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Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40th Anniversary with THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and More

Ensemble Theatre Celebrates 40th Anniversary with THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and More

ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its 40thAnniversary 2018-2019 season of shows as it offers a stunning selection of extraordinary experiences for its subscribers and audiences. ETC opens this historic season with a hilarious new play, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES by David Ives, based on Molière's The Misanthrope (Mr. Ives was also the playwright of ETC's wildly popular 2013 production of The Liar). Next, just in time for the holidays, expect the unexpected with the sweet, funny, and rocking new play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, about an Elvis impersonator who inadvertently becomes a drag star. To honor its past, ETC's founding artistic director, Joseph Hanreddy, will return to direct a stunning new look at Arthur Miller's classic, DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Spring 2019 will bring a stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Finally, to close this anniversary season, fall in love with the beautiful and touching DANCING LESSONS, a story of two isolated and anti-social New Yorkers who teach each other there's more to life than dancing.

"Forty never looked so good and we have put together one of our most exciting seasons ever," said Jonathan Fox, ETC's Artistic Director. "During this anniversary year, we are bringing back some of our most beloved actors, and we're honored to have founding artistic director Joseph Hanreddy back to direct one of the most influential plays of all time. There really is something for everyone this year and it's simply a season that is not to be missed!"



October 4 -October 21, 2018 (Press Opening October 6)

Written by David Ives

Directed by Jonathan Fox

A side-splitting, freewheeling adaptation in rhyming verse of Molière's classic comedy The Misanthrope, from the author who wrote The Liar, Venus in Fur, and All in the Timing. It's 1666, and Frank, a caustic and crabby guy who despises social niceties, falls for Célimène, a beautiful young widow and dazzling social butterfly.



December 6 - December 23, 2018 (Press Opening December 8)

Written by Matthew Lopez

Directed By Jenny Sullivan

In a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle, Casey's career as an Elvis impersonator is not going well. With his young wife now pregnant, his luck changes when he meets an aging drag queen. An uplifting music- and dance-filled comedy for the holidays.


February 7 - February 24, 2019 (Press Opening February 9)

Written by Arthur Miller

Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

The American classic Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play. Willy Loman, nearing the end of his career and struggling to make ends meet, is the tragic hero of this timeless story of life not turning out the way you envision it will.

Jonathan Safran Foer's


April 11 - April 28, 2019 (Press Opening April 13)

Adapted by Simon Block

Directed by Jonathan Fox

Jonathan, a young Jewish-American writer, travels to Ukraine to seek out the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis. He hires a randy young Ukrainian tour guide who takes him on a hilarious road trip in search of the woman's village, as they confront haunting memories along the way. The Southern California premiere of a stunning adaptation of the beloved novel.


June 13 - June 30, 2019 (Press Opening June 15)

Written by Mark St. Germain

Directed by Saundra McClain

A socially awkward young man asks his neighbor, a Broadway dancer whose career has been sidelined by an injury, to teach him enough dance moves so he can survive an appearance at an awards dinner. What follows is a bumpy road of self-discovery in this sweetly witty and touching romantic comedy.

Subscriptions to our 40th Anniversary season are now available by calling the Box Office at 805-965-5400 or online at

5-Play Season Ticket Prices range from $100 - $350.

Single Adult Tickets will go on sale beginning Tuesday, September 4 with discounts available for seniors. Student tickets are available for only $25 each, and tickets for patrons age 29-and-under are always just $40. Single tickets are available through the ETC box office at (805) 965-5400, or online at

For group sales information, please call (805) 965-5400. Prices subject to change.

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