An elephant never forgets...
...and we are so grateful for all of your support. You may have noticed that we were radio silent since we closed our last production, Choking the Butterfly, in November 2012 and we wanted to explain why.
After two previews, we had a great opening night on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 9th Space on the Lower East Side and were looking forward to an incredible 3-week run. That enthusiasm was promptly cut short by the impending arrival of Hurricane Sandy. On Sunday morning we got the call from the theatre that ConEd was shutting off power to the building that afternoon in anticipation of Sandy.
The rest of the week was literally a day-to-day process, sometimes waiting until the last possible minute before cancelling the day's performance. We really wanted to put these performances on, not just for our audience, but also for our amazing cast and crew who put so much hard work and dedication into making this show.
Luckily our team and the theatre all made it through without major incident and we eventually got the show back up and running to make the most of our final week, putting on the show for anyone who could make it. Understandably, with transit disruptions and people dealing with the devastation that Sandy left in its wake things were rough. We have to give our unending gratitude to everyone who trekked down to the theatre to support us on this show, including our amazing cast and crew (without whom the show literally would not have gone on).
EBE Ensemble has always put everything we have into every show--time, energy, creativity, and resources. For better or for worse, that is how we roll. We are all in, all the time. Sometimes it makes things difficult, but our passion has always made up for it. The 2012-2013 season was supposed to be our biggest, best and most ambitious ever, but not everything works out the way we want.
The financial hit from losing a week of performances was massive and left us reeling, but the blow to our morale was just as bad. All the sacrifices that we made over the years took us to the place where we felt we could finally grow and thrive, and to suddenly get knocked down so far proved incredibly difficult to get a handle on.
We spent months brainstorming ways to do what EBE had done time and time again--refuse to accept logic (because let's face it, logic has no place in the decision to start a theatre company) and keep producing work that we love. We ran through every scenario and explored every avenue available to us, but ultimately had to reach the difficult decision that EBE Ensemble had run its course.
So it is with a great deal of sadness that we officially announce that EBE has come to an end. It was an amazing 6 1/2 years and we had the incredible opportunity to work with so many wonderful people--actors, playwrights, designers, stage managers, casting directors, wardrobe supervisors, etc. EBE produced more than 35 new works and adaptations and gave readings to many more since we first started in 2006 and we are so grateful to everyone who had a hand in making that happen. Lastly, we want to thank our audience. Your support over the last 6 1/2 years kept us going in the face of enormous adversity and we are eternally grateful for that.
Even though we are going our separate ways, we are so proud of the work we have created and will each continue on our own paths. Hopefully those paths will cross in the future both with each other and with you. The way that theatre brings people together for a shared, unique experience is a truly wonderful thing. In this digital age, the power of theatre has never been more important and we hope that you continue to support its independent artists.
Thank you all for sharing this journey with us. It has been our pleasure to entertain you.
- The Eleven Benevolent Elephants