The Ensemble Theatre salutes Texas playwrights as part of its 40th Anniversary Season celebration with a series of stage readings that will run November 14, 2016 – June 12, 2017 at 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

Several Texas playwrights were selected along with local directors to participate in this 8-month series of stage readings. Their works continue to enrich audiences at The Ensemble Theatre and nationally.

“We want to celebrate our hometown playwrights who’ve been an integral part of The Ensemble Theatre’s 40-year history,” says Eileen J. Morris, Artistic Director of The Ensemble Theatre. “The fact that our 40th anniversary season kicked off with Texas playwright Celeste Bedford Walker’s Sassy Mamas, is a testament to how relevant and present these playwrights are to our audiences.”

All stage readings are at The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002.

For more information call 713-520-0055 or visit:

Tickets: $5.00

The Ensemble Theatre Solute to Texas Playwrights Stage Reading Series:


  1. American Summer Squash
    Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
    by Don Wilson Glenn
    directed by Mirron Willis
2. Lyin’ Ass
Monday, March 20, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by Eugeen Lee
directed by Kelvin Hamilton
3. Morning, Noon and Night
Monday, December 19, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
by Dr. Ted Shine
directed by Allie Woods
4. a series of ten minute plays
Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by j.e. franklin
directed by shirley marks whitmore
5. Black Spurs

Monday, January 30, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Wayne DeHart

6. When the Ancestors Call
Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by Elizabeth Brown Guillory
directed by Rachel Hemphill Dickson
7. The ‘N’ Word Catharsis
Monday, February 27, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by Thomas Meloncon
directed by Ed Muth
8. The Trinity River Plays
Monday, June 12, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
by Regina Taylor
directed by Eileen J. Morris

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. In addition to being the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it also holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres that owns and operates its facility with an in-house production team.

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the theatre; and the Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children.

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