2016-17 Season
June 8–25, 2017

Syncopation

A collaboration with State Street Ballet

By Allan Knee

Directed by Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill Choreography by William Soleau

“With charm and grace, [Syncopation] dances into the audience’s hearts.”

Detroit Free Press

Background Information

Ensemble Theatre Company closes the 2016-17 Season with a magical romance set in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the 1910’s. Desperate for an escape from his solitary life as a meatpacker and dishwasher, Henry places a classified ad in the newspaper in hopes of landing a dance partner. When the shy Anna answers his ad, Henry’s dreams of becoming a ballroom dancer are put to the test… but with each tango and foxtrot they are drawn closer together, setting off an unlikely romance. A fascinating blend of theater and dance from playwright Allen Knee, author of Little Women and The Man Who Was Peter Pan — the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film, Finding Neverland.

Syncopation premiered in 1999 and received an American Theater Critics Award for Best New Play. The play has been performed at numerous regional theatres throughout the country, and was originally slated for a Broadway debut in 2004.

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