Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
New Vic Theatre, 33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA  93101
(805) 965-5400
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Year Founded:
    1979

Description:
   Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC), is Santa Barbara's award-winning professional regional theatre company. Now performing at the New Vic Theater, located at 33 West Victoria Street in the downtown historic theater district.
    ETC's presents important new plays and innovative interpretations of the classics for a broad audience in Santa Barbara, the south/central California coast, and the western states.

Entertainment Type:
    Theatre

Business Categories:
    Performing Arts,    Theatre Companies,

Payment Accepted:
    Cash,   Check,   MasterCard,   Visa,  

Admittance:
    During normal business hours

Location Type:
    Theatre Companies

Languages Spoken:
    English,  

Indoor/Outdoor:
    Indoor Location

Parking On-Site?
    Yes   --   Parking is available in Santa Barbara Downtown Public Parking lot #5, the Victoria Lot, located directly behind the theatre. Additional parking is available in city parking lots #4, #6 (Granada) and #7 (Library), all within 1-2 blocks of the theater. Nearby street parking is available after 6pm.

Handicapped Accessible?
    Yes

Smoking?
    NOT Permitted

Cell Phones?
    NOT Permitted

Cameras/Recording Equip.?
    NOT Permitted

Pets Allowed?
    No

Guided Tours?
    By Appointment Only

Gift Certificates?
    Available for Sale

Season Tickets?
    Available for Sale

Group Sales Programs?
    Yes


   
 Recent News & Buzz!!
7/20/16 - ETC Announces Ownership of the New Vic
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Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is thrilled to announce the company has acquired full ownership of its state-of-the-art New Vic Theater in downtown Santa Barbara, a purchase made possible by a $950,000 grant from the former City of Santa Barbara Redevelopment Agency, and by the extraordinary vision and generosity of Kandy Luria-Budgor and Leatrice Luria.
“Purchase of a permanent home in the Downtown Performing Arts District is the culmination of 14 years of planning and work by ETC, and the final element of the City’s 35-year goal of creating a vibrant performing arts district,” said Derek A. Westen, former President of Ensemble Theatre Company, a Board member, and volunteer leader of the effort.
“We’re thrilled to reach this critical milestone,” said Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director. “At last, we have permanent ownership of the gorgeous, state-of-the-art, 300-seat New Vic. Our new home enables us to reach new artistic heights and to continue presenting theatrical productions of the highest quality, while making the theater available to a rich variety of other performing arts organizations.”
In 2010, ETC launched its successful “Ensemble at the New Vic” capital campaign to completely transform the 80-year old Victoria Community Hall, located at 33 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, previously owned by CALM, RSVP, and Unity Shoppe, into a state-of-the-art theater. The capital campaign, led by Derek A. Westen and Léni Fé Bland, with the passion and dedication of Ensemble’s Board of Directors and countless enthusiastic supporters and volunteers, raised over $11.5 million for construction and planning-related expenses to renovate and update the venue.
“In 2013, at a critical time, when ETC still held only a lease of the theater, Kandy and Lee demonstrated extraordinary vision in purchasing the New Vic—still under renovation—and holding it until this day. Their extraordinary generosity will make a permanent contribution to Ensemble, to the entire performing arts, and to the entire community,” said Paula Y. Bruice, President of Ensemble Theatre Company.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre Company is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, and Jill Seltzer, Managing Director, ETC features accomplished artists from around the country. Entering its fourth season in the New Vic, ETC is Santa Barbara’s home for professionally produced theatre, bringing diverse, engaging, and compelling programming and world-class artists to nearly 20,000 patrons annually. As a member of the Historic Theater District, ETC has helped cement Santa Barbara’s reputation as a one of California’s premiere cultural destinations. ETC’s 2016-17 season will include Macbeth, by William Shakespeare; Chapter Two, by Neil Simon, Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, and Ira Gershwin; Baby Doll by Tennessee Williams; and Syncopation by Allan Knee.
Subscriptions to the new season are now available and start at $150 for a five-play series. Special youth subscription series for theatergoers aged 29 and under are only $90. Orders for subscriptions and group sales are now available. Single tickets go on sale in August. For more information, please call the Ensemble Theatre Company box office at 805-965-5400, or visit etcsb.org.
6/9/16 - Don't miss it! Get your tickets now for Noël Coward's "Fallen Angels" presented by Ensemble
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By Noël Coward - With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Sponsored by Geoff and Joan Rutkowski & Dan and Donna Hone. Directed by Art Manke.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 1st or 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre
6/6/16 - Noël Coward's "Fallen Angels" -- opens this week at the Ensemble Theatre
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With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Sponsored by Geoff and Joan Rutkowski & Dan and Donna Hone. Directed by Art Manke.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 1st or 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre
6/1/16 - Get yout tickets for Ensemble Theatre's "Fallen Angels" ... opening June 9
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By Noël Coward - With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Sponsored by Geoff and Joan Rutkowski & Dan and Donna Hone. Directed by Art Manke.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 1st or 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre
5/27/16 - Save the Date! Fallen Angels -- 6/9
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By Noël Coward - With their passionless husbands away playing golf, a mutual long-ago lover announces his intention to pay Julia and Jane an impromptu visit. All in a fluster, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Or rather, pop open the bubbly. Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Sponsored by Geoff and Joan Rutkowski & Dan and Donna Hone. Directed by Art Manke.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 1st or 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre
4/28/16 - Heads Up! Debate for the 24th Congressional District --May 6
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This summer, voters in Santa Barbara County and parts of the Central Coast will have a large vote to cast. After twenty years of leadership from Congresswoman Lois Capps and her late husband, Walter Capps, a new name will be representing the 24th district. Join KCRW on May 6th as they team up with the Santa Barbara Independent for a live-radio, issue-packed debate with the race’s top contenders. With KCRW host and moderator Jonathan Bastian, they'll discuss vital questions surrounding Southern California’s drought, oil drilling in the Santa Barbara Channel, college affordability, the future of undocumented workers in our region and more.
The debate will be held on Friday, May 6th at the Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic in Santa Barbara, followed by Q&A. Check in will be held outdoors and open at 5:30pm. RSVP DOES NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY. Admittance will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
Check in and bar open at 5:30pm. Theater doors at 6:15pm. Debate at 7:00pm sharp.
PARTICIPATING CANDIDATES Salud Carbajal (D) Helene Schneider (D) William Ostrander (D) Justin Fareed (R) Katcho Achadjian (R) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic  Website
4/15/16 - It's Opening Weekend for "Bad Jews" by Ensemble Theatre
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By Joshua Harmon -- Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. This youngest generation of Feygenbaums sharpen their wit, familial vitriol and humor making what The New York Post praises as, “delicious, nasty, good fun!” Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger with support from Sybil Rosen. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
4/7/16 - Next Weekend ... Ensemble Theatre's "Bad Jews" opens
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By Joshua Harmon -- Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. This youngest generation of Feygenbaums sharpen their wit, familial vitriol and humor making what The New York Post praises as, “delicious, nasty, good fun!” Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger with support from Sybil Rosen. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
3/28/16 - Ensemble Theatre Company Presents “The best comedy of the season!” (The New York Times)
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Bad Jews April 14 – May 1, 2016 The New Vic Theatre 33 W Victoria St Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family but, when her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a devastatingly hilarious battle between the holy and holier-than-thou ignites! Hailed by The New York Times as “the best comedy of the season,” Bad Jews is an uproarious exploration of faith and family that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny. A Co-Production with the English Theatre of Frankfurt. Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger with support from Sybil Rosen. Directed by Jonathan Fox. 2015-16 Season sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation  Website
3/18/16 - Ensemble Theatre Company Presents “The best comedy of the season!” (The New York Times)
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Bad Jews April 14 – May 1, 2016 The New Vic Theatre 33 W Victoria St Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family but, when her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a devastatingly hilarious battle between the holy and holier-than-thou ignites! Hailed by The New York Times as “the best comedy of the season,” Bad Jews is an uproarious exploration of faith and family that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny. A Co-Production with the English Theatre of Frankfurt. Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger with support from Sybil Rosen. Directed by Jonathan Fox. 2015-16 Season sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation  Website
2/11/16 - Make sure you see Ensemble Theatre's "I Am My Own Wife"
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By Doug Wright ..... Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Wright uses more than 30 characters — all played by a single actor — to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. A profound story of survival. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run)
Single Ticket Price: Tickets start at $35. $20 for 20-somethings: Youth price (29 and under) is $20.00. ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
2/5/16 - A PULITZER PRIZE AND TONY AWARD-WINNER: I Am My Own Wife -- 2/5
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By Doug Wright ..... Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Wright uses more than 30 characters — all played by a single actor — to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. A profound story of survival. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run)
Single Ticket Price: Tickets start at $35. $20 for 20-somethings: Youth price (29 and under) is $20.00. ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
2/1/16 - 30 Characters ... One Actor! Ensemble Theatre's "I Am My Own Wife" -- opens Thursday.
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By Doug Wright ..... Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Wright uses more than 30 characters — all played by a single actor — to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. A profound story of survival. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
1/22/16 - Opening Soon ... Ensemble's "I Am My Own Wife" -- Feb. 4-21 at The New Vic Theatre
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By Doug Wright ..... Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. Wright uses more than 30 characters — all played by a single actor — to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. A profound story of survival. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run) ... Presented by: Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) ... Venue: The New Vic Theatre  Website
12/2/15 - Ensemble Theatre's "Women in Jeopardy!" opens tomorrow
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Women in Jeopardy! -- By Wendy MacLeod ..... Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious new comedy! Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, hi­s hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run)
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre  Website
11/13/15 - ETC Presents the West Coast Premiere of the Hilarious New Comedy, Women in Jeopardy!
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Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic is excited to present the West Coast premiere of a side-splitting new comedy, Women in Jeopardy!, by Wendy MacLeod. Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club in this fun and flirtatious laugh-out-loud comedy, under the direction of Bart DeLorenzo and featuring comedic actress, author and columnist Annabelle Gurwitch. Filled with side-splitting laughs and a perfect recipe for holiday fun, Women in Jeopardy! plays December 3 through 20, 2015. Opening night is December 5.
Divorcees Mary and Jo are suspicious of their friend Liz’s new dentist boyfriend. He’s not just a weirdo; he may be a serial killer! After all, his hygienist just disappeared. Trading their wine glasses for spyglasses, imaginations run wild as the ladies try to discover the truth and save their friend in a hilarious off-road adventure. “Modern, lively, and loads of fun,” says The Boston Globe.
“I’m delighted to present the West Coast premiere of Wendy MacLeod’s hysterical play,” says Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director of ETC. “We’re excited to bring Wendy out to Santa Barbara to continue work on the piece.”
MacLeod’s breakout hit play was The House of Yes, which became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey and Josh Hamilton. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times, McSweeney's, Salon, POETRY magazine, and on NPR's All Things Considered. Her plays have been produced by the Magic Theater, Soho Rep, The Gate Theater in London, Playwrights Horizons, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Chicago’s Steppenwolf, to name a few. Her newest play Slow Food, was developed at the 2015 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
“Wendy MacLeod is one of our most hilarious playwrights and in this outrageous murder-mystery farce she has created a classic comedy for our time,” states director Bart DeLorenzo. “Middle-aged women are the perfect protagonists to inspire her uproarious genius.” Mr. DeLorenzo is a Los Angeles-based theater director and producer. He is the founding artistic director of the Evidence Room Theater, a 17-year-old company renowned in Los Angeles for contemporary theater productions. For his work, he has received four LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, six LA Weekly awards and three Backstage Garlands.
Returning to the New Vic is DeeDee Rescher, who will play the love-sick Liz, having performed in ETC’s hit production of Good People. Joining the cast is another ETC veteran, Heather Ayers, last seen as Mrs. Lovett in the critically acclaimed musical Sweeney Todd, in addition to Intimate Apparel and A Little Night Music. Ayers will play Liz’s sensible friend, Mary.
Rounding out the trio of emotionally charged 40ish divorcees is the caustic-tongued Jo, played by Annabelle Gurwitch. Actress, activist and New York Times bestselling author, Ms. Gurwitch’s most recent book is I See You Made An Effort. She has gained a loyal comedic following as the original hostess of the cult television favorite Dinner and a Movie on TBS and in her years as a regular commentator on NPR. As an actress, she’s guest starred in over fifty TV series, including Dexter, Boston Legal, Medium and Seinfeld.
Also returning to ETC is Matthew Grondin, who will portray Trenner, a dazed and confused snowboarder who has the hots for Mary. Additional cast members include Sophie Ullett, who will play Jo's 19-year-old daughter Amanda, and Bill Salyers in the dual role of Liz’s creepy dentist boyfriend and Sgt. Kirk Sponsullar,
The creative team for Women in Jeopardy! includes scenic designer Keith Mitchell, costume designer Dianne Graebner, and lighting designer Pablo Santiago.
The 2015-2016 ETC Season has been generously sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation. Additional support for Women n Jeopardy! comes from The Willfong-Singh Family.
Founded in 1979, Ensemble Theatre Company is Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theatre company. Under the leadership of Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, ETC has attracted accomplished performing artists from around the country. The 2015-16 Season is its third in the New Vic, ETC’s newly renovated 294-seat performing arts venue. Season tickets are on sale now for the 2015-16 Season, which continues with I Am My Own Wife (February 4 – February 21, 2016), Bad Jews (April 14 – May 1, 2016) and Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels (June 9 – June 26, 2016).
Performances for Women in Jeopardy! run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm, Sundays at 2:00 and 7:00 pm, with a Saturday 4:00 pm matinee performance on December 12 and a Tuesday 7:00 pm show on December 8. Youth tickets are available for age 29-and-under for only $20.00 each. Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at etcsb.org. For group sales information, please call (805) 965-5400. The New Vic is located at 33 W. Victoria Street, Santa Barbara CA, 93101.   Website
10/8/15 - Ensemble Theatre's season opens with Sweeney Todd this weekend
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The Demon Barber of Fleet Street -- Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler ..... Sondheim returns to ETC with a soaring musical masterpiece that tells the tale of a barber seeking justice for the corrupt London judge who exiled him. Partnered with a delicious pie shop proprietress, they exact a fearsome revenge as she concocts an alarming new recipe that has the people of London lining up. Hysterically funny and chillingly intense! Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run)
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre  Website
9/15/15 - Ensemble Theatre's Sweeney Todd opens October 8 at the New Vic Theatre
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The Demon Barber of Fleet Street -- Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by Hugh Wheeler ..... Sondheim returns to ETC with a soaring musical masterpiece that tells the tale of a barber seeking justice for the corrupt London judge who exiled him. Partnered with a delicious pie shop proprietress, they exact a fearsome revenge as she concocts an alarming new recipe that has the people of London lining up. Hysterically funny and chillingly intense! Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Performance Schedule • Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm • Special Saturday Matinee on 2nd Saturday of the run • Sundays at 2pm and 7pm (no 7 pm on 2nd Sunday of the run) • Tuesday, at 7pm (1st Tuesday of the run)
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre  Website
8/10/15 - Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Its 2015-16 Season
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Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) is proud to announce its 37th Season of plays and musicals. Entering the third season at The New Vic Theatre, ETC continues to be Santa Barbara’s premiere professional theatre company, and will flex its dramatic muscles in the 2015-2016 Season with a thrilling musical, a West Coast premiere, a classic comedy, a one-man, tour-de-force drama, and one of the most popular contemporary plays around the country. The 2015-2016 Season is generously sponsored by the Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation.
“’Pretty Women,’ a gorgeous song from our first production of the season, might also be an appropriate title for our 2015-2016 Season,” says Jonathan Fox, now entering his tenth season as Executive Artistic Director. “Captivating, conniving, charming, and commanding women are at the center of each play: wives and lovers, women in the throes of first love, and women who’ve been around the block a time or two. Each story is refracted through a different lens.”
Fox will helm the season opener as the music of Stephen Sondheim returns to ETC with the soaring masterpiece, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Darkly humorous and chillingly intense, the operatic jewel follows the eponymous barber as he seeks justice against the corrupt London judge who exiled him. He soon partners with a tasty pie shop proprietress, and together they exact a fearsome revenge involving an alarming new recipe that has the people of London lining up. The production, sponsored by Dana White, runs October 8 – 25, 2015.
The holiday season bring side-splitting laughs when a new Wendy MacLeod comedy, Women in Jeopardy!, makes its West Coast premiere at ETC. Described as Thelma and Louise meets The First Wives Club, the uproarious off-road adventure introduces us to Mary and Jo – two divorced women who are more-than-a-little suspicious of their friend Liz’s new boyfriend. Not only is he a bit of an oddball, but he may also be a serial killer. Acclaimed Los Angeles-based director Bart De Lorenzo directs the comedy of errors. The production runs December 3 – 20, 2015.
Not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, playwright Doug Wright began a conversation with Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an elegant and eccentric 65-year-old German transvestite who, against all odds, hid from the Nazis in plain sight as a woman. In a profound story of survival, I Am My Own Wife depicts more than 30 characters—all played by a single actor—to piece together Charlotte’s controversial life. The real-life tale of guile and ingenuity plays from February 4 – February 21, 2016 and will be directed by ETC veteran Jenny Sullivan.
From up-and-coming playwright Joshua Harmon comes the hottest comedy in America: Bad Jews. Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family. When her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a hilarious and devastatingly funny battle of Old Testament proportions ignites. Hailed by The New York Times as “the best comedy of the season” and praised by The New York Post as, “delicious, nasty, good fun,” Bad Jews will be directed by Jonathan Fox in a co-production with the English Theatre of Frankfurt. The sharp-witted comedy, sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger, runs from April 14 – May 1, 2016 before traveling to Germany in May and June for its German premiere.
ETC wraps up its 2015-2016 Season with a selection from the canon of everyone’s favorite droll Brit, Noël Coward. In the bubbly and boisterous Fallen Angels, Julia and Jane are paid an impromptu visit by a mutual long-ago lover. With their passionless husbands away playing golf, there’s clearly only one thing to do: hit the bottle! Each successive glass loosens their tongues, hidden jealousies surface, the claws come out, and all attempts at demure behavior go out of the window. But it’s not until the unexpected early return of their golfing husbands that the women’s evening really hits its frenzied peak. Art Manke, who directed the Noël Coward-favorite at both Pasadena and Laguna Playhouses, will direct the production, which runs June 9 – June 26, 2016. Production sponsors are Geoffrey and Joan Rutkowski and Dan and Donna Hone.
“It’s a season of music, laughter, and suspense,” says Mr. Fox. With an eclectic mix of comedy, drama, and music, 2015-2016 promises a selection of shows for theatre lovers of all stripes.   Website
7/9/15 - ETC Announces Summer Musical ... Tell Me on a Sunday -- July 23 – August 2
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A young English woman moves to New York City on a quest to find her place in the world. Along the way, she experiences the splendor and heartbreak of falling in love. Each dalliance comes with a lesson about life, and an overwhelming sense of self-discovery. Through a series of ill-fated relationships and letters to her mother, the girl finds that “dreams never run on time,” and it’s better to enjoy life, than to watch it pass by.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre  Website



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