Celebrating Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Fox’s 10 Year Anniversary!
On a glorious Santa Barbara evening in June, more than 140 members of Ensemble Theatre Company’s extended family celebrated “the first ten years” of Jonathan Fox as Executive Artistic Director. The celebration was held in the beautiful garden of Beth and Derek Westen where guests joined together to be reminded of the dramatic growth of ETC under Jonathan’s leadership. As one tribute writer put it, the event was “in appreciation of ten years of theater excellence…Theater, when imagined as a community dialogue, is a powerful ingredient of a civil society. You have provided us that…and much more.”
‘I Am My Own Wife’ Solo Show Explores Identity and Survival
I Am My Own Wife, Doug Wright’s fascinating deconstruction of the tangled lives that converge around the historical figure of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, at once subverts and exceeds the expectations established by the traditional one-person show. The playwright’s sophisticated deployment of various extended theatrical techniques adds to the pleasure of this richly layered account of a life spent in the shadows of first the Nazis and then the communists of East Berlin.
Instead of a unified point of view delivered entirely in the first-person singular, I Am My Own Wife strings together more than two dozen perspectives into a glittering kaleidoscope with an engaging enigma at its constantly shifting center. The brilliant actor John Tufts handles the show’s frequent shifts in time frame and in format with remarkable tact and dexterity...
‘Women in Jeopardy!’ West Coast Premiere of Comedy at Ensemble
With the possible exception of the Salvation Army, every organization in town goes through some kind of holiday-season identity crisis. “What can we do,” directors everywhere must ask themselves, “that only we can do?” The pressure becomes particularly acute for the artistic directors of theaters, who often feel that the range of potential answers is further restricted, until it can seem that the question is really more like “What can we do with The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol that only we can do?”