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BETRAYAL By Harold Pinter Takes the Stage at Falcon Theatre


“…marvelous scenes, packed with suppressed tension, torn loyalties and confused, unspoken feelings…” – New York Times


(Newport, KY) — Falcon Theatre continues its 2022-2023 season with Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL.

Largely regarded as Pinter’s greatest play, BETRAYAL is a devastatingly honest exploration of love, sex, marriage, and friendship. BETRAYAL begins in 1977 with a meeting between Emma and Jerry, two years after their love affair has ended. Pinter’s narrative employs reverse chronology, moving backward and concluding with the affair’s beginning in 1968 in the home of Emma and Robert, Emma’s husband and Jerry’s best friend. By casting its eye backward across the nine-year affair, Pinter’s sophisticated drama deftly reveals the ways we betray each other, and ourselves.

Pinter’s extraordinary exploration of human behavior and relationships is directed by Becca Howell and features a cast that includes Samantha Joy Luhn, Aaron Whitehead, David Derringer, Lisa Dirkes and Imani Derden.

Performances are November 18, 19, 25, 26, and December 1, 2 & 3, 2022. All performances at 8:00 PM. Ticket prices are $28 for adults and $15 for students with valid ID. Visit falcontheater.net for details and to reserve your seats.

Health and Safety Information
In keeping with our policy of putting safety first and also responding to national and local health and safety guidelines, Falcon will no longer require vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests of our patrons. Masks are welcome and strongly recommended, but not required. Please read through all our health and safety guidelines here for full details, which will be updated with all the latest changes so check back before coming to the theater to ensure you understand the current safety guidelines.



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Two Actors Sought for SPUNK at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoFalcon is seeking 2 African-American males to fill 2 additional roles in our upcoming production of SPUNK.

The production runs May 20-June 4, 2022.  Interested actors should contact Artistic Director, Ted Weil, at tweil@falcontheater.net ASAP to schedule an online audition.

This production includes a stipend for all artists.
NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 safety precautions, all actors are required to be fully vaccinated.

SPUNK by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by George C. Wolfe
Directed by Candice Handy
Character Descriptions (all roles are written for black actors):

Blues Speak Woman: Narrator and sometimes performer. Sings the Blues.
Guitar Man: Plays guitar and sings the Blues.
Ensemble Men: 3 male actors who play all the roles in the 3 stories told in the play.
Ensemble Female: 1 Female actor who plays all the female roles in the 3 stories.

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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.

Falcon Theatre
March 12-20

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

Falcon Theatre
Jan. 24-Feb. 8

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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