The Rooming House

MARCH 20, 2023 • 6:00PM TICKETS: $10

PLAY READING - Three long time roommates are dealing with everyday life while identifying as members of the LGBTQIA+ community in America.


MAR 23 - APR 16, 2023

Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award nominee Lynn Nottage’s acclaimed comedy centers around a truck stop sandwich shop which offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a chance for redemption. Even as the shop’s callous owner, Clyde, tries to keep them under her thumb, the staff members are given a purpose and permission to dream by their shared quest to create the perfect sandwich.

Triple Play Is Back!

We are proud to announce that our Triple Play Subscriber package is back! Get three (3) tickets to any of the six (6) mainstage plays

Jack and the Beanstalk

10:00AM & 1:00PM

The timeless fairytale, Jack in The Beanstalk, has now been adapted into a play with music! This new version of Jack and the Beanstalk is about a young boy who wants to be a hip-hop superstar but doesn’t believe in himself enough to take his gift seriously.

Young Performers Program


Brother Toad

MAY 11 - JUN 4, 2023

Eighteen-year-old black high school student Marques has “narrowly survived” being shot by a white man while sitting in a car with a friend, who was killed. His uncle Randall announces an upcoming local march for safety from gun violence. The family’s reluctance to attend seems to stem from other, unclear concerns, but it’s that fear, in its many forms, that is a thread throughout this play.

Phenomenal Woman

JUN 29 - JUL 30, 2023

World-renowned poet, author and activist MAYA ANGELOU takes us on an epic journey through her astonishing life story. From the trauma that thrust her into mutism, to the awakening that inspired her to write “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” we will learn how this phenomenal woman developed one of the most celebrated voices of all time.

Welcome to
The Ensemble Theatre

We are honored to present this season of plays which adds to the African American canon. Love & Southern D!scomfort tells the timeless story about how love and southern discomfort fuel dissension when the family matriarch passes. We ring in the holidays for the second time around with A Motown Christmas forging the ties of Motown music and holiday traditions. Tony Award winner Dominique Morrisseau’s play, Paradise Blue, takes us on a jazzy journey where gentrification and tunes collide building a better future for generations to come. Clyde’s is a comedy by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage who brings together food creations that inform our life’s purpose and dreams. Brother Toad speaks to equity, diversity, and inclusion and how our everyday path is stilted by racism. Phenomenal Woman closes out our season as a rolling world premiere portraying the essence of prolific playwright and activist, Maya Angelou. This play’s significance is grounded in the collaborative efforts between North Carolina Black Repertory Theatre in Winston Salem, North Carolina and The Ensemble Theatre.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Decades later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins’ car to being one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience...