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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  June 3, 2018
(713) 310-1648/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates is Season Finale, “Sistas: The Musical”

HOUSTON (June 3, 2018) – The Ensemble Theatre celebrates its season finale, Sistas: The Musical by Dorothy Marcic, musical arrangements by Germono Toussaint, directed and choreographed by Patrdo Harris, and musical direction by Chika Caba Ma'atunde, with opening night and media reception, Thursday, June 28, 2018, 6:30p.m., 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

“We had a lot of fun brining this story to life,” says Ma’atunde. “We all took a trip down memory lane as each song intersects and takes us further along these character’s journey.”

Five friends find solace in their sisterly bond and take a musical and historical journey through the songs that were anthems marking social change, and that resonated with the thoughts and emotions of women all over the world. These five women: (four Black, one white) come together after Grandma dies, to go over all her things. They must choose one song to sing at the Memorial that night.

While the friends sift through memories and confront one another, songs are introduced going back to the time of the Black Blues singers all the way up to modern hip-hop. The music's trajectory goes from "Naming the Pain" (A Good Man is Hard to Find) to "Framing the Problem" (I am Not My Hair), to "Proclaiming the Joy" (Just Fine and Golden). This play parallels the story of African-American women and their emerging sense of empowerment.

Sistas: The Musical features an all-female cast accompanied by a live band off stage.

“We want to bring the audience into that attic with these women,” says Ma’atunde.

Featured Cast members include: Regina Hearne (Dr. Simone), Delali Potakey (Roberta), Ebonie Williams (Gloria), Sharayah Reed (Tamika), and Chaney Moore (Heather).


Previews:  June 23, 24, and 27, 2018
Show Runs:  June 28 –  July 28, 2018

Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m; Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets Available Online:    For Information Call: 713-520-0055

Ticket Prices: $30- $61

Opening Night and Media Reception, June 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2017-2018 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Sistas: The Musical is generously supported by The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre; and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.