Newport, KY — February 21, 2017 — Falcon Theatre Artistic Director Ted Weil has announced the theater’s slate of plays for its 2017-18 season. The lineup offers a wide range of dramatic genres and styles…from a tragic twentieth-century American classic…to a pair of troubling tales that explore issues facing today’s society…to a powerful, contemporary reimagining of a familiar two-hundred-year-old Gothic saga that’s still relevant to our modern world.
Production dates have not been set, so the list of plays is in no particular order.
- FRANKENSTEIN by Nick Dear, based on the novel by Mary Shelley — Born and cast into a cruel and hostile world, Victor Frankenstein’s grotesque and bewildered Creature wanders the world, seeking acceptance and compassion. As he becomes increasingly desperate and vengeful, the Creature confronts his horror-struck creator to strike a terrifying deal. This deeply disturbing tale examines issues of scientific responsibility and morality, parental neglect, and the nature of good and evil.
- POOR BEHAVIOR by Theresa Rebeck — A weekend in the country for two couples spins out of control when Maureen makes jealous and reckless accusations of infidelity between her husband Ian and their old friend Ella. As Ella’s husband Peter makes a futile attempt to control the domestic carnage, the story develops into a fiercely funny and farcical commentary on the unexpected ease of betrayal and the fragility of marriage.
- A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE by Tennessee Williams — Blanche DuBois, a woman whose existence has been undermined by a lifetime of romantic illusions, arrives at her sister’s New Orleans apartment, seeking to stay for a while after the loss of their family’s ancestral home. Ensuing friction between Blanche and Stanley Kowalski, her sister Stella’s husband, leads to a tragic, inevitable conclusion.
- THE PILLOWMAN by Martin McDonagh — In an unnamed totalitarian state, a writer whose macabre fairy tales are eerily similar to a series of child murders is interrogated by government officials. The unsettling and darkly humorous story that follows is an unblinking examination of the power, nature, and purpose of art.
- A GREAT WILDERNESS by Samuel D. Hunter — Walt, a gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat, has devoted decades of his life to “curing” gay teens of their homosexuality. Packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement, Walt is pressured into accepting one last client. When that client disappears into the Idaho wilderness, Walt is forced to examine the possibility that he has been deceiving himself and others for the bulk of his life. The story navigates complex moral terrain and explores the inconstant strength of personal convictions.
Artistic Director Ted Weil: “We’re extremely excited about the year. We strive to build well-rounded seasons, with a balance of classics and newer works, including area premieres. This slate of plays is true to our mission and gives our patrons a diversity of productions that will appeal to every taste.”