The Seafarer – Final Weekend! and Birmingham’s Best 2013 balloting

Don’t forget to visit to cast your ballot for Birmingham’s Best 2013—there are dozens of categories, including Best Local Actor, Best Local Actress, and Best Live Theatre Troupe! We’ve had a great 2013 at CET, including:

  • Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning drama Ruined, featuring a rich ensemble cast led by Cecil Washington, Jr., and Chalethia Williams, which marked our first collaboration with Aldridge Repertory Theatre,  and which also helped provide funds to The Footprints Foundation for reconstructive surgeries for victims of sexual violence in the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer-winning August: Osage County, our first 5-star-reviewed production and our first show on the mainstage at the Virginia Samford Theatre, featuring a spectacular ensemble and standout performances by Carolyn Messina and Sandra Taylor;
  • Bill W. and Dr. Bob by Samuel Shem & Janet Surrey, which told the important story of the co-founders of Alcoholic Anonymous (portrayed by our co-founders/co-artistic directors Alan Gardner and Jonathan Fuller, with additional fine performances turned in by Jan Hunter, Melissa Cox, and the rest of the company), and which was a major initiative in bringing a non-traditional audience segment into local theatre;
  • Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer, our second 5-star production and our first collaboration with Birmingham Festival Theatre, featuring another terrific ensemble led by Drew Tombrello and Patrick Ian McCall.

Thank you for your consideration and your support this year!

Tonight begins our final weekend of The Seafarer at Birmingham Festival Theatre: only four performances remain! Check out our website & social media tomorrow, when we’ll be announcing the secret password for half-price walk-up admission for the Friday, December 20th performance only.

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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Emeline – Ebonee Christina Johnson

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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Emeline- Ebonee Christina Johnson

Ebonee is in her fourth year at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She is blessed to have performed as Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun, the Old Lady in Dining Room, Shirley the Shaman in Days of Our School Life, Ms. Cantry in The Young and the Fair, Mama Williams for Make It Happen Youth Ensemble’s Our Journey, Roberta Mavis in The Old Beginning, and as a featured dancer in Oklahoma! and in the ensemble for Big- the Musical.  Aside from acting she enjoys singing in the choir and being ASFA’s sound designer.

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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Mazima – Whitney Ashante (McWilliams)

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Meet the Cast of Ruined: Mazima – Whitney Ashante (McWilliams)
As a sophomore at The Alabama School Of Fine Arts and lover of theatre since a young age, Whitney has performed in onstage and offstage roles in dozens of theatre & dance productions, step shows, and pageants. Her favorite roles so far have been Mocha in Runaways and Louise in The Young and the Fair; she is humbled to add this role to the list.