T.C. Carson Headlines Ensemble Theatre's FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE 6/24-7/25

Actor T.C. Carson, most widely known for his role as Kyle Barker on the FOX Television sitcom 'Living Single' will star in The Ensemble's season finale musical, Five Guys Named Moe.

Carson will play the main character, Nomax, who after losing his woman and ending up flat broke meets five jazzy fellows: Big Moe, Four-Eyed Moe, Eat Moe, No Moe, and Little Moe who emerge from his 1930s style radio to comfort, cajole, wheedle and jazz him with the hit songs of songwriter and saxophonist, Louis Jordan, one of the most revered talents of the 20th century. With more than 50 top 10 singles and instantly recognizable classics such as "Early in the Morning," "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby," this great composer brought a popular new slant to jazz that paved the way for the rock-and-roll of the 1950s.

Carson will be joined by Houston actors Anthony Boggess-Glover, Tommie Harper, Carlton Leake, Chioke Coreathers, and Donald Callier.

Previews begin Saturday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. and run through June 23. Five Guys Named Moe will open officially on June 24 and will run through July 25. For subscription information, ticket sales or groups sales, call the box office at (713) 520-0055.

The Ensemble Theatre is located at 3535 Main St. in Houston, TX 77002. For more information, call 713-520-0055 or visit www.ensemblehouston.com.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2009-2010 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts. Continental Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. This production is generously underwritten by Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Spectra Energy, and CenterPoint Energy.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-three years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.


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