New Comedy about the Legendary Tallulah Bankhead
Closes Ensembles First Season at the New Vic
Santa Barbara CA — Ensemble Theatre Company’s final production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the hilarious new comedy Looped, by Matthew Lombardo, author of ETC’s hit play Tea at Five. Based on a real event, this brazenly funny show reveals a little-known incident involving the internationally-celebrated Tallulah Bankhead. Starring as the flamboyantly eccentric actress will be movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger, under the direction of Emmy Award-winner Glenn Jordan. This irreverent comedy will run from July 10–27, 2014. Opening night is Saturday, July 12.
Ensemble Theatre Company Cast New Tallulah Bankhead in Upcoming Comedy Looped.
(Santa Barbara, May 23, 2014) Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are pleased to announce that movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger will perform the role of Tallulah Bankhead in ETC's upcoming production of Looped. Marsha Mason, previously announced in the part, has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Looped, the final show of ETC’s 2013-14 Season, runs from July 10 through July 27, 2014.
Ensemble Theatre Presents RED
The Tony Award-winning Broadway Hit
About Celebrated Painter Mark Rothko
Santa Barbara CA — Ensemble Theatre Company's (ETC) fourth production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the Tony Award-winning play Red by John Logan. This sizzling 90-minute bio-drama about famed abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko is “intense and exciting,” says The New York Times. This searing and humorous study of an artist's ambition and vulnerability will run from May 15 to June 1, 2014. Opening night is Saturday, May 17.
The year is 1958, and the renowned painter Mark Rothko is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. But is it art, or is he merely selling out for commercial gain? Red pits Rothko against an idealistic young protégé in a thrilling look into the artistic temperament and the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the primal relationship between father and son, as well as of teacher and student. Intense, funny, philosophical, and sensual in its examination of the creative mind, the play—like Rothko's vibrantly colored rectangle paintings—brims with energy and ecstasy.
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents
A Stunningly Theatrical Adaptation of Mythological Tales
Santa Barbara CA – Ensemble Theatre Company’s (ETC) third production of its 2013-14 Season in the New Vic will be the much-anticipated presentation of the award-winning Metamorphoses. Adapted from the classic myths of Ovid and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman, this remarkable work synthesizes the ancient and the contemporary into a unique theatrical experience. Poetic, witty and imaginative, Metamorphoses will run from March 27 to April 13, 2014 under the direction of ETC's executive artistic director Jonathan Fox. Opening night is Saturday, March 29.
The play is staged as a series of vignettes set in and around a pool of water with a cast of nine portraying forty characters. Winner of several Tony Awards and nominated for Best Play, Metamorphoses dramatizes several mythological tales – tales of the transformational power of love – through dreamlike imagery, haunting beauty, lyricism, music and stylized movement, intertwining comedy and tragedy along with the whimsical and reflective.
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara
Presents Hit Broadway Comic Drama
Santa Barbara CA– Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) has announced the second production of its 2013-14 maiden season at its brand new venue, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, this recent Broadway hit is a darkly funny and profoundly touching story about class and culture. Good People runs from February 6-23, 2014 under the direction of Jenny Sullivan. Opening night is Saturday, February 8.
One of the most popular plays around the country in the last two years, Good People takes place in two Boston neighborhoods: working-class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just lost her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps her high school boyfriend, Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out. Filled with humor, pathos, and suspense, Good People asks the question: “Is where we grew up inexorably written on our future chances of success?”