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Ensemble Theatre announces 35th season ‘The Cult of Personality’

“Simply Put, Great Scripts, Cleveland Artists!”
“Simply Put, Great Scripts, Cleveland Artists!”
Ensemble Theatre

Ensemble Theatre’s motto is “Simply Put, Great Scripts, Cleveland Artists!” and as they embark on their 35th consecutive year the theme this year is “The Cult of Personality” which will feature more projections, live action video and live streaming. Ensemble Theatre is sponsored in part by The George Gund Foundation.

The 2014-2015 Season is as follows

The Mercy Seat
By Neil Lebute
Directed by Douglas Farren
TheatreCLE Season
Playground Theatre
September 11-14 & 18-21
Thursdays through Sundays

September 12, 2001 was the beginning of many changes to the United States and the people who call it home. With the huge upheaval that 9-11 has wrought a man and woman find themselves looking at new choices that were not available even 24 hours ago. At the core is the question, “Can one become opportunistic during a period of universal selflessness?”

Anna Christie
By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz
Main Stage Season
MainStage Theatre
September 26th - October 19th.
Friday through Sunday

He’s a coal barge captain who spends his days in a waterfront dive, drinking and cursing the sea and what his life has become. A letter from his long lost daughter finds him and announces that she will soon be coming for a visit. Although a stranger to the sailing life she arrives with her own set of baggage as she sets off with her father in an attempt to rediscover her family. In the course of their travels, they rescue a strong and young sailor whom she quickly falls in love with. Will her past come back to haunt her and destroy her new chance for happiness?

St. Nicholas
By Connor McPhearson
Starring Dana Hart*
TheatreCLE Season
Playground Theatre
One Weekend Only!
October 23 through 26
Thursday through Sunday

(*member of Actors’ Equity Association)
This one person, one story, one stage work is the story of an aged theater critic as he recounts his obsessions that he had and still has for a young actress. It is this obsession that delves him into the world of the macabre where vampires rule. Can he escape this land of the undead? This is the perfect theatrical treat for a Halloween weekend.

By Mary Shelly
Adapted by Oakley Hall III
Re-imagined by Stephen Vasse-Hansell
TheatreCLE Season
Main Stage Theatre
October 30 through November 9
Thursday through Sunday

Oakley Hall III was a theatrical rising star of the 70’s until a tragic fall from a bridge had him suffer a traumatic brain injury. Because of the accident, his life and career changed forever and strangely brought his own life in parallel with literature’s most well known scientist, Victor Frankenstein.

The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Adapted by Simon Levy
Directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz
Starring Kyle Carthens
Mainstage Season
Mainstage Theatre
November 14th through December 14th.
Friday through Sunday

This classic tale of greed, danger, obsession and decadence comes to life as Jay Gatsby (a self-made millionaire with a questionable past) pursues Daisy Buchanan as Nick Carrawy (a young writer and newcomer to Long Island) finds himself sucked into their world where there are no rules or moral compasses. The glamour and excess of the Jazz Age comes to stage in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic.

The Neverending Story
By Michael Ende
Adapted by David S. Craig
Directed by Ian Wolfgang Hinz
TheatreCLE Season
MainStage Theatre
January 8 through January 18
Thursday through Sunday

This story is Ensemble Theatre’s foray into family and children’s theater that is told as a classic adventure. Bastian (a lonely boy) finds his way to a curious bookshop where he discovers and even curiouser book.

By George Stevens Jr.
Directed by Sarah May
MainStage Season
Mainstage Theatre
January 30 through February 22
Friday through Sunday

In Celebration of Black History Month, Ensemble brings to the stage the life of Thurgood Marshall who attended Lincoln University with such classmates as Langston Hughes and Cab Calloway and went on to be a pillar of strength in the civil rights community as well as the first African American Supreme Court Justice.

Ensemble will embark on another year of bringing new plays to life!
The 2015 Colombi New Plays Festival
March 2015
Dates, Plays and Playwrights will be announced.
Stay tuned for the exciting news!

Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Aaron D. Elersich
TheatreCLE Season
Playground Theatre
March 25 through April 6
Thursday through Sunday

This favorite Shakespearian comedy tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian who become separated in a new land. Viola (having survived the shipwreck while believing that her brother was lost) falls in love with Duke Orsino and in order to be close to the Duke disguises herself as a man in order to enter his service.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Celeste Cosentino
Cleveland Premiere
Mainstage Season
Mainstage Theatre
April 24 through May 17
Friday through Sunday

During the beginning of the American invasion of Iraq, two American Marines and an Iraqi translator seek to find meaning, forgiveness and redemption while trying to hunt down an escaped tiger from the Baghdad Zoo.

MainStage Subscriptions
$55-$125 / Single Tickets: $12-$22
TheatreCLE Subscription: $35-$60 / Single Tickets: $15

For more information you may call (216) 321-2930 (MainStage) or (216) 202-0938 (TheatreCLE) or by e-mail at or by going on line at

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Ensemble to hold auditions Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Monday June 30, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. With callbacks on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6:00 to10:00 p.m., for the following shows: The Mercy Seat, Anna Christie, The Great Gatsby, the Neverending Story and Frankenstein.

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