|Choking The Butterfly
| Open: 10/25/12 Close: 11/10/12
Teenage conjoined twins Betty and Barney are left to their own devices in an abandoned button factory after an operation to separate them. Thrown out of a cozy institution of bath times and warm needles they grew up in, they are now left with a suitcase packed with bottles of milk and cash - the land of milk and money they dreamed of as children. Betty is excited about her new existence as a singleton. Free of her parasitic twin she strides out into the world for work. Barney is smaller, weaker and as he relied on his sister for life, now that they are apart he sees death roaring towards him. Both individually meet the troubled yet charismatic Brody, who introduces them to the dark underbelly of a contemporary society riddled with drugs and voyeurism. Finally set free and equipped with all the money in the world can the twins survive separately yet stay together?
Starring Eric Alba, Evan Johnson* and Christina Toth. *Appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association. AEA Showcase.
About the Company: EBE Ensemble
EBE Ensembleis dedicated to developing and presenting new and unique works of theatre. They believe that making theater accessible enhances a community and that, through an ensemble-based approach, they can better present quality theatre that strives for an emotional truth. They believe that a positive and energetic work environment is paramount in developing interesting and entertaining works of art. At the end of their sixth season, EBE Ensemble has produced more than 30 new plays and adaptations, has created the NYIT Award winning one-act festival, Elephants on Parade, and engaged the community through annual productions of updated classic works at no cost in Prospect Park with their Shakespeare in the Pagoda series. www.ebeensemble.org.
|Elephants on Parade 2012
| Open: 05/03/12 Close: 05/12/12
EBE Ensemble (Eric Alba, Artistic Director) will present the fifth installment of their New York Innovative Theatre Award-winning one-act play festival, May 3-12 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). Elephants on Parade 2012 will feature new plays by Jeff Carter, Patrick Gabridge, Barbara Lindsay, Jen Silverman, Sonya Sobieski, and John Weagly.
Elephants on Parade 2012 will feature two world premieres and four New York premieres in which hilarity and heartbreak ensues as people strive to connect to one another amidst the chaos of everyday life. In Jeff Carter’s Human Resources we tag along as Karl Clark endures the job interview from hell. Patrick Gabridge’s Curse the Darkness throws a scene change into turmoil when a battle ensues over the right placement of the furniture, and the stupid candle just won’t light. In Barbara Lindsay’s Fighting Mr. Right a couple returns from a great first date and becomes embroiled in a fight to stay together. Jen Silverman’s Notes on Drowning tells the story of Adam, who falls for the drowned girl that lives in his bathtub. He thinks he’s found love, or at least a muse; his sister, however, has a few concerns. In Sonya Sobieski’s True Enough Bo’s world gets turned upside-down when he meets his younger brother’s new girlfriend and her puppets. Finally, John Weagly’s Purple Hearts and Missing Femurs recounts the story of two soldiers in a never-ending war as they discover a new way to become a hero.
The cast will feature EBE Ensemble members Eric Alba, Courtney Fitzgerald, Genevieve Hudson-Price, Joe Mullen, Nick Reinhardt, Elizabeth Spano, Ryan Willard, and new guest artist Joshua Everett Johnson. The production team will include Cory Rodriguez (Scenic Design), Casey Malone (Costume Design), Tracy Lynn Wertheimer (Lighting Design), Joshua B. Jenks (Sound Design), and Lauren Genutis (Props Design). The plays will be directed by Eric Alba, Laura Braza, Katherine M. Carter, Caleb Eigsti, Barbara Harrison, and Phillip Ruvelas.
| Open: 07/08/09 Close: 07/25/09
Pre-Disposal takes place on a hot Bed-Stuy morning; three young men meet all looking for something different. One is looking for someone to confide in, another is looking for a story to tell and the third is looking for an opportunity. Pre-Disposal is a savage comedy about race, terror and the role of art in an unforgiving part of the world.
Cast includes: DK Bowser (“Lipstick Jungle”, Film:Slow Jam King), Deborah Green (Miss White House, Film: Infamous), Paul Pryce (Film: The End Is The Beginning, Romeo & Juliet Theatreworks National Tour) , and Matt Schock (Atlantic Theater Company's "What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling").
John Prescod (playwright) is a founding member and the resident playwright of EBE Ensemble, where he wrote and directed Pig and an adaptation of Chekhov's Marriage Proposal. His play Reck premiered with the EBE Ensemble in October 2008, directed by Jackie Danziger. This past February, he directed the Ensemble’s production of Matthew Paul Olmos' The Bus That Got Cut Over Its Eye.
Joshua Luria (director) is a founding member of EBE Ensemble, where he directed Ira Gamerman's Dated: A Cautionary Tale for Facebook Users. He received his BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied with the Atlantic Theater Company and at Jim Calder's Commedia dell'Arte program in Florence, Italy.
EBE Ensemble was founded in 2006 by a group of NYU theater graduates. It is a theater company dedicated to producing provocative new work on stage, intermixing classical themes with youthful and modern ideas and interpretations. Now in their second season, EBE Ensemble has produced six fully staged productions and created the “You Fill in the Blank” play festival and competition, EBE also sponsored a national one-act competition which resulted in their production of Elephants on Parade 2009.
| Open: 08/16/07 Close: 08/20/07
In "Dangers of Tobacco," a man struggles to give a lecture thrust upon him by his overpowering wife, until her mental hold on him leads him to the point of mental breakdown in the middle of his presentation. "Reluctant Tragic Hero" follows a similar journey, as office life, a train, and mosquitoes turn an ordinary man into a near-homicidal monster, while "Marriage Proposal" pits romance against land disputes, disfigured dogs, and a heart murmur.
|SHAKESPEARE IN THE PAGODA |
(ROMEO & JULIET AND JULIUS CAESAR IN REP)
| Open: 07/24/10 Close: 08/07/10
EBE Ensemble (Eric Alba, Artistic Director; Montgomery Sutton, Executive Director) will produce its first free, outdoor summer program at Prospect Park’s 1887 Music Pagoda from July 24-August 7, featuring a repertory company in productions of Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar. The productions, together called Shakespeare in the Pagoda, are sponsored in part by Arizona Iced Tea and will be site-specific and feature active, modern interpretations using Shakespeare’s classic texts. Live music and foley sound effects enhance the outdoor experience.
Romeo & Juliet, directed by Dev Bondarin (Gallery Players’ The House of Blue Leaves), opens at 1pm on July 24; Julius Caesar, directed by Kristine Ayers (EBE Ensemble’s Things to do in New Jersey),opens at 4pm. The shows plays continue in rotating repertory at 1pm and 4pm daily on July 25, 30, 31, August 6, and 7. For complete schedule information, visit www.ebeensemble.com/shakespeare/.
The repertory company includes many familiar faces to Prospect Park area residents, including ensemble members Montgomery Sutton* (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V at the Music Pagoda; Gallery Players’ King Lear and Candide) as Romeo and Octavius Caesar; Eric Alba (EBE’s Buddha Nosh and Russian Roulette) as Tybalt and Brutus; and Joshua Luria (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V) as Benvolio and Casca, as well as guest artists Judy Alvarez (Gallery Players’ Candide), Ugo Chukwu (The Heights’ Players Take Me Out), Camille Mazurek* (Pulse Ensemble Theater’s Twelfth Night and Ladies in Retirement), Nicholas Reinhardt(Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V), Len Rella* (Gallery Players’ Candide; Gorilla Rep’s Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc), Jessica Rothenberg (The Huntington Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard; Gallery Players’ King Lear), Elizabeth Spano (Curious Frog’s Romeo & Juliet), Steve Viola (Rebellious Subjects’ Henry IV/V), and Jessica Frey (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles).
The shows feature costume design by Amanda Jenks, original music by Frederick Alden Terry (Romeo & Juliet) and Nicholas R. Wright (Julius Caesar), fight choreography by Turner Smith, and live foley design by Joshua B. Jenks and Nancy Valladares. Julius Caesar is assistant directed and stage managed by Mandee Kulaga; Romeo & Juliet is staged managed by Jessica Polanco.
EBE Ensemble is dedicated to developing and presenting new and unique works of theatre. They believe that making theater accessible enhances a community and that, through an ensemble-based approach, they can better present quality theatre that strives for an emotional truth. Now finishing their third season, EBE Ensemble has produced several new plays and adaptations and created the “You Fill in the Blank” play festival and competition in addition to the award-winning national one-act festival, Elephants on Parade.
* denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.
|The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door
| Open: 07/19/12 Close: 07/29/12
Unrequited love, desperate impossibilities, and humor as dark as the bottom of the sea populate this bombastic riff on the myth of Medusa. Exploring the way in which we create and destroy our own mythologies, the play spans fifteen years of timelessness in the life of a family that can not figure out where they fit on the spectrum between reality and myth.
Barbara Harrison directs a cast of four including Michel Altieri*, Aaron Berk*, Yasha Jackson*, and Nick Lehane*.
Stage Management: Julia Borowski; Associate Director: Jay Stull;
Scenic Design by Adam Kaynan; Costume Design by Amanda Jenks; Lighting Design by Tsubasa Kamei; Sound Design by Joshua B. Jenks; Props Design by Lauren Genutis; Fight Direction by Turner Smith; Casting by Rachel Maran; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR.
*denotes member of Actor's Equity Association. An AEA approved showcase.
About the Company: EBE Ensemble
EBE Ensemble is dedicated to developing and presenting new and unique works of theatre. They believe that making theater accessible enhances a community and that, through an ensemble-based approach, they can better present quality theatre that strives for an emotional truth. They believe that a positive and energetic work environment is paramount in developing interesting and entertaining works of art. At the end of their sixth season, EBE Ensemble has produced more than 30 new plays and adaptations, has created the NYIT Award winning one-act festival, Elephants on Parade, and engaged the community through annual productions of updated classic works at no cost in Prospect Park with their Shakespeare in the Pagoda series. www.ebeensemble.org.
|The Girl From Nashville
| Open: 12/03/10 Close: 12/18/10
The Girl from Nashville tells the tale of a high school football coach who inexplicably murders his star quarterback in the middle of playoff season. Fading between present-day interrogation room drama and moments from the coach’s past hiding out in a motel with a young female student, The Girl from Nashville explores questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and the nature of redemption.
Written by award-winning playwright Steven Michael Walters
(NBC's "Friday Night Lights"), The Girl from Nashville
is directed by Kristine Ayers
(EBE Ensemble's Julius Caesar
) and features Brad Makarowski*
(The Flea Theatre’s Design Your Kitchen
), Jessica Renee Russell
(Houston Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
), Dan Sharkey*
(Broadway: The Music Man
); EBE Ensemble member Montgomery Sutton*
(White Horse Theater Company’s Clothes for a Summer Hotel
), and Erin Wilhelmi
(Manhattan Theatre Source’s Likeness
The stage manager is Andrea Herbert*, with scenic design by David Ogle, costume design by Amanda Jenks, lighting design by Tsubasa Kamei, sound design by Joshua B Jenks, and fight direction by Turner Smith.
Steven Walters (playwright) is a founding ensemble member of Second Thought Theatre in Dallas, TX. His plays have been produced by Second Thought Theatre, Casa Manana, Project X, Water Tower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Festival, the Festival of Independent Theaters, and Firebone Theatre (NYIT Award Winner-2010). In 2005, Steven was named “Best Local Playwright” by the Dallas Observer. Acting credits include work at the Dallas Theater Center (including a co-production with the Public Theatre ofThe Good Negro), Second Thought Theatre, Peterborough Players, Lost Nation Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, as well as television work on Friday Night Lights, My Generation, Trauma, Prison Break, Case Closed. Steven is also a screenwriter and he is currently represented by the Agency for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles.
* denotes membership in Actors’ Equity Association. An Equity Approved Showcase.