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2016 -2017 Season
 

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Sassy Mamas                                                                                       
Regional Premiere
PG-13/ Romantic Comedy/ Some Adult Situations

By Celeste Bedford Walker
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: September 17, 18, and 21
Opening Night: September 22, 2016
Runs: September 22 – October 16

NAACP Image Award-winning playwright Celeste Bedford Walker brings a delicate touch to her depiction of women of a certain age in her romantic comedy, Sassy Mamas. A story about three women—yes, “cougars”—who confidently pursue younger men.  These three friends, women of substance and life achievement, each finding herself in a uniquely single situation and decidedly takes a proactive approach to love.  The younger men they’ve set their sights on come with their own unique situations that only add to the humor and antics!

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.


The First Noel
Regional Premiere
G/ Musical

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson and Jason Michael Webb
Director and Choreographer Patdro Harris
Musical Direction by Carlton Leake

Previews: November 12, 13, and 16
Opening Night: November 17, 2016
Runs: November 17 – December 30, 2016
Audiences will have to bundle up as they enter this winter wonderland where beloved Christmas carols emerge as dynamic new songs, destined to become holiday favorites for a new generation. The First Noel is a heartwarming musical that follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love at Christmas time.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre The First Noel is generously underwriting by Shell Oil.



 

Mahalia                                        
Regional Premiere
G/ Musical

By Tom Stolz
Directed by Shirley Marks Whitmore

Previews: January 21, 22, and 25
Opening Night: January 26, 2017
Runs: January 26 – February 26, 2017

A joyous celebration of the life and music of the world's greatest gospel singer: a humble, deeply religious woman whose expressive, full throated voice carried her from a three room shanty in New Orleans to international fame. The joy and inspiration of her heartfelt songs provide a counterpoint to the urgent messages delivered by her friend, Martin Luther King. Standing at his side, Mahalia Jackson became the musical voice of the civil rights movement. This harmonious tribute includes music by various gospel composers as well as hymns and spirituals made famous by Mahalia Jackson.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

 

The Nacirema Society
Winner of The Ensemble Theatre Audience Choice Selection
PG/ Romantic Comedy/ Revival                                   

By Pearl Cleage
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: March 18, 19, 21
Opening Night: March 23, 2017
Runs: March 23 – April 16, 2017

Every year since Emancipation, the Nacirema Society of Montgomery, Alabama introduces six elegant African-American debutants to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility.  This year, at its 100th anniversary, with young love brewing, old flames simmering and national media attention on-hand. . . what would dare to go awry?  Pearl Cleage, award winning playwright of Blues for an Alabama Sky and Flyin’ West, and New York Times best-selling author of the Oprah book club selection, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, invites you into this glamorous world where folks still dress for dinner.  A sparkling romantic comedy!

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. The Nacirema Society... is generously underwritten by Spectra Energy.


Front Porch Society                                                          
World Premiere
PG/ Comedy/ Drama

By Melda Beaty
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

Previews: May 6, 7, 10
Opening Night: May 11, 2017
Runs: May 11 – June 4, 2017

It’s November 4, 2008 in Marks, Mississippi, and America is on the eve of electing its first black president. But what does that mean to 4 elderly women in this rural town, especially Carrie Honey, the town’s “overseer,” as she grieves the anniversary of her son’s tragic death amidst the town’s excitement over Barack Obama. After years of failed attempts to seek justice, Carrie has grown bitter and no longer interested in life’s celebrations, until a scandal at the cemetery rocks this historic day, and a past secret is revealed that somehow restores her faded faith.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.


Simply Simone
Regional Premiere
PG/ Play with Music
                                               
Written by Robert Neblett and David Grapes
Musical Arrangement by Vince diMura
Director & Choreographer Patdro Harris

Previews: June 24, 25, 28
Opening Night: June 29, 2017
Runs: June 29 – July 30, 2017

Nina Simone, from child prodigy; jazz superstar; civil rights activist; to political exile was one of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse; she defined a generation and defied classification.  Her silky, soulful, and untamed, voice will put a spell on you.  She’ll melt your heart; she’ll chill you to the bone.  Simply Simone crosses genres from gospel to blues to Broadway to rock and roll, and features such definitive Simone classics as “I Loves You Porgy,” “The Look of Love,” “My Baby Just Cares for Me,” “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black” and “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

The Ensemble Theatre's 2016-2017 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 exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Simply Simone is generously underwritten by Chevron.