Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by Tara Williams
Season Sponsors: Richard L. & Mary A. Johnson
From The Producing Artistic Director
This is a season of coming back: coming back from a long hiatus, coming back from an uncertain world, coming back together as an arts community. Falcon’s first performance for a live audience in over 18 months was one of our Falcon Takes Flight pieces. Railsplitter, by Maurice Manning, is a work of poetry about Abraham Lincoln, a devoted fan of theater. Maurice’s words capture better than I ever could, the feelings I have as we begin our journey of coming back:
“…as dead as words writ on the page.
You have to find the life in them,
that is the pleasure of listening
to a voice on the stage or reading a book.
There’s something alive you bring to life
by being the reader or seeing the show,
and that makes being alive less lonely.
All of this . . . expression . . . has been for you.”
— Maurice Manning, “Railsplitter”
Being away from the theater has deepened my appreciation for how much of my life is consumed by this work. It has deepened my conviction about how essential you, the audience, are to everything we do. Without you, nothing we do has any impact or purpose.There are still many uncertainties in the world and the trajectory of this season is far from guaranteed, but one thing is certain: Falcon Theatre is back. And we’re so grateful to bring you live theater once again.
Producing Artistic Director
CAST (in order of appearance)
Ray — Nik Pajic
Peter — Jared Earland
Coach — Rory Sheridan
Lydia — Anna Hazard
Stage Manager — Amy Enzweiler
Scenic Design — Tyler Gabbard
Lighting Design — Mason Williams
Lighting Advisor — Ted J. Weil
Costume Design — Beth Bolling-Joos
Props Design — Clint Ibele
Sound Design — Ted J. Weil
Video Compilation — Mason Williams
Tattoo Design — Heidi Mroz
Tattoo Application — Mason Williams
Fight Choreographers – Aiden Sims, Ted J. Weil
Intimacy Choreographer — Erin Carr
Lighting & Sound Execution — Amy Enzweiler
Set Construction — Tyler Gabbard, Ted J. Weil
Set Decor — Tyler Gabbard
Lobby Display — Lisa Dirkes
Dramaturg — Julie Carpenter
Production Coordinator — Tara Williams
Marketing Director — Lisa Dirkes
House Staff Coordination — Tracy M. Schoster
Photography — Kristy Rucker
Box Office — Holly Sauerbrunn
Street Level Marketing — Rilla Foster
Special thanks for help with this production:
Clermont Family YMCA
Falcon thanks these organizations for their support:
Jared Earland (Peter): Jared Earland is beyond thrilled to be back at Falcon Theatre! Jared is a proud alumnus of the Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati Intern Company (2013-2014), where he had the pleasure of playing Character B in Authorial Intent, as well as understudying for Other Dessert Cities (Trip Wyeth) and Rapture, Blister, Burn (Don Harper). Most recently, you might have seen him in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius) at Southbank Shakes, in the Carnegie’s production of Proof (Hal), or in the Know Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Puffs (Ernie Mac/Potions Professor/various rolls). In 2017 Jared had the pleasure of playing a supporting role (Barnes) in Emilio Estevez’s film The Public. Other roles at Falcon include Tommy Cliffert in The Cover of Life, Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins, Benny in The Mystery Plays, and Geoffrey in The Lion in Winter. When not onstage, Jared remodels kitchens and bathrooms through his business, Hudson Home Improvement.
Anna Hazard (Lydia): Anna Hazard is delighted to be making her debut at Falcon Theatre. Her most recent credits include serving as assistant choreographer for Priscilla: Queen of the Desert (Cincinnati Music Theatre), Della in The Gift of the Magi and Janey in A Catered Affair (The Drama Workshop), Frenchie in Cabaret (Cincinnati Music Theatre), ensemble in Mamma Mia (Footlighters), and ensemble in 42nd Street (Cincinnati Landmark Productions). Anna feels blessed to have family and friends who are supportive of her in all she does, and is thankful to D’Waughn for many things, but especially for keeping the cats (and Anna!) well fed when she is focused on theatre.
Nik Pajic (Ray): Nik Pajic (Ray) returns to Falcon Theater after Falcon’s 2015 production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Stage: Frankenstein, MacBeth, The Little Dog Laughed, Our Town, A Man For All Seasons, Save a Soul Save the World, Dracula, The 39 Steps, Glengarry Glen Ross. Film: Carol, The Public, Gotti, Point Blank. Nik would like to dedicate this play to his friends Steve, Tyiis, Axel, Christopher, Frank, Pedro, Hector, Giancarlo, Josh, Esteban, Will, and Zach. Nik would like to thank his family and Falcon Theater.
Rory Sheridan (Ensemble): Rory Sheridan is happy to back at Falcon, most recently appearing in The Pillowman in 2018. Local credits include Neverwhere at The Know Theatre of Cincinnati, A Few Good Men at The Covedale Center, Saint Joan with Diogenes Theatre, and Brighton Beach Memoirs with The Human Race Theatre in Dayton. His virtual play, m-o-u-s-e was the recipient of the 2020 Cincinnati Fringe Festival’s Artists’ Pick of the Fringe Award.
Production Team Biographies
Beth Bolling-Joos (Costume Designer): Beth is excited to be part of the production team for “Red Speedo.” She is a graduate of NKU’s Theatre Arts program. She recently designed the Star Camp production of The SpongeBob Musical for The Children’s Theatre. At NKU, Beth was the guest costume designer for the musical Big Fish. As an undergrad, she designed the opera The Tenderland and was the scenic and prop designer as well for the opera The Old Maid and the Thief. Her work at Falcon Theater includes Daisy, Blues for An Alabama Sky, The Exonerated, Master Harold and the Boys, Rabbit Hole, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and Dial M for Murder. Beth’s designs were also seen in The Foreigner at Moeller High School.
Erin Carr (Intimacy Choreographer): Erin Carr is currently working as a physical theatre practitioner, intimacy choreographer, and movement/kinesics consultant out of Cincinnati, OH. She is a proud graduate from NYU-Tisch where she studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing. She also recently received her MBA with a focus on Entrepreneurship and is currently working on her neuro-linguistic programming certification. In addition, she is the Co-Artistic Director of the feminist-centric theatre company, ReVamp Collective, based in Philadelphia, PA, as well as the Co-Founder of Solasta Theatre Lab in Cincinnati, OH. Additional information: www.erincarr.com
Amy Enzweiler (Stage Manager): Amy is psyched to be back at Falcon for live theatre again! While studying at NKU, and since graduating in 2018 with her BFA in Stage Management, Amy has stage managed several productions for Falcon, including: The Pillowman, A Streetcar Named Desire, 39 Steps, Marjorie Prime, and Blues for an Alabama Sky.
Tyler Gabbard (Scenic Design): Tyler is thrilled to return to Falcon Theatre after designing lighting for Bat Boy: The Musical in 2014. His work is also on stage this month in The Sound of Music at The Carnegie. Favorite scenic designs include Ragtime, Well (Pepperdine University), Ring of Fire (Memorial Hall), Swing!, Tenderly, The Last Five Years, Disenchanted!, Love, Loss, and What I Wore (The Carnegie), Into the Woods (Northern Kentucky University), Burgertown, …Spelling Bee (Commonwealth Theatre Company), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Woodford Theatre), The Songs of Stephen Foster (Stephen Foster Drama Association), Il Matrimonio Segreto, La Vida Breve (Cincinnati Chamber Opera), Le Reniement de St. Pierre, La feste de Ruel (Catacoustic Consort), The Glass Menagerie, Soldiers’ Christmas (New Edgecliff), Oklahoma!, Footloose (Kincaid Regional Theatre), Urinetown, The Madras House, The Physicists (NYU). Tyler is the Patron Experience Manager at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. BFA from NYU/Tisch. tylergabbard.com
Lucas Hnath (Playwright): Lucas Hnath’s plays include Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, and Death Tax. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gate Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Rep, Traverse Theatre, and Victory Gardens. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.
He has written A Doll’s House, Part 2, which premiered on Broadway at the John Golden Theatre on April 1, 2017 in previews. Directed by Sam Gold, the cast features Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, and Condola Rashād. The play was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, California, where it is running at the same time, directed by Shelley Butler, beginning April 9, 2017. This marks Hnath’s Broadway debut. Hnath’s play “picks up after Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House concludes.” In 2017 A Doll’s House, Part 2 received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
Clint Ibele (Props Design): Clint has appeared on stage with Falcon Theatre for various productions, including Twelfth Night, Cloud Nine, and Working, as well as working backstage, in lighting execution and sound execution. He is the director of Falcon Takes Flight, the outreach wing of Falcon Theatre which performs staged readings for, among others, Campbell County Library’s Signature Series, Arts & Culture Series and Spotlight Series. Most recently he has been helping to develop a new script for HIVoices, Falcon’s storytelling project of people living with HIV and a new play reading group for the Cincinnati Hamilton County Public Library.
Aiden Sims (Fight Choreographer): Aiden Sims has a penchant for pretend pugilism and was ecstatic to help choreograph Red Speedo. Last seen in Well by Lisa Kron, her additional appearances at Falcon Theatre were in the ensemble of ASSASSINS and in Striking Twelve as the Little Match Girl. She is an SCPA alumna and a recipient of the Corbett-Mayerson Award for Drama. A Cincinnati native and local actor/activist, she has appeared on stages across the area. Her recent credits include Current from Pones and the virtual musical from The Queer Feminists Next Door, dream&; part of the 2021 and 2020 Cincy Fringe Festivals, as a member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s Touring Company; Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Macduff in Macbeth, CSC Mainstage appearances; Lady Anne in Richard III, and Miranda in The Tempest, MJ Soch in Dog & Pony DC’s Beertown at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati; Maureen in RENT at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, Marta in The Carnegie’s Company, and bel and marja’ in A Klingon Christmas Carol from Hugo West Theatricals.
Tara Williams (Director): Tara Williams is excited to be back in the director’s chair for Red Speedo. Her last show for Falcon Theatre was the theater for film project, Daisy, that streamed while the theater was shut down for Covid. Previous directing credits for Falcon include The Lion in Winter, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Next Fall and The Eight Reindeer Monologues. She has also be see onstage at Falcon in Marjorie Prime, A Streetcar Named Desire, Rabbit Hole, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Cover of Life, Slasher and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and is excited to be back on stage for the much anticipated, Silent Sky in March. She has acted and directed on stages across Illinois, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky. Tara is a proud member of both Falcon’s Board of Directors and Advisory Team and also serves as Production Coordinator. Tara holds a BFA in acting from Northern Illinois University.
Falcon Theatre Management Board
Piper N. Davis – Diversity & Inclusion Director
Lisa Dirkes – Marketing Director
Terry Gosdin – Play Reading Chair
Clint Ibele – Falcon Takes Flight Director
Allen R. Middleton – Development Director, Copywriter
Holly Sauerbrunn – Grants Writer
Tracy M. Schoster – Patron Manager, Advisory Team
Ted J. Weil – Producing Artistic Director
Tara Williams – Production Coordinator, Grants Manager, Advisory Team
Doug & Carol Burks (Production Sponsors)
Richard L. & Mary A. Johnson (Season Sponsors)
Patrick Thernes (Production Sponsor)
John Morrow & Julie Ann Smith-Morrow
Allen Middleton & Gary Daniels
Tom & Angela Ogonek
Tracy M. Schoster
Ted J. Weil
Robert Arlinghaus & Christina Kelley
Robert & Patricia Clary
Bill & Trish Harris
Terry Miller & Dale Hayes
Michael & Susan Whitehead
In Memory of Renee Alper
David & Janet Arno
Scott & Ann Beck
Sandra Grinkmeyer & Ernie Franz
George & Nancy Whitton
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