Ensemble Theatre Company returns to the Jericho Arts Centre for another season of thought-provoking and challenging plays. Now in its third year, this year’s line up includes the Jacobean tragedy ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour and Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon.

Here are five reasons we think you should go:

1. All three works are linked by the theme of scandal, and even with their historic settings the works tackle controversial taboos in society today.

2. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore is re-imagined as a dark and unnerving story of moral corruption within a mafia family in 1930s Italy, adding to its reputation as one the most bloody and risqué of all Jacobean tragedies.

3. Written in 1934The Children’s Hour is surprisingly relevant in today’s world of social media as it tells the story of a student who plants a malicious story about two of her private boarding school teachers.

4. Based on the series of television interviews between former U.S. President Richard Nixon and British broadcaster David Frost in 1977, Frost/Nixon is an insider’s look at the working of government at the highest level.

5. With the summer months usually reserved for lighter theatrical fare, this is an opportunity to see more complex works not usually seen this time of year on Vancouver stages.

The Ensemble Theatre Festival runs July 6 – August 8 at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery St, Vancouver). Visit http://ensembletheatrecompany.ca for tickets and information.