2014-15 Season Release
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces
Exciting Second Season at the New Vic
(Santa Barbara, CA) Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are pleased to announce its second season in its fully remodeled state-of-the-art home at the New Vic in downtown Santa Barbara. The 2014-15 lineup will be ETC's 36th season, which is comprised of a great variety of work, including a rarely performed musical and the American premiere of a new comedy. The five-play season begins on October 9, 2014 and runs through June 28, 2015.
LOOPED, July 10-27, 2014
New Comedy about the Legendary Tallulah Bankhead
Closes Ensembles First Season at the New Vic
Santa Barbara CA — Ensemble Theatre Company’s final production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the hilarious new comedy Looped, by Matthew Lombardo, author of ETC’s hit play Tea at Five. Based on a real event, this brazenly funny show reveals a little-known incident involving the internationally-celebrated Tallulah Bankhead. Starring as the flamboyantly eccentric actress will be movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger, under the direction of Emmy Award-winner Glenn Jordan. This irreverent comedy will run from July 10–27, 2014. Opening night is Saturday, July 12.
New Tallulah Bankhead Cast in ETC’s Looped.
Ensemble Theatre Company Cast New Tallulah Bankhead in Upcoming Comedy Looped.
(Santa Barbara, May 23, 2014) Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are pleased to announce that movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger will perform the role of Tallulah Bankhead in ETC's upcoming production of Looped. Marsha Mason, previously announced in the part, has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Looped, the final show of ETC’s 2013-14 Season, runs from July 10 through July 27, 2014.
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.