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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  May 15, 2016
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Presents Contemporary Romantic Comedy Plenty of Time

HOUSTON (May 15, 2016) –- The Ensemble Theatre presents the contemporary romantic comedy Plenty of Time by John Shevin Foster and directed by Eileen J. Morris with Opening Night and Media reception, Thursday, May 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

“I believe John Shevin’’s writing has given us a great perspective for exploring the human experience,” says Morris. “No matter how naïve or innocent we start out as youth, life experiences cause us to grow along with our awareness of the world.”

Its 1968, a spoiled, southern debutant and a Black Panther fall in love, though forbade by class and principle. Corey and Christina meet in Oak Bluffs – a black section of Martha’s Vineyard. Christina is 17 years old and from an upper class family. Corey is 22 and a member of the Black Panther Party. Despite their obvious differences they are sexually attracted and share a passionate night together. The next morning, however, they begin to talk and their conflicting worlds unfold.

Once a year for the next forty-three years they return to the small private beach house to meet, and bring with them their personal growth and experiences. Their time elapsed relationship reveals how each is affected by the changing world around them: black militarism, feminism, Vietnam, and the AIDS epidemic are topics that bring them out of their respite to face realities.
Cast members include: Rachel Hemphill Dickson, last seen in Women in the Pit; and Steve Scott, making a return to The Ensemble Theatre stage after appearing in 2004 performance That Serious He-Man Ball.

“This story not only transports us through time, it suspends us in a very specific moment,” says Hemphill Dickson. “Ultimately we are looking beyond the obvious into the evolution of another human being no matter how flawed or immoral their situation appears to be on the surface.”

This performance includes a brief view of actors in undergarments, and some sexual references and implied sexual acts.

Previews: May 7, 8, 11          Show Runs: May 12 – June 5, 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: $23 - $50

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.

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.