Ensemble Theatre Company Announces a
Thrilling Lineup of Plays for the 2017-18 Season
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is proud to announce its 2017–2018 season of plays, the company’s fifth season in the state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. ETC's 38th season features a rousing lineup of exciting new works, from a world-premiere adaptation of a Woody Allen classic film, to an inspirational jazz and blues musical about the legendary Alberta Hunter. ETC’s 2017-18 Season will build upon the momentum of its groundbreaking 2016-17 Season, one of the company’s most critically successful and popular seasons to date.
The 2017-18 Season launches with an exciting theatrical event— the world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1992 innovative film Husbands and Wives, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. A witty and urbane comic-drama, Husbands and Wives follows two couples, facing middle age squarely in the face, who find themselves questioning their faltering marriages. Woody Allen’s sardonic humor and razor-sharp insight permeate this story of frenetic coupling and un-coupling. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC’s production of Husbands and Wives is just the second of Allen’s many films to be adapted to the stage. Husbands and Wives runs October 5 - 22, 2017.
Ensemble Theatre Company
Closes Award-Winning 2016-17 Season with Syncopation
A Magical blend of Drama and Dance
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic will close the 2016–17 Season with Allan Knee’s Syncopation. Set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1911, Syncopation is a magical blend of drama and dance that tells the story of an unlikely romance between a butcher and a seamstress who, through a series of dance lessons, reach for their dreams of a life far better than the one that is slipping them by. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, and choreographed by William Soleau, the production – a collaboration with State Street Ballet – runs June 8 – June 25, 2017.
In Syncopation, Henry leads a solitary life as a meat packer and part-time dishwasher. Desperate for an escape from the monotony of factory life, he places a classified ad looking for a dance partner who wants to “give their life a lift and dance for royalty.” When the shy seamstress Anna answers his ad, she finds Henry in a dusty 6th floor walk-up studio with a broken door. Her reluctance to buy into Henry’s dreams of becoming a famous ballroom dancer leads to initial tension… but with each tango and foxtrot they are drawn closer together, setting off an unlikely romance.
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents a New Stage Adaptation of
Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll, based on the 1956
Golden Globe-Award Winning Dark Comedy
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)’s critically acclaimed 2016-17 Season continues with the steamy and sensual dark comedy, Baby Doll, by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann. Based on the 1956 Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning film of the same name, this rare Tennessee Williams gem runs April 13 through 30, 2017. The production is directed by Jenny Sullivan, who returns to ETC following her much lauded production of I Am My Own Wife.
Set in the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s, Baby Doll follows two rival cotton gin owners, Archie and Silva, who are locked in a vicious professional competition. After he suspects Archie of burning down his cotton gin, Silva seeks his vengeance by hatching a plot to seduce Archie’s 19 year-old bride, Baby Doll. Trying to avoid reaching adulthood and being obliged to consummate her marriage to Archie, Baby Doll clings to her childhood with naïve innocence, sleeping in a crib, wearing children’s nightgowns, and even sucking her thumb. As Baby Doll’s resistance to Silva’s advances waver, she sheds her childlike persona and confronts her abusive, alcoholic husband.
Acclaimed Actor and Educator Marcus Giamatti
Joins ETC to Launch New Young Actors Conservatory
March 20, 2017 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, is proud to welcome new Director of Education, Marcus Giamatti, to its expanding staff of theater professionals. Marcus brings his impressive resume of screen, stage, and teaching experience to the helm of ETC’s new Young Actors Conservatory, designing and launching the program in its inaugural year.
“Developing a professional program for students has been one of our long-term goals,” said Jonathan Fox, Artistic Director. “Our Young Actors Conservatory will offer high school students a unique opportunity to work in a professional theater alongside accomplished theater artists. Marcus’ extensive experience as an actor and educator are a true asset to this project, and we’re ecstatic to welcome him to the ETC team.”
Ensemble Theatre Company’s brings 1960s Jazz to Santa Barbara
With a Stunning Reorchestration of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic kicks off the New Year with a bold jazz interpretation of the Tony-Award winning musical The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, composed by George Gershwin, with a libretto by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, and adapted for the Broadway stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, Father Comes Home from the Wars).
Directed by ETC’s Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, the production runs February 9 – 26 and features beloved songs, including “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.” The score is reorchestrated by two-time Grammy-nominated music director Kevin Toney, and performed by an on-stage jazz ensemble.