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Auditions Announced for GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoFalcon is excited to be able to resume in-person auditions this season! We will be following all CDC guidelines for safety.

July 27 & 28 from 6-8pm

Falcon Theatre
636 Monmouth St.
Newport, KY 41071

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Use Falcon’s online Audition Sign-Up form to submit your information prior to auditions (see below)
  • Must submit a digital version of your resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Headshots must be PDF, or JPEG format

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER by Todd Kreidler
Directed by Piper N. Davis

Production dates on Sept. 24-Oct. 9

Audition Details:

  • Auditions will be held in person on July 27th and 28th from 6:00-8:00 PM. Actors only need attend one of the 2 audition days. All actors are requested to submit an audition form prior to attending auditions (click the Audition Sign-Up button below to register for auditions).
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • Questions, contact director Piper N. Davis: piperndavis@gmail.com

Character Descriptions:

  • Matt Drayton – White – 50-70 – Newspaper Publisher
  • Christina Drayton – White – 50-70 – Matt’s wife, runs an art gallery
  • Joanna Drayton – White – 22-30 – Their daughter
  • Dr. John Prentice Jr. – Black – 30-40 – Joanna’s finance, a rising star doctor
  • John Prentice Sr. – 50-70- Dr. Prentice’s father, retired
  • Mary Prentice – 50-70 Dr. Prentice’s mother, retired
  • Matilda Binks – Black – 35-65 – The Drayton’s housekeeper
  • Monsignor Ryan – White – 45-70 – Drayton family friend

Click here to sign up for auditions.

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It’s Back! TO BE BLACK is Available to Stream through June 27

CBTAC_To Be Black logo2Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective (Cincy BlackTAC) with Falcon Theatre is excited to announce that back by popular demand, TO BE BLACK is available for streaming through June 27, 2021.

Whether you’re seeing these special performances for the first time or re-visiting these dynamic and nuanced works, we can’t wait to bring these stories back into your homes.

Cincy BlackTAC is excited to expand their work to focus on new voices. In their successful 2020 summer weekly series, Monologues For Us By Us, they featured the work of August Wilson and his contemporaries. In this new collaboration, they will continue to showcase the stories of Black life in the most varied and multi-faceted way; promoting the awareness that the Black experience is not monolithic. Under the direction of Piper N. Davis and Candice Handy, local playwrights will have the opportunity to have their work brought to life by some of Cincinnati’s favorite faces, including Geoffrey Barnes, Burgess Byrd and Ernaisja Curry. Featured playwrights include Derek J. Snow, Cris Eli Blak, A.J. Baldwin Arethia Hornsby Rinfrow, and Curtis Shepard.

“The audience will get to hear from a variety of Black voices with TO BE BLACK. I hope that viewers will gain some perspective in subject matters like identity, gentrification and trauma that affect Black people every day in a different way than our white peers. I also hope that the audience will have a good time! There are some new, fresh and comedic voices in TO BE BLACK that truly showcase the vibrancy of Black culture and quick-wittedness of Black folks!” says Cincy BlackTAC Artistic Director, Candice Handy.

Falcon Theatre is proud to bring Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective to their space to produce this virtual theatrical event. “Theatre, at its core, is a collaborative process. Part of Falcon Theatre’s mission is to advocate new voices, foster talent and vision and provide a safe, inviting environment for all artists to grow and share their work. Collaborating with Cincy BlackTAC is a fundamental way Falcon can help support the efforts of BIPOC artists so the momentum gained through tragedy is not lost to complacency,” says Artistic Director and Founder of Falcon Theatre, Ted Weil.

TO BE BLACK will be available for streaming through June 27, 2021, for $15. Tickets will be available for purchase on both the Falcon and Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective’s websites. Ticketholders will be able to view the show for 48 hours after their purchase.

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Falcon Theatre Announces Its 2021-2022 Season 

FT_logoNewport, KY — After one pandemic-shortened season and another of successful theater-for-film projects, Falcon Theatre Artistic Director Ted Weil has announced the slate of plays for the theater’s return to the live stage for its 2021-2022 season. The lineup offers a range of dramatic genres and styles. The order and time slots for the season, along with one additional title, will be determined in the upcoming weeks.

Falcon Theatre 2021-2022 Season

SPUNK
By Zora Neale Hurston
Adapted for stage by George C. Wolfe
Hurston’s evocative prose and Wolfe’s unique theatrical style blend to create an evening of theater that celebrates the human spirit’s ability to overcome and endure. The story glows with wit, humor, and energy and resonates with soulful music. These three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues.

RED SPEEDO
By Lucas Hnath
Ray has swum his way to the eve of the Olympic trials. If he makes the team, he’ll land a marketing deal with Speedo…a deal that means he’ll never need a real job. So when someone’s stash of performance-enhancing drugs is found in the locker room fridge, threatening the entire team’s Olympic fate, Ray has to quash a maelstrom of rumors…or risk losing everything. Red Speedo is a sharp and stylish play about swimming, survival of the fittest, and the American dream of a level playing field—or of leveling the field yourself.

WELL
By Lisa Kron
“This play is not about my mother and me,” begins the character of Lisa. But, of course, it is about her mother, and her mother’s extraordinary ability to heal a changing neighborhood, despite her inability to heal herself. In this “solo show with people in it,” the playwright asks the provocative question: “Do we create our own illness?” The answers become highly complicated as the play spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory.

SILENT SKY
By Lauren Gunderson
This true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, a time 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.

TBA
One more show to be announced.

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BEN BUTLER Available May 14-22

FT_Ben Butler logoBEN BUTLER
Falcon Theatre
May 14-22
[Online]

Directed by Piper N. Davis

Cast: Mike Hall as Major General Benjamin Butler, Rico Reid as Shepard Mallory, Phineas Clark as Lieutenant Kelly & Terry Gosdin as Major Cary

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?

  • Available for streaming Fri, May 14-Sat, May 22

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Falcon Theatre to Produce BEN BUTLER As On-demand Theater For Film Project 

FT_Ben Butler logoBEN BUTLER by Richard Strand, Falcon Theatre’s third theater-for-film project of its 2020-2021 season, is currently in production and will be available for streaming May 14 through 22.

What M*A*S*H was to the Korean War, Ben Butler is to the American Civil War. It’s a story that examines the horrors of war, and in this case, of slavery. But the play uses a strong dose of humor to portray the triumph of the human spirit from the cruelest and most dire of circumstances.

An escaped slave shows up and demands asylum at union-held Fort Monroe, Virginia in the early days of the war. Major General Ben Butler, who has been in the Union army for only a few weeks and has never held a rank lower than brigadier general, is faced with a moral dilemma: To follow the letter of the law, which would almost certainly end in the killing of the slave or to create a novel interpretation of the law that would save the slave’s life but that might end his barely-begun military career.

First-time Falcon director Piper Davis says that she was drawn to the play because of its approach to the story. “It certainly isn’t often you see a funny story about slavery,” Ms. Davis says. “But the humor of the play is found in its portrayal of resilience and hope.” Ms. Davis says that one of the challenges of the production is to make sure that the audience understands that, despite such heavy subject matter, it’s OK to laugh and enjoy the story.

The New York Times describes BEN BUTLER as “part comedy, part historical drama, and part biography, often all at once…just call it splendid.” The Times raves that the story’s dialogue is “by turns sarcastic, droll, and witty…clever without being glib, meaningful without being pretentious. It’s a funny and impressive mixture.”

The production’s cast features Michael Hall, Phineas Clark, Rico Reid, and Terry Gosdin.

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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