Knock ME a Kiss

Actresses Michelle Harper and Detria Ward sharing a mother daughter scene in "Knock Me A Kiss."

Actresses Michelle Harper and Detria Ward sharing a mother daughter scene in “Knock Me A Kiss.”

"Knock Me A Kiss" Playwright Charles Smith visits Houston for The Ensemble Theatre's  Opening Night.

“Knock Me A Kiss” Playwright Charles Smith visits Houston for The Ensemble Theatre’s Opening Night.

Approximately 14 years ago, Knock Me a Kiss was just one out of four plays being considered in the season line-up by play write Charles Smith.  Only problem was, there was no script; only the budding spark of a creative genius.  Mr. Smith said, “All I have is a title, Knock Me a Kiss.”  Less than a month later he would script a beautiful tale of woman torn between love and duty, set in the Harlem Renaissance.

But don’t feel as though a story set in the 1920’s couldn’t possibly translate to today’s social and political genres; because it does.  In fact, Charles’s fictional depiction of a real-life true story reflects the social issues of today.  How many of us have sacrificed our authentic selves for the sake of a bigger picture?  Knock Me a Kiss asks the question, “What is the bigger picture?”   Beautifully translated by pivotal character Nina DuBois, actress Detria Ward gives a stellar performance as the proverbial “cra cra”.  She let the audience know, every now and again you might want to listen to what a crazy person has to say, they just might save your life.

Overall, every fiber and texture of this play soothes the soul like a warm blanket.  Bravo to the cast!  Job well done!  Opening night is tonight January 31, 2013, 7:30p.  Knock Me a Kiss runs until February 24, 2013.  Don’t put off buying your ticket.  Hurry and get you ticket before someone gets your seat.  They are filling up fast!

– RTW

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PrEparation Is KEy

PrEparation Is KEy

ThE EnsEmblE ThEatrE’s guEst dirEctor for Knock ME a Kiss and thE Chicago Goodman ThEatrE’s rEsidEnt dirEctor Chuck Smith gavE a grEat workshop at ThE EnsEmblE ThEatrE, Saturday, January 12, 2013.
HE spokE with artists about thE dynamics of planning for an audition. ***SidE notE: I walkEd away with a fEw rEfrEshErs on prEparation for any job intErviEw.***
“You havE to do your homEwork and go into an audition with a positivE mindsEt,” says Smith
A fEw studEnts bravEd thE gloomy wEathEr for what turnEd into a light, informativE class. HE also gavE fEEdback on monologuEs and hEadshots.

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