The Ensemble Theatre Presents Texas Playwright Don Wilson Glenn's 'American Menu'
ADVISORY, Jan. 4, 2010 --
Who/What: It's May 1968, shortly after the murder of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a month before the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Five Black kitchen workers at a segregated lunch counter are forced to engage in painful self-examination brought about by yet another senseless death in their town. Through passionate conversations, these women face the realities of life on the cusp of change. Jammed in a hot, airless room they must battle prejudice, poverty, ignorance and each other as they search for inspiration. Yet in the midst of this seeming endless time, they manage to find humor that helps bridge the gaps and reconnects them to their humanism. When: Previews: Saturday, January 30: 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31: 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 3: 7:30 p.m. Show Run: February 4 - February 28, 2010 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 February 4, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.; Reception at 7:30 p.m.*** For subscription information, ticket sales or groups sales, call the box office at (713) 520-0055 Where: The Ensemble Theatre 3535 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 713-520-0055 www.ensemblehouston.com
The Ensemble Theatre's 2009-2010 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts. Continental Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. This production is generously underwritten by Shell.
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-three 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 a myriad of audiences.
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