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The Ensemble Theatre Brings Awareness To Alzheimer's In Dramatic Comedy EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK


The Ensemble Theatre Brings Awareness To Alzheimer's In Dramatic Comedy EIGHTH DAY OF THE WEEK The Ensemble Theatre presents "Eighth Day of The Week," a play that shines a light on Alzheimer's by Cleveland State University Professor and playwright Prester Pickett and directed by Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris, Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m. 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

"At the time that I wrote this play there was very little conversation in a public forum about the impact of Alzheimer's in the African American community," says Pickett. "We began to hear more about Alzheimer's when President Reagan announced he had been diagnosed following his second term in office."

Love is the center of family and all that it involves, and one family struggles to hold the line as their aging matriarch's memory begins to fade. This play originally was produced and presented in 1995 by the University Alzheimer Center at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Eighth Day of the Week is a story infused with humor to bring awareness to a condition that affects so many families around the world. This story will give a glimpse into the lives of family discovering, accepting, and learning how to cope with Alzheimer's.

"I was drawn to this play because myself and so many of my peers are sharing concern for our aging parents," says Morris. "I hope this play brings understanding to those who haven't experienced a loved one with Alzheimer's and perhaps the true to life dialogue will offer a bit of light for families currently experiencing it.

Featured Cast members include: Tanner Ellis, Rachel Hemphill Dickson, Shane Warren Jones, Robert Marshall, Brittney Walker-Merritte, and Joyce Anastasia Murray.

Previews: March 17, 18, and 21, 2018
Show Runs: March 22 - April 15, 2018

Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m; Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets Available Online: For Information Call: 713-520-0055. Ticket Prices: $23 - $50. Opening Night and Media Reception, March 22, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2017-2018 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Eighth Day of the Week is generously supported by The Humphreys Foundation.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre's Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre; and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.

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