The First Four Shows of ETC’s 2016 – 2017 Season
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces
First Four Shows of its
2016 – 2017 Season
(Santa Barbara, CA) Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are proud to announce the first four plays of the electrifying 2016–2017 Season, the company’s fourth season in the state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. ETC's 38th season features the works of some of theatre’s most renowned playwrights and composers, including William Shakespeare, Neil Simon, George and Ira Gershwin, and Tennessee Williams. The fifth and final play of the season will be announced at a later date.
“The plays next season represent thrilling new challenges for the company,” said Mr. Fox. “We’re opening with our first Shakespeare play in 30 years, and reimagining the classic opera Porgy and Bess in a jazz musical version. To be able to work on such complex masterpieces is a joy.”
Bad Jews Press Release
Ensemble Theatre Company presents
the hit comedy Bad Jews
An international co-production with
English Theatre Frankfurt
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic continues its exciting 2015 – 16 season with playwright Joshua Harmon’s savagely hilarious Bad Jews, an uproarious and thought-provoking exploration of faith and family. Directed by Jonathan Fox, Bad Jews performs in Santa Barbara April 14 through May 1, 2016. The company will then travel to Frankfurt for the German premiere production.
ETC Names New Managing Director
ETC Names New Managing Director
March 14, 2016 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, welcomes new Managing Director, Jill Seltzer. The new position will work in partnership with ETC’s Executive Artistic Director on the company’s next phase of development.
For the past 20 years Ms. Seltzer, now a nonprofit management consultant, has successfully provided leadership to non-profit organizations, with much of her work focusing on the creative arts. Most recently, Ms. Seltzer served as Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild Foundation where she expanded its StoryLine OnLine Literacy program to an international audience of 3 million views/month, and managed the design, construction and staffing of a new New York City Actors Center, complete with voiceover studio and computer lab.
I Am My Own Wife Press Release
ETC Presents the Pulitzer Prize
and Tony Award Winning Masterpiece
I am my Own Wife
January 18, 2016 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic is delighted to present playwright Doug Wright’s masterpiece, I am My Own Wife, a dazzling one-man production featuring renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival Company Member John Tufts. Tufts will bring life to more than 30 characters in a stunning tour de force portrait of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old transvestite who, against all odds, survives the Nazis, the East German secret police, and her own vicious father. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, I am My Own Wife plays February 4 through 21, 2016. Opening night is February 6.
Women in Jeopardy!
ETC Presents the West Coast Premiere of the
Hilarious New Comedy, Women in Jeopardy!
November 7, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic is excited to present the West Coast premiere of a side-splitting new comedy, Women in Jeopardy!, by Wendy MacLeod. Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious laugh-out-loud comedy, under the direction of Bart DeLorenzo and featuring comedic actress, author and columnist Annabelle Gurwitch. Filled with side-splitting laughs and a perfect recipe for holiday fun, Women in Jeopardy! plays December 3 through 20, 2015. Opening night is December 5.
Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. “Modern, lively, and loads of fun,” says The Boston Globe.