2010-2011 Season Announcement!

Check out the press release for our upcoming 2010-2011 season (our fifth! when did that happen?)

EBE Ensemble Announces 2010-2011 Season
Including a world premiere, NYIT Award-winning one-act festival and two free repertory Shakespeare productions

New York: EBE Ensemble’s fifth season will include a world premiere by acclaimed Texas playwright Steven Michael Walters, six new one-act plays as a part of the NYIT award-winning festival Elephants on Parade, and two free repertory productions as a part of their second annual Shakespeare in the Pagoda.

The season begins December 3rd with the world premiere of Steven Michael Walters’ (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) The Girl from Nashville, directed by new resident artist Kristine Ayers (EBE Ensemble’s Julius Caesar) at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, 1st Floor, with a preview on December 2nd. It will play a limited engagement through December 18th, 2010. Tickets are $18 and are on sale now at www.smarttix.com or call 212-868-4444.

Walters’ unflinching new drama tells the story of a high school football coach who inexplicably murders his star quarterback in the middle of playoff season. Fading between present-day interrogation room drama and moments from the coach’s past hiding out with his 16-year-old student, The Girl from Nashville explores questions of right and wrong, good and evil, and the nature of redemption.

Steven Michael Walters has been named “Best Local Playwright” by the Dallas Observer. His plays have won and been nominated for numerous Dallas/Ft. Worth Theatre Critics Forum Awards, Column Awards, and Leon Rabin Awards. Kristine Ayers has developed new work with EBE Ensemble and the Gallery Players, and Serena Pomerantz of TheaterOnline called Ayers’ production of Julius Caesar “excellent Shakespeare in the Park”.

In April, EBE will present the fourth annual Elephants on Parade 2011, their New York Innovative Theater Award-winning festival of new one-act plays. The six plays included in this year’s festival (by Danny Carroll, Matthew Hanf, Alexander Motyl, Michael Niederman, Chris Purnell, and Tom Sime) include five world-premieres and one regional premiere. Last year, Michael Roderick of BroadwayWorld called the festival’s plays “golden,” with “crisp and varied performances from a very talented group of young actors” and a “talented new batch of directors.”

The season is rounded out with the company’s second annual Shakespeare in the Pagoda 2011, free outdoor repertory productions in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. In June/July of 2011 the company will produce Much Ado About Nothing and Henry VI in fast, physical, modernized productions in the historic Music Pagoda performed by a repertory company of 11 actors. Last year’s inaugural productions of Romeo & Juliet and Julius Caesar were called “fast-moving, exciting, and powerful” by Dumbo Books of Brooklyn.

EBE Ensemble is dedicated to developing and presenting new and unique works of theatre. They believe that making theater accessible enhances a community and that, through an ensemble-based approach, they can better present quality theatre that strives for an emotional truth. For more information, visit www.ebeensemble.com.

Playwrights, directors, and ensemble members are available for interviews. To arrange interviews and/or press seats please contact Managing Director Joshua Luria at jluria@ebeensemble.com

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Elephants on Parade 2010 promo video, created by Ryan Willard and Jonathan Wexler.

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Playwright Interviews VI - Erin Austin

Today we feature Erin Austin, playwright of “Buddha Nosh.” Her previous work, co-written with Ross Evans, includes Hindsight, Keep It Short, MayDay, Apocalyptic Revelations, and Finger Paint (a Backstage.com Critic’s Pick at FringeNYC 2009.) Erin is an Equity actor who has toured nationally and performed in NYC. She earned her B.F.A. at University of Miami and co-founded the Plastic Flamingo Theatre Company. Find out more at www.erinLaustin.com

This is the last of the interviews with this year’s playwrights — we hope you enjoyed them and that you’ll support their work by joining us at the show March 10-20, 2010 (buy tickets on SmartTix) or, if you’re out of town, with a donation through Kickstarter.

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Playwright Interviews V - Rebekah Lopata

Today we feature Rebekah Lopata, playwright of “What if I Don’t.” Her plays have appeared in theaters throughout the United States and Canada, including productions at the New Jersey Repertory Theater Company, Stageworks Hudson, Bloody Unicorn Theater Company, ReGroup Theatre in Los Angeles, Brown Couch Theatre in Chicago, New Studio Rep, Louisiana State University, and the Walking Fish and Brave New Play Rites festivals in Vancouver. She is the winner of the 2009 University Graduate Fellowship at the University of British Columbia for her play, For All These Sins. She will be receiving her MFA from the University of British Columbia in May of 2010.

Coming up on Friday, our final interview of the series with Erin Austin (“Buddha Nosh”).

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Kickstarter - Help us develop new plays! Elephants on Parade 2010

Check out our page on Kickstarter for Elephants on Parade 2010 — the $600 goal will cover our rehearsal space to develop these 6 new plays for their world- and New-York-area-premieres. Plus, you can get some sweet prizes

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Playwright Interviews IV - Rhea MacCallum

Today we feature Rhea MacCallum, playwright of “Selling Beaver.” Her credits include: Baby Secrets (Cheeky Monkey), Getting Back to Me (Acme New Works), Name Me (Theatre Encino), Flushed Suicides (Stage Left Studios), Baby Blues (MADAIR Productions), A Little Experimenting (Native Aliens, Strings Attached), Resurrection for Dummies (Stormy Weather Players), The 7th Disorder (TADA!’s 15th Annual Playwriting Contest winner, Westbeth). Rhea holds degrees from USC and New School University and belongs to the Dramatists Guild, ICWP and ALAP. Yesterday Once More was a finalist for the 2004 Heideman Award.

Coming up on Friday, our interview with Rebekah Lopata (“What if I Don’t”).

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Playwright Interviews III - Libby Emmons

Today we feature Libby Emmons, playwright of leaving last night.” Her past work includes: Co-producer: Blue Box’s Sticky. Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission 2009. “The Worm Turns at the Fort Peck Hotel,” 2009 NY Theatre Review. Film: “I Miss You” Acorn Films, LA, 2010; “Malcolm & Margerie,” 2010.  Full-lengths: The Girls From Afar, reading: East West Players, LA; Desipina, NYC.; finalist Yale Drama Series 2010; The Little Room, short listed: BBC’s 2009 Radio Play Competition. Shorts: NYC, LA, Buffalo, Sacramento, New Zealand, Argentina; Collaborator: Polybe + Seats.  She holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence and an MFA from Columbia.

Coming up on Wednesday, our interview with Rhea MacCallum (“Selling Beaver”).

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Playwright Interviews II - Nicole Pandolfo

Today we feature Nicole Pandolfo, playwright of Things to do in New Jersey. She holds a BA in Metropolitan Studies from NYU. Her play “Canadian Tuxedo” was produced in Boston, London, California, New Mexico, Melbourne, and Singapore.  It won the People’s Choice Award at the Short + Sweet Singapore Festival and will be published in the 2010 Best Ten-Minute Plays by Smith and Kraus.  “Love in the Time of Chlamydia,” which she wrote, directed, and performed at the Estrogenius Festival in October, will be published in The Book of Estrogenius in 2010. She has studied with Craig Lucas, Gretchen Cryer, Austin Pendleton, Donna de Matteo, and Julie McKee.

 

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Playwright Interviews I - Isaac Rathbone

Welcome to the first in our 2010 series of interviews with playwrights from Elephants on Parade 2010. Interviews will appear online every other day through the end of next week, so make sure to check back!

Today we feature Isaac Rathbone, playwright of Nice Paper. Isaac was a 2007 Nantucket Short Play Competition Finalist for Jon Katsberg, a 2008 Heideman Award Finalist at Actors Theatre of Louisville for The Guests at Table 11, and a 2009 Theatre Arts Guild of Omaha Awards, Best Short Script Nomination for Death & Motor Vehicles. Backstage has praised his “Funny dialogue and thought provocing observations on complex issues.”

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First Tumble

Well, welcome to our first Tumble! We’ve got a lot of exciting things to announce for our 2010 season, but we have to keep our mouths shut just a little bit longer. We can tell you, though, that a new, vastly improved website will be launching in the next few days — so keep your eyes open!

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