Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga
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URINETOWN

As part of their 2019 Season - IDENTITY, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga has explored the freak within us and the faith within us, and now explores the fortitude within the human experience as they take us to a “not-so-distant dystopia” in the SPLASH hit Broadway musical - URINETOWN by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Urinetown takes place twenty years after the onset of a global drought, a drought so serious that private toilets have been made unthinkable!

In Urinetown it is a “Privilege to pee”… and you may only do so at one of the many meager amenities managed by Urine Good Company and its founder Caldwell B. Cladwell. The 2002 Tony winner for Best Book, Score, and Direction, Urinetown takes a satirical look at the dualities of populism, political activism, and environmental sustainability in a way that has become more and more relevant and realistic with each passing year.

Director Ryan Laskowski says, “I remember the first time I heard Urinetown and how I immediately thought this is the most absurd premise ever… Luckily for me, I love a good absurd premise (especially one accompanied by a jazzy trombone)! Over the years, I have returned to Urinetown for laughs from any one of its MANY memorable melodies. Hollmann & Kotis present the idea with slapstick but the REAL water crisis is a serious matter.

"Today in the world, almost 850 million people live without access to clean water. 2.3 Billion do not have access to modern sanitation. Scholars have predicted that the wars of the future will be fought, not for petroleum, patriotism or proselytism, but for something we all take for granted... something we pour into plastic and toss into the back seat of our cars... something we can’t live without for much more than three days. Drawing inspiration from real-life water crises and shows like Black Mirror, I hope to show that Urinetown’s storylines are all too familiar to many that are living in the world today.”

Click here to see casting information for Urinetown.
  1. JUNE 14th
    URINETOWN
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  2. JUNE 15th
    URINETOWN
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  3. JUNE 16th
    URINETOWN
    2:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  4. JUNE 20th
    URINETOWN
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  5. JUNE 21st
    URINETOWN
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
  6. JUNE 22nd
    URINETOWN
    7:30 PM
    BARKING LEGS THEATRE, 1307 DODDS AVE, CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404
PREVIOUSLY AT ETC. . .​​
THE CHRISTIANS
ETC follows up its season opening production of SIDE SHOW, a musical that examined the freak in all of us, with a play that examines the faith in all of us. A relatively new play to hit the market, THE CHRISTIANS is a play about the pastor of a church, that started in a storefront and now finds itself as a megachurch, with thousands of members, a huge building, a debt paid off and a coffee shop in its lobby. This Pastor delivers a sermon that ends with an abrupt change in the philosophical and theological beliefs of this congregation he has shepherded. This change forces a schism and also forces personal reflection.

Director Garry Posey points out, “Christianity is such a complex ideal for me to begin with, I’m fascinated by the faithful devotion and fellowship, but I’m conflicted when ideology challenges what I understand about Christ’s teachings. THE CHRISTIANS, within the first few pages of the script, captures such a personal conflict and uses it as an inciting incident to affect change. And the result is both unexpected and completely understandable.” Hnath teaches at New York University and is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His plays “RED SPEEDO” (about doping in the world of competitive athletics) and “THE CHRISTIANS” have both been awarded Obie Awards, during the 2017 theatre season his play “A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2” premiered on Broadway and currently his play “HILLARY AND CLINTON” is in previews.

“We have always wanted to present a play that addresses faith in an objective manner,” mentions Posey. “But the issue with most scripts written in that vein is that there is either a heavy dose of proselytizing or indoctrinating towards specific ideals or a highly melodramatic, sensationalized approach to a moral lesson. That isn’t the kind of theatre we like to present.” Known for its edgy approach, Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga does not feel it has a responsibility to dictate opinion nor does it align itself in that regards when selecting productions. “This play presents the potential issues of subscribing oneself to a particular individual who has been vested with a responsibility for not only his faith but an entire congregation’s. How does that power identify and define the pastor, and how does that faith and loyalty identify and define the congregants?”
  

Click here to see casting information for The Christians.

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