Ensemble Theatre Company Tackles Rothko in Red
Reprinted from the SB Independent
by Tom Jacobs
Does art really matter? Can creative expression lift us beyond the mundane, inspire us to think and feel differently, or even change our lives?
It’s getting harder to make that claim, at a time when so much of the art world has given in to commercialization. But in the post-World War II era, American artists were very serious about producing work designed to open minds and hearts. Think of John Coltrane’s dissonant jazz, or Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
Tales of Transformation: ETC Presents METAMORPHOSES
By Ted Mills, News-Press Correspondent (reprinted News-Press March 28, 2014)
For viewers in the front rows for Ensemble Theatre Company's latest production, you might just get wet while watching "Metamorphoses." But don't worry, director Jonathan Fox has the audience covered ... literally, with rain ponchos. It's can't be helped when a great part of the stage will be a wading pool, built per stage instructions included in Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of Ovid's classic tales of myth and transformation.
Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off The Newest Addition to Santa Barbara’s Historic Theatre District
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.