Welcome to ETC’s 2013-14 Season at the New Vic!
At the heart of theater lies imagination. The audience is called upon to imagine that the characters are real and not really actors, that the drama is not scripted but is actually happening. It’s the audience’s imagination and complicity that conjures up something magical and lets an empty stage become “the vasty fields of France.” When we embarked six years ago on the journey toward opening a new theatrical home—a twisting windy path pockmarked with detours—we asked you to imagine a beautiful, intimate, and dynamic new performance space. In the midst of a challenging and daunting economic climate, we asked you to dream big and to suspend your disbelief. Together, we have turned imagination into reality. As we launch Ensemble Theatre Company at the New Vic, we continue to dream big with an exciting season that allows us to spread our artistic wings. I look forward to sharing the excitement with you. Thank you for joining with us to create Santa Barbara’s professional regional theater!
Executive Artistic Director © Mehosh Photography
The New Vic Theater • 300-seat contemporary theater • Comfortable seating & convenient access • A beautiful, intimate setting • Renovated intermission & reception areas
• Upper galleries for complete lighting positions
• Optimum sightlines
• Acoustical upgrades and sound proofing
• State-of-the-art lighting & sound technology
• Digital projection
• Convenient parking
• Automated stage fly system
• Proximity to restaurants & shopping
• Fully equipped dressing rooms and green room
• Expanded lobby with spacious restrooms
• ADA accessible stage-level dressing room and restroom
• New box office and concession areas
• Removable forestage and trap room
Accessible to ALL!
For Rental Information, call 805.965.5400 Cover Photos: Kwana Martinez & Brian Patrick Monahan in Crime and Punishment; Wyatt Fenner & Maureen Silliman in Ghosts; Pheonix Vaughn in The Housewives of Mannheim; Jannie Jones in Black Pearl Sings!; Neva Rae Powers in Souvenir; Ross Hellwig & Adam Mondschein in The Liar.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim book by Hugh Wheeler
Inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, this beloved musical is a warmly humorous and, at times, farcical story of romantic attachments, detachments, and mismatchings. Infused throughout with the flavor of a waltz, the musical takes place in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the acclaimed actress Desirée Armfeldt, played by Stephanie Zimbalist, lights up the stage and dazzles men’s hearts. When both her former lover and her current paramour—and their wives—show up for a weekend at her mother’s country estate, romance and passion are in the air. Screen legend Piper Laurie plays the wise and sardonic Mme. Armfeldt. Directed by ETC Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox, A Little Night Music features one of Sondheim’s best-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.”
December 5 – 22, 2013
Production Sponsored by Léni Fé Bland
GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire
Does where we grow up inexorably imprint itself on our destiny? Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, this comic drama about social class takes place in two Boston neighborhoods: working-class Southie and upscale Chestnut Hill. Margie Walsh has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store and is now one bingo game away from being evicted from her home. Perhaps her high school boyfriend, Mikey, who has managed to escape his blue collar upbringing to become a successful doctor, could be her ticket out. With surprising plot twists and filled with humor, pathos, and suspense, Good People is one of the most popular plays today on American stages. Directed by Jenny Sullivan.
February 6 â€“ 23, 2014
Production Sponsored by Tom and Paula Bruice
METAMORPHOSES based on the Myths of Ovid written and originally directed by Mary Zimmerman Ancient stories and characters—King Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, and others—are brought to stunning life in a unique theatrical experience. Winner of several Tony Awards and nominated for Best Play, Metamorphoses dramatizes several of the mythological tales of Ovid through dreamlike imagery, haunting beauty, lyricism, music and ritual dance. Set in and around a pool of water, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in its depiction of the transformative power of love. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
March 27 – April 13, 2014
With support from Peter and Debby Stalker
â€œtheatre at its best ... electrifyingâ€? Santa Barbara News-Press
Brian Patrick Monahan & Peter Van Norden in Crime and Punishment
2013-14 Season sponsored by Dana White
RED by John Logan It’s 1958, and the renowned painter Mark Rothko is commissioned to create a series of paintings for a new and exclusive Four Seasons restaurant. But is it art, or is he merely selling out for commercial gain? Red, winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, pits Rothko against an idealistic young protégé in a thrilling look into the artistic temperament and the relationship between the artist and his creations, as well as the primal relationships between father and son, teacher and student. Intense, funny, philosophical, and sensual in its examination of the creative mind, the play—like Rothko’s vibrantly colored rectangle paintings—brims with energy and ecstasy.
May 15 – June 1, 2014
With support from Elaine and Herb Kendall
LOOPED by Matthew Lombardo A new touching and delectable comedy about the saucy and inimitable Tallulah Bankhead, who once said of herself: “I’m as pure as the driven slush.” Based on a real event, Looped takes place in the summer of 1965, when a boozed-up Ms. Bankhead needed eight hours to redub—or loop—one line of dialogue for what turned out to be her last film, the 1965 horror flick, “Die! Die! My Darling!” Things are not easy for poor Danny Miller, who’s had the good fortune to be chosen to direct that particular sound editing session. Looped will star screen and stage luminary Marsha Mason and will be directed by six-time Emmy Award winner Glenn Jordan.
July 10 – 27, 2014
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OPENING NIGHT SERIES A special night filled with excitement! Join the cast and press for a post-performance party with hors d’oeuvres and wine compliments of Bridlewood Estate Winery. FLEX-PASS SUBSCRIPTION Juggling a hectic schedule? Choose our flexible plan and pick your dates, even at the last minute. Enjoy the same subscriber savings. LOW COST PREVIEW SERIES Get in early — and be a part of the show’s development. THURSDAY TALK-BACK SERIES Meet the cast and director for a lively post-play discussion. FRIDAY MARTINI NIGHT SERIES Enjoy a pre-show reception with complimentary martinis.
Educator/ NoN-profit SUBSCRIPTION A super saver for first-time subscribers only. Must be currently employed by an educational institution or a certified not-for-profit institution. (Proof of employment required.) $20 FOR 20-SOMETHINGS Single tickets for $20 each, or subscribe to all five shows and save even more! Must be 29 and under to qualify. Join us at 7:15 pm on Wednesday evening performances for our Pre-Show Talks. Meet in the courtyard of the New Vic and hear fun facts and background information on the play and playwright.
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Complete the order form to the right and return it to us via: Mail: Ensemble Theatre Company P.O. Box 2307, Santa Barbara, CA 93120 Fax: 805.568.3806 In Person: ETC Box Office (Opening November 2013) 33 West Victoria Street Hrs: Weekdays 1-5pm Or subscribe: Online: www.etcsb.org By phone: 805.965.5400 Plays and dates subject to change. All sales final.
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Opening Night Series 1st Saturdays @ 8pm
Low Cost Preview Night Series
Thursday Talk-Back Series 3rd Thursday @ 8pm
Friday Martini Night Series
Tue @ 7pm Sat @ 4pm
Sat @ 4pm Tue @ 7pm
2nd Friday @ 8pm, pre-show reception @ 7pm
1st Fridays @ 8pm
1st Thursdays @ 8pm
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Fridays @ 8pm
Mid-Week & Matinee Performances Sun @ 2pm Wed @ 8pm
Saturdays @ 8pm
Sun @ 7pm Thur @ 8pm
Educator/Non-Profit Subscription (proof of employment required)
1st Thur @ 8pm 1st Sun @ 2pm 1st Wed @ 8pm
$20 for 20-Somethings
Plays and dates subject to change. All sales final.
(age 29 & under, ID required, not valid for all performances)
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Mail completed form to: Ensemble Theatre Company P.O. Box 2307 Santa Barbara, CA 93120
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* 4-Play Series subscribers, please choose 4 plays below: Night Music Metamorphoses
1st Fri @ 8pm 1st Sun @ 7pm
Good People Red Looped
= $ 14.00
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Etcâ€™s 2013-14 Season at the New Vic! Jonathan Fox, Executive Artistic Director
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Matt Wolpe in The Liar
Production photos: David Bazemore
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