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THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE Makes Regional Premiere at Falcon Theatre

FT_The Half-Life of Marie Curie logoScience Made Them Remarkable. Friendship Made Them Resilient.

THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE By Lauren Gunderson

Makes Regional Premiere at Falcon Theatre

“A 90-minute slice of history brimming with wit and wisdom.” – NewYorkStageReview.com

Production Begins September 23 through October 8, 2022

(Newport, KY) — Falcon Theatre opens its’ 2022-2023 season with the Regional premiere of playwright Lauren Gunderson’s The Half-Life of Marie Curie, a compelling new play about renowned scientist Marie Curie and radical engineer Hertha Ayrton—and the friendship that strengthened their resolve to pursue their ambitions.

In 1911, Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. By 1912, she was the object of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with the married Frenchman Paul Langevin, all but erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by the press lambasting her as a “foreign” Jewish temptress and a homewrecking traitor, Marie agrees to join her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragette. The Half-Life of Marie Curie revels in the power of female friendship as it explores the relationship between these two brilliant women, both of whom are mothers, widows, and fearless champions of scientific inquiry.

Filled with snappy back-and-forth dialogue, this two-woman play is directed by Falcon Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Ted J. Weil, and features Tara Williams (Marie Curie) and Tracy M. Schoster (Hertha Ayrton).

Performances are September 23, 24, 29, 30 and October 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00 PM EST. 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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Auditions Announced for THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoUse Falcon’s online Audition Form to submit your information prior to auditions.

  • Must submit a digital version of your resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Headshots must be PDF, or JPEG format
  • NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 safety precautions, all actors are required to be fully vaccinated
  • Each production has a unique audition form. If you wish to audition for more than 1 production, please fill out the form for each production separately

Audition Details:

  • Auditions will be held in person on Monday, September 12th & 13th, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 PM.
  • Actors only need attend 1 of the 2 audition days.
  • All actors are requested to submit an audition form prior to attending auditions https://form.typeform.com/to/SPockNSV.
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Questions, contact director Ed Cohen

Character Descriptions:

  • Jim Finegal – 20s – Intern
  • Emily Penrose – 40s-60s – Editor
  • John D’Agata – 35-55 – Essayist

Performance dates: January 27-Feb. 11, 2023

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Auditions Announced for EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Falcon Theatre

FT_logoUse Falcon’s online Audition Form to submit your information prior to auditions.

  • Must submit a digital version of your resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Headshots must be PDF, or JPEG format
  • NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 safety precautions, all actors are required to be fully vaccinated
  • Each production has a unique audition form. If you wish to audition for more than 1 production, please fill out the form for each production separately

Audition Details:

  • Auditions will be held in person on Monday, August 29th and Tuesday August 30th, 2022 from 6:30-8:00 PM.
  • Actors only need attend 1 of the 2 audition days.
  • All actors are requested to submit an audition form prior to attending auditions https://form.typeform.com/to/TF5fpbMJ.
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Questions, contact director Tracy M. Schoster

Character Descriptions:

  • Narrator – character can be any age, gender, race or ethnicity

Performance dates: March 17-April 1

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BOURBON AT THE BORDER Quick Review

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James Christian Jr. as Tyrone, Kyndra Dyanne Jefferies as Rosa & Torie Wiggins as May. Photo by Kristie Rucker.

BOURBON AT THE BORDER presented by Falcon Theatre through Aug. 14. I attended the opening night performance. 

Torie Wiggins and Charlie Thompson’s performances in the second half of Act II are incredibly strong and emotionally raw. Unfortunately, the problematic script by Pearl Cleage takes an exposition-heavy, meandering route to get to this payoff. While it is understandable that events which have occurred in the past are recounted by the cast, even the current events take place “off-stage” resulting in the audience being told what happened rather than being shown.

The costume design by Tara Williams meets the demands of the script and the time-period, but the structure of the script causes several delays as the audience waits for costume changes.

The set design by Ted Weil works well for the most part although the upstage wall of the kitchen with its white cabinets and oven looks a bit too clean and modern for someone struggling financially.

The pacing could be tightened up a bit. Director Piper N. Davis has a tendency of clustering the cast together which makes the play area feel confined. There are times when the blocking becomes stagnant with actors sitting for extended periods of time. While this is an intimate show, it still needs to play beyond the front row of the audience.

Overall, a fine but flawed production.

My rating: 4.25 out of 5.

Click here for more information on the production.

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Auditions Announced for FLYIN’ WEST at Falcon Theatre

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

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Use Falcon’s online Audition Form to submit your information prior to auditions.
  • Must submit a digital version of your resume (PDF Preferred)
  • Headshots must be PDF, or JPEG format
  • NOTE: Due to current COVID-19 safety precautions, all actors are required to be fully vaccinated
  • Each production has a unique audition form (below). If you wish to audition for more than 1 production, please fill out the form for each production separately

FLYIN’ WEST
Directed by Piper N. Davis

Audition Details:

  • Auditions will be held in person on Monday, August 8th and Tuesday August 9th, 2022 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Actors only need attend 1 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:

  • Sophie Washington – Black woman, born into slavery – age 36
  • Miss Leah – Black woman, born into slavery – age 73
  • Fannie Dove – Black woman – age 32
  • Wil Parish – Black man, born into slavery – age 40
  • Minnie Dove Charles – Black woman – age 21
  • Frank Charles – Bi-racial (Black/White), born into slavery – age 36

Performance dates are May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, 2023

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