RED May 15 to June 1, 2014
Ensemble Theatre Presents RED
The Tony Award-winning Broadway Hit
About Celebrated Painter Mark Rothko
Santa Barbara CA — Ensemble Theatre Company's (ETC) fourth production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the Tony Award-winning play Red by John Logan. This sizzling 90-minute bio-drama about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko is “intense and exciting,” says The New York Times. This searing and humorous study of an artist's ambition and vulnerability will run from May 15 to June 1, 2014. Opening night is Saturday, May 17.
The year is 1958, and the renowned painter Mark Rothko is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. But is it art, or is he merely selling out for commercial gain? Red pits Rothko against an idealistic young protégé in a thrilling look into the artistic temperament and the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the primal relationship between father and son, as well as of teacher and student. Intense, funny, philosophical, and sensual in its examination of the creative mind, the play—like Rothko's vibrantly colored rectangle paintings—brims with energy and ecstasy.
METAMORPHOSE, March 27 – April 13, 2014
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents
A Stunningly Theatrical Adaptation of Mythological Tales
Santa Barbara CA – Ensemble Theatre Company’s (ETC) third production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the much-anticipated presentation of the award-winning Metamorphoses. Adapted from the classic myths of Ovid and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, this remarkable work synthesizes the ancient and the contemporary into a unique theatrical experience. Poetic, witty and imaginative, Metamorphoses will run from March 27 to April 13, 2014 under the direction of ETC's executive artistic director Jonathan Fox. Opening night is Saturday, March 29.
The play is staged as a series of vignettes set in and around a pool of water with a cast of nine portraying forty characters. Winner of several Tony Awards and nominated for Best Play, Metamorphoses dramatizes several mythological tales – tales of the transformational power of love – through dreamlike imagery, haunting beauty, lyricism, music and stylized movement, intertwining comedy and tragedy along with the whimsical and reflective.
Good People, February 6–23, 2013
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
Presents Hit Broadway Comic Drama
Santa Barbara CA– Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) has announced the second production of its 2013-14 maiden season at its brand new venue, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, this recent Broadway hit is a darkly funny and profoundly touching story about class and culture. Good People runs from February 6-23, 2014 under the direction of Jenny Sullivan. Opening night is Saturday, February 8.
One of the most popular plays around the country in the last two years, Good People takes place in two Boston neighborhoods: working-class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just lost her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps her high school boyfriend, Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out. Filled with humor, pathos, and suspense, Good People asks the question: “Is where we grew up inexorably written on our future chances of success?”
A Little Night Music
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents A Little Night Music
Stephen Sondheim’s Musical Tale of Desire, Betrayal and Passion
Santa Barbara, CA-- Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara announces its 2013-14 Season in its new home, the New Vic, beginning with the hit Broadway musical A Little Night Music, inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film "Smiles of a Summer Night". Directed by Ensemble Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, A Little Night Music features one of Stephen Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.” A star-studded cast featuring Piper Laurie, Stephanie Zimbalist and Patrick Cassidy will christen the stage at the New Vic.
Newest Addition to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District
Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off The Newest Addition to Santa Barbara's Historic Theatre District
(November 7, 2013) Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) cut the ribbon today on its new home, the New Vic. After several years of planning, ETC has completed its extensive renovation of the 80-year old Victoria Community Hall at 33 West Victoria Street, transforming the facility into a modern and intimate theater. As the only 300-seat theater in downtown Santa Barbara, the completed New Vic will be a wonderful new home for ETC and a flexible, intimate venue for other performing arts throughout the greater Santa Barbara area. It will also complete the City of Santa Barbara's long-term vision for a downtown performing arts district to serve the broader arts community.