Tyla Abercrumbie in Dominique Morisseau's "Detroit '67" at Chicago's Northlight Theatre.

The Ensemble Theatre Announces 2015–16 Season Rife with Regional Premieres

Six productions, including four regional premieres, explore conflicts over identity and race.

HOUSTON: The Ensemble Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, which includes four regional premieres featuring a variety of comedies, dramas and musicals.

“Each of the shows this season explores characters dealing with conflicts who are resilient, yet sometimes flawed in their resolution,” said artistic director Eileen J. Morris in a statement. “I believe the love, healing and exploration of historic moments in these stories will bring us closer to our individual and collective sense of humanity, and leave us feeling changed in some way.”

The season begins with the regional premiere of David Lamb’s Platanos Y Collard Greens (Sept. 24–Oct.1 8), a romantic comedy about the stereotypes and urban myths of interracial dating. Rachel Hemphill Dickson will direct.

Following will be Stepp Stewart’s A Soulful Christmas (Nov. 19–Dec. 30), adapted by Patdro Harris and with additional music by Carlton Leake, about two children who embark on a cultural journey on Christmas Eve. Leake will provide musical direction and Harris will choreograph and direct.

Next is August Wilson’s Fences (Jan. 28–Feb. 28, 2016), about an ex-baseball player in Pittsburgh in the 1950s who is unable to provide for his family. Morris will direct.

Following will be the regional premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Detroit ’67 (March 24–April 17, 2016), about the race riots that ravaged that city in that year. Morris will direct.

Next is the regional premiere of John Shevin Foster’s Plenty of Time (May 12–June 5, 2016), about an ongoing affair between a Southern debutante and a Black Panther beginning in 1968. Morris will direct.

The season concludes with Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing (June 30–July 31, 2016), by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, which offers a snapshot of America amid the upswing of Negro league baseball in 1947. Leake will provide original songs and Harris will choreograph.

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