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ENSEMBLE THEATRE will continue its second THEATRECLE season after a successful first year in the new PLAYGROUND theatre space and beyond. 
Simply put, Great Scripts. Cleveland Artists!  
Projections, live action video, and live streaming will be at the forefront of the 14-15 TheatreCLE season, sponsored in part by 
The George Gund Foundation

Opening the TheatreCLE Season will be Neil Lebute's response to the September 11th attacks. 
THE MERCY SEAT by Neil Lebutedirected by Douglas Farren. 
September 11-14 & 18-21. (Thurs-Sun.)
Set on September 12, 2001, The Mercy Seat continues Neil LaBute’s unflinching fascination with the often-brutal realities of the war between the sexes. In a time of national tragedy, the world changes overnight. A man and a woman explore the choices now available to them in an existence different from the one they had lived just the day before. Can one be opportunistic in a time of universal selflessness?

Ensemble will remount the critically acclaimed 2011 production of Connor McPhearson's play. 
This time in the intimate playground theatre and with the use of a large projection wall. If you missed it the first time around…. 
ST NICHOLAS by Connor McPherson
Starring Dana Hart* (*member of Actors' Equity Association)
One weekend only! October 23-26th. A great preview for the Halloween weekend! 
ST NICHOLAS finds an aging jaded theatre critic recounting his obsession with a young actress, and how that obsession leads to a journey 
into a macabre world of vampires from which he almost can't escape.
"St. Nicholas -one person, one story and a stage-is, quite simply, a superb piece of theater." -Bob Abelman (News Herald)

Ensemble will also remount the critically acclaimed
FRANKENSTEIN by Oakley Hall III  directed by by Stephen Vasse-Hansell. 
October 30-November 2nd. (Thurs.-Sun.)
Oakley Hall III, who was a rising star in the theater world in the 70s until he fell from a bridge and suffered traumatic brain injuries. The accident subsequently changed the course of his life and career—and, in a strange twist, brings his own life in parallel with one of literatures most well-known protagonists, Victor Frankenstein. In the famous novel, Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who, believing he has found the secret to creating life, builds and animates a monstrous creature. However, upon seeing it alive, Frankenstein is repulsed by his creation and abandons it...
"In his program notes, director Ian Wolfgang Hinz writes that he hopes Ensemble Theatre’s stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein" 
becomes an annual Halloween event. I couldn’t agree more." -Andrea Simakis (Cleveland Plain Dealer.)

To launch Ensemble Theatre's Educational wing in January of 2015, TheatreCLE will present:
THE NEVERENDING STORY 
Adapted by David S. Craig.  Based upon the novel by Michael Ende.  directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz
January 8th- January 18th.
Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—
"Craig's adaptation...captures the adventure and magic of the story, creating the theatrical equivalent of a real page turner." -(Journal Sentinel)

TheatreCLE will conclude it's 14-15 Season with Shakespeare's comedy 
TWELFTH NIGHT  by William Shakespeare.  directed by Aaron D. Elersich. 
March 25th-April 6th. 
Twelfth Night tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services...

For more information:
Call: 216-202-0938  Email: info@ensemble-theatre.org

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