Breaking The Code program

Production Program

Written by Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Ed Cohen

Produced with permission from Concord Theatricals

From The Producing Artistic Director

The past several years have been a blur of changes, adaptations and challenges for all arts organizations but as we look toward our 2023-24 season, it feels like all our energies can once again be turned toward doing what we do best…producing great live theater.  This season includes some fantastic shows that will challenge us as artists and, we believe, engage our audiences in new and exciting ways.

We rarely have “themed seasons” at Falcon and that wasn’t an initial goal for this coming year, but as I look at the titles we’ve chosen, a theme keeps cropping up…one that is incredibly timely and important:  Identity.  All our shows explore the concept of identity…from what it actually means to be human to the ways gender roles have changed to an individual’s inner search for their true self.

We all go through crises of identity and we all have our own views on identity challenged at times in our lives.  Look at the news on any given day and you will find story after story about the triumph or devastating disappointment associated with an individual or identity group.  Given the landscape we find ourselves in, these plays (some brand new and some well established) have never been more relevant or more important.

As a theatre company, we believe that the arts have an essential purpose in society and that is to challenge people to think…to question…to open themselves into the worlds of others.  We hope you enjoy every minute you spend at Falcon Theatre and that those minutes lead to hours of later conversation and exploration.  Welcome to our 2023-24 season: The season of Identity.

Ted Weil
Producing Artistic Director

CAST (in order of appearance)

Alan Turing — Rick Grant
Mick Ross — Ted Weil
Christopher Morcom — Parker Culp
Sara Turing — Linda Callahan
Ron Miller — Lawson Smith
John Smith — Ron Cropper
Dillwyn Knox — Forrest Fairley
Pat Green — Rachel Mock
Nikos — Elias Dean


Production Stage Manager — Katie Ruwe
Scenic Design — Ted Weil, Ed Cohen
Lighting Design — Ted Weil
Sound Design — Ed Cohen, Ted Weil
Costume Design — Rachel Scardina
Props Design — Ted Weil
Lighting & Sound Execution — Katie Ruwe
Dialect Coach — Kate Glasheen
Intimacy Coach — Amanda Marash
Set Construction — Ted Weil
Graphic Design — Nikole Friend
Lobby Display — Ted Weil
Dramaturg — Julie Carpenter
Marketing — Kara Ann Scullin
House Staff Coordination — Clint Ibele
Photography — Claudia Herschner
Box Office — Kathleen Luhn, Clint Ibele

Falcon thanks these organizations for their support:

Special Thanks

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Cast Biographies

Linda Callahan (Sara Turing): Linda is so excited to be performing at Falcon Theater having been an enthusiastic patron for years. She is a member of Cincinnati Lab Theater and has performed with many local theater companies. Favorite roles include Evelyn in Ghost of a Chance with Cincy Lab, Gingy in Love, Loss and What I Wore with The Drama Workshop, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park with Sunset Players, Miriam in Beau Jest, Karen in The Wisdom of Eve and Becky in Becky’s New Car all with Mariemont Players. Linda received her B.F.A in Acting from Syracuse University and was a founding member of The 29th Street Repertory Theater in NYC. She left acting for a good while to become a Speech-Language Pathologist where she graduated with her M.A. from Queens College the year Jerry Seinfeld gave the commencement address. She has absolutely loved returning to the stage these past years. She thanks Ed and Ted for the opportunity to help tell this amazing story and her husband for his ongoing love and support.

Ron Cropper (John Smith): Ron is thrilled to be returning to Falcon’s stage after a lengthy absence. He previously appeared in Falcon productions of Hamlet, Angels in America, Henry V and As You Like It. Ron also appeared in the Ed Cohen directed play, Sympathetic Magic, with IF Theatre Collective in 2003. He is very pleased to be working with Ed again after all these years. Special thanks to Claudia for everything. 

Parker Culp (Christopher Morcom): Parker is thrilled to be making his debut with Falcon Theatre!  He recently graduated from Xavier University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance.  Favorite roles at Xavier included: Rabbit Hole (Jason), Leveling Up (Chuck U/S), Shooter! (Dylan), Twelfth Night (Assistant Director), and Our Town (Mr. Webb).  He has also performed around Cincinnati in shows like Incorrigible (Robbie), Peter and the Starcatcher (Hawking Clam/Ensemble) and Only Rose (Dakin Williams).  He wants to thank his parents and friends for always being very supportive, and Ed Cohen for this opportunity.

Elias Dean (Nikos): This is Elias’ first production with Falcon Theatre and he could not be more excited! He comes from a big Greek family, and yes, the movie is absolutely a documentary of them. As a youngster he could often be seen rounding up his cousins to perform original plays for the adults. His knack for learning and performing accents has been a talent he enjoys perfecting. He is enthusiastic to be a part of a production that requires accents and playing a part that honors his cultural heritage. He was most recently seen in East Side Players’ Honk! and as Monsieur Bouc Footlighters’ Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. He is also a freelance illustrator, singer, and writer currently working on his first novel! 

Forrest Fairley (Dillwyn Knox): Forrest is extremely pleased to be joining this incredibly talented cast and company and working with his good friend, Ted Weil.  His last production with Falcon was too many years to mention, but a show that still today remains as one of their proud resume productions, also directed by Ed Cohen and Dee Anne Bryll.  It was the musical, Assassins.  Recently, local audiences have seen Forrest in Rumors at Mariemont, Hunchback of Notre Dame and Jekyll and Hyde at INNOVAtheatre, Bright Star at The Drama Workshop, COMPANY at Loveland Stage Company and The Female Odd Couple at Beechmont Players.   A resident of the Loveland area, he spends a great deal of his retirement time in numerous side business projects and singing at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Montgomery where his lovely wife Pam is part of the clergy team.

Rick Grant (Alan Turing): Rick is thrilled to make his Falcon Theatre debut and his return to the Cincinnati area stage after 25 years. He graduated with his B.F.A. in Acting from CCM in 1999. Productions at CCM included Angels in AmericaThe Hostage, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Mother Anne, Blue Window, & Amadeus. Rick went on to the New York stage and performed in A Flea in Her Ear at Pulse Ensemble Theatre, John R at MuseWorks, and One Moment Please with the New York City Fringe Festival. He then earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in California and returned to Cincinnati in June of 2023 where he provides psychotherapy at his private practice, Empowered Living Therapy. While in California, he continued to act in the Sacramento theatre community. Productions there included Small Mouth Sounds and Othello at Big Idea Theatre, Leading Ladies, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, and Happy Hour at Main Street Theatre Works. Rick is grateful to be back in Cincinnati and looks forward to many more years of incredible theatre. Thank you, Falcon Theatre, for welcoming me back and gifting me this extraordinary opportunity to tell Alan’s story. 

Rachel Mock (Pat Green): Rachel is thrilled to be back on the Falcon stage! After spending 6 years in Chicago, Rachel is delighted to be working again in the Cincinnati area. You may have just seen her in Home, I’m Darling (Judy) or Two Point Oh (Melanie) right here at Falcon. Other recent acting credits include: Cry It Out (Jessie) with Mariemont Players, Language of Angels (Kendra) with Three Crows Theatre, Othello (Roderigo) and Henry V (Mountjoy/Nym/Michael Williams Understudy) with Babes with Blades Theatre Company, very still and hard to see (Betty/Kami/Violet) with Exit 63, Tight End (Darla) with 20% Theatre, and Anna Karenina (Betsy Understudy) with Lifeline Theatre. Rachel is a proud MFA graduate of Ohio University. 

Lawson Smith (Ron Miller): Lawson is so excited and very honored to share this story in his first show with Falcon Theatre! You may have recently seen him in CLP’s productions of White Christmas (Scooter) and Man Of La Mancha (Anselmo). He would like to thank his parents and loved ones for their continuous support. He hopes you’re as excited as he is to be here and can’t wait to see what you think after! “Hope y’all enjoy!”

Ted Weil (Mick Ross): Ted is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director at Falcon Theatre. Over the past 33 seasons, he has been seen on stage in productions including Hamlet, Henry V, Down the Road, Assassins, Rabbit Hole and Yankee Tavern. As a director, he has guided productions of The Rocky Horror Show, Angels In America, To Kill A mockingbird, Master Harold…and the Boys, and many more. He holds a BA in Theater from Northern Kentucky University and has worked in local radio and films as well as a few other theater companies in town in addition to his work at Falcon. “Thanks to Mom and Dad…I know you’re watching this one. And deepest thanks and love to Samantha who is the light of my life.”

Production Team Biographies

Ed Cohen (Director): Ed is pleased to return to Falcon after having directed The Lifespan of a Fact, Marjorie Prime, The Pillowman, The Beauty Queen of Leenane,  In the Heat of the Night, Down the Road (twice) and Assassins (with his wife, Dee Anne Bryll).  Other directing credits include the regional premieres of such works as Tina Howe’s  Pride’s Crossing, Israel Horovitz’ Lebensraum, Lanford Wilson’s Sympathetic Magic and All the Way for Mariemont Players; his work was also seen in the 2004,  2007 and 2008 Cincinnati Fringe Festivals, with A Poster of the CosmosMad by Jennifer Dalton and The Hotel Plays by Israel Horovitz (co-directed with Dan Doerger). Ed directed Breaking the Code, The Foreigner,  Encore, Encore, Persona, The Pig Farm and Some Enchanted Evening for Northern Kentucky University, Recent Tragic Events and Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) for CCM Drama (the latter as a co-production with The Carnegie), The Wild Party for Miami University, Conor McPhearson’s Shining City for New Stage Collective,  Death of a Salesman and Slow Descent From Heaven for New Edgecliff Theatre and Chapter Two, A Few Good Men and last fall’s Bright Star for The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts.  With Dee Anne, Ed co-directed the world amateur premiere of Windy City, along with productions of Assassins and Evita; they also directed Falsettos and Parade for CCM Musical Theatre, Big River, Tenderly:  The Rosemary Clooney Story and Chicago at The Carnegie, Some Enchanted Evening for NKU, The Music Man and Ragtime for Xavier University and Singin’ in the Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, I Do, I Do,  I Love a Piano, Gypsy and The Sound of Music for the Covedale.  Ed has taught Playscripts Analysis and Directing at NKU and was an acting instructor for CCM’s High School Musical Theatre Intensive Program for 17 years. He and Dee Anne received the Trailblazer Award from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Acclaim Panel in 2010  for ongoing contributions to area theatre and their productions of Parade and Chicago at the Carnegie were voted as the Best Musicals of 2013 and 2014, respectively, by The League of Cincinnati Theatres.

Katie Ruwe (Stage Manager): Katie is pleased to be joining this production of Breaking the Code. Born and raised in Cincinnati and a graduate of NKU, she has worked throughout the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. At Falcon Theatre, she has also managed Vincent, Lifespan of a Fact, Silent Sky, Ben Butler, The Agitators, and Yankee Tavern. She has also stage managed with Queen City Opera on productions of Cenerentotla, Iolanta, Der Freischütz, Die Valkyrie, and the world premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Undina Eco-Opera. She has also managed Spinning Into Butter with American Legacy Theater, 100 Days with the KNOW Theater of Cincinnati, Steel Magnolias with The Story Collective, as well as several Fringe Festival shows with many different and wonderful creative minds. Look forward to her upcoming production at The Falcon Theatre; The Other Place. She would like to thank her partner for his outstanding support and the staff at Falcon for their continued trust in her. She sincerely hopes you enjoy this show as much as she has enjoyed working on it!

Hugh Whitemore (Playwright): Hugh Whitemore was an English playwright born Tunbridge Wells, Kent 16 June, 1936. He studied for the stage at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), where he is now a Member of the Council. He began his career in British television, writing many original plays (contributing to The Wednesday PlayArmchair Theatre and Play for Today) and dramatisations (ranging from Kafka to Daphne du Maurier), twice receiving Writers’ Guild Awards. He has also written for American TV, including a four-hour film about the Alger Hiss case, Concealed Enemies, which won an Emmy Award for the best mini-series. He received an Emmy nomination for his dramatisation of the Carl Bernstein/Bob Woodward book about President Nixon, The Final Days.

Falcon Theatre Management Board

Piper N. Davis – Diversity & Inclusion Director
Clint Ibele – Falcon Takes Flight Director, Volunteer Coordinator
Tom Lawry – Management/Operations Consultant
Ted J. Weil – Producing Artistic Director


Doug & Carol Burks

Ron & Claudia Cropper
Sophia McAllister
Terry Miller & Dale Hayes

Judy & Lou Belli
David Derringer
Greg Schaper
Ted J. Weil
Michael & Susan Whitehead

Robert Arlinghaus & Christina Kelley
Rebecca Campbell
Robert & Patricia Clary
Rob Dorgan & Steve Bolia
Clint Ibele
Lynn Krabacher
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In memory of Renee Alper
Joseph Collier
Thomas & Ethyl Comte
Sandra Grinkmeyer & Ernie Franz
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Lisa Koepke
Leslie Korbee
Mary & Kevin McKenna
Joe & Nora Mock
Barbara Reaman
Kim & Lori Southwood
Wendy & Andrew Vogel
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Crystal Kendrick
Rita Larkin
Sherry McCamley
Susan Tyler
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Gail Ginther
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Michael Murphy
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Paul F. Anderson
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Chris Glen
Marilyn Hurrell
Scott Ledyard
Chris Lusk
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Jessica Tubesing

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