The past year has been incredibly challenging for arts organizations and especially theaters. But as has always been the case, the arts endure, adapt and thrive. We’re thrilled that we can welcome you back into our theater this season and we’re continually monitoring the changing health landscape so we can do so safely.
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. We will be keeping this page updated with all the latest changes so check back before coming to the theater to ensure you understand the current safety guidelines.
Falcon’s 2022-2023 Season Announced!
Plays Focused on Strength, Resilience and the Endurance of the Human Spirit
The U.S. regional premiere of The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson (Silent Sky, The 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 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 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 young boy attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as he progresses 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 the son in ways that it could never be for the 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 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 Sky, A 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.”
If 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. The bluesy area premiere has been postponed but will be presented at a later date.
In its place Falcon Theatre 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.
Performances are on May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, and June 2, 3, 4, 2022. All performances are at 8:00 PM EST
Important Production Schedule Update
Based on the surge in Covid cases across the country and in our area, we have decided to adjust our production schedule for the remainder of the season. We are postponing all remaining shows by 2 weeks.
Here are the updated performance dates for the remainder of our season:
A Walk In The Woods:
May 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, June 2, 3, 4, 2022
If you have tickets for any of these shows, our box office will contact you to reschedule your tickets. If you are unable to use your tickets due to these changes, you’re welcome to exchange your tickets for a future production.
We appreciate your understanding while we navigate the quickly changing health and safety landscape that all arts organizations are facing. Falcon has always put the safety of our audience and our artists first and will continue to do so. You can review our complete by clicking the banner on the top of any page of our website or click here.
Falcon’s 2021-2022 Season Announced!
Falcon Theatre is pleased to announce its upcoming 2021-2022 season! And even more so, very honored that we have a slate of all female directors, several of whom are women of color, leading the way. We hope you’ll join us for an extraordinary season of theatre with this extraordinary group of women.
After one pandemic-shortened season and another of successful theater-for-film projects, Falcon Theatre Artistic Director Ted Weil has announced the plays for the theater’s return to the live stage. The lineup offers a range of dramatic genres and styles. We’re so excited to welcome people back into the theater and this season has plenty to offer for everyone.
Season Sponsor: Richard A. & Mary L. Johnson
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
By Todd Kreidler
September 24-October 9, 2021
Directed by Piper N. Davis
Production Sponsor: Patrick Thernes
A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter brings her black fiancé home to meet them in this fresh and relevant stage adaptation of the iconic film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.Blindsided by their daughter’s whirlwind romance and fearful for her future, Matt and Christina Drayton quickly come to realize the difference between supporting a mixed-race couple in your newspaper and welcoming one into your family–especially in 1967. But they’re surprised to find they aren’t the only ones with concerns about the match, and it’s not long before a multi-family clash of racial and generational difference sweeps across the Draytons’ idyllic San Francisco terrace. At the end of the day, will the love between young Joanna and John prevail? With humor and insight, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner begins a conversation sure to continue at dinner tables long after the curtain comes down.
By Lisa Kron
November 19-December 4, 2021
Directed by Burgess Byrd
Production Sponsor: Douglas & Carol Burks
“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.
By Lucas Hnath
January 28-February 12, 2022
Directed by Tara Williams
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.
By Lauren Gunderson
March 18-April 2, 2022
Directed by Bridget Leak
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.
By Zora Neale Hurston
Adapted for stage by George C. Wolfe
May 6-21, 2022
Directed by Candice Handy
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.
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Check out our One Word Project video! We asked our fans to describe Falcon Theater in one word…here’s what we were able to build from the responses:
Huge thank you to Pretty Lights and Odesza for letting us use their awesome music to underscore this video and to Jordan Schoster for his mad video and creative skills to come up with this piece.