The Falcon Theater has announced the continuation of live in-person performances when the Newport theater company opens its 2022-23 season, presenting a mix of contemporary works and US regional premieres.
The American 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 at the height and low of their careers.
The half-life of Marie Curie tells the story of Marie Curie, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for her discovery of the elements radium and polonium. Less than a year after her scientific triumph, she was the subject of ruthless gossip over an alleged affair with a married Frenchman, virtually erasing her achievements from public memory. Weakened and demoralized by a relentless and ruthless press, Marie joins her friend and colleague Hertha Ayrton, an electromechanical engineer and suffragist, 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.
After a famous Broadway revival, Falcon presents the groundbreaking drama Treason by Harold Pinter (The mute waiter, moonlight). Treason is a presentation of human resilience as its three characters navigate the aftermath of their lives after a tumultuous love triangle ends.
The play begins in the present, with the meeting of Emma and Jerry, whose seven-year adulterous affair is long over. Emma’s marriage to Robert, Jerry’s best friend, is coming to an end and she needs someone to confide in. Their recollections reveal that Robert knew about their affair all along and, to Jerry’s dismay, viewed it with utter nonchalance. In a series of contiguous scenes, the play travels back in time, from the end of the affair to its beginning, highlighting the little lies and oblique remarks that reveal more than direct statements or actions ever could. .
Human strength occupies a central place in Every shiny thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, a heartbreaking yet humorous piece about depression and the effort we will make for those we love.
You are six years old. Mom is in the hospital and Dad says it’s because she “did something stupid”. She finds it difficult to be happy. So you start making a list of everything that’s brilliant in the world – everything that makes life worth living. In this acclaimed show, a child attempts to cure his mother’s depression by creating a list of the best things in the world. The list grows as they go from childhood (ice cream) and adolescence (Star Trek), to college (surprises) and marriage (falling in love). But, when life takes a hit, the list comes in handy for them in ways it never could for their mother.
The lifetime of a fact is based on the moving 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 powered by human resilience and a determination for truth.
What begins professional quickly turns secular in this fast-paced play that traverses a few crucial days in the life of a writer, fact-checker and editor as opposing ideologies collide in a battle of highly intellectuals. The clock ticks as the three characters debate facts, artistic license and the need to tell a good story as the decision looms to publish against a near Monday morning deadline that could make or break their struggling magazine — and their careers.
fly 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 enormous odds to make their mark in post-war America civil.
Set in 1898, fly west is the story of pioneers of color who took advantage of the Homestead Act, leaving their homes and heading west to build a new life for themselves and their families in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Throughout their journey, their brotherhood is challenged in unexpected ways as they face harsh conditions, racism, sexism, and domestic violence. Flyin’ West is a reflection on how individuals, families and communities survive together.
“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,” said Ted J. Weil, Artistic Director Producer of The Falcon Theatre. “The plays we have chosen to present do so through many lenses, all with the goal of our audience finding themselves in each captivating story. We are very pleased to present a powerful, exciting and inspiring theatrical season. »
Dates for the 2022-2023 season, creative teams and ticket purchase information will be available online at falcontheater.net.