Thanks a BRUNCH!
12:00 PM12:00

Thanks a BRUNCH!

EST Youngblood presents


Ah, Thanksgiving. Whether you spend it with your friends or your family, it’s the perfect time to express gratitude, eat your weight in pie and wear the coziest of socks.

Come celebrate the first brunch of the season with five brand new plays about giving thanks by the writers of Youngblood, along with pancakes, bacon and (young)bloody marys.

featuring plays by Will Arbery, Jahna Ferron-Smith, Amanda Keating, Julia Specht, & Sofya Levitsky-Weitz


What does that mean? That means you have two chances to catch BRUNCH on Sunday the 18th.


Brunch begins at 11:30am, plays begin at 12pm!


Brunch begins at 2:30pm, plays begin at 3pm!

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7:30 PM19:30

EST/Sloan Project Cultivation Event

Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present a special 20th anniversary

EST/Sloan Project Artist Cultivation Event

To celebrate its landmark twentieth anniversary, the EST/Sloan Project is bringing together on November 19 many of the people who have been critical to the program’s success. Joining Sloan Program Director Doron Weber to discuss “what makes a great play about science?” will be playwrights Cassandra Medley, Lucas Hnath, Charly Evon Simpson, and Anna Ziegler, all of whom have had (or will soon have) EST/Sloan mainstage productions. Also participating will be EST/Sloan’s three veteran scientist/consultants: Gabriel Cwilich, Stuart Firestein and Darcy Kelley.

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to Feb 3

Behind the Sheet

Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation present

Behind the Sheet

by Charly Evon Simpson
directed by Colette Robert*

featuring Stephen James Anthony, Nia Calloway, Naomi Lorrain, Cristina Pitter, Shawn Randall*, Joel Ripka, Megan Tusing*, Amber Reauchean Williams, & Jehan O. Young

In 1846, Philomena is a pregnant slave woman assisting her owner, Dr. George Barry, as he tries to find the cure for fistulas and tending to his patients, other enslaved black women. Everything changes when he receives a new patient. Inspired by the life and experimentation of Dr. J Marion Sims and the lives of Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, three of the enslaved black women he worked on, Behind the Sheet explores the untold stories behind the rise of modern gynecology. 

About the Playwright


Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include JumpBehind the Sheet, Scratching the Surfaceform of a girl unknown, and more. In 2019, Jump will be produced at PlayMakers Repertory Company, Milagro, and Actor's Express. Her work has been seen, heard, and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, Salt Lake Acting Company, PAGE 73’s Summer Residency, National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, and others. She’s currently in The Amoralists’ 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College.

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to Mar 31



written by Catya McMullen
directed by Giovanna Sardelli*

Gretchen, Emma and Whitney are thirty. They've been friends since they were teenagers. They've been sober since they were teenagers. As they set off on a road trip south--with homemade female urination devices, too much pie, ill-advised sexual escapades--to celebrate and mourn a figure from their past, GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD reveals what it's like to face adulthood and death after growing up weird and possibly broken.

About the Playwright


Catya McMullen is a playwright, tv and screenwriter, and comedian. Her short play, MISSED CONNECTION won the 37th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, was directed by Leslye Headland and is published by Samuel French. She writes for AMC's hit show Dietland and is the author of the comedic hip hop musical LOCKED UP BITCHES (World Premiere, The Flea) and the plays GEORGIA MERTCHING IS DEAD (Upcoming World Premiere EST/Youngblood), AGNES (Upcoming World Premiere Lesser America at 59E59 Fall 2018, Workshop Production, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), EVERYTHING IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE OKAY, WE PRAY TO ELEPHANTS, ASSHOLES IN GAS STATIONS, RUBBER DUCKS AND SUNSETS (World Premiere Ground UP Productions), and THE COLLECTIVE (World Premiere, Triskellion Arts) along with numerous shorts. She is a proud alum of the Obie award winning EST/Youngblood and a company member of The Middle Voice Theater Company; the apprentice company of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a finalist for the City Theater National Award for Short Playwriting and is the Creator of the WE ARE ANIMALS series, a quarterly variety show series she writes with Scott Klopfenstein of the Gold Record selling band Reel Big Fish, where she raps under her feminist hip hop alias “Chihuahua Fancy.”  She has received multiple commissions from the Sloan Foundation and is currently writing a play about back alley abortions given in the years before Roe V. Wade. She teaches sketch comedy and playwriting at The People's Improv Theater. She has been produced or developed work with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, EST/Youngblood, The People's Improv Theater, The Lark Play Development Center, Lesser America, Naked Angels, The Flea Theater, The F*it Club, Rising Phoenix Rep, Playmakers Repertory Company, Ground UP Productions, Ugly Rhino, and Primary Stages. BA UNC Chapel Hill

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Ensemble Studio Theatre / Radio Drama Network Present


Inspired by the format in which Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill honed their craft, EST held its first Marathon in 1977. Praised by critics and beloved by audiences, it launched an industry-wide revival of the short play form and broke new ground by putting new and established writers together on one stage. The Marathon has premiered new plays by David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Steve Martin, Leah Nanako Winkler, Christopher Durang, Anna Ziegler, Olivia Dufault, Qui Nguyen, and countless others, including Martyna Majok, whose 2015 Marathon play John, Who's Here From Cambridge was expanded into the 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living.

MAY - JUNE 2019
Final Dates TBA
This season's Marathon plays will be announced in the Fall.

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to Nov 10

Asking for Trouble 2018

EST Youngblood presents


featuring new short plays by the writers of Youngblood.

Do you smell that in the air?  It's not the whiff of pumpkin spice and fresh hay bales. 
It's trouble. A ten minute play festival with 24 brand new plays over four separate nights of theatre- November 6-10.

new plays by:

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to Oct 28


Ensemble Studio Theatre & Radio Drama Network present


by William Jackson Harper*
directed by Steve H. Broadnax III

featuring Stori Ayers, Denny Dale Bess*, Sheldon Best*, Brian D. Coats, Bjorn DuPaty*, Lynnette R. Freeman*, Nathan James, Ivan Moore, Shawn Randall*

A Texas church community, untouched by the tumult of the civil rights movement, is compelled into a kind of reckoning once a stranger enters their lives, forcing them to take sides and take a stand.

Travisville runs two hours with a fifteen minute intermission.

Join the artists and creative team Monday, October 15th for an intimate reception and special Benefit Performance of Travisville to support the development of new work at EST.

Scenic Designer: Milagros Ponce de León  |  Costume Designer: Suzanne Chesney*  |  Lighting Designer: Adam Honor |  Sound Designer, Shane Rettig*  |  Props Master: Caitlyn Murphy   |  Stage Manager: Lloyd Davis, Jr. |  Press Photography: Jeremy Daniel

About the Artists

Will Harper by Jackie Abbott

WILLIAM JACKSON HARPER (Playwright). EST: Stiff, Big Tex, Neglect, Broadway: All The Way. Off Broadway: After the Blast (LCT3); A Family for All Occasions (Labyrinth); Modern Terrorism (Second Stage); The Total Bent, Titus Andronicus, Measure for Measure (The Public); Placebo, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (Playwrights Horizons); Ruined (MTC); Queens Boulevard, Paradise Park (The Signature); Microcrisis, The Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi); Massacre (sing to your children) (Rattlestick); Rich Boyfriend (The New Group); The Inexplicable Redemption of Agent G (Vampire Cowboys); You Got Older (Page73). Regional: All The Way (A.R.T); Ruined (The Goodman); Hamlet (Dallas Theater Center). Selected TV: “The Good Place,” “Deadbeat,” “The Breaks,” “The Electric Company,” “Unforgettable,” “High Maintenance.” Films: Paterson, How To Tell You’re a Douchebag, They Remain, The Man in the Woods, Lost Holiday.

STEVE H BROADNAX III (Director). Directing credits include various shows at theatres nationally and internationally, including: Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Hattiloo Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, People’s Light Theatre, Apollo Theatre NYC, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Atlantic Theatre NYC, Detroit Public Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, AZ, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Moore Theatre in Seattle, Market Theatre Johannesburg SA, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, National Arts Festival in South Africa, and The Adelaide Arts Festival Australia. The Hip Hop Project, an award-winning, full-length original play directed, choreographed, and conceived by Steve, has toured nationally and was showcased at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C. Other writings include American Taboo, another award winning full-length play, and Camouflage (Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist). As a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Steve has worked nationally and internationally. Steve is currently a Professor of Theatre and Professor in Charge of MFA Acting at Penn State University.

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