The Ensemble Theater Company is ready to take the stage again.
The longtime Santa Barbara cast has announced its 2021-22 season, the first with plays in front of an internal audience since the start of the pandemic.
The five-piece season will begin in October at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria St. The first piece is “Tenderly,” a musical about movie star Rosemary Clooney. Linda Purl returns to ETC as Mrs. Clooney, known for films such as “White Christmas” (1954). Ms. Pearl is joined by Broadway artist Jason Graae.
For the holidays, Jane Austen meets “Downton Abbey” in “The Wickhams”, the second part of the “Christmas at Pemberley” trilogy. Darcy, Lizzie and Lydia, three characters from “Pride and Prejudice”, will appear in a story about the activities of the servants below.
In February 2022, ETC will perform “Carmen Jones”, Oscar Hammerstein’s jazz / musical adaptation of Bizet’s “Carmen”.
The production will be followed by ETC’s long-delayed performance of “American Son,” a play about the intersection of racism and the police. ETC had to cancel production last year due to the pandemic.
The season will end with “Sleuth,” a comedy thriller starring Santa Barbara favorite John Tufts.
The theater company said in a press release that it had upgraded The New Vic to ensure public safety. The work included upgrades to the HVAC system, which now routes 40% outside air.
Seasonal passes will go on sale in mid-June. ETC said it would announce more details later.
For more information, visit etcsb.org.
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