Ensemble Theatre presents annual Colombi Festival of new plays
"The coal mines are closing in “Road Kill,” but the casinos are thriving. When two friends learn what a their buddy finds alongside a country road, it looks as if their luck has changed . . . or has it?"
ROAD KILL by ED WALSH
directed by IAN HINZ.
Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m.
Becca Frick, Aaron D. Elersich, Denis Burby, Eric Fancher, Whit Lowell, & Luke Powers.
When Curly and Travis learn what their friend Blaine found alongside a West Virginia road, it looks as if their bad luck has miraculously turned good.
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WHO: Music Cleveland! - Ciné Arts Cleveland! and Friends
WHAT: ROAD KILL a play by Ed Walsh
WHEN: Sunday, April 6th at 2 p.m.
DINNER: Nighttown following performance - 4 p.m.
4 p.m. After Theatre Discussion
Since the production ends early, we’ll head over to Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road,[masked], for discussion, drinks and perhaps an early dinner. This is the perfect spot with a real James Joyce connection. Nighttown is named after the Dublin Red-Light district in Joyce’s novel Ulysses. It offers the ambiance of Irish pubs and turn-of-the-century New York bars and the food is great. Metered parking is available in the rear with an entrance off Cedar just west of the club. Bring plenty of quarters. There may also be free street parking available on nearby side streets.
Nighttown, 12387 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights,[masked]
Ed Walsh (Playwright) At various publications in Northeast Ohio, Edward J. Walsh has served as a general assignment reporter, business reporter, columnist and editor. For radio, he has written and helped produce programming for WCPN National Public Radio. Walsh also has contributed to or edited several books. In addition, he has kept his hand in playwriting, often collaborating with Robert Thomas Noll. Their work has been produced Off-Off Broadway, and in several Cleveland area theaters, including Dobama, Cuyahoga Community College Western Campus, Berea Summer Theater and John Carroll University. Walsh, a resident of Orange Village, is a graduate of John Carroll University. Ed's One on One (which he co wrote with Bob Noll) was part of the 2013 Colombi News Plays Festival. He is glad to be back!
Ian Hinz (Director) directed last years critically acclaimed The Iceman Cometh for which he won best director from the Cleveland Critics Circle. For Ensemble he has also directed Exit The King, Waiting for Lefty, and Miracle & Wonder. He is currently on the Ensemble Board, Artistic Director and Operations Manager for Cain Park, as well as the new Facilities Coordinator and Stage Production Specialist for the Cleveland State University’s School of Music.
Whit Lowell (Curly) is excited to debut with Ensemble Theatre. Whit was previously seen as Victor Prynne in Chagrin Valley Little Theater's production of Noël Coward's Private Lives and as Bobby Carlyle in Ken Ludwig's Postmortem. Other recent work includes 'Maxx' in the short film Spirit House for the Cleveland 48 Hour Film Horror Project and spots in the upcoming indie comedy Jenny's Wedding. He enjoys traveling, playing jazz piano and motorcycling. He lives in Cleveland.
Dennis Burby (Travis) This is Dennis' first appearance at Ensemble Theatre, and feels fortunate to be working with his directors, Ian and Martin. His favourite roles have been Frank Miller in CVLT's Cannibal! The Musical, and Mayor Shinn in Twinsburg Community Theatre's The Music Man. Dennis lives in Twinsburg with his wife, Wanda and daughter, Elizabeth. Dennis is also extremely grateful to his cheerleader, Marti Franks, who nudged him onto the stage.
Luke Powers (Jack Prince-Private Investigator) is excited to be performing in his first show at Ensemble! A native of Mentor, Ohio, Luke attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where he performed on stage and film. Recently returned to Ohio, he is happy to be participating in theatre in his home state. Previously he was in Arsenic and Old Lace as Officer Brophy at Willoughby Fine Arts Assoc.
Becca Frick (Missy) is thrilled to be back at Ensemble after having performed in the Columbi New Plays Festival in 2012 as Kora in Destroying the Light. She is a recent Cleveland State Graduate with a BA in Nonprofit Administration and works for Radio Disney Cleveland. Some of her favorite credits include; Roberta in Debbie Does Dallas at Blank Canvas Theatre, Julie in Miss Julie at Cleveland State, and Velma Kelly in Chicago at Lorain Music Theatre. Up next she will be performing in This is Not the Play at Cleveland Public Theatre. Becccawould like to thank her family and Patrick for their constant support.
Aaron Elersich (Sheriff)Aaron has been a staple in Northeast Ohio Theatre for the better part of the last decade. In addition to his work with Ensemble, Aaron has directed and produced critically acclaimed projects with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, and has been seen on numerous stages throughout the region including The Cleveland Playhouse, The Beck Center, and Lakeland Civic Theater. He is excited to join the Ensemble staff and ready for the many endeavors this coming season!
Eric Fancher (Blaine) is excited to be performing in his first show at Ensemble. Recent credits include The Light in the Piazza (Giuseppe) at Lakeland Civic Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along: In Concert (Frank) and The Texas Chainsaw Musical! (Steven) at Blank Canvas Theatre; Ragtime (Younger Brother), Children of Eden (Adam/Noah), and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris at Near West Theatre; These Are The Times (Elliot Ness/Orson Welles/Danny Michaels) at Cleveland Public Theatre; and Monty Python's Spamalot (Dennis/Sir Galahad/Black Knight/Herbert's Father) at Beck Center for the Arts. Coming up, Eric will be performing in Sunday in the Park with George at TrueNorth Cultural Arts and he will be directing The Boy Friend this fall at Cassidy Theatre. TPOG.
With the purpose of producing American classics, Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1979 by Artistic Director, Lucia Colombi.
Ensemble created the series Panorama of African-American Theatre, which was filmed by PBS, syndicated nationally and chosen for their "First View Award," selecting it as one of the top 25 educational programs in the country.
Ensemble Theatre has won Northern Ohio Live's Achievement Award for its productions of "A Trip to Bountiful", " Kentucky Cycle" and "Having Our Say". Cleveland Magazine's Reader Poll chose the Theatre's production of "The Gin Game" as Best Production.
Ensemble Theatre has produced more than 150 plays and offers extensive educational and senior citizen touring programming serving culturally diverse and underserved populations throughout Ohio.
A Review From: The Heights Observer
by Jewel Moulthrop
It comes around only once a year, and it’s an event worth waiting for. It’s the third annual Colombi New Plays Festival presented by Ensemble Theatre. The New Plays Festival premieres works by local playwrights for Heights audiences and is dedicated to the memories of Lucia, Licia and Christopher Colombi (founder, artistic director, and player in the original company, respectively). The plays will run throughout the month of March and into the first week of April.
The four productions that make up this year’s festival are “For the Love of a Leica” by Cynthia Dettelbach, directed by Brian Zoldessy; “Zebediah” by Barbara Harkness, directed by Martin Cosentino; “Lives of the Saints” by Jean Cummins, directed by Celeste Cosentino; and “Road Kill” by Ed Walsh, directed by Ian Hinz.
“For the Love of a Leica” is set in the midst of the chaos of World War II, and concerns one man’s obsession with a camera. It’s a coming-of-age story based on actual events.
“Zebediah” looks at justice in a small mining town from a historical perspective. This play promises to provoke many post-show conversations.
In “Lives of the Saints,” five elderly Irish siblings do their best to put an end to their niece’s long overdue romance. See the play to learn whether they succeed.
The coal mines are closing in “Roadkill,” but the casinos are thriving. When two friends learn what a their buddy finds alongside a country road, it looks as if their luck has changed . . . or has it?
The four plays are presented in repertory beginning Thursday, March 13, at Ensemble Theatre, 2842 Washington Blvd. Go to Ensemble’s website, www.ensemble-theatre.com (http://www.ensemble-theatre.com/), or call[masked] for the complete schedule or to purchase tickets.
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