Acting Empathy: An Evening with The Ensemble Theatre

In partnership with The Ensemble Theatre, Holocaust Museum Houston's Friends of Boniuk Library and young professionals group, NEXTGen, invites you to Acting Empathy: An Evening with The Ensemble Theatre. This special event celebrating Black History Month will feature a scene from The Green Book and a discussion led by Dr. Jesse Esparza, Assistant Professor of History at Texas Southern University.

Inspired by Victor Hugo Green’s historical “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” The Green Book takes place during a weekend when the Davis’ are celebrating the arrival of Dr. W. E. B. DuBois for a lecture. The appearance of a white visitor, who turns out to be a Jewish Holocaust survivor, sets off a chain of events that shows that racism and anti-Semitism cannot be ignored. The Green Book was written by award-winning author Calvin Alexander Ramsey and directed by award-winning director Shirley Jo Finney. The Green Book performances at The Ensemble Theatre run through Sunday, February 23.

Admission to Acting Empathy: An Evening with The Ensemble Theatre is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. For more information, please contact Rocio Rubio, Corporate Relations Officer, at or 713-527-1838.

About The Ensemble Theatre

The Ensemble Theatre produces a main stage season of six contemporary and classic works devoted to the portrayal of the African American experience by local and national playwrights and artists. The theatre’s Performing Arts Education program provides educational workshops, Artist-in-Residence experiences and live performances for students both off-site and at the Theatre. The Young Performers Program offers intensive summer training for children ages 6 to 17 encompassing instruction in all disciplines of the theatre arts.

About NEXTGen

NEXTGen is the Museum’s affinity group for young professionals ages 21-39 who share a common passion for the Museum and its mission. The goal of NEXTGen is to inspire inclusiveness by engaging young leaders of change and advocating on behalf of tolerance. If you would like to become a NEXTGen member, please visit

About Friends of Boniuk Library

Friends of Boniuk Library connects Holocaust Museum Houston members and the Houston community with The Boniuk Library’s collection and resources. All funds raised by Friends of Boniuk Library will build the collection, increase visibility and expand public access to the collection.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater
February 19, 2020
6:30 — 8:00 pm
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