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.
ETC kicks off its 2014-15 Season with Amadeus. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, Amadeus brims with gorgeous music and with language as rich as a Viennese butter cream torte. Life is comfortable for Antonio Salieri, Court composer to Austrian Emperor Josef, until the greatest musical genius of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lands on the scene, leading to jealousy and political intrigue. “I was fortunate enough to see the very first production, in London, starring Paul Scofield as the composer Salieri,” said Jonathan Fox. “Even before the reviews came out, I felt that I had seen a major theatrical event. I’m pleased to open our exciting new season with this deliciously fun play.” Called “triumphant” by The New York Times, Amadeus is a highly theatrical, thrilling and humorous tale of an artist of average talent living in the shadow of a genius. Directed by Jonathan Fox, the production runs from October 9-26, 2014.
For the holiday season, ETC presents the American premiere of a new comedy, The Best Brothers, by Canadian actor and playwright Daniel MacIvor. Kyle Best has been estranged from his brother, Hamilton, until their mother dies in a freak accident at a gay pride parade, crushed by a drunken drag queen. As the two brothers meet to iron out details of their mother’s funeral, they wrestle with the long-simmering questions of whom Mom loved more and who’ll get her dog. A hit at the Stratford Festival, this bittersweet comedy is a wonderful treat for the holiday season. Directed by Brian Shnipper, performances run December 4-21, 2014.
The season continues with the Santa Barbara premiere of the beautiful, touching play, Intimate Apparel, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lynn Nottage. Set in New York in 1905, this story of an African-American woman who sews “intimate apparel” for clients ranging from wealthy white ladies to prostitutes plays against a backdrop of cathouses, ragtime, and massive European immigration. Still unmarried at the age of 35, Esther’s life is upended when a foreign stranger starts to write her love letters, even though she harbors a secret love for an Orthodox Jewish tailor. This production runs from February 5-22, 2015, directed by Saundra McClain.
ETC’s spring production is a rarely performed musical adaptation by Tom Waits of one of the most influential plays ever written, Georg Büchner’s classic Woyzeck. When a soldier returns home from the war, desperate poverty leads him to take odd jobs that gradually tear him apart. As he starts to lose his mind, his love for Marie becomes increasingly obsessive. With his poetic combination of blues, jazz, and vaudeville, Tom Waits, along with his wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, has created a musical both carnivalesque and tender. The production, directed by Jonathan Fox, runs from April 16 to May 3, 2015.
ETC closes the season with the hit Broadway comedy, Venus in Fur. Nominated for Best Play in 2012, the play is a sexy, smart and funny adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term Masochism. A woman arrives late to an audition, which gradually turns into a dance of dominance between the actress and director, as well as a laugh-out-loud depiction of sexual politics. The production, directed by Andrew Barnicle, runs June 11-28, 2015.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, Ensemble has featured accomplished artists from around the country. This will be ETC's second season in its new home at the New Vic, located at 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara. The theater has undergone a major $12 million transformation into a contemporary state-of-the-art performance space.
Subscriptions to the new season are now available and start at $140 for a five-play series. Special youth subscription series for theatergoers aged 29 and under are only $90. Orders for subscriptions and group sales are now available. Single tickets will go on sale in September. For more information, please call the Ensemble Theatre box office at 805-965-5400, or visit etcsb.org.