Negro Ensemble

A Lovely Malfunction

September 18 - October 03, 2015


First Floor Theatre | 74a East 4th Street

Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 7:30pm; and Sundays at 3pm

On September 18, 2015, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. will present the World Premiere of A Lovely Malfunction, by Shontina Vernon at LaMaMa First Floor Theatre, 74 East 4th Street, NYC.  Ticket prices are: $18.00 General Admission and $15.00 for Students, Seniors and Groups of 10 or more.  To purchase tickets visit The Negro Ensemble Company website at or by phone by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111 Monday thru Friday 9-9 & Saturday and Sunday 10-8.  For further information and group rates call NEC office at 212-582-5860.  


The company, cast and design staff touts a wealth of talent. NEC is especially pleased to announce the return of one of our own alumni, distinguished and important actress, BeBe Drake, featured as Ida.  Additionally, the production features, noted TV and film actor and director, Denise Dowse and choreography by master choreographer, Obediah Wright.   The play will be directed by Bette Howard with costumes by award-winning fashion designer Niiamar Felder, sound design by David Wright and lighting design by NEC alum, Ves Weaver; Hurvey Morris, production stage manager and Elizabeth Freeman Clark assistant stage manager.  Rounding out the cast is Ralph McCain, Keona Welch, Chaz Reuben, Brittany N. Williams, Jim Willis, and Edythe Jason.  The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. is proud to have discovered such a brilliant, Innovative work.  

This script speaks to a new thought for Women, African American Women, Men and Women, marital taboos, and sexuality.  The story involves a middle-aged woman who awakens to a boiling pot of dashed dreams, pent-up desires and marital disillusionment as her only daughter returns fleeing to the nest for guidance, comfort and solace over her recent marital strife.  The ensuing action lives weaving wit and purpose in an engaging comedic romp.  It speaks to a new discovery of women; with razor sharp language and beautifully crafted irony.  This relationship play has both uproarious comedy and intellectually powerful drama.