Ensemble Studio Theatre Extends BEHIND THE SHEET

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Ensemble Studio Theatre Extends BEHIND THE SHEET

Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) and The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced today an extension for the World Premiere of Behind the Sheet, written by Charly Evon Simpson (Jump) and directed by Colette Robert (Mary's Wedding). Part of the EST/Sloan Science & Technology Project (Graeme Gillis, Program Director; Linsay Firman, Associate Director), Behind the Sheet began previews at EST's Curt Dempster Theatre (549 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019) on January 9, 2019, and opened January 17. Originally set to close on February 3, the play will now run through February 10, 2019.

The cast of Behind the Sheet includes Stephen James Anthony (War Horse) as Edward/Samuel, Nia Calloway (All One Forest) as Betty, Naomi Lorrain ("Orange is the New Black") as Philomena, Cristina Pitter (BALLS) as Sally, Shawn Randall (Travisville) as Benjamin/Lewis, Joel Ripka (American Jornalero) as George, Megan Tusing (Mope) as Josephine, Amber Reauchean Williams (No King In Israel) as Mary, and Jehan O. Young (Think Before You Holla) as Dinah.

Charly Evon Simpson confronts the history of a great medical breakthrough by telling the forgotten story of a community of enslaved black women who involuntarily enabled the discovery. In 1840s Alabama, Philomena assists a doctor - her owner - as he performs experimental surgeries on her fellow slave women, trying to find a treatment for the painful post-childbirth complications known as fistulas. Reframing the origin story of modern gynecology, Behind the Sheet tells how these women supported each other, and questions who, and what, history remembers.

Tickets for Behind the Sheet are now on sale for $30, with tickets for students and seniors available for $25. Tickets can be purchased at www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org. The performance schedule now through February 3 is as follows: Monday at 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 5pm.

The performance schedule for February 4-February 10 is as follows: Thursday - Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at 5pm.

EST's 50th Anniversary Season will continue in 2019 with the world premiere of GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD, presented by EST/Youngblood. Written by Catya McMullen (AGNES), GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD begins previews March 6, 2019, with an opening set for March 14, for a limited engagement through March 31, 2019. The 50th Anniversary Season will conclude with the Ensemble Studio Theatre and Radio Drama Network presenting EST's 37th Marathon of One-Act Plays in May-June 2019.

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