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.
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Major Gift to
Launch Education Outreach Program
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) proudly announces a generous $100,000 grant from Virginia Castagnola-Hunter to launch a new education initiative, fulfilling a long-term goal of expanding programming to include comprehensive education and outreach.
Following a highly successful partnership with Globe Education, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, underwritten by Sara Miller McCune and the Leni Fund, ETC will now have the funds to expand its educational programming and outreach offerings. As Santa Barbara’s sole professional theater company, ETC is in a unique position to offer world-class, professional arts education and immersion programs to students and young children in Santa Barbara County. These new offerings include in-school workshops, summer intensive acting workshops, and subsidized student matinee performances. Future plans include a re-launch of its Storybook Theater for young audiences and a workshop that presents Shakespeare performances by Young Actors.
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents
Neil Simon’s Tony-Nominated Chapter Two,
A Heartfelt Romantic Comedy, Perfect for the Holiday Season
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic continues the 2016-17 Season with Neil Simon’s Tony-Nominated romantic comedy about second-time-around love, Chapter Two. The production runs December 1 through 18 and is directed by Andrew Barnicle, who returns to the New Vic following his critically acclaimed direction of Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels.
Set in Manhattan in the 1970s, Chapter Two is a charming and poignant romantic comedy that follows the coping and coupling of New York writer and recent widower George Schneider. At the advice of his brother, George begins a relationship with actress Jennie Malone, whose six-year marriage to a professional football player has recently fallen apart. Despite the obvious chemistry, the road to “happily ever after” is a bumpy one for these seasoned lovers.
Ensemble Theatre Company’s 2016-17 Season
Opens with Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic opens the 2016-17 season with William Shakespeare’s masterpiece of blind and bloody political ambition, Macbeth. Part of the global celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, ETC’s production is set in a war-torn kingdom reeling from years of conflict, and will feature state-of-the-art digital projections, and an educationpartnership with London's Globe Education, part of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The production runs September 29-October 16, and is Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces
Ownership of the New Vic
(Santa Barbara, CA) Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is thrilled to announce the company has acquired full ownership of its state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara, a purchase made possible by a $950,000 grant from the former City of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency, and by the extraordinary vision and generosity of Kandy Luria-Budgor and Leatrice Luria.
“Purchase of a permanent home in the Downtown Performing Arts District is the culmination of 14 years of planning and work by ETC, and the final element of the City’s 35-year goal of creating a vibrant performing arts district,” said Derek A. Westen, former President of Ensemble Theatre Company, a Board member, and volunteer leader of the effort.