Celebrating the Creative Journey is a series of special projects and presentations The Ensemble Theatre has planned outside its main stage season. The upcoming stage readings, exploratory works, and collaborative ventures are designed to showcase developing productions, cultivate new artists, and expose audiences to the variety of artistic expression Houston has to offer.
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart is the first-ever feature documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, the visionary playwright who authored the groundbreaking A Raisin in the Sun. An overnight sensation, the play transformed the American theater and has long been considered a classic, yet the remarkable story of the playwright faded from view. With this documentary, filmmaker Tracy Heather Strain resurrects the Lorraine Hansberry we have forgotten—a passionate artist, committed activist and sought-after public intellectual who waged an outspoken and defiant battle against injustice in 20th-century America. The film reveals Hansberry’s prescient works tackling race, human rights, women’s equality and sexuality that anticipated social and political movements on the horizon. Lorraine Hansberry lived much of her 34 years guided by a deep sense of responsibility to others, proclaiming:
“One cannot live with sighted eyes and feeling heart and not know or react to the miseries which afflict this world."
This informative experience will highlight the history of hip-hop and provide those in attendance with an opportunity to explore how hip hop speaks to, about, and for everyone. This fun and free workshop welcomes all generations and cultures and is led by hip hop scholar, Kathryn Ervin. Ervin is a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and California State University San Bernardino. She teaches courses in Directing, Acting, Creative Drama, African American Theatre, and Film and Culture.
Attendance to this event will enhance the theatrical experience when you return to enjoy the full production of Beatbox: A Raparetta!
Dramatry: A Night of Dramatic Poetry
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Join The Ensemble Theatre's Act One Young Professionals for their annual poetry showcase and benefit for National Poetry Month! A portion of the proceeds provide scholarships for youth ages 6-17 to participate in the theatre's Young Performers Program.
Monday, June 15, 2020 Project1Voice(One Play, One Day, One Voice National Stage Reading Selection TBD
Project1VOICE is a not-for-profit performing arts service organization. Their mission is to strengthen and promote African American theater and playwrights through innovative initiatives and approaches to audience development, volunteerism and community engagement, and fundraising. Each year on the third Monday in June Project1VOICE present 1VOICE/1PLAY/1DAY, a national fundraiser to foster awareness and audience re-commitment to their local arts institutions.