The Ensemble Theatre Kicks Off New Season With Regional Premiere

Immediate Family by Paul Oakley Stovall

Houston, Texas, UNITED STATES



The Ensemble Theatre kicks of its 2013-2014 season with the regional premiere comedy Immediate Family by Paul Oakley Stovall, and directed by Eileen J. Morris.
  In Immediate Family, the oldest son Jesse is a closeted gay man on the verge of coming out to his family. Soon everyone discovers Jesse isn't the only one with secrets. Audiences will see from a comical perspective a family learning to mend fractured relationships and adapting to their rapidly changing family dynamics.
  In the Bryant family's Hyde Park home, keeping a secret is next to impossible. When the entire clan comes together for the first time in more than five years, this family reunion turns into a family showdown when the realities of race, religion, and sexuality collide. Modern Family meets Soul Food as these siblings try to bridge their differences with a little help from God, a few card games and their Immediate Family.
  Featured cast members include Rachel Hemphill Dickson, Kendrick "KayB" Brown, Florence Garvey, Adrian Porter, An'tick Von Morphxing, Steve Bullitt
When: Previews: Saturday, September 21, 2013: 8:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 22, 2013: 3:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, September 25, 2013: 7:30 p.m.
  Show Run: September 26 – October 20, 2013
    Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
    Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    Sundays: 3:00 p.m.
****Opening Night and Media Reception is Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.***
Where: The Ensemble Theatre  
  3535 Main St.  
  Houston, TX 77002  

The Ensemble Theatre's 2013-2014 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-six years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.


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