Newport, KY — Falcon Theatre Artistic Director Ted Weil has announced the slate of plays for its 2019-20 season, for the theatre’s 30th Anniversary. The lineup offers 2 area premieres and a wide range of dramatic genres and styles…from a madcap parody of and homage to the films of the Master of Suspense…to an unsettling examination of the life lived and the life remembered…to a timely and thought-provoking look at the spiritual relationship between two of our earliest fighters for social justice.
Falcon Theatre 2019-2020 Season
The 39 Steps
by Patrick Barlow and John Buchan
September 27- October 12, 2019
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunnit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Celebrate our 30th anniversary season with this exciting revival of our 2012 hit.
by Jordan Harrison
November 22 – December 7, 2019 *Area Premiere*
What would we remember and what would we forget if given the chance? This richly spare, wondrous new play explores the mysteries of human identity and the limits, if any, of what technology can replace in the age of artificial intelligence. A must for any fans of Black Mirror!
Blues For An Alabama Sky
by Pearl Cleage
January 24 – February 8, 2020
It’s the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. The play brings together a rich cast of characters who reflect the conflicting currents of the time through their overlapping personalities and politics.
by Mat Smart
March 20 – April 4, 2020 *Area Premiere*
A riveting story about the friendship that persisted through the years between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass as both fought tirelessly for the rights of others. The play struggles with the question “Do you believe there can be a country for all?”
by Lauren Gunderson
May 1 – May 16, 2020
The true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.
Artistic Director Ted Weil says, “I think this slate of plays is perfect for an anniversary year because it really highlights the best of what Falcon does and stands for. We’re particularly excited to open the season with a revival of The 39 Steps, which was a huge hit with our audiences back in 2012. The season will be a celebration of our past while we keep our eyes fixed squarely on the future.”