Ensemble Theatre Company Presents the First Show of its 40th Anniversary Season!
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES
Written by David Ives
Directed by Jonathan Fox
The Hilarity Begins Thursday, October 4
at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
September 11, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce the first show of its 40th Anniversary 2018-2019 Season, the deliciously hilarious THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, written by David Ives (the playwright of ETC’s wildly popular 2013 production of The Liar) and directed by Jonathan Fox. THE SCHOOL FOR LIES begins previews on Thursday, October 4, opens on Saturday, October 6, and runs through Sunday, October 21, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
wheeling adaptation in rhyming verse of Molière’s classic comedy The Misanthrope, from the author who wrote The Liar, Venus in Fur, and All in the Timing. It’s 1666, and Frank, a caustic and crabby guy who despises social niceties, falls for Celimene, a beautiful young widow and dazzling social butterfly.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF SHOWS!
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED & DANCING LESSONS
September 6, 2018…Santa Barbara, Calif.…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its 40th Anniversary 2018-2019 season of shows as it offers a stunning selection of extraordinary experiences for its subscribers and audiences. ETC opens this historic season with a hilarious new play, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES by David Ives, based on Molière’s The Misanthrope (Mr. Ives was also the playwright of ETC’s wildly popular 2013 production of The Liar). Next, just in time for the holidays, expect the unexpected with the sweet, funny, and rocking new play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, about an Elvis impersonator who inadvertently becomes a drag star. To honor its past, ETC’s founding artistic director, Joseph Hanreddy, will return to direct a stunning new look at Arthur Miller’s classic, DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Spring 2019 will bring a stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Finally, to close this anniversary season, fall in love with the beautiful and touching DANCING LESSONS, a story of two isolated and anti-social New Yorkers who teach each other there’s more to life than dancing.
Award-winning Actor, Director and Educator Brian McDonald Joins Ensemble Theatre Company as Director of Education and Outreach
June 26, 2018–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 and Outreach, Brian McDonald, to its expanding staff of theater professionals. Mr. McDonald brings his impressive resume of screen, stage, and teaching experience to the helm of ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory, which offers advanced performance training for ages 14–18 under the direction of professional theatre artists. This year’s program will also feature intimate seminars with acclaimed actors, including five-time Emmy Award nominee Meredith Baxter (“Family,” “Family Ties,” ETC’s City of Conversation), Emmy Award and Ovation Awards winner Joe Spano (“Hill Street Blues,” “NCIS”), Tony nominated, and Emmy Award and Golden Globe winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Sister Act The Musical”, “Cheers”, “Teacher’s Pet”).
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara at the New Vic
(ETC) Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Exposure” Grant
State funds support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students with limited access.
Santa Barbara, CA – The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $15,050 to ETC as part of its Arts Education: Exposure program.
As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Exposure grants support attendance at performances and exhibitions for students who may otherwise have limited access to these experiences. The impact of student attendance at these events is complemented by pre- and post-attendance activities.
With support from the California Arts Council, ETC will present the Student Matinee Program, which allows nearly 1,200 junior high and high school students to experience the power of live theater, often for the first time. Plays are selected based on relevance to students' other studies. The program includes free transportation and extensive play-specific curriculum materials to be used in school classrooms both pre- and post-show.
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ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY presents the Final Show of its 2017-2018 Season.
COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY: The Music And Times Of Alberta Hunter
May 15, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANYis thrilled to announce the fifth and final show of its 2017-2018 Season, a musical about the extraordinary life of an extraordinary woman. Infused with jazz and blues, COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY: The Music And Times Of Alberta Hunter,written, directed and choreographed by Marion J. Caffeywith music direction by George Caldwell, begins previews on Thursday, June 7, opens on Saturday, June 9, and runs through Sunday, June 24, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
A sensation in the 1920s through the 1950s, jazz and blues legend Alberta Hunter set aside her life as an artist during the peak of her career to help others as a hospital nurse. Forced to retire at the age of 82, her musical career experienced a remarkable rebirth at New York’s celebrated music venue The Cookery, where her unique style and salty repartee became an instant hit. COOKIN’ AT THE COOKERY: The Music And Times of Alberta Hunter brings Ms. Hunter’s singular and improbable life story to the stage, featuring such hits as “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Darktown Strutters Ball” performed by a live, on-stage band.