Ensemble Theatre Company kicks off its 36th season with the opening of the award-winning play Amadeus, opening on October 9 at The New Vic (33 W. Victoria St.), the beautifully refurbished theater which reopened last year. Here’s a look at the entire 2014/15 season.
By Peter Shaffer
October 9-26, 2014
Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Play, and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1985, Amadeus brims with gorgeous music and language as rich as a Viennese butter cream torte. Life is comfortable for Antonio Salieri, Court composer to Austrian Emperor Josef, until the greatest musical genius of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, lands on the scene, leading to jealousy and political intrigue. Called “triumphant” by The New York Times, Amadeus is a highly theatrical, thrilling and humorous tale of an artist of average talent living in the shadow of a genius. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
By Daniel MacIvor
December 4-21, 2014
The U.S. premiere of a new comedy. Kyle Best has been estranged from his brother, Hamilton, until their mother dies in a freak accident at a gay pride parade, crushed by a drunken drag queen. As the two brothers meet to iron out details of their mother’s funeral, they wrestle with the long-simmering questions of whom Mom loved more and who’ll get her dog. A hit at the Stratford Festival, this bittersweet comedy is surprising and touching. Directed by Brian Shnipper.
By Lynn Nottage
February 5-22, 2015
Set in New York in 1905, this story of an African-American woman who sews “intimate apparel” for clients ranging from wealthy white ladies to prostitutes plays against a backdrop of cathouses, ragtime, and massive European immigration. Still unmarried at the age of 35, Esther’s life is upended when a foreign stranger starts to write her love letters, even though she harbors a secret love for an Orthodox Jewish tailor.
Music and Lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
April 16 to May 3, 2015
A rarely performed musical adaptation by Tom Waits of one of the most influential plays ever written, Georg Büchner’s classic Woyzeck. When a soldier returns home from the war, desperate poverty leads him to take odd jobs that gradually tear him apart. As he starts to lose his mind, his love for Marie becomes increasingly obsessive. With his poetic combination of blues, jazz, and vaudeville, Tom Waits, along with his wife and collaborator Kathleen Brennan, has created a musical both carnivalesque and tender. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
Venus in Fur
By David Ives
June 11-28, 2015
A sexy, smart and funny adaptation of the 1870 erotic novel Venus in Furs by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, which inspired the term “masochism.” A woman arrives late to an audition, which gradually turns into a dance of dominance between the actress and director, as well as a laugh-out-loud depiction of sexual politics. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play in 2012. Directed by Andrew Barnicle.
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