Ensemble looks ahead to a busy spring
Ensemble Theatre, in its 39th season, is poised to deliver an array of theater options in the coming months. The American classic "A Raisin in the Sun" runs through Feb. 17, and Ensemble will next bring Eugene O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten" to its Cleveland Heights theater in March. Directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz, "Moon" follows the events of O'Neill's seminal "A Long Day's Journey into Night."
In addition to its stated mission of bringing "contemporary American classics" to the stage, Ensemble has also been at the forefront of Cleveland's new play development scene with the 2009 establishment of StageWrights, a weekly open-door workshop at which playwrights of all levels of experience meet and read new work.
Over the course of the past decade, StageWrights has provided Ensemble with new plays from Cleveland playwrights, including Cynthia Dettlebach, Rannigan Walsh, Barbara Harkness, Ed Walsh and Tom Frattare.
This year, Ensemble's annual Colombi New Plays Festival will feature even more new works from local writers, including a full production of Cleveland playwright David Hansen's new play, "The Way I Danced With You," March 21 through April 7.
“There will be talkbacks, writing workshops and free play readings, open mics, poetry slams, and other events,” said Executive Director Celeste Cosentino about the coming months at Ensemble. “It’s all part of our ‘What Happens to a Dream Deferred’ Project, supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation.”
Many of these events will surround the current production of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’” Supplemental events are free to the public.
For a full schedule of events, visit www.ensembletheatrecle.org, or call 216-321-2930.
Tyler Whidden is a playwright, director and actor with Ensemble Theatre.