Genre: Comedy, Drama, Festival

The River Crosses Rivers, presented by the Ensemble Studio Theatre's Going to the River program, is a festival of new short plays by women playwrights of color, including Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and renowned playwright, actor and activist Ruby Dee.

Series A:

RISEN FROM THE DOUGH by France-Luce Benson, directed by EST Member Holli Harms
THE KITCHEN or 9½ Minutes of Subcontinental Absurdity by Naveen Bahar Choudhury, directed by EST Member Jamie Richards
LADYBUG GONNA GETCHA by Kara Lee Corthron, directed by Pat Golden
THE STEP-MOTHER by Ruby Dee, directed by Chuck Patterson
ANGELS IN THE PARKING LOT by N.N. Ewing, directed by Seret Scott
BANANA BEER BATH by Lynn Nottage, directed by EST Member Talvin Wilks
RALLY by Bridgette Wimberly, directed by Clinton Turner Davis

About the Company: Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Ensemble Studio Theatre is a not-for-profit developmental theatre founded by Curt Dempster and a loose-knit group of fellow theater artists during a fertile period Off Broadway between 1968 and 1972. EST’s founders had two primary goals in creating the company: to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays.

EST nurtures individual artists through its free membership program, which offers lifetime membership in the company to diverse theater artists selected via a competitive application process. Demonstrated talent and keen interest in collaboration and contributing to EST’s community are the criteria for admission. The emphasis is on talent. EST currently lists more than 500 theatre artists on its membership roster. Collectively the group has won every major prize or award in theater, film and television, including Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards and Susan Smith Blackburn Awards.

EST’s goal to develop new American plays has resulted in a record of achievement that rivals any theater in the U.S. in terms of quantity and quality of output, with a total of more than 6,000 plays developed and produced since 1972 featuring many of the finest playwrights, directors and performers working in the theater. Each year, EST produces over 150 projects, including readings and workshops of new works-in-progress and fully produced Mainstage productions, including many U.S. and world premieres.

Plays that originated at EST have been produced at more than 360 theatres across the United States. The company has been recognized with Village Voice Obie Awards, NY Outer Critic Circle Awards and numerous American Theater Wing Awards for excellence in theater.

Preview:   09/09/09
Open:   09/11/09
Close:   09/26/09

9/9/09 at 7pm
9/10/09 at 7pm
9/11/09 at 7pm
9/16/09 at 7pm
9/17/09 at 7pm
9/20/09 at 3pm
9/25/09 at 7pm
9/26/09 at 7pm
Theater:   Ensemble Studio Theatre
Address:   549 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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