The New Ensemble

Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

In 1997 two friends and I from my undergraduate days at SUNY Fredonia founded The New Ensemble Theatre Company in New York City.  By the time our first production opened in September 1998 another friend from my time at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival joined us.  The two of us served as co-artistic directors of TNE from 1998-2001.  We produced eleven full length productions and three fully realized seasons. TNE focused on new plays and the plays of Shakespeare.  We spent most of our time at Center Stage NY a small Off-off Broadway theatre collective whose mission was to foster the growth of new companies. The TNE years shaped a great deal of my process and, ultimately, my life. The work created and the bonds forged during these years will be with me always. It was during the TNE years I also wrote the first of two plays I have written -Hostage. I am proud of the work created during those years including productions of David Zellnik’s Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, for which TNE was awarded an OOBR (off-off Broadway Review) and Sheila Callaghan’s The Hunger Waltz which I directed in 1999 for TNE’s first full season and for The NY Fringe Festival five years before it would be produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2004.

Reviews of The New Ensemble productions

Productions of The New Ensemble:

  • Romeo and Juliet –1998
  • The Hunger Waltz-by Sheila Callaghan- 1999 (Part of the NY Fringe Festival)
  • And the Skies Were Opened-by Mike Nuckols-1999
  • Hamlet-1999
  • Pig-by Ron Owens 2000
  • Macbeth- 2000
  • Hostage- by Paul Angelo Viggiano -2000
  • Let A Hundred Flowers Bloom-by David Zellnick—2001 (Awarded an OOBR ) Off-off Broadway review award for outstanding production.
  • Henry V -as adapted by Paul Angelo and Steven McElroy. -2001 Invited to the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Charleston South Carolina.