ENSEMBLE THEATRE 2016-2017 MAINSTAGE SEASON LINE UP!
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Jason has a job, okay? He just works from home now. Things are tough nowadays what with the economy and all. So, stop looking at him like that. Lots of dads stay home with their babies. Right? It’s no big deal and it’s really not that tough. Except his kid won’t walk. And his mother won’t help. And his older brother’s a jerk-off. And his sister’s kids are already perfect and the playground moms are psychotic and everybody on Facebook hates him. But, other than all that, everything is just hunky-dory. Except his dad – you know what, forget his dad. It’s fine. Seriously. Everything is…
March 17th-April 2nd. (MS) Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. Sundays @2pm.
Run Time: Act 1: 1hr , Act 2: 45min.
Khadim has no idea why he's been called into the office of Dr. Danielson, the Vice Principal at Sheffield High. At first, Danielson is cagey, using a minor violation to keep the boy at school for detention. But as tension mounts, Danielson alternately plays good cop and bad, and winds up catching Khadim in a series of lies about crimes he may (or may not) have committed. In The North Pool, this riveting psychological thriller, a high-school vice principal and a Middle Eastern–born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences.
April 28th -May 21st. (MS) Fridays & Saturdays @8pm. Sundays @2pm
"Joseph has a gift for penetrating to the depths of human nature. As he explores the question of guilt—in all its forms, for all its reasons—there's barely a wasted word." -Boston Globe.
PREVIOUSLY THIS SEASON:
Harold Carver is the greatest political strategist the nation has ever known. But tonight he has to save four doomed campaigns, his own disintegrating marriage, and fend off an FBI investigation with no one to help him but eager intern Daphne. And he’s stuck at Gate C19 of Cleveland Hopkins Airport. A no-holds-barred look at how we choose our elected officials (and every other product) in our winner-take-all-world.
Performed September 30th-October 23rd.
Writing in the New York Times, Howard Taubman described the ideological relevance of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail to contemporary audiences, stating "this play and its protagonist, though they are of the 19th century, are speaking to today's concerns: an unwanted war in another land, civil disobedience, the interdependence of man and nature, education, the role of government and the governed.”
Performed November 18th-December 11th.
To Celebrate Black History Month Ensemble produced a Cleveland production of August Wilson's Radio Golf. The final installment of his ten play American Century Cycle, this fast-paced, dynamic and wonderfully funny work is about the world today and the dreams we have for the future. Set in Pittsburgh in the late 1990's, it's the story of a successful entrepreneur who aspires to become the city's first black mayor. But when the past begins to catch up with him, secrets get revealed that could be his undoing. Performed February 3rd-February 26th.
Ensemble Theatre's RADIO GOLF is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.