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BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY to Ring In 2020 at Falcon Theatre

FT_Blues for an Alabama Sky

R. DeAndre Smith as Guy, Bryana Bentley as Angel & Elliot Young as Leland. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

Falcon Theatre’s third production of its 30th anniversary season is Pearl Cleage’s BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY. The play is a brutally honest and candid examination of an array of issues–including race, gender, sexuality, and cultural intolerance–in the historical context of the Harlem Renaissance and the early years of the Great Depression. The production, directed by Torie Wiggins, opens January 24, 2020.

The story is set in Harlem, New York in 1930. The euphoria and nonstop party of the Roaring Twenties have given way to the harsh realities of rampant joblessness and Jim Crow laws. The tale takes on the theme of hopeful dreams in hopeless times; it chronicles the aspirations and adversity of five characters whose lives tragically converge during an eight-week period. The names and spirit of Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker hover throughout the play, but the story focuses on struggling artists whose dreams must be put on hold to face economic survival.

Director Wiggins says Blues has been on her bucket list of plays to direct ever since she played the lead role of Angel in a production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the 1990s. “This is a story that needs to be told,” says Ms. Wiggins. “It’s a story that resonates with themes that are as relevant as they have ever been. Culture. Relationships. Sexism. Racism. And features some of the most memorable characters that audiences will ever encounter.”

Ms. Wiggins also says that she is excited about working in Falcon’s intimate space for the first time. The stage and its proximity to the audience will be a real challenge for her actors. “This is a theater that was made for actors and for this play,” she says. “When I first walked into the theater, I thought, ‘Wow. The actors will really need to be camera-ready from the opening curtain.”

The Chicago Tribune calls Blues for an Alabama Sky “ebullient, musical, (and) highly enjoyable.” The Guardian says the play “…offers a riveting picture of Harlem at a moment of historic transition.” The Washington Post calls it “…lively and heartfelt.”

Falcon’s production features Bryana Bentley as Angel, Keith Holland as Sam, R. DeAndre Smith as Guy, Elizabeth Taylor as Delia, and Elliot Young as Leland. Performances are at 8 PM on January 24, 25, 30, and 31 and on February 1, 6, 7 and 8.  Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net for tickets.

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DEATH & DYING ON THE DINSMORE FARM this Sunday, Oct. 27th

MISC_Death and Dying at the Dinsmore Farm

Please join us for this unique event on Sunday, Oct. 27th 1-6pm, at the Dinsmore Homestead museum (5656 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005).

Your tour of the 1842 Dinsmore home will highlight FIVE scenes of death & dying that actually took place on the farm.  See how men and women in the past dealt with the inevitable!

Each vignette is based on actual letters from the family!  You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind historic tour.  This experience is a collaboration between the Dinsmore Homestead, local actors, and the Falcon Theatre’s Falcon Takes Flight outreach program.

Questions?  Please call Dinsmore Homestead 859.586.6117 or email Cathy Collopy at ccollopy@dinsmorefarm.org.

If you register ahead you will be assured of a spot for this must-see adventure!

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MARJORIE PRIME Runs Nov. 22-Dec. 7

FT_Marjorie Prime logoMARJORIE PRIME
Falcon Theatre
Nov. 22-Dec. 7
[Newport]

Directed by Ed Cohen

Cast: Ryan J. Poole as Walter, Sue Breving as Marjorie, Tara Williams as Tess & Terry Gosdin as Jon

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!

  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 22-23 at 8pm
  • Fri-Sat, Nov. 29-30 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, Dec. 5-7 at 8pm

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MARJORIE PRIME is Next up at Falcon Theatre

FT_Marjorie Prime logoA Life Lived vs. a Life Remembered
MARJORIE PRIME is Up Next at Falcon Theatre!

What would we choose to forget from our past if given the opportunity? What have we forgotten already that we might wish we could remember? Do we remember the past as it actually occurred or as we–for whatever reason–prefer to remember it?

These are just a few of the questions addressed in Jordan Harrison’s drama Marjorie Prime, a touching, emotional, and painfully believable story set in the not-too-distant future.

Marjorie Prime is the second production of Falcon Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season, opening November 22.

The story revolves around 85-year-old Marjorie, who is in the early stages of dementia. Ten years after the death of her husband Walter, Marjorie now lives with her daughter Tess and son-in-law Jon who have installed a holographic “prime” of Walter to keep Marjorie company and perhaps aid in holding onto part of her rapidly failing memory. The “prime” takes on the form of Walter as a vibrant young man rather than the Walter from his final, older years and is programmed with the ability to learn from the information that he has been fed. Jon, particularly, has shared with the prime certain aspects and details of Marjorie’s past, but for Tess, some things are too uncomfortable to share.

“The more I read and work with this script, the less I see it as about aging and dying and more about the nature of memory,” says director Ed Cohen. “Memories, by their nature, are images frozen in our mind. But what are they made of? And how do they relate to our humanity…to whatever it is that makes us human?”

Cohen, who has directed multiple productions at Falcon, including In the Heat of the Night, The Pillowman, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane, sees the story’s treatment of memory as the key that unlocks our humanity. He points to multiple episodes in the story where Marjorie is struggling with details of memories, but what she’s trying to recapture is the feelings and emotions that she associates with the memories.

The New York Times says the play, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama, “operates by stealth…landing skillfully targeted punch after punch, right where it hurts” and when it’s least expected. The Los Angeles Times says Marjorie Prime “…is the kind of experience that keeps unfolding in the mind long after the 80-minute play is over” and “is primarily concerned with something eternal: the way our humanity is shaped and warped by the mysterious ebbs and flows of memory.”

Falcon’s production features Sue Breving as Marjorie, Ryan J. Poole as Walter, Tara Williams as Tess, and Terry Gosdin as Jon.

Performances are at 8 PM on November 22, 23, 29, 30, and December 5, 6, and 7. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net for tickets.

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Actors Needed for Special Event at Dinsmore Farm

FT_logoFalcon Theatre is working with Dinsmore Farm to help cast a special event.  We’re looking for 8 actors to fill roles that will perform in various rooms and spaces at Dinsmore Farm on the weekend of October 26th and 27th.  There is a stipend of $50/day for actors.

The scripts are all very short (1-2 pages each) and each actor will only be responsible for one script.  Each of the scripts tells the story of people who lived and died on Dinsmore Farm from 1850-1940.  Scripts must be memorized.

Schedule:

  • October 26th 1:00-6:00 PM
  • October 27th 1:00-6:00 PM

(There will also be one rehearsal date scheduled TBD prior to the performance dates)

CAST NEEDED:

  • Martha Dinsmore, white female about 50
  • Julia Dinsmore, white female, about 20
  • James Dinsmore: white male, about 70
  • Angeline Beatty: African American female, about 20
  • Nancy Mcgruder, African American female, about 80
  • Fanny Lee, African American female, about 30
  • Julia Dinsmore, white female, about 60
  • Susan Roseberry, African American female, about 50

All ages are approximate and some flexibility in ages is possible.

If interested, please send a resume and headshot to auditions@falcontheater.net no later than Wednesday, October 16.

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