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THE AGITATORS Available March 12-20

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Elliott Young as Frederick Douglass & Cat Cook as Susan B. Anthony. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

THE AGITATORS
Falcon Theatre
March 12-20
[Online]

Directed by Darnell Pierre Benjamin

Cast: Cat Cook as Susan B. Anthony & Elliott Young as Frederick Douglass

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?”

  • Available for streaming March 12-20

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Falcon Theatre to Produce THE AGITATORS as On-demand Theater/Film Project

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Elliott Young as Frederick Douglass & Cat Cook as Susan B. Anthony. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

For forty-five years, they agitated the nation and each other. They met in the 1840s as young abolitionists, full of hopes and sharing a common purpose. They became cultural and historical icons. They were Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Their tempestuous decades-long  friendship is the subject of playwright Mat Smart’s THE AGITATORS, currently in production at Falcon Theatre as a special theater-for-film presentation. The production will be available for on-demand streaming from March 12 – 20, 2021.

This project has been more than a year in the making. Originally scheduled as the fourth production of Falcon’s 2019-2020 season, the play was mere days from opening last March when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the theater to shelve the project temporarily. Out of concern for cast, crew, and audience safety, Falcon Artistic Director Ted Weil and production director Darnell Benjamin agreed to push the production to the 2020-2021 season. Weil and Benjamin ultimately opted to produce the play as Falcon’s second theater-for-film project. This past October, the theater filmed a similar venture for Sean Devine’s play Daisy.

Anthony and Douglass found a common cause in the abolition of slavery, though each came at the subject from a different standpoint. She was white, a Quaker. He was black, an escaped slave. Both used their gifts as writers and orators, along with their shared passion for equality to forge an unlikely friendship. Slavery ended after the Civil War, and the two focused on what they hoped would be universal suffrage. Their friendship and alliance became strained with the proposal of the 15th Amendment, which would grant voting rights to black men, but not to women of either race.

Playwright Smart sees the story of the pair as timely for 21st Century America. “The distance between people in this country seems to be growing greater and greater,” Smart says. “And something that is so inspiring to me about Susan and Frederick was their ability to have a healthy, hard dialogue with the people they disagreed with…with the people who hated them. So I hope a lesson we can take from them is how we can better listen to people who believe different things than we believe, and how we may better agitate the people who disagree with us to change their thinking. Or vice versa.”

Details for streaming the presentation will appear soon on Falcon’s website (www.falcontheater.net) and on Falcon’s Facebook and Instagram (@falcontheatrenky) pages.

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BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY Runs Jan. 24-Feb. 8

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R. DeAndre Smith as Guy, Bryana Bentley as Angel & Keith Holland as Sam. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY
Falcon Theatre
Jan. 24-Feb. 8
[Newport]

Directed by Torie Wiggins

Cast: Bryana Bentley as Angel, Keith Holland as Sam, R. DeAndre Smith as Guy, Elizabeth Taylor as Delia & Elliot Young as Leland

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.

  • Fri-Sat, Jan. 24-25 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Feb. 6-8 at 8pm

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2018-2019 Season Announced by Falcon Theater

FT_logoDates and Order to be Determined

YANKEE TAVERN by Steven Dietz

THE LION IN WINTER by James Goldman

THE EXONERATED by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen

BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY by Ken Ludwig

BLUES FROM AN ALABAMA SKY by Pearl Cleage

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE to Open as Falcon Theatre’s Fourth Production of 2017-18

FT_A Streetcar Named Desire logoThe New York Times says it’s one of the greatest plays ever penned by an American playwright. New York Theater agrees, calling it one of the best plays of the past 100 years.

It’s Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer-prize winning A Streetcar Named Desire, and it’s coming to the stage at Falcon Theatre. The production opens March 16, 2018.

The play can seem dated, dealing with antiquated subject matter: strict gender norms, Southern Belles, mid-20th-Century chastity and views of female sexuality, but on the play’s 70th anniversary, director Nate Netzley is updating the play’s stage setting to modern post-Katrina New Orleans in order to illustrate the play’s universal themes and ideas.

“Williams was not writing a period piece. He was not taking a snapshot of ‘Where we are in New Orleans in 1947,’” says Netzley. “He was examining how we deal with trauma, power, love, and of course desire. These themes are not unique to any given point in time.”

Falcon’s production features Tara Williams as Blanche DuBois, Phineas Clark as Stanley Kowalski, Ellie Margolis as Stella Kowalski, and Charlie Roetting as Mitch Mitchell. The cast also includes Torie Pate, Derek Snow, Ray Dzhorgov, Natasha Boeckmann, Tanner McDole, and Terry Gosdin.

Performances are at 8 PM on March 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, and 31, 2018. Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net to reserve seats.

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