Ensemble Theatre Company’s Second Annual
“GHOST LIGHT NIGHT” Benefit Bash
A festive evening featuring a live Performance, Cocktails and Dinner
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic and event Co-Chairs Kandy Luria-Budgor and Meg Burnham are delighted to announce the second annual Ghost Light Night, ETC’s spirited benefit bash! Building on the highly successful 2016 Ghost Light Night, this year’s celebration will bring together ETC patrons and new friends of the theater to celebrate and raise funds for the company’s award-winning programming and education outreach activities.
ETC Closes 2016-17 Season With
New Additions to The Board Of Directors
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, proudly announces recent additions to the Board of Directors; Susan Case, Laini Melnick, Deb Pontifex, Chuck Sheldon, Robert Turbin, Tony Vallejo, and Kathy Weber.
Ensemble Theatre Company Announces a
Thrilling Lineup of Plays for the 2017-18 Season
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is proud to announce its 2017–2018 season of plays, the company’s fifth season in the state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara. ETC's 38th season features a rousing lineup of exciting new works, from a world-premiere adaptation of a Woody Allen classic film, to an inspirational jazz and blues musical about the legendary Alberta Hunter. ETC’s 2017-18 Season will build upon the momentum of its groundbreaking 2016-17 Season, one of the company’s most critically successful and popular seasons to date.
The 2017-18 Season launches with an exciting theatrical event— the world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1992 innovative film Husbands and Wives, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay. A witty and urbane comic-drama, Husbands and Wives follows two couples, facing middle age squarely in the face, who find themselves questioning their faltering marriages. Woody Allen’s sardonic humor and razor-sharp insight permeate this story of frenetic coupling and un-coupling. Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC’s production of Husbands and Wives is just the second of Allen’s many films to be adapted to the stage. Husbands and Wives runs October 5 - 22, 2017.
Ensemble Theatre Company
Closes Award-Winning 2016-17 Season with Syncopation
A Magical blend of Drama and Dance
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic will close the 2016–17 Season with Allan Knee’s Syncopation. Set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1911, Syncopation is a magical blend of drama and dance that tells the story of an unlikely romance between a butcher and a seamstress who, through a series of dance lessons, reach for their dreams of a life far better than the one that is slipping them by. Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill, and choreographed by William Soleau, the production – a collaboration with State Street Ballet – runs June 8 – June 25, 2017.
In Syncopation, Henry leads a solitary life as a meat packer and part-time dishwasher. Desperate for an escape from the monotony of factory life, he places a classified ad looking for a dance partner who wants to “give their life a lift and dance for royalty.” When the shy seamstress Anna answers his ad, she finds Henry in a dusty 6th floor walk-up studio with a broken door. Her reluctance to buy into Henry’s dreams of becoming a famous ballroom dancer leads to initial tension… but with each tango and foxtrot they are drawn closer together, setting off an unlikely romance.
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents a New Stage Adaptation of
Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll, based on the 1956
Golden Globe-Award Winning Dark Comedy
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)’s critically acclaimed 2016-17 Season continues with the steamy and sensual dark comedy, Baby Doll, by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the stage by Pierre Laville and Emily Mann. Based on the 1956 Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning film of the same name, this rare Tennessee Williams gem runs April 13 through 30, 2017. The production is directed by Jenny Sullivan, who returns to ETC following her much lauded production of I Am My Own Wife.
Set in the Mississippi Delta in the 1950s, Baby Doll follows two rival cotton gin owners, Archie and Silva, who are locked in a vicious professional competition. After he suspects Archie of burning down his cotton gin, Silva seeks his vengeance by hatching a plot to seduce Archie’s 19 year-old bride, Baby Doll. Trying to avoid reaching adulthood and being obliged to consummate her marriage to Archie, Baby Doll clings to her childhood with naïve innocence, sleeping in a crib, wearing children’s nightgowns, and even sucking her thumb. As Baby Doll’s resistance to Silva’s advances waver, she sheds her childlike persona and confronts her abusive, alcoholic husband.