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The Ensemble Special Projects and Performances

The Ensemble Theatre's 2017-2018 Season is filled with a variety of special projects and performances for your continued entertainment. Please add the dates below to your calendar and join us as we Live it! Love it! Celebrate!

All stage readings are at The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

For more information call 713-520-0055 or visit: www.EnsembleHouston.com

Monday, December 11, 2017, 6:00PM
FREE TO THE PUBLIC

The Ensemble Theatre joins the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) for their Legacy Leaders of Color Video Project highlighting 9 of the nations trailblazing founders of minority theatre groups. The Ensemble Theatre will begin the series by featuring the following leaders:

  • Douglas Turner Ward- Negro Ensemble Company-New York
  • Lou Bellamy- Penumbra theatre St. Paul Minnesota
  • Woodie King, Jr- New Federal Theatre-New York
  • Jackie Taylor-Black Ensemble Theatre-Chicago

LLCVP 1MIN Teaser from Theatre Communications Group on Vimeo.


Nearest the Broken and Belonging
by Crystal Rae and Rachel Hemphill Dickson

Sun, December 3 – Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Sun at 7pm, Monday at 7pm, Tues at 7pm
Tickets: $10

Nearest the Broken and Belonging are two one-woman shows written by Ensemble Theatre actresses Crystal Rae and Rachel Hemphill Dickson. They’ve been paired to present a double feature performance highlighting their most recent artistic projects.

Nearest the Broken, by Crystal Rae, and directed by Troy Scheid is the story of an actress whose unconventional of the unconventional women of the Bible had landed her before judge and jury. With death on the table she only has one option…to give the performance of a lifetime.

Belonging by Rachel Hemphill Dickson, and directed by Brandy B. Rude is about Emmaleen, a young woman seeking to grow into herself. She carries the weight of slavery and civil rights on her conscience as she becomes confident and self-assured. Through the tales of African American families, inventors, educators, entrepreneurs, and others, she is propelled forward in finding her space to belong in the world.


Monday, January 8, 2018- Staged Reading of:

School Houses
By Don Wilson Glenn
Directed by- Errol Anthony Wilkes

After the 1972 mandatory and final decision for the desegregation of public schools, a small rural family owned store is left to face the effects of the closing of the last African American school on their community. The family efforts to keep the store from closing is faced with opposition from the very community which they wish to save – “Face it, Major, the white man’s ice is colder.”

 


January 26, 2018, 6pm-8pm
The Origin of Hip-Hop with Will Power (Playwright of Fetch Clay, Make Man)

A discussion about the origin and evolution of Hip-Hop.

Will Power is an award-winning playwright and performer. Plays include “Stagger Lee” (Dallas Theater Center), “Fetch Clay, Make Man”(New York Theater Workshop, Marin Theatre Company, Roundhouse Theatre, True Colors Theater), “Steel Hammer” with SITI Company (Humana Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music), “The Seven” (Lucille Lortel Award Best Musical, New York Theater Workshop, La Jolla Playhouse, Ten Thousand Things Theater Company), Five Fingers of Funk! (Children’s Theatre Company), Honey Bo and The Goldmine (La Jolla Playhouse) and two internationally acclaimed solo shows “The Gathering,” and “Flow.” Power’s numerous awards include a Doris Duke Artist Award, a United States Artist Prudential Fellowship, the TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, a Jury Award for Best Theatre Performance at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival, and the Trailblazer Award from The National Black Theater Network.  Power’s numerous film and television appearances include The Steven Colbert Report (Comedy Central), and Bill Moyers on Faith and Reason (PBS).


Mr. Power spent his early years as a key member in two critically acclaimed avant-garde music groups, Midnight Voices and the Omar Sosa Sextet.  With these groups Power recorded and toured extensively.  More recently, Mr. Power has traveled on multiple occasions to teach theatre across the globe.  He has held a number of artist fellowships and guest teaching positions at institutions such as CCNY, Princeton University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Will Power was a guest of the U.S. State Department on five separate occasions, traveling to South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. On these trips and others, Mr. Power taught community workshops in shantytowns, worked with poets in former regimes of the Soviet Union, and lectured at various libraries, grammar schools, and colleges.  Power is currently on the faculty at The Meadows School of the Arts/SMU, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence with the Dallas Theatre Center.


Monday, February 19, 2018
Heart of the Theatre – a variety show featuring The Ensemble artists

 

 

 

 

 

 


March 17-19, 2018, 7pm
Parachute and Jimmy
A Multimedia Production by Timothy Eric Dickson

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7pm
Annual Poetry Slam

Drama-try: A Night of Dramatic Poetry
Join us for our annual poetry showcase featuring some of Houston's most talented performance poets.

This night Drama-try or Drama infused poetry, raises funds to support the endeavors of The Ensemble Theatre Act One Young Professionals to introduce professionals age 20-40 to the theatre, and to cultivate the next generation of theatre supports with a scholarship for a youth ages 6-17 to participate in the theatre's Young Performers (performing arts education) Program.

For More Information: Act One Young Professionals

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday, April 22, 2018

This double billing features two powerful one-acts by African American Women playwrights. Staged Readings
Holy Intervention
Written by Shashona Lambert
Directed by- Wilbert Williams

Holy Intervention by Shashona Lambert, is a compelling drama about a young widow trying to rebuild her life after losing her husband. The play’s surprising twist with the widow’s new relationship reveals the mystery behind her husband’s death and helps her to move on with her life.

I Think I Would Remember If I Had Sex With Denzel Washington
Writtenby Yvette Heyliger
Directed by- Yvonne Dupree

I Think I Would Remember If I Had Sex With Denzel Washingtonby Yvette Heyliger, is an hilarious comedy depicting sibling rivalry at its most funniest; two middle-aged twin sisters seek an autograph and some face-time with the heart throb of stage and screen to whom they gave an unforgettable night in their youth.


May 7, 2018, 6pm
Legacy Leaders of Color Film Series II

 

 

 

 

 


Monday, May 21, 2018, 6pm

Staged reading of:
Josh: The Black Babe Ruth

Written by Michael  A. Jones
Directed by- Don Wilson Glenn

Josh: The Black Babe Ruth, is the story of the Negro League baseball player, Josh Gibson, whom some say died of a broken heart. Although his good friend and legend pitcher, Satchel Paige, tries to shed light on the business of baseball, Josh is determined to make into the “big leagues” and show the world he can rival the greats, such as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. The obstacles, however, are racism, his personal demons and his love affair. Set in the 1940's.


Monday, June 18, 2018, 6pm
PROJECT 1 Voice
Staged Reading of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage
Directed by- Alice Gatling

Facing problems ranging from the inevitability of long, cold winters, to the possibility of domestic violence, to the continuing spectra of racial conflict, the women of FLYIN' WEST include Miss Leah, the old woman whose memories of slavery and its aftermath comprise a living oral history; Sophie Washington, whose determination to protect her land and those she loves puts to rest forever the requirement that western archetypes be white and male; Fannie Mae Dove, the gentle sister, trying to civilize the frontier with fine china and roses, who finds herself falling in love with their soft-spoken neighbor, Wil Parish; and Minnie Dove Charles, the headstrong baby sister whose mulatto husband, Frank, introduces a danger into the household that tests their sisterhood in unexpected ways.