Ensemble Theatre continues it's critically acclaimed 33rd Season...
ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRESENTS:
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES
BY CHARLES SMITH
DIRECTED BY CELESTE COSENTINO
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AARON ELERSICH
They survived history, but whose history? James Cameron and Mary Ball emerged as the sole survivors of racial crimes in Marion, Indiana in 1930. Teenagers when the crimes occurred, they look back on those events, and their lives, in this work commissioned by The Indiana Repertory Theatre. As their past and present lives intermingle, Cameron and Ball discover that their remembrances of that day differ even if their experiences were the same-challenging us to wrestle with the tensions between memory, history, & redemption.
AN OHIO PREMIERE!
WITH AN ALL STAR CLEVELAND CAST:
Peter Lawson Jones*, Anne McEvoy, Keith E. Stevens*, Antuane Rogers, J'Vaughn T. Briscoe, Kyle Carthens, Katie Nabors, Valerie Young, & Tim Walsh. (*Member of Actors' Equity Association)
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES
OPENS JAN. 25th and runs through FEB.17th. Performances are Fri. & Sat. @8pm & Sun@2pm.
MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT! Jan. 25th, 26th. Feb.16th.
CHARLES SMITH IS THE HEAD OF THE PROFESSIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM AT OHIO UNIVERSITY, WHERE HE IS A DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR. Charles Smith’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and from coast to coast by theaters such as Indiana Repertory Theatre, Goodman Theatre, New Federal Theatre, The Acting Company, People’s Light & Theatre Company, Penumbra, Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland, Crossroads Theatre Company, Penguin Repertory Theatre, Ujima Theatre Company, The Colony Theatre, St. Louis Black Rep, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Jubilee Theatre, Ensemble Theatre in Houston, and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Nine of his plays received their world premiere productions at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Three of his plays, The Gospel According to James, Sister Carrie, and Les Trois Dumas, were all commissioned and produced by Indiana Repertory Theatre. Les Trois Dumas has also been produced by People’s Light & Theatre and by Independent Theatre in Adelaide, South Australia, and his play, The Gospel According to James was also produced by Victory Gardens Theater. His work has also been produced for the HBO New Writers Project, the International Children’s Theater Festival in Seattle, and The National Black Theatre Festival. His other plays include, Freefall, The Sutherland, Black Star Line, Jelly Belly, Young Richard, Cane, and Free Man of Color, which was produced in Australia, New York, Los Angeles, Cleveland and around the United States. Free Man of Color was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award and a John W. Schmid Award, both for Outstanding New Work. Charles has also received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, Illinois Arts Council Governors Award, Princess Grace Fellowship, the Cornerstone National Playwriting Award, the Joyce Award, The National Black Theatre Festival’s August Wilson Playwriting Award, the Theodore Ward National Playwriting Award, two Black Theatre Alliance Awards for New Work, the NBC New Voices Award, and numerous other AUDELCO, Jeff, NAACP, and Black Theatre Alliance award nominations. As alumnus playwright of New Dramatists, graduate of the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and one of the founding members of the Playwrights Ensemble at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago, he has taught playwriting at Northwestern University, for the Prague Summer Program in Creative Writing in the Czech Republic, and for the Center for Dramatic Art in Groznjan, Croatia. He currently head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University, Distinguished Professor of Playwriting, and Ohio University Presidential Research Scholar in the Arts and Humanities.
SAVE THE DATE! FEBRUARY 16th. SPEAKEASY EVENT/BENEFIT FOR ENSEMBLE THEATRE!
WINE, FOOD, SONG & YOU SEE THE SHOW! TALKBACKS. MEET THE PLAYWRIGHT!
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THESE EVENTS, & TO MEET THE CAST AND CREW OF THIS AMAZING PLAY! THE FIRST IN PRODUCTION IN CLEVELAND!
$20 (Adults) $18 (Seniors)$10(Students w/ Valid ID). Group rate of $15(Groups of 10 or more)
*Special Pricing for the February 16th performance and "speakeasy" event.
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BOX OFFICE OPENS 1 HR. BEFORE CURTAIN. HOUSE OPENS 30 MIN. PRIOR TO CURTAIN.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE & THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
GENEROUS SUPPORT ALSO PROVIDED BY THE GEORGE GUND FOUNDATION AND THE OHIO ARTS COUNCIL.
We look forward to seeing you in our audience!