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Falcon Theatre to Produce DAISY as On-Demand Theater/Film Project 

FT_Daisy logoIn 1964, the New York advertising firm Doyle Dane Bernbach forever changed the course of political advertising with a 60-second television spot.

Today, the ad is usually referred to simply as “Daisy.”

The making of this groundbreaking and landscape-altering advertisement is the subject of Sean Devine’s play of the same title. Falcon Theatre, in a partnership with the College of Informatics at Northern Kentucky University, is producing Daisy as what director Tara Williams describes as “theater for film” and will be available for on-demand streaming from October 30 to November 7.

The black-and-white ad featured a three-year-old girl in a simple dress standing in a sunny field. The girl counted aloud as she plucked the petals from a daisy. When the last petal had been plucked, the girl’s voice was supplanted by an adult voice ominously counting backward from ten as the camera zoomed to an extreme close-up of the girl’s eye. As the countdown reached “zero,” the image was replaced with horrifying footage of a nuclear explosion.

“Daisy is a play that we have wanted to stage for a few years at Falcon, and we’ve been holding onto it until an election year because the play chronicles the beginnings of political attack ads,” Ms. Williams says. “And with live theater on hold during the pandemic, this project serves as a different creative outlet for our artists and production team and makes it possible to reach our audience in a new way.”

“The project,” Ms. Williams continues, “ will call to mind the days of CBS’s Playhouse 90, a television anthology drama series that aired from 1956 to 1961, which featured broadcasts of stagings of theater dramas and teleplays. The broadcasts relied heavily on wide shots and long camera takes. The result was a television/theater hybrid that became a staple of CBS’s primetime lineup for years.”

Daisy is currently in production and features David Levy, Lisa D. Dirkes, Jay Dallas Benson, Terry Gosdin, R. DeAndré Smith and Bill Keeton. Details for streaming the presentation will appear soon on Falcon’s website (www.falcontheater.net) and on Falcon’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

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THE AGITATORS Postponed at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoDue to ongoing COVID-19 concerns and restrictions on public gatherings THE AGITATORS, originally rescheduled to Aug. 14-29, will again be postponed.

We will absolutely be rescheduling this amazing work for later in the season when we can safely present it and give it the time on our stage it so richly deserves.

We are hard at work updating our scheduling plans for the season so stay tuned for new news!

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Falcon Theatre Pesents SOLDIER, COME HOME…Online!

FT_logoThanks to all of you who helped make our first two online offerings a big success! We’re back with another free online production for you to enjoy.

Falcon Theatre is excited to announce that SOLDIER, COME HOME the third of our online offerings, is now ready to view…and it’s free!

Falcon Takes Flight, Falcon Theatre’s outreach initiative, takes art out into the community and performs literary works by regional authors and poets.  We’re excited to share Soldier, Come Home with all of our loyal fans:
https://youtube.com/watch?v=JctOHRVmqQE

SOLDIER, COME HOME is presented by Falcon Theatre, musical trio Raison D’Etre, author Frank W. Wicks and was first produced as part of the Signature Series at the Campbell Country Public Library in 2013.  The actors in the production are Holly Sauerbrunn, Jay Dallas Benson, Kyle Daniels, Nathan Tubbs and Ted Weil.

Enjoy!!

Sincerely,
Ted Weil
Producing Artistic Director

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Video Auditions Announced for DAISY at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoAuditions for the first production of our 2020-2021 season, Daisy, are being held through online video submissions. Click the “Submit Audition” button below to submit your audition. Call-backs will be held virtually via Zoom if needed.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must include digital version of your resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Headshots must be PDF, or JPEG format
  • Videos must be less than 10 MB. If you need to reduce the size of your video file, click here for Clideo website.

Daisy by Sean Devine
Directed by Tara Williams

Audition Details:

  • All auditions must be submitted by 8:00 PM, Sunday, May 31st.
  • Audition video should be no longer than 90 seconds. Please choose one monologue that best displays your talent.
  • Questions, contact director Tara Williams: taralwilliams74@gmail.com

Character Descriptions:

  • Louise Brown – Late 30s. Caucasian. A copywriter. Brassy but knows her place. Has taken years and worked hard to get where she is.
  • Tony Schwartz  – Early 40s. Caucasian. A sound archivist, independent media specialist and agoraphobic. Not aware of social norms.
  • Clifford Lewis – 30s to early 40s. African American. A White House Lawyer. Authoritative. Straight forward.
  • Bill Bernbach – 50s to 60s. Caucasian. Creative Director and partner in Advertising agency. The boss. Trusts his team but draws the final line.
  • Sid Myers – 30s to early 40s. Caucasian. Art Director.  Bossy. Pushes buttons.
  • Aaron Ehrlich – 30s to 40s. Caucasian. Television producer.  Married. Nervous. Worried about the A bomb.

Click here to submit an audition.

Performances dates are Sept. 25-Oct. 10

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2020-2021 Season Announced by Falcon Theatre

FT_logoFalcon Announces 2020-2021 Season

Our doors may be closed, but we at Falcon Theatre have been hard at work, planning for a day in the not-too-distant future when we welcome back our friends and family to the theater. In the interim period, we have produced some online content (with more to follow) for the public’s enjoyment.

As you know, social distancing requirements and other restrictions have been detrimental to the livelihood of many businesses; this is especially true for arts organizations like Falcon that typically rely on audience gatherings for survival.

Many of our patrons have asked how they can help Falcon weather this unanticipated storm. A great way to do just that is to purchase a Falcon Theatre Flex Pass. You’ll provide Falcon with some much-needed income, and you’ll also have your tickets ready for next season when our doors open. Flex Passes purchased now will remain valid for the entire 2020-2021 season.

We at Falcon are proud to announce our slate of plays for the 2020-2021 season. First things first: For all of us who were heartbroken that our productions of The Agitators and Silent Sky didn’t make it onto the Falcon stage, you’ll be happy to know that those two shows were not canceled…merely postponed. These two amazing shows will get their time on the Falcon stage during our 2020-21 season.

THE AGITATORS by Mat Smart
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?”

August 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, 2020

DAISY by Sean Devine
Based on true events, Daisy explores the moment in television history that launched the age of negative advertising, and forever changed how we elect our leaders. War was the objective. Peace was the bait. Everyone got duped.

September 25, 26, October 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 & 10, 2020

SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson
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.

November 20, 21, 27, 28, December 3, 4 & 5, 2020

BETRAYAL by Harold Pinter
Moving backward in time, from the end of an affair to its beginning, the play throws into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that, in this time-reverse, reveal more than direct statements, or overt actions, ever could.

January 22, 23, 28, 29, 30, February 4, 5 & 6, 2021

WELL by Lisa Kron
Well is about the mystery of human personalities, told through an hysterical art-performance-gone-wrong, proving that the people you think you know intimately are often the hardest to know at all.

March 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, April 1, 2 & 3, 2021

BEN BUTLER by Richard Strand
When an escaped slave shows up at Fort Monroe demanding sanctuary, General Benjamin Butler is faced with an impossible moral dilemma—follow the letter of the law or make a game-changing move that could alter the course of U.S. history?

May 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 & 22, 2021

We’re so eager to have people back at the theater to share these amazing productions with us. Again, please consider purchasing a Flex Pass (falcontheater.net/tickets-information/flex-passes/ ).  Your support keeps Falcon Theatre strong now and in the future.

Thank you for keeping the arts alive.

Sincerely,

Ted Weil
Producing Artistic Director

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