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2022-2023 Season Announced by Falcon Theatre

FT_logoFALCON THEATRE ANNOUNCES 2022 – 2023 SEASON

Plays Focused on Strength, Resilience and the Endurance of the Human Spirit

(Newport, KY) — Falcon Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Ted J. Weil, announced today the continuation of live, in-person performances when the Newport, Kentucky theatre company opens its 2022-23 Season, presenting a mix of contemporary works and regional U.S. premieres.

The U.S. regional premiere of The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson (Silent SkyThe Revolutionists) revels in the strength of female friendship between two fearless scientists during the heights and depths of their careers.

The Half-Life of Marie Curie tells the story of Marie Curie, who won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. Within a year of her scientific triumph, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with a married Frenchman, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by an unrelenting and unforgiving press, Marie joins her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette, to recover from the scandal at Hertha’s seaside retreat on the British coast, their journey to persevere and heal reveals the strength that can be found in others.

Following a celebrated revival on Broadway, Falcon presents the ground-breaking drama Betrayal by Harold Pinter (The Dumb Waiter, Moonlight). Betrayal is a presentation of human resilience as its three characters navigate the aftermath of their lives following the end of a tumultuous love triangle.

The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose adulterous affair of seven years has long since ended. Emma’s marriage to Robert, Jerry’s best friend, is now ending and she needs someone in whom to confide. Their reminiscences reveal that Robert knew of their affair all along and, to Jerry’s dismay, regarded it with total nonchalance. In a series of contiguous scenes, the play moves backward in time, from the end of the affair to its beginning, throwing into relief the little lies and oblique remarks that reveal more than direct statements or actions ever could.

Human strength takes center stage in Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, a heart-wrenching yet humorous play about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love.

You’re six years old. Mum’s in the hospital and Dad says it’s because she’s “done something stupid”. She finds it hard to be happy. So, you start to make a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world – everything that makes life worth living. In this acclaimed show, a child attempts to cure their mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as they progress from childhood (ice cream) and adolescence (Star Trek), to college (surprises) and marriage (falling in love). But, when life deals a bitter blow, the list proves to be helpful to them in ways that it could never be for their mother. 

The Lifespan of a Fact is based on the stirring true story of John d’Agata’s essay, “What Happens There,” about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Written by a trio of playwrights (Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell), this contemporary drama is propelled by human resilience and determination for truth.

What starts professional, quickly becomes profane in this fast-paced play that hurtles through a few crucial days in the lives of a writer, fact-checker, and editor as opposing ideologies collide in a battle of highly intellectual combatants. The clock races as the three characters debate facts, artistic license, and the need to tell a good story as the decision looms whether to publish against an approaching Monday morning deadline that could make or break their struggling magazine – and their careers.

Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage (Blues for an Alabama SkyA Song for Coretta) explores the strength and endurance of four African-American women who overcame tremendous odds to make a place for themselves in post-Civil War America.

Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the story of pioneers of color who took advantage of The Homestead Act, leaving their homes and heading West to build new lives for themselves and their families in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Throughout their journey, their sisterhood is challenged in unexpected ways as they face harsh conditions, racism, sexism, and domestic violence. Flyin’ West is a reflection upon how individuals, families, and communities survive together.

Ted J. Weil, Producing Artistic Director, says, “In this poignant time of reflection and rebirth, we wanted to present a variety of stories that highlight the strength, resilience and endurance of the human spirit. The plays we’ve chosen to present do that through many lenses, all with the goal of our audience finding themselves in each compelling story. We are very excited to present a powerful, thrilling and life-affirming season of theatre.”

The 2022 – 2023 Season dates, creative teams, and ticket purchasing information will be available online at falcontheater.net. 

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A WALK IN THE WOODS Runs May 20-June 4

FT_logoA WALK IN THE WOODS
Falcon Theatre
May 20-June 4
[Newport]

Directed by Ted Weil

Cast: Ryan J. Poole & Jay Dallas Benson

A “pleasant woods on the outskirts of Geneva,” where two superpower arms negotiators, a Russian and an American, meet informally after long, frustrating hours at the bargaining table. The Russian,a seasoned veteran ” is polished and humorous but, also profoundly cynical about what the current sessions can accomplish. His American counterpart is a newcomer to the arms-control talks, is a bit stuffy and formal, but also idealistic about what can—and must—be achieved through perseverance and honest bargaining. Their informal meetings continue as the talks drag on and the seasons change, and through their absorbing and revealing conversations we become aware both of the deepening understanding between these two wise and decent men and also of the profound frustration that they increasingly feel.

  • Fri-Sat, May 20-21 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, May 26-28 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, June 2-4 at 8pm

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Falcon Theatre to Close 2021-2022 Season with A WALK IN THE WOODS

FT_logoIf the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to be prepared for change.

Falcon Theatre had intended to close its 2021-2022 season with Spunk!, written by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe. Unfortunately, the bluesy area premiere has been postponed but will be presented at a later date.

In its place Falcon Theatre will be wrapping up its season with A WALK IN THE WOODS by Lee Blessing. Much like its title suggests, the play introduces us to two arms negotiators who stroll through a wooded area above Geneva, Switzerland away from the tensions at the negotiating table. The two men, a Soviet diplomat and an American negotiator, eventually develop a relationship despite their obvious differences. While penned in the late 1980s, A WALK IN THE WOODS holds a significant amount of relevance today, particularly in light of the current violent struggles in Ukraine.

Directed by Ted Weil and featuring Ryan J. Poole and Jay Dallas Benson, the season closer will take over the same performance schedule initially intended for Spunk!.

Performances are on May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 2022. All performances are at 8:00 PM EST. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net to reserve 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 tests of our patrons. We are currently still requiring masks for all persons in the building with the exception of the actors while they’re on stage. 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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A Wild, Bluesy Wail of a Play Slays the Stage at Falcon Theatre

FT_Spunk logoIN SPUNK! BY HARLEM RENAISSANCE MASTER
ZORA NEALE HURSTON

Opening on Friday, May 20 through June 4, 2022

(Newport, KY) — Falcon Theatre closes its triumphant 2021-2022 season with Spunk!, written by Zora Neale Hurston and adapted for the stage by George C. Wolfe.

Spunk! is a raucous, charming, blues-infused look at love, revenge, jealousy, and the fine art of the hustle. Hurston’s ear for vernacular and character are infused with gritty, dry wit and set to an irresistible score of rich, soulful music that carry the audience on a timeless journey through the lives of these vibrant African-American characters in the first half of the 20th century.

Spunk! is directed by Candice Handy and features a five-person cast that includes Bryana Bentley, Jasmine Bouldin, Darryl Hilton, Jayvon Shack, and R. DeAndre Smith. Blues music will be arranged and performed by Nathan Singer of The Whiskey Shambles.

Performances are on May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 2022. All performances are at 8:00 PM EST. Tickets prices are $25 for adults and $15 for students with ID. Patrons enjoy a $5 discount for Thursday performances. Visit falcontheater.net to reserve 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 tests of our patrons. We are currently still requiring masks for all persons in the building with the exception of the actors while they’re on stage. 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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SILENT SKY Runs April 1-16

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Jordan Trovillion, Hannah Gregory, Martha Slater & Tara Williams. Photo by Kristy Rucker.

SILENT SKY
Falcon Theatre
April 1-16
[Newport]

Directed by Bridget Leak

Cast: Jordan Trovillion as Henrietta Leavitt, Hannah Gregory as Margaret Leavitt, Nathan Tubbs as Peter Shaw, Tara Williams as Annie Cannon & Martha Slater as Willamina Fleming

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.

3/9/22 – Health & Safety Procedures

  • Fri-Sat, April 1-2 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, April 7-9 at 8pm
  • Thu-Sat, April 14-16 at 8pm

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