The Ensemble Theatre Salutes Texas Playwrights

Style Magazine Newswire | 11/7/2016, 4:16 p.m.
The Ensemble Theatre salutes Texas playwrights as part of its 40th Anniversary Season celebration with a series of stage readings ...

HOUSTON (November 7, 2016) – The Ensemble Theatre salutes Texas playwrights as part of its 40th Anniversary Season celebration with a series of stage readings that will run November 14, 2016 – June 12, 2017 at 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

Several Texas playwrights were selected along with local directors to participate in this 8-month series of stage readings. Their works continue to enrich audiences at The Ensemble Theatre and nationally.

“We want to celebrate our hometown playwrights who’ve been an integral part of The Ensemble Theatre’s 40-year history,” says Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director of The Ensemble Theatre. “The fact that our 40th anniversary season kicked off with Texas playwright Celeste Bedford Walker’s Sassy Mamas, is a testament to how relevant and present these playwrights are to our audiences.”

All stage readings are at The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

For more information call 713-520-0055 or visit:

Tickets: $5.00

The Ensemble Theatre Solute to Texas Playwrights Stage Reading Series:

American Summer Squash

Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

by Don Wilson Glenn

directed by Mirron Willis

Lyin’ Ass

Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by Eugeen Lee

directed by Kelvin Hamilton

Morning, Noon and Night

Monday, December 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

by Dr. Ted Shine

directed by Allie Woods

a series of ten minute plays

Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by j.e. franklin

directed by shirley marks whitmore

Black Spurs

Monday, January 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by Celeste Bedford Walker

directed by Wayne DeHart

When the Ancestors Call

Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by Elizabeth Brown Guillory

directed by Rachel Hemphill Dickson

The ‘N’ Word Catharsis

Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by Thomas Meloncon

directed by Ed Muth

The Trinity River Plays

Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

by Regina Taylor

directed by Eileen J. Morris

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre; and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.