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2017-2018 Season
 

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Sassy Mamas
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND !!!
PG-13/ Romantic Comedy/ Some Adult Situations
by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Eileen J. Morris

Due to Hurricane Harvey some schedule shanges have been made.

Previews: September 23rd (2pm & 8pm) and 24th 3pm
Opening Night: September 27, 2017
Runs: September 27 – October 22, 2017


What happens when three sophisticated and sassy women - yes- cougars- venture to pursue younger men? NAACP Image Award-winning playwright Celeste Bedford Walker brings a delicate touch to her depiction of women of a certain age in her romantic comedy, Sassy Mamas. These three friends, women of substance and life achievement, each finding herself in a uniquely single situation and decidedly takes a proactive approach to love. The younger men they have set their sights on come with their own unique situations that only add to the humor and antics!

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.

Soulful Sounds of Christmas
G/ Musical

Book, Music and Lyrics by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde
Based on a Concept and Title by Greg Williams, Jr.
Directed and Choreographed by Patdro Harris

Previews: November 11, 12, and 15
Opening Night: November 16, 2017
Runs: November 16 – December 30, 2017

A Christmas miracle adventure connects a community and gets everyone into the holiday spirit.  Infused with original new songs, this play tells the story of Ella Washington, owner of a family soul food restaurant in Florida whose motto is “ when you give to others, it comes back to you.”  Soulful Sounds of Christmas is a heart-warming story that shines light on family, the art of giving and love as the TRUE meaning of Christmas.

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. Soulful Sounds of Christmas is generaously sponsored by Enbridge and Shell.


 

Fetch Clay, Make Man
Regional Premiere
PG-13/Drama
by Will Power
directed by TBD

Previews: January 20, 21, and 24
Opening Night: January 25, 2018
Runs: January 25 – February 25, 2018

 


Historical icons - Muhammad Ali & Stepin' Fetchit explore friendship at the heart of race relations in 1960s America. The play is set on the eve of the Cassius Clay―Sonny Liston rematch, and based on the friendship between the actor Stepin Fetchit and Cassius Clay―soon to become Muhammad Ali. Fetch Clay, Make Man explores how each handled a life in the public eye as black men in their respective eras―Hollywood in the 20s, where a black actor’s career depended on playing caricatures, and the mid-60s, after the assassination of Malcolm X.  With “incisive characterizations, crackling dialogue and generous doses of dark humor” (Hollywood Reporter).

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. Fetch Clay, Make Man is generously sponsored by Chevron


 

Eighth Day of the Week
Regional Premiere
PG/ Drama/ Comedy
by Prester Pickett
directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: March 17, 18, 21
Opening Night: March 22, 2018
Runs: March 22 – April 15, 2018

 

 


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 serious story infused with a little 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 Alzheimer’s.

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.


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
PG-13/ Drama (Adult Language)
by August Wilson
directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: May 5, 6, 9
Opening Night: May 10, 2018
Runs: May 10 – June 3, 2018

 

 


Legendary Blues singer Ma Rainey and her band convene to record an album and hash out their own blues about race, and exploitation of Black recording artists. Ma Rainey and her band players convene in a Chicago studio to record a new album.  As their conversation unfolds, their bantering, storytelling and arguing raise questions of race, art and the historic exploitation of black recording artists by white producers.

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.


Sistas: The Musical
Regional Premiere
PG/ Musical
by Dorothy Marcic
directed and choreographed by Patrdo Harris
musical direction by Chika Caba Ma'atunde

Previews: June 23, 24, 27
Opening Night: June 28, 2018
Runs: June 28 – July 29, 2018


Five friends find solace in their sisterly bond and take a musical and historical journey through the songs that were anthems marking social change, and that resonated with the thoughts and emotions of women all over the world. These five women: (four Black, one white) come together after Grandma dies, to go over all her things. They must choose one song to sing at the Memorial that night. While sifting through memories and confronting one another, songs are introduced going back to the time of the Black Blues singers all the way up to modern hip-hop. The music's trajectory goes from "Naming the Pain" (A Good Man is Hard to Find) to "Framing the Problem" (I am Not My Hair), to "Proclaiming the Joy" (Just Fine and Golden). This play parallels the story of African-American women and their emerging sense of empowerment.

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.