Down The Road
Falcon first presented Lee Blessing’s dark and compelling drama in 1997. Two married journalists interview a serial killer for an upcoming book; the play explores how he insinuates himself into their lives and unravels their relationship. Original cast members Ted Weil and Tracy Schoster, and director Ed Cohen, reunite for our revival of this unforgettable show.
Director: Ed Cohen
Tracy M. Schoster
Ted J. Weil
Performance Dates: June 11, 12, 18, 19, 2010
NOTE: This production contains mature subject matter.
Director’s Corner with Ed Cohen
It was 13 years ago when Ed Cohen first directed this show for Falcon. While he’s never twice directed the same show, Cohen is particularly pleased to be stepping back into the director’s chair for this production and has appreciated the opportunity to return to this script.
“When I re-read the play I could hear the prior performance from 1997 in my head”, says Cohen. “I then came to the realization that there were things that should have been done differently or that I didn’t understand about the characters when we first did the show”.
Cohen further notes that while he was pleased with how the show turned out in 1997, he now sees it in a different light and that it is a better show as a result. “I’ve particularly enjoyed working with the cast this time around as we’ve explored aspects and intricacies of the characters in a way that we didn’t necessarily discover 13 years ago”, notes Cohen. “In fact, I think our experiences (in the time since our first staging) have definitely allowed us to produce a more complex and thought provoking endeavor”.
Two of the original cast members: Ted Weil and Tracy Schoster are stepping back into their roles as the married couple. Playing the part of the Ted Bundy-like serial killer this time around is Dan Doerger, the role was originally played by George Alexander.
In 1997, the play was staged in Westwood Town Hall, however, Falcon now does all its shows in the Monmouth Theatre in Newport. Cohen notes that the smaller venue, and minimal lighting, has helped him to create a more “claustrophobic, creepy feel” that supports the dark subject matter of the play.
Says Cohen, “I really think this staging will help pull the audience in and allow them to have a more intense and intimate understanding of what these characters are going through”.