Ribbon Cutting Kicks Off The Newest Addition to Santa Barbara's Historic Theatre District
(November 7, 2013) Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) cut the ribbon today on its new home, the New Vic. After several years of planning, ETC has completed its extensive renovation of the 80-year old Victoria Community Hall at 33 West Victoria Street, transforming the facility into a modern and intimate theater. As the only 300-seat theater in downtown Santa Barbara, the completed New Vic will be a wonderful new home for ETC and a flexible, intimate venue for other performing arts throughout the greater Santa Barbara area. It will also complete the City of Santa Barbara's long-term vision for a downtown performing arts district to serve the broader arts community.
Piper Laurie and Patrick Cassidy Join the Cast of Ensemble Theatre’s A Little Night Music
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director are pleased to announce that screen legend Piper Laurie and musical theater star Patrick Cassidy will be joining Stephanie Zimbalist in A Little Night Music. The beloved musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler will be the opening production of the New Vic, ETC’s new 300-seat theater in downtown Santa Barbara. Performances begin on December 5, 2013. as, in ETC's 2013-14 season opening show, A Little Night Music. As previously announced, Ms. Zimbalist will perform the role of the celebrated actress Desirée Armfeldt.
Tony and Emmy Award-Winner Tyne Daly to
Perform at Ensemble Theatre Company's
Gala Opening Celebration of The New Vic Theater
Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are pleased to announce that stage and screen star Tyne Daly will perform at ETC's gala fund raising event, CURTAIN UP. Ms. Daly won the Tony Award for her performance as Mama Rose in the 1989 Broadway hit revival of Gypsy. Widely known for her work as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in the television series "Cagney & Lacey" and as Maxine Gray in the television series "Judging Amy," Ms. Daly has received six Emmy Awards for her television work.
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces
Maiden Season in its New Home
(Santa Barbara, CA) Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara (ETC), under the artistic direction of Jonathan Fox, is pleased to announce the first season of plays at the New Vic Theater, its new state-of-the-art home in downtown Santa Barbara. A season of award-winning theater filled with music, humor, haunting beauty, suspense and pathos, Ensemble at the New Vic's 2013-14 Season promises to be a year of engaging and entertaining work, with exceptional productions and award-winning artists from throughout the country. The five-play season begins on December 5, 2013 and runs through July 27, 2014.
Coinciding with the grand opening of the New Vic Theater, the season kicks off on December 5, 2013, with A Little Night Music. Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s beloved musical is a warmly humorous and, at times, farcical story of romantic attachments, detachments, and mismatchings. Infused throughout with the flavor of a waltz, the musical takes place in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the acclaimed actress Desirée Armfeldt, played by Stephanie Zimbalist, lights up the stage and dazzles men’s hearts. When both her former lover and her current paramour — and their wives — show up for a weekend at her mother’s country estate, romance and passion are in the air. Directed by Ensemble's Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, A Little Night Music features one of Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.”