World premiere play at ETC tackles a global issue.
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga (ETC) has demonstrated a commitment to develop and present new plays and musicals. “Colonel Pilate”—the latest incarnation of that commitment—debuts on Thursday, Nov. 13.
The play was written by Aleksey Scherbak and translated by John J. Hanlon. In the world of the play, a major military force has invaded a smaller country, seeking out a Muslim extremist who is allegedly responsible for several bombings.
“The script is purposefully vague on certain details of the story so as not to define itself by any one specific military conflict,” commented director Garry Lee Posey. “It is certainly reminiscent of both the many conflicts between the U.S. and the Middle East over radical terrorists, as it is with the current Russian invasion of the Ukraine.”
Scherbak and Hanlon have crafted what they hope to be a universal production that speaks not to specific real situations, but to the bigger picture of the consequences of military occupation from a larger, stronger force.
The show will run Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., Nov. 13-23. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students with a valid student ID.
— Rachael Poe
Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga
5600 Brainerd Rd.