paulina, the reigning Queen Bee has her sights set on the Miss Universe Pageant. Her glory is threatened when the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable beauty and talent captures the attention of the pageant recruiter – and Paulina’s hive minded friends. This biting comedy explores the universal similarities of teenage girls across the globe who vie for a coveted social position among peers. How far would you go to be queen bee?

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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 Dew of Mercy (working title)
G - Holiday Musical/ World Premiere
By Celeste Bedford Walker,
Original Music by Stephanie Blue
Directed by TBD
Musical Direction by TBD

Previews: November 9, 10, 13
OPENING NIGHT: November 14, 2019
Runs:
November 14 - December 29, 2019         

Family and faith are at the center of this World Premiere Musical full of traditional Christmas Carols and inspirational original music. The Mercy family is hosting their annual family Christmas gathering where there’s more than merriment behind each smile, and presents aren’t the only things getting unwrapped! Everyone is ready to unload long held grudges, misunderstandings, and a multitude of sins when a sudden family crisis threatens to divide them. In their desperation, they realize how much they love each other and call upon the mercy of God, to keep them together

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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 Green Book
PG- Drama/ Regional Premiere
By Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Directed By Shirley Jo Finney

Previews:  January 18, 19, 22
OPENING NIGHT: January 23, 2020
Runs:  January 18 - February 23, 2020

A much different story than the movie and Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” offers more context than the leisure title would imply. The Green Book was a survival guide for any person of color traveling the south; a manual that would help many stay alive. The setting takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating the arrival of Dr. W. E. B.  DuBois for a lecture.  The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-semitism cannot be ignored.  An investigation of the impact of Civil Rights on contemporary American Issues.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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.


 

Autumn    
PG-13 Drama/ Regional Premiere                                                                                                          
By Richard Wesley
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews:  March 14,15,18
OPENING NIGHT: March 19, 2020
Runs:  March 19 - April 12, 2020

By preeminent playwright, screenwriter & NYU professor Richard Wesley, Autumn tells the story of Franklyn Longley, a veteran big-city mayor who’s in line to become the first black governor of his state—until his godson is tapped by the party to run instead. As a new generation of black politicians comes forward, they must learn there is a price to pay in order to realize their ambitions. This gripping political drama explores the conflicts that arise when aspirations collide across generational, racial, and gender divides.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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.

 Beatbox: a raparetta
PG-13 Drama-Regional Premiere                                    
By Dan Wolf and Tommy Shepherd
Directed by Rachel Hemphill Dickson

Previews: May 9, 10, 13
OPENING NIGHT: May 9, 2020
Runs:  May 9 - June 7, 2020

Generations have been defined by influences of hip hop on art, culture, and life. Beatbox: a raparetta demonstrates the fusion of hip-opera and rap giving birth to a story told through melodic lines, rhythms, and sounds (beatboxing); along with the movement of hip hop dance and flow of a live DJ. All the passion, strength, hope and fear two brothers face while navigating circumstances set to pull them apart is articulated through poetic deliverance.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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.

 


Respect:  A Musical Journey of Women
PG - Musical/Regional Premiere                         
By Dr. Dorothy Marcic
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by
Chika Kaba Ma’tunde

Previews: June 20, 21, 24
OPENING NIGHT: June 20, 2020
Runs:  June 25 - July 26, 2020

Respect, a resonating anthem of solidarity and empowerment in times of struggle and evolution was burned into the hearts of women by Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul. A story told through top-40 music, Respect: A Musical Journey of Women combines excerpts of 60 songs with women's own stories about finding dreams, lost love, relationship issues, entering the workforce, gaining independence, and more. From "Someone to Watch Over Me," "I Will Survive," "I Will Follow Him," "These Boots are Made for Walking," and "What's Love Got to Do with it" all told stories and gave insight to the thoughts, emotions, and actions of women around the world.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2019-2020 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.