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"Behind the Sheet" by Charly Evon Simpson, at Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2019. Pictured: Megan Tusing and Naomi Lorrain. (Photo by Jeremy Daniel Photography)

Ensemble Studio Theatre Sets Season of New Plays

The Off-Off Broadway theatre will produce works by Catya McMullen and Brittany K. Allen.

NEW YORK CITY: Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) has announced its 2019-20 season lineup, featuring three productions.

The season will open with Catya McMullen’s GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (Oct. 2-27), which follows three young women who’ve been friends since high school as they set out on a road trip—filled with pie and sexual escapades—to mourn someone from their past. The cast will feature Quincy Dunn-Baker, Layla Khoshnoudi, Diana Oh, Claire Siebers, and JD Taylor. Giovanna Sardelli will direct.

The second play, to be produced February 2020, which will be announced at a later date.

The season will close with Redwood (April 15-May 10, 2020), by Brittany K. Allen, a comedy about an interracial couple who are shocked to discover that her family was owned by his in the antebellum South. Mikhaela Mahony will direct.

Additional programming will include presentations from Youngblood, EST’s emerging writers program, including monthly Sunday Brunches, the annual Asking for Trouble Festival of 10-minute plays in November, and the Bloodworks Festival of full-length reading in May and June. Also, EST and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science & Technology Project will present the First Light Festival, featuring readings and workshops of new science-themed plays commissioned and developed through the partnership in Feb.-April, 2020.

Founded in 1968, EST has developed thousands of new American plays and has grown into a company of more than 600 actors, directors, playwrights, and designers.

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