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Santa Barbara’s Ensemble Theatre Company Presents
‘Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley’
A sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” comes to Santa Barbara for the holiday season
Santa Barbara, CA (November 7, 2017)--Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) announces their new holiday show, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a creation by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Directed by Andrew Barnicle, this regional-theater hit is a sequel to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”, and reunites its characters to place the bookish middle sister, Mary Bennet, in the limelight. The production will debut on Thursday, November 30, and will run until December 17, 2017.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley follows the “Pride and Prejudice” characters as they gather at Pemberley, the distinguished home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy in the early 19th century. Character Mary Bennet grows tired of her role as the innocent sister in the face of her siblings’ whirlwind romances. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for romance.
This comedy has charmed critics and audiences nationwide, and was a hit in its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in 2016. The production is a “droll and quite delicious seasonal sequel to ‘Pride and Prejudice’…an unstuffy, highly entertaining and warm-spirited work, the kind of thing multiple generations can enjoy together,” wrote Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune.
Ensemble Theatre Company Launches 2017-18 Season
with a World-Premiere Adaptation of
Woody Allen’s Classic Film Husbands and Wives
Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic opens its 2017-18 Season with an electrifying theatrical event — a world-premiere adaptation of Woody Allen’s 1992 innovative film Husbands and Wives, just the second of Allen’s many films to be adapted for the American stage. This production runs on a limited-engagement from October 5-22, 2017, with preview performances on October 5 and 6, and Opening Night on October 7.
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 helped earn this story of frenetic coupling and un-coupling an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and substantial critical acclaim. The production will be directed and adapted by ETC’s Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, who has been praised by the New York Times for his “immediate and compelling direction.”
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.