Ensemble Theatre Company presents the hit comedy Bad Jews
An international co-production with English Theatre Frankfurt
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic continues its exciting 2015 – 16 season with playwright Joshua Harmon’s savagely hilarious Bad Jews, an uproarious and thought-provoking exploration of faith and family. Directed by Jonathan Fox, Bad Jews performs in Santa Barbara April 14 through May 1, 2016. The company will then travel to Frankfurt for the German premiere production.
ETC Names New Managing Director
March 14, 2016 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, welcomes new Managing Director, Jill Seltzer. The new position will work in partnership with ETC’s Executive Artistic Director on the company’s next phase of development.
For the past 20 years Ms. Seltzer, now a nonprofit management consultant, has successfully provided leadership to non-profit organizations, with much of her work focusing on the creative arts. Most recently, Ms. Seltzer served as Executive Director of Screen Actors Guild Foundation where she expanded its StoryLine OnLine Literacy program to an international audience of 3 million views/month, and managed the design, construction and staffing of a new New York City Actors Center, complete with voiceover studio and computer lab.
ETC Presents the Pulitzer Prize
and Tony Award Winning Masterpiece
I am my Own Wife
January 18, 2016 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic is delighted to present playwright Doug Wright’s masterpiece, I am My Own Wife, a dazzling one-man production featuring renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival Company Member John Tufts. Tufts will bring life to more than 30 characters in a stunning tour de force portrait of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old transvestite who, against all odds, survives the Nazis, the East German secret police, and her own vicious father. Directed by Jenny Sullivan, I am My Own Wife plays February 4 through 21, 2016. Opening night is February 6.
ETC Presents the West Coast Premiere of the
Hilarious New Comedy, Women in Jeopardy!
November 7, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic is excited to present the West Coast premiere of a side-splitting new comedy, Women in Jeopardy!, by Wendy MacLeod. Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious laugh-out-loud comedy, under the direction of Bart DeLorenzo and featuring comedic actress, author and columnist Annabelle Gurwitch. Filled with side-splitting laughs and a perfect recipe for holiday fun, Women in Jeopardy! plays December 3 through 20, 2015. Opening night is December 5.
Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. “Modern, lively, and loads of fun,” says The Boston Globe.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS
2015-2016 SEASON LINEUP
WITH CAPTIVATING, CONNIVING, AND CHARMING WOMEN LEADING THE CHARGE
August 10, 2015 – Santa Barbara, CA — Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is proud to announce its 37th Season of plays and musicals. Entering the third season at The New Vic Theatre, ETC continues to be Santa Barbara’s premiere professional theatre company, and will flex its dramatic muscles in the 2015-2016 Season with a thrilling musical, a West Coast premiere, a classic comedy, a one-man, tour-de-force drama, and one of the most popular contemporary plays around the country. The 2015-2016 Season is generously sponsored by the Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation.
“’Pretty Women,’ a gorgeous song from our first production of the season, might also be an appropriate title for our 2015-2016 Season,” says Jonathan Fox, now entering his tenth season as Executive Artistic Director. “Captivating, conniving, charming, and commanding women are at the center of each play: wives and lovers, women in the throes of first love, and women who’ve been around the block a time or two. Each story is refracted through a different lens.”