updated 1/4/2011 9:46:41 AM ET 2011-01-04T14:46:41

ADVISORY, Jan. 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

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Gee's Bend celebrates the resilience of the human spirit. It's based on the true story of the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama and the discovery of their quilts, now highly regarded American folk art, which The New York Times called "some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced."
   
  The infusion of southern gospel hymns provides the background where these women use quilting to provide comfort, and to bring context to their lives. They survive segregation, family turmoil, and the Civil Rights Movement, one stitch at a time.  
         
When: Previews: Saturday, January 29, 2011: 8:00 p.m.  
    Sunday, January 30, 2011: 3:00 p.m.  
    Wednesday, February 2, 2011: 7:30 p.m.  
           
  Show Run: February 3 – February 27, 2011      
    Thursdays:  7:30 p.m.
    Fridays:  8:00 p.m.
    Saturdays:  2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    Sundays:  3:00 p.m.

****Opening Night and Media Reception is Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.***

For subscription information, ticket sales or group sales, call the box office at (713) 520-0055

Where:  The Ensemble Theatre
   3535 Main St.
   Houston, TX 77002
   713-520-0055
    www.ensemblehouston.com

The Ensemble Theatre's 2010-2011 Season is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Texas Commission on the Arts. Continental Airlines is the exclusive airline sponsor for The Ensemble Theatre. This production is generously underwritten by Spectra Energy.

The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and to enlighten, entertain, and enrich a diverse community. Thirty-four years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins' car to being one of Houston's finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of a few professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. The oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, it holds the distinction of being one of the nation's largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. Board President Emeritus Audrey Lawson led the capital campaign for The Ensemble's $4.5 million building renovations that concluded in 1997. The Ensemble Theatre has fulfilled and surpassed the vision of its founder and continues to expand and create innovative programs to bring African American theatre to a myriad of audiences.

CONTACT: The Ensemble Theatre
         Robert Ross
         (713) 807-4306
         rross@ensemblehouston.com

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