's second play as part of its “Panorama of African-American Theatre: IV” series opens tonight.
Lower Ninth by Beau Willimon is set on the rooftop of a house submerged in water after Hurricane Katrina.
The play, directed by Ensemble’s artistic director Celeste Cosentino, follows two men who are trapped on top of the house for two days.
"E-Z is a rebellious young man. Malcolm is a reformed addict who has found strength through religion," according to a press release from Ensemble Theatre. "Sharing the roof with them is the corpse of Lowboy. Over the course of two stultifying days in the sun, Malcolm and E-Z must battle heat, hunger, their pasts and each other."
The theater warns that the play contains strong language and may not be appropriate for children. Ensemble invites the audience to celebrate the opening at a reception after the performance.
After you see the play, come back to Cleveland Heights Patch and tell us what you thought, or submit your own review to Editor Michelle Simakis.
Feb. 3 through Feb. 19
Thur., Fri. & Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m.
Ensemble Theatre, 2843 Washington Blvd.
Tickets: $10-$20 (Student rush tickets: $5)