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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  June 7, 2016
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Celebrates Negro League Baseball in
Season Finale “Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing”

HOUSTON (June 7, 2016) –- The Ensemble Theatre presents its season finale Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan with Opening Night and Media reception, Thursday, June 30, 2016.

“This is a fantastic story about the lives of Negro League Baseball Players at the pivotal moment of the first African American entering the major leagues,” says Director/ Choreographer Patdro Harris.

Kansas City jazz filled nights awakened to cracks of baseball bats as change for Black Americans seemed enticingly close in 1947. Satchel Paige and many other all-stars flourished in Negro League Baseball, many of whom crossed color lines like Jackie Robinson who became the first Black player in modern major-league baseball. This story tells the triumphs and humanity of these players as business men and family men best described in Satchel Paige’s quote "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching."

“Just as this play highlights a pivotal moment in baseball, the music infused in the storyline shows a transition from big band to bebop,” says Composer and Musical Director Carlton Leake. “Kansas City was a place of growth and transition in the 1940’s with a lot of people leaving their mark and shaping the city’s culture.”
Cast members include: Florida artist, Charles Lattimore in the title role as Satchel Paige; and Houston Artists Andre’ Neal; Dave Harris; Kendrick Lattimore; Geovanny Acosta; An’tick Von Morphxing; Estee Burks; and Anthony Boggess-Glover.

Previews: June 25, 26, 29     Show Runs: June 30 – July 31, 2016

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, Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2015-2016 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. Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing is generously underwritten 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 to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-nine years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions.

The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.