"Cosentino, in her first year as artistic director at Ensemble, has worked wonders in transforming the professional company she inherited from her late mother, Lucia Colombi, into a force."  -Tony Brown, Cleveland Plain Dealer


Next on the Main Stage: 

SLOW DANCE ON THE KILLING GROUND

by William Hanley directed by Greg White
The curtain rises on a poor, dusty shop with its dirty window obscuring the dark hostile night. A storekeeper is taking inventory. The door is flung open, letting in a lithe young black man.  In this dance for two, the characters make hesitant approaches, circle, feint, threaten each other with gun & ice pick but scarcely make contact. The young man is a hunted man. The storekeeper a non-Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany, is close-mouthed, suspicious, anxious to avoid self-involvement. The third dancer is Rosie, an 18-year old from Riverdale, who as wandered into the shop after losing her way with no illusions about her homeliness or about the encounter that has led to her troubles. The two men react to her with a sensitivity and concern that seem to diminish the furies within them. But not for long. The German is driven to revealing the truth about himself as the young man, faces his inexorable fate out there on the killing ground.
(Main Stage Theatre).
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm
Feb. 5th-Feb. 28th.  

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Next in The Playground: 

GOLDEN LEAF RAGTIME BLUES

by Charles Smith directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz
Developed by American Blues Theatre Company in Chicago in 1987, Golden Leaf Rag Time Blues is a story of a young African American boy and an old Jewish man who are thrown together because of circumstances beyond their control. The two form an unusual friendship when they discover through stories and music that they have more in common than anyone would ever believe. Golden Leaf Rag Time Blues illustrates how our basic needs and human emotions transcend the barriers of race, religion, and age.  
(Playground Theatre).
Fridays & Saturdays 8pm
Sundays 2pm
Feb. 5th-Feb. 28th.  

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Coming in March/April: 

2016 COLOMBI NEW PLAYS FESTIVAL

CHOICES by Cynthia Dettelbach 
director by Scott Miller.  Live streamed! 
Their firstborn son brings home a Muslim girlfriend; the family’s finance are in freefall, and those are not the biggest bombshells to rock the oundations of this upper middle class Jewish family. March 17th-March 27th.  

A KIND OF COURAGE by Rannigan Walsh
directed by Celeste Cosentino. Livestreamed!  
A thirty-year old woman, Jennifer, is in a serious relationship with Ben, thirty-seven year old male college professor. Jennifer has a dark secret about her past which could destroy their future together. March 31st-April 10th. 

Both productions perform
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays @ 8pm.
Sundays @ 2pm

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