Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Its 2019-20 Season!
Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is thrilled to announce its 2019-20 Season of plays. ETC’s 41st Season is the company’s seventh year at The New Vic in downtown Santa Barbara, and features a thrilling selection of extraordinary works, including William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, a radio play version of the beloved holiday story It’s a Wonderful Life, a musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, the West Coast premiere of the Broadway play American Son, and an inspirational pop and jazz musical about the legendary Rosemary Clooney. ETC’s 2019-20 Season will build upon the momentum of its successful and celebratory 40th Anniversary 2018-19 Season.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
Presents the Fifth and Final Show of Its 40th Anniversary Season!
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the fifth and final show of its 40th Anniversary Season, the heartwarming play DANCING LESSONS, written by Mark St. Germain and directed by Saundra McClain. DANCING LESSONS begins previews on Thursday, June 13, opens on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00pm, and runs through Sunday, June 30, 2019 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS SIX 10-MINUTE PLAYS WRITTEN BY LOCAL TEENS IN YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL 2019
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Any investor knows that a robust future grows from seeds planted today. That lesson isn’t lost on Ensemble Theatre Company, whose YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL will feature professional actors in staged readings of six 10-minute plays written by high school playwrights and inspired by the theme: A More Perfect Union. “The only limits creatively are what the students have dared to conceive,” says Education Director Brian McDonald. “Although the phrase ‘a more perfect union’ is best associated with its place in the preamble to the United States Constitution its use as a theme for this year’s festival has inspired stories that focus on marriage, addiction, loss, time-travel, relationships, balance and unity.”
DEATH OF A SALESMAN
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy
Limited Engagement Begins Thursday, February 7 at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) presents the third show of its 40th Anniversary Season, one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, written by Arthur Miller and directed by ETC founding artistic director Joseph Hanreddy. DEATH OF A SALESMAN begins previews on Thursday, February 7, opens on Saturday, February 9, and runs through Sunday, February 24, 2019 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play is a haunting and moving portrait of a man whose belief in, and pursuit of, the American dream ends in tatters.
“In celebrating our 40th anniversary season, we’re honored to have founding artistic director Joseph Hanreddy back to direct one of the most influential plays of all time,” commented ETC’s Artistic Director Jonathan Fox. “I am excited that Joseph is looking at the play in a new way that will feature original music with live musicians on stage. This is a dream cast and creative team and promises to be one of the most powerful productions of our historic season.”
"The story of Willy Loman and his fractured family is riveting and heartrending while illuminating contradictions in the American Dream that have divided the country from our beginnings to today,” remarked Hanreddy. "Our goal for the production at Ensemble Theater is to faithfully capture the heart, clarity and penetrating insight of Miller’s masterwork, while breathing new theatrical life into the original staging through the use of a variety of theatrical elements, including live music.”
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ETC YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL 2019
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Any investor knows that a robust future grows from seeds planted today. The lesson isn’t lost on Ensemble Theatre Company, whose YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL will offer professional playwriting classes, one-on-one mentorships with professional playwrights and stage readings with professional directors and actors.
The program takes inspiration from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights’ Inc., in working to encourage the creative self-expression of young artists. The effort is a true exercise in community engagement, education and development with participation in the festival being offered to Santa Barbara Unified High School students at no cost.
It’s an alliance that yields rewards for all involved: “What I love about creating theater with young people is that I learn as much from them as they do from me.” says instructor Michael Bernard. “Their passion and enthusiasm for self-expression is infectious. Some of the most exciting and unusual plays I have ever seen have sprung from the mind of a teenager.” In May, 12 of the students’ 10-minute plays will be presented to the public free of charge; an unparalleled bargain in professional theatre that offers dividends to all involved even as it asks only the support of participation.