Written by Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald
Original Music Written and Composed by Paul Strickland & Erika Kate MacDonald
Directed by Clint Ibele
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.
Producing Artistic Director
Stage Manager — Natasha Boeckmann
Scenic Design — Clint Ibele
Lighting Design — Ted Weil
Costume Design — Rachel Scardina
Props Design — Katherine Cohoon
Sound Design — Clint Ibele, Ted Weil
Lighting & Sound Execution — Ted Weil
Graphic Design — Steve Luhn
Lobby Display — Clint Ibele
Marketing — Kara Ann Scullin, Lisa DeRoberts
House Staff Coordination — Clint Ibele
Photography — Claudia Herschner
Box Office — Kathleen Luhn
Falcon thanks these organizations for their support:
Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati
Wooden Cask Brewery
Beards & Bellies Barbecue
Eileen Earnest: is an actor, improviser, and singer based in Cincinnati, OH. Previous Falcon Credits: Every Brilliant Thing, 39 Steps, Assassins. She is a graduate of the Second City Chicago Training Center and performs and teaches acting and improvisation all over the country. She is a member of ComedySportz Cincinnati and co-creator of the comedy troupe Two Sketchy Dames. Eileen is also in her final year of the Sign Language Interpreting Program at Cincinnati State. To keep up with her shenanigans, check out her website at http://www.eileen-earnest.com When she isn’t performing, she is running, eating Peppermint Patties, and enjoying her brand new hot tub. Woot! She is also standing right behind you. Just kidding. Love to Scott, Ren, and Kohl.
Dylan McKenna: Dylan is thrilled to be working with Falcon Theatre! Dylan grew up in Cincinnati and attended St. Xavier High School. He also graduated from Washington University in St. Louis this past spring. Recent credits include new works like Higher Ground (Jaime) and the Agony and the Ecstasy of Johnny Sausage; all-american cookie boy (Allen), as well as more traditional plays such as The Oresteia (Agamemnon), and Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man). When he’s not onstage, Dylan can be found working in Finance at Procter & Gamble.
Production Team Biographies
Natasha Boeckmann (Stage Manager): Natasha is thrilled to be back working with Falcon Theatre. Previous Falcon shows include A Streetcar Named Desire (Woman/Flower Peddler/Nurse), Frankenstein (Agatha), and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Woodstock/Linus’ Blanket/Rabbit/Little Red-Haired Girl). She has had the privilege to work with several other amazing theatre companies throughout the area including Mariemont Players, Village, CMT and Footlighters. As always, she is eternally grateful for the love and support from her family and friends. You’re the best!
Clint Ibele (Director): Clint has appeared on stage with Falcon Theatre for various productions, has directed, worked backstage and in lighting and sound execution, props, and costume design, and set construction. He is director of Falcon Takes Flight, the outreach “wing” of Falcon Theatre and volunteer coordinator for Falcon. Two of his projects, The Head of Pearl Bryan, and a new play based on HIVoices, are coming to fruition this year. Clint thanks this cast and Ted for making this premiere possible and a special thanks to my Enzweiler cousins and ancestors!
Erika Kate MacDonald (Co-Playwright): ) Erika is an internationally touring theater-maker, based in Covington, Kentucky, whose original works have been featured Off-Broadway and have won “Best of Fest” honors on over 10 different occasions at Fringe Theater Festivals across the U.S. and Canada. Erika is known for her award-winning original solo shows The Barn Identity, Evacuated!, Tap Me on the Shoulder, and Fluid, as well as her thoughtful and meticulous solo show directing and innovative puppet designs. Her shadow puppet adaptation of Carnival of the Animals was commissioned by Madcap Puppets and featured at the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. Her work has been presented Off-Broadway at the historic Soho Playhouse and Dixon Place, and at colleges, conferences, and independent venues across the country. othererika.com
Paul Strickland (Co-Playwright): Paul is a professional storyteller and theatre artist who lives in Kentucky. Paul was a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in 2023. He has been a featured teller at several other major storytelling festivals, including the Cave Run Storytelling Festival, and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. He made his NYC stage debut Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse with his shadow and flashlight ghost story play 13 Dead Dreams of “Eugene.” Paul loves telling stories in every imaginable environment, from comedy clubs to schools, corporate events and even two prisons – where he was NOT an inmate at the time. He has won “Best of Fest” honors more than 16 times at Fringe Theatre Festivals in the US and Canada. Selections from his comedy performance Levels of Difficult” are still played nearly every day on SiriusXM radio. ainttrue.com
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
Terry Miller & Dale Hayes
Ted J. Weil
Michael & Susan Whitehead
Robert Arlinghaus & Christina Kelley
Robert & Patricia Clary
Rob Dorgan & Steve Bolia
Sandra Grinkmeyer & Ernie Franz
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Falcon has been creating quality theater for our audiences since 1989 and we remain committed to our vision to lead our community through artistic expression and inclusive creativity. Like all arts organizations, we can’t do it without you. Your tax-deductible donation helps us continue to produce affordable theatre while offsetting the cost of creating professional productions. The generosity of patrons continues to allow Falcon Theatre the opportunity to expand its horizons, reaching new audiences, new markets and a new generation of theatre minds. Your gift goes a long way in helping us grow, thrive and continue this success.
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- Angel $5000+ (Includes 2 five-show Flex Passes)
- Benefactor $1000+ (Includes 1 five-show Flex Passes)
- Playwright $500+
- Director $250+
- Producer $100+
- Designer $50+
- Stage Manager $25+
- Actor Up to $25
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