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!!
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
6/10/15 - Saturday, June 12 is Opening Night for Ensemble Theatre's "Venus in Fur" at The New Vic
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A sexy, smart and funny adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term "masochism." A woman arrives late to an audition, which gradually turns into a dance of dominance between the actress and director, as well as a laugh-out-loud depiction of sexual politics. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Directed by Andrew Barnicle. Production Sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation with support from Peter and Debby Stalker.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
6/8/15 - Ensemble Theatre's "Venus in Fur" opens this weekend at The New Vic
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A sexy, smart and funny adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term "masochism." A woman arrives late to an audition, which gradually turns into a dance of dominance between the actress and director, as well as a laugh-out-loud depiction of sexual politics. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Directed by Andrew Barnicle. Production Sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation with support from Peter and Debby Stalker.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
5/19/15 - ETC Announces Sizzling and Cerebral Comedy -- Venus in Fur
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A sexy, smart and funny adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term "masochism." A woman arrives late to an audition, which gradually turns into a dance of dominance between the actress and director, as well as a laugh-out-loud depiction of sexual politics. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Directed by Andrew Barnicle. Production Sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation with support from Peter and Debby Stalker.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
4/28/15 - Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical
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Ensemble Theatre Company announces the addition of a second musical to its 2014/15 production calendar. July will bring summer and song as ETC presents Tell Me on a Sunday, the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about love and love-lost. Tell Me on a Sunday runs at the New Vic Theater from July 23 – August 2, with a press opening on Saturday, July 25.
From the composer who brought the world Evita and Phantom of the Opera comes the story of a young English woman trying to make it in New York City. Along the way, she experiences the splendor and the 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, instead of watching it pass by.
Casting and Creative Team members will be announced in June, but tickets for Tell Me On a Sunday go on sale to the public May 1.
Tickets for Tell Me on a Sunday are $40.00. Performances will run Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, with a Saturday 4:00 pm matinee performance on July 25 and August 1, and a Sunday evening performance on July 26.
4/19/15 - What a Great Production! ... Woyzeck by Ensemble Theatre
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A rarely performed musical adaptation by Tom Waits of one of the most influential plays ever written, Georg Büchner’s classic Woyzeck. When a soldier returns home from the war, desperate poverty leads him to take odd jobs that gradually tear him apart. As he starts to lose his mind, his love for Marie becomes increasingly obsessive. With his poetic combination of blues, jazz, and vaudeville, Tom Waits, along with his wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, has created a musical both carnivalesque and tender. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
1/14/15 - Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Its Production of Intimate Apparel
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Ensemble Theatre Company announces its upcoming production of Intimate Apparel by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Lynn Nottage. Called “magnificent and compelling” by the Chicago Tribune, and “utterly captivating” by BroadwayWorld, Nottage’s play is partially a love story, and partially a confrontation of race and religion.
The winner of five national awards for Best Play, including the New York Drama Outer Critics Circle Award, Intimate Apparel introduces us to Esther, an African-American seamstress who sews exquisite lingerie for socialites and seductresses in 1905 New York. Feeling alone and unwanted at 35 years old, Esther agrees to marry a Barbadian immigrant, whom she has never met, but communicated with through a series of letters. Her true heart, however, belongs to the Orthodox Jewish Tailor who supplies her fabric – a man she cannot love because he is bound by his religious beliefs and an arranged marriage of his own.
Intimate Apparel runs at the New Vic Theater from February 5 - 22 and opens Saturday, February 7. The production is sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger, with additional support provided by Elaine and Herb Kendall.
“It’s is a gorgeous story of love and yearning across cultures and ethnicities,” says Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director. “The play is also a poetic look at a critical moment in American cultural history. It has been a hit around the country since its premiere a dozen years ago, and Ensemble is in an exceptional position to present the play in Santa Barbara. I’m delighted that Saundra McClain returns to ETC to direct this new production.”
McClain, an ETC favorite, is particularly fascinated by the idea of seeking emotional closeness in a time when tenements and boarding houses were often so physically packed with people. “It is interesting to me that Lynn Nottage chose this place and this time to write such a beautiful metaphor about people from different strata of life all seeking intimacy in a place where there was so little privacy.” She goes on to discuss Nottage’s talent as a playwright, saying, “I read somewhere that [she] was inspired by a tintype she saw of ‘an unknown woman at a sewing machine.’ She breathed life into this photo of an ordinary person and made her extraordinary!”
That extraordinary person is the central character of Esther, played by Karole Foreman, who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most versatile and accomplished stage actors in Los Angeles.” She has appeared at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, in the national tour of Mamma Mia!, and in the recent Jackie Robinson biopic, 42.
In addition to Foreman, Intimate Apparel will feature two returning ETC actors – Jon Levenson and Heather Ayers. Levenson was last seen at ETC in Looped, but has made his mark around the country at American Conservatory Theatre, 59E59, Arena Stage, on Broadway, and on TV’s “Modern Family” and “Guiding Light.” Ayers played Charlotte in last season’s A Little Night Music, after having performed in the show on Broadway. She also appeared in the original Broadway casts of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and Young Frankenstein. Regionally, Ayers has been seen at heavyweight theatres such as the Old Globe Theatre, Yale Rep, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
They will be joined by Ovation Award-Winning stage and TV actress Peggy A. Blow, as well as AK Murtadha, and Leilani Smith.
The creative team for Intimate Apparel includes JR Bruce (Scenic Design), Dianne K. Graebner (Costume Design), Jared A. Sayeg (Lighting Design), and Dave Mickey (Sound Design).
12/8/14 - Ensemble Theatre and K-9 Pals for Weekly Pet Adoption Events
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On the heels of premiering the new comedy, The Best Brothers, Ensemble Theatre Company has partnered with local non-profit dog adoption agency, K-9 Pals, in an attempt to raise awareness about the growing need for “forever homes” in the Santa Barbara community.
The Best Brothers, playing now through December 21 at the New Vic, focuses on estranged brothers who are forced to come together in the wake of their mothers untimely, yet hilarious, death. While reconciling their mother’s estate, one point of contention raises its head over and over again: who will care for mom’s beloved Italian Greyhound, Enzo? Enzo represents the unconditional love that can come from a dog, even during times of great distress and upheaval in life. This idea, that a dog can change a person’s life, led to the inevitable teamwork between ETC and K-9.
K-9 Pals, which specializes in the rehoming of dogs after an owner’s death, offers a safe environment for sheltering, feeding, and training dogs who are waiting for homes. According to K-9 Pals, more than 1200 dogs are taken into Santa Barbara shelters each year. The financial need for funding is great, and a partnership with Ensemble Theatre Company helps to reach a large segment of the population that might not know how vital K-9 Pals is to the community.
As part of the awareness partnership, K-9 Pals will bring dogs in need of adoption to the New Vic before each remaining matinee performance of The Best Brothers – December 13, 14, and 21. Adoption events begin 1 hour prior to the performance. The public is welcome to attend the adoption events, socialize with the dogs, and learn more about the adoption process. A ticket to the play is not required.
Information on K-9 Pals, including steps in the adoption process and how to donate, can be found on their website, www.k-9pals.org.
To purchase tickets to The Best Brothers, contact the Ensemble Theatre Company Box Office at 805-965-5400, or visit www.etcsb.org.
11/12/14 - Ensemble Theatre Company Announces U.S. Premiere of New Comedy
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Ensemble Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the United States premiere of the Canadian hit comedy, The Best Brothers by Daniel MacIvor. Santa Barbara audiences will be the first in the nation to meet Kyle and Hamilton Best – estranged brothers who are brought back together by a tragic, yet hilarious, accident.
When their mother is crushed to death by a drunken drag queen named Piña Colada, the Best brothers are forced to set aside their differences and focus on the funeral arrangements. Easier said than done, endless and hysterical arguments ensue over the wording in the obituary, the right person to give the eulogy, the types of sandwiches that should be served at the visitation, and of course, who should care for mom’s beloved dog. Called “comedy at its purest” by the Toronto Star, and “an unabashedly crowd-pleasing comedy” by the Toronto Globe and Mail, the Stratford Festival hit promises to be the feel-good, laugh-out-loud, and surprisingly touching hit of the holiday season.
“We’re very excited to present the U.S. premiere of this new comedy, and to introduce it to audiences on the central coast,” said Jonathan Fox, ETC’s Executive Artistic Director. “The play is not only funny, but unexpectedly moving. It addresses deep-seated and easily relatable family issues in such a humorous and outrageous way. It’s going to be an entertaining and exciting addition to anyone’s holiday plans.”
Brian Shnipper, an L.A Drama Critics Circle Award Winner, and a fan of MacIvor’s since the early 1990s, will direct the U.S. premiere for ETC. “His [MacIvor’s] writing is so spare and elegant,” said Shnipper, “and he has the ability to write these beautiful, intimate, and slightly surreal monologues that move an audience to tears.” Shnipper went on to praise the surprising nature of the play, adding “MacIvor draws us in by giving us a deceptively simple comedy about sibling rivalry (with which most people can identify), and then shifts the tone and structure to create a richer and deeper play about our need for companionship and, of course, love.” Shnipper returns to ETC having directed its productions of Red, Opus, and Bell, Book, and Candle.
Kasey Mahaffy (Kyle) and Michael Polak (Hamilton) will portray the distanced siblings. Mahaffy returns to ETC after an eight-year hiatus, last seen in The Violet Hour. Since that time, Mahaffy has made the regional theatre circuit, performing with Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Arena Stage, amongst others. No stranger to premiere events, Mahaffy starred in the world premiere of Partners at the internationally renowned Humana Festival earlier this year. Polak also returns to ETC after appearing in the 2008 production of Take Me Out. In between ETC productions, Polak has been seen across the country at Chicago Shakespeare, Hartford Stage, and A.C.T. in San Francisco, as well as a number of long-running television daytime soap operas.
The powerhouse creative team for The Best Brothers includes the 2013 L.A. Drama Critics Circle Career Achievement Award recipient, Stephen Gifford (Scenic Designer), the return of Amadeus Costume Designer, Dianne K. Graebner, and five-time Ovation Award-winning Lighting Designer, Jeremy Pivnick.
The Best Brothers runs at the New Vic Theater from December 4 - 21, 2014 and opens Saturday, December 6. The production is sponsored by Dana White.
10/6/14 - Opening Night! ... Ensemble Theatre's Amadeus -- Saturday at The New Vic
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Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1985, Amadeus brims with gorgeous music and language as rich as a Viennese butter cream torte. Life is comfortable for Antonio Salieri, Court composer to Austrian Emperor Josef, until the greatest musical genius of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lands on the scene, leading to jealousy and political intrigue. Called “triumphant” by The New York Times, Amadeus is a highly theatrical, thrilling and humorous tale of an artist of average talent living in the shadow of a genius. Directed by Jonathan Fox. Production Sponsored by Léni Fé Bland and Sara Miller McCune.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
7/2/14 - Free Screening of Lifeboat, Starring Tallulah Bankhead -- July 14th at The New Vic
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See Tallulah Bankhead in her award-winning role in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. A free screening of the 1944 classic film will be presented at the New Vic in conjunction with Ensemble Theatre Company’s current production of Looped, a new comedy about the legendary actress. Lifeboat is about several survivors of a torpedoed ship who find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sank it. Special screening is FREE. No reservations required.
Presented by ... Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC)
Venue ... The New Vic Theatre
6/6/14 - Ensemble Theatre Company Cast New Tallulah Bankhead in Upcoming Comedy Looped
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Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) and Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director, are pleased to announce that movie, television, and stage actor Diane Louise Salinger will perform the role of Tallulah Bankhead in ETC's upcoming production of Looped. Marsha Mason, previously announced in the part, has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons. Looped, the final show of ETC’s 2013-14 Season, runs from July 10 through July 27, 2014.
Ms. Salinger has performed Shakespeare, Chekhov, and O'Neill at such prestigious theaters as the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Rep., A.C.T., Denver Theatre Center, and Williamson Theatre. She began her film career as Simone in Pee-wee's Big Adventure and later reunited with Paul Reubens in Batman Returns in 1992. She played the recurring character Apollonia, the fortune teller, in HBO's cult hit "Carnivale" to great acclaim. Other movies include Woody Allens's Alice, Clint Eastwood's Bird, Sidney Lumet's The Morning After, as well as two movies by Henry Jaglom, Just 45 Minutes from Broadway and Queen of the Lot, to name a few. A partial list of starring television appearances include "CSI," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "How I Met Your Mother," "Law and Order," "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" (recurring) and "The Young and the Restless."   Website



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