The Ensemble Theatre Sets Up For SISTAS THE MUSICAL
The Ensemble Theatre sets up for its season finale, SISTAS THE MUSICAL by Dorothy Marcic, musical arrangements by Germono Toussaint, directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris, and musical direction by Chika Kaba Ma'atunde.
A group of friends come together following the loss of a family matriarch. They must choose one song to sing at her Memorial that night. These five friends find solace in their sisterly bond and take a musical and historical journey through the songs that were anthems marking social change, and that resonated with the thoughts and emotions of women all over the world.
SISTAS THE MUSICAL features an all-female cast accompanied by a live band off stage. The music's trajectory goes from "Naming the Pain" (A Good Man is Hard to Find) to "Framing the Problem" (I am Not My Hair), to "Proclaiming the Joy" (Just Fine and Golden). This play parallels the story of African-American women and their emerging sense of empowerment.
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. Forty-one 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. Late 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 myriad audiences.