Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night

A staged reading of Shakespeare’s play by Haley White and friends. A huge THANK YOU to all of the talented people and supportive audience members who made this evening magic!

A Special Surprise Reading with TNE and Friends!  TWELFTH NIGHT ON TWELFTH NIGHT!

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TNE Member Haley White had a brainchild this holiday season: What fun to do a reading of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Twelfth Night! Originally intended to be an informal reading in her home, Haley’s shared her idea with friends at various holiday gatherings – and it sparked the imaginations of some of the best and brightest performers of the Fresno theater scene.

Sunday, January 5th. 7 p.m.
Mia Cuppa Caffe (formerly The Revue). 620 E Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reading from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Featuring an outstanding cast:

VIOLA- Danielle Jorn
OLIVIA- Sara Gettelfinger
ORSINO- Terry Lewis
FESTE THE CLOWN – Shannon Eizenga
SIR TOBY BELCH- Chris Carsten
MALVOLIO- Haley White
MARIA- Kristin Lyn Crase
ANTONIO- James Sherrill
SEBASTIAN- Chris Borden

Admission is free, but please honor Mia Cuppa Caffe by purchasing a tasty beverage.
There will also be Twelfth Night themed appetizers and snacks on hand.

Donations will be gratefully accepted via cash or credit card. All donations from this reading to benefit Danielle Jorn’s January 7th move to NYC to pursue her dreams!

Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde

Fresno Bee/Beehive Review:  May 2nd, 2013

Kings River Life Review:  April 24, 2013

Fresno Bee Preview:  April 19, 2013


The Cast of Gross Indecency

The New Ensemble is proud to introduce the cast of Gross Indecency, opening April 19th.

Oscar Wilde: Haley White.
The Ensemble: Bridget Martin*, Jaguar Bennett, Thomas Nance, Kristin Lyn Crase, Jessica Reedy, Brooke Aiello, and Erica Riggs, all in multiple roles.

Directed by Heather Parish.

*Bridget Martin replaced Gabriela Lawson in the cast 10 days prior to opening.

“Freud” reading brings largest reading audience yet!

The {tne} Hot Off the Stages Play Readings keep gaining steam after 2 years!  “Freud’s Last Session” brought 47 people to the back room at Revue Cafe in Fresno’s Tower District to listen to Jaguar Bennett and James Sherrill read the parts of Freud and Lewis.

The energy in the event is palpable.  Passionate theater-goers who love ideas enjoy these weeknight readings as a great way to grab a cuppa, unwind and learn about some of the finest playwrighting the theater is producing right now!

We’re Listening!

Dear friends of {tne}~

Some of you may know, but many of you do not, that I keep a blog about my thoughts and ideas regarding producing theater for Fresno’s audiences.  It always makes me a little nervous to plug something so exclusively my own, but I believe the latest topic I’ve been exploring is a very exciting, yet very difficult one:  Audience Development.

Over the last few months, many of us in the theater world in Fresno have been wondering how we can continue to deepen our connection to our audiences and how we can continue to make new friends with new theater-goers as well.

There have been a lot of ideas tossed around in conversations, online, in newsletters like this one.  But my last entry was about listening to our audiences.

So please, know that I’m listening.  We at {tne} want to know what you think!  What gets you to come out to see shows?  What might get you to go to more shows, or to bring friends?   What makes you want to talk about a show to someone else after you’ve left the theater?  How can we do better?

If you have any feedback for {tne} or for local theater in general, pleasecomment on the blog or just e-mail me your thoughts by replying to this newsletter in your inbox.

We’re all ears!

Thank you again for all you do to support local creativity.

Heather Parish
{tne} artistic director


FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot Off the Stages Play Reading coming January 29th

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A Hot Off the Stages Play Reading of this hot New York play
for local theater lovers.

Can a Christian and an atheist have a frank discussion about the existence of God and still respect each other in the end? FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading by The New Ensemble Theater Group, explores that question with an informal reading on Tuesday, January 29th at the Revue Café in Fresno’s Tower District.

Based on the best-selling book “The Question of God,” the hit Off Broadway play by Mark St. Germain sets up an imaginary sparring match between two expansive 20th-century intellects. Dr. Sigmund Freud, an atheist, who invites a then little-known professor, C.S. Lewis, to his home in London for a very specific agenda. Freud wants desperately to understand how Lewis, who used to share his atheism, has become a recent convert to Christianity. On the day that England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash over the issues of reason and faith, life and death. This astute story takes a strong, even-handed, and surprisingly civil look at one of life’s most thought-provoking discussions.

Read by New Ensemble members Jaguar Bennett and James Sherrill, this informal play reading is an intellectual thriller with humor and insight regarding belief in a complex world.

The New Ensemble’s Hot Off the Sages Play Readings offer local theater-goers the chance to hear an exciting play that’s entirely new to Fresno. A great way to exercise the imagination, become familiar with contemporary playwrights, and to keep up with what’s hot in the theater world, the Readings give theater-lovers the inside-track on some of the best up- and-coming plays of our time.

The New Ensemble Theater Company began the Hot Off the Stages Play Readings two years ago with the 2010 Tony Award winning play RED by John Logan. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, IN THE NEXT ROOM (OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY), SHIPWRECKED, and VENUS IN FUR are just a few of the exciting new plays read for Fresno audiences. In 2013, {tne} hopes to bring a total of four more readings to local cafes around for local theater-goers to enjoy.

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a Hot of the Stages Play Reading will be read by The New Ensemble Theater Group on Tuesday evening, January 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Revue Café, 620 East Olive Avenue at Broadway in Fresno’s Tower District. Admission is FREE with the purchase of a snack or beverage from the Café. The reading time is approximately 90 minutes. For more information on The New Ensemble, click to

FREUD’S LAST SESSION, a {tne} Hot Off the Stages Play Reading. 
Tuesday, January 29th from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Revue Cafe, 620 Olive in Fresno’s Tower District.
Admission is Free. Please support Revue Cafe, who is donating the space for free, with your purchase of a beverage or snack!

{tne lab}

The New Ensemble Theater Group strongly believes that Fresno is a great town for getting things started. Here, artists can cut their teeth on independent productions and projects with very little money, resources, and red-tape.  Keeping things sustainable. . . THAT is where things can get rough.

But when artists get off to a good start with a solid understanding of what producing theater in Fresno entails, they are already on the road to creating many more great things for Fresno audiences.

To that end, The New Ensemble has developed a program called {tne lab}.

{tne lab} partners with local artists interested in developing their original play, producing an off-beat script, or creating a unique theatrical experience independently in Fresno.  We take our collective experience as an independent producer  and guide that artist through the process of developing the play, planning the production, finding the venue, creating budgets, raising their own money, and executing the plan for a successful first production. Everything from essential marketing, box office management, backstage organization, as well as best practices in play production and development are covered in the {tne lab} program.

Artists keep the creative control they desire over their production and the money they raise and earn is their own. {tne lab} requests only a donation from the box office receipts in return for participation in the program.  The production is truly the artist’s own, produced in association with {tne lab}.  

{tne lab}, for the encouragement and expression of independent theater in Fresno.

BAPTIZED opens to a standing ovation!

Last night’s opening of BAPTIZED TO THE BONE was received with a standing ovation and praise from audience members.

“Incredible piece of theater here!! So impressed by what three performers pulled off tonight…..poignant, intense, funny, twisted! Superb work, ya’all!” says Jacquie Broach

“What a riot. Serious. Sad. Funny. Tragic.” says Peter Robertson

“TNE’s ‘Baptized to the Bone’ at Brokenleg Stage was EXCELLENT!! Fun, funny, poignant, SEXY!!” exclaims Brian Rhea.

Make your plans to see this fantastic piece of independent theater in Fresno soon!

Photos by Kristin G. Photography


In Rehearsals Now! Baptized to the Bone!


by Dave Johnson
Directed by J. Daniel Herring
Featuring Hayley Galbraith, David Marinovich, and Matthew Schiltz.
Dark Comedy.

Ottis (Matthew Schiltz) is dying to leave Sand Hills, North Carolina and produce his “Gospel Poetry Opera” in New York. With no money and few prospects, he decides to hustle Gladys (Hayley Galbraith), the local preacher’s wife. What she doesn’t know is that Ottis is also hustling her husband, the preacher (David Marinovich). The scams deepen, complications ensue, and events take an unexpected turn. In a swealtering North Carolina summer, be careful what you wish for!

Baptized to the Bone, opening August 17th at 8 pm at the Broken Leg Stage, 1470 N. Van Ness, Fresno.