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  Media Release
CONTACT:  Robert Ross
  April 13, 2015
(713) 807-4306/ 713-520-0055
  For Immediate Release

The Ensemble Theatre Kicks off Regional Premiere Comedy
“Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking”

HOUSTON (April 13, 2015) –- The Ensemble Theatre kicks off its regional premiere comedy, Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking, by Caribbean author Gus Edwards and directed by Ensemble Artistic Director Eileen J. Morris, with Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, May 7, 2015, 6:30 p.m.

“I’m excited about directing this show because it depicts an aspect of male bonding we all know happens often, but rarely get to eavesdrop,” says Morris. “The dialogue in this show is not suitable for young children, but many of us can relate to wondering what was really being said those times we were dismissed from the room while adults were talking.”

The story is about Henry and Abe, two old guys who just can’t seem to get along, and of course, a beautiful woman might have had something to do with it. Nevertheless the two are drawn to the same park bench every day. Their rivalry has grown over the years, and now in the twilight of their lives, they find themselves humorously intertwined by the ever-changing times. Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking is a funny and poignant story of rivalry, friendship, and the journey of life.

“I am thrilled to bring these Houston veteran actors together again on The Ensemble Theatre stage,” says Morris.

Featured cast members include: The show will bring together former Alley Theatre company member Alex Morris and actors Wayne DeHart, and Byron Jacquet, who all have a history of performances they’ve appeared in dating back to The Ensemble’s early years at 1010 Tuam.

Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking
R Comedy/ Drama (Contains Adult Language)

May 2, 3, and 6          Show Runs: May 7 – May 31, 2015

Performance Days and Times: Thursdays: 7:30 p.m; Fridays: 8:00 p.m;
Saturdays: 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m; and Sundays: 3:00 p.m.

Tickets Available Online:    
For Information and Group Rates Call: 713-520-0055

Ticket Prices: $23 - $44

Opening Night and Media Reception, Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Gus Edwards is a Caribbean born (St. Thomas, VI) playwright and educator. He is a tenured professor who taught Film Studies at Arizona State University. As a playwright his work has been professionally produced in multiple places both nationally and abroad. Mr. Edwards is the author of several books including Advice to a Young Black Actor, Monologues on Black Life, Black Heroes in Monologues, The Offering, and other plays. He has also written for television, most notably the PBS adaptation of James Baldwin's Go Tell it on the Mountain. His best known plays are The Offering, Louie and Ophelia produced by The Ensemble Theatre, Caribbean Babylon and A Fool Such as I.

Alex Morris (Henry) is an actor with a long history in the Houston theatre community. He is a former Alley Theatre company member and veteran actor with The Ensemble Theatre. He was also a member of the national touring cast for The Diary of Black Men by Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon. Morris is also known for his television roles as Nathan Barnes on the PBS children series Wishbone and for his role Billy Stevenson on the NBC sitcom City Guys. He made his movie debut in the 1989 movie Riverbend and has also known for his roles in Guess Who, Powder, Malcolm in the Midddle, CSI, Cold Case and The Chase. His most recent stage credits include Joe in "All My Sons" as Phil in "The Motor Trade".. Troy in "Fences" Doub and Becker in "Jitney " receiving both the NAACP and Ovations theater awards for his work. As a director Alex was awarded the NAACP theater award for his production of Houstonian Celeste Bedford Walker's Camp Logan and will be involved in producing her play Sassy Mamas for the 2015 National Black Theatre Festival. 

Wayne DeHart (Abe) is in his 32nd year of artistry with The Ensemble Theatre as an actor, director, and sound designer. He was last seen in the 2014-2015 season kick off, Women in the Pit. He has won several awards for his acting, including his 2013 role as W.E.B. DuBois in Knock Me A Kiss for which he garnered a Best Supporting Actor Award. King Hedley II was the seventh August Wilson production he has appeared in. DeHart garnered awards for Best Supporting Actor in Radio Golf for the role of Elder Barlow and Best Actor for his portrayal of Arthur Prejean in The Man Who Saved New Orleans. His directing credits at The Ensemble Theatre include: One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, A Lesson Before Dying, Daytrips, Sundown Names and Dance on Widow’s Row. Wayne has been seen on The Ensemble stage in King HedleyII, Cuttin’ Up, Jitney, Seven Guitars, Sty of the Blind Pig, Joe Turner’s Come & Gone and Two Trains Running. He also performed in Driving Miss Daisy with the A.D. Players and continues his involvement with The Buffalo Soldiers Museum.

Byron Jacquet (Abe) is a veteran actor with The Ensemble Theatre and his many credits including: Women in the Pit, The Waiting Room, Jitney, Seven Guitars, Livin’ Fat, The Man Who Saved New Orleans, Blue, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Short Eyes, A Soldier’s Play, Two Trains Running, Johnny B. Goode and Distant Voices. He hasperformed in the touring productions of Kid Zero, The Magic Story Maker, Brer Rabbit and Wiley and the Hairy Man. Byron has also performed at Stages Repertory Theatre in The Courage of Mandy Kate Brown; The AlleyTheatre in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Of Mice and Men and I, Barbara Jordan; in film andtelevision in Red Ink and American Gigolo; and several industrial films. He performed in The Ballad of Emmett Till performed at The University of California at Santa Cruz. Byron attended the University of Houston and the Writer’s Clinic, Inc.

The Ensemble Theatre's 2014-2015 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. United Airlines is the official airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. Two Old Black Guys Just Sitting Around Talking is generously underwritten by National Oilwell Varco.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-eight years later, the theatre has evolved from a small touring company to one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions.

The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble’s $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to myriad audiences.