Ensemble Studio Theatre has announced the two plays that will complete its spring season: Please Continue by Frank Basloe and Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler. They join the previously announced Boy by Anna Ziegler.
Beginning performances Feb. 3 will be Basloe's Please Continue, a play that dramatizes a 1960's Yale campus scandal. Officially opening Feb. 11, the staging will be directed by William Carden and presented in association with The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The cast will feature Haskell King, David Jackson, Tommy Schrider, Jared McGuire, Jonathan Randell Silver, Dylan Dawson, Alex Herrald and Molly Carden.
"Professor Stanley Milgram's 'obedience experiments' test how cruel people can be when they are just following orders," state EST production notes. "Milgram gets the data he needs, but the lab assistant who conducted the experiment is left to grapple with his own responsibility. Weaving in an historically separate incident, playwright Frank Basloe’s Please Continue dramatizes a campus scandal in order to burrow deeper into the ways conformity can push us to act against our conscience."
Please Continue will be followed by Boy, a co-production between the EST/Sloan Project and Keen Company, beginning Feb. 23 and opening March 10 at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. The new work explores the politics of sexual identity and medical ethics.
In Winkler's coming-of-age story, Kentucky, a young New Yorker, estranged from her dysfunctional family, attempts to break up her born-again Christian sister's Kentucky wedding. Directed by Morgan Gould, performances are set to begin in April. The play is being co-produced by EST/The Radio Drama Network and Page 73 Productions.
To purchase tickets and for more information, visit EnsembleStudioTheatre.org or call (866) 811-4111.