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CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  September 5, 2018
(713) 310-1648/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Elevates the Power of the Arts in “da Kink in My Hair”

HOUSTON (September 5, 2018) – The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its 2018-2019 season “Elevating the Power of the Arts,” with the regional premiere of Trey Anthony’s da Kink in My Hair, directed by Ensemble Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris, Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, September 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

The play features music composed by Michael McElroy, Carol Malliard, E’Marcus Harper, and S. Renee Clark, under the musical direction of Melanie Bivens.

“…the women onstage happen to be black women, but I truly do believe that this play from all experiences has transcended race, gender, sexuality,” says Anthony.

Set in a Brooklyn hair salon, ‘da Kink in My Hair gives voice to Black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary Black women, many of whom are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece.

“This play is about women unveiling what’s behind the mask,” says Anthony. “The lead character Novelette has a gift for touching these women’s hair and identifying what is really going on in their lives beneath the surface.”

Da Kink in My Hair was initially written as a one-woman show that was later developed into multiple characters. It was staged at multiple theatres in Canada before later becoming a television series on Global TV where actress Sheryl Lee Ralph starred as the main character Novelette in the original pilot. It was the first comedy series on a national private mainstream broadcaster that was created by and starring black women in Canada.

Featured Cast members include: An’Tick Von Morphxing (NOVELETTE); Regina Hearne (PATSY); JoAnne Davis-Jones (MS. ENID); Detria Ward (SHERELLE); Jayla McDonald (STACEY ANN); Jannah Bryant (STACEY ANN); Crystal Rae (NIA); An’Gelle Sylvester (SHARMAINE); Samantha West (ENSEMBLE); Annie Wild (SUZY).

Previews:  September 15, 16, and 19, 2018
Show Runs:  September 20 – October 14, 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, Thursday, September 20, 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.

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 held as 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. The Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.