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FALLING to Have World Premiere at Minetta Lane Theater Beginning Sep 27

FALLING

A New Play by Deanna Jent, Directed by Lori Adams

To Make Its Off-Broadway Premiere at Minetta Lane Theater

Performances Begin September 27th – Opening Night Set for October 15th

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Producers Terry Schnuck, James & Catherine Berges, Crystal Beuerlein and Michael F. Neidorff today announced that they will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Falling, the new play by Deanna Jent, that will begin an open-ended run Thursday September 27th at the Minetta Lane Theater (18 Minetta Lane, one block south of West 3rd Street, just off of Sixth Avenue). Opening Night is set for Monday October 15th (7PM)

Lori Adams directs a cast that features Daniel Everidge (Grease, Fat Camp); Celia Howard (Fortinbras, Signature Theatre); Daniel Pearce (Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Off-Broadway: Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play; King Lear, Measure for Measure; Henry V; Henry VI (NYSF/The Public Theater); The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Rep); A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun (New World Stages); and Love’s Fire (Public Theater); Jacey Powers (Off-Broadway: The Shanghai Gesture, Our Town); and Julia Murney (Wicked, Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party [Drama Desk nomination], The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, and Time and Again [Lucille Lortel nomination]).

Falling is a new drama about how 18-year-old Josh, who has autism, affects the lives of everyone around him. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown off their equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them.

Falling will have set design by John C. Stark, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Julie Mack, and sound design by Raymond Schilke. Rick Sordelet will serve as Fight Choreographer.

Deanna Jent is the Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University.  Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of the novels Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis, and Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos.  Falling was developed at Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2011 and won the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play.  In addition, she won the Kevin Kline Award for Best Director of a Musical for her production of Godspell.  Deanna is a free-lance director and a former theatre critic for the Riverfront Times.

Lori Adams, a native Nebraskan, comes to New York City via Illinois where she is the Head of the Acting Program at Illinois State University. She directed the premiere of Falling at the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, MO where it was awarded the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play. She directed Fires in the Mirror at Mustard Seed Theatre in 2010. A lover of character-driven realism, her directing credits at ISU include The Grapes of Wrath, Picnic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Crimes of the Heart, A View From the Bridge, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Her coaching of the Irene Ryan actors for the American College Theatre Festival has garnered participation in the Kennedy Center National Festival five years in a row. As an actor she has appeared in Richard III, Macbeth and Henry VIII at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

Terry Schnuck is a four-time Tony Award winning producer, whose credits include The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess (2012 Tony® Award, Best Revival), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony® Award, Best Play), Bonnie & Clyde, Hair (2009 Tony® Award, Best Revival of a Musical), High, Race, Superior Donuts, Burn the Floor, Blithe Spirit, The Homecoming, Spring Awakening (2007 Tony® Award, Best Musical), Martin Short – Fame Becomes Me, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, ‘night Mother, and Enchanted April. Off-Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical, Wanda’s World and Ministry of Progress. He is currently Executive Producer of The Manhattan Monologue Slam and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The MUNY, the nation’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre.

Performances for Falling will be Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, with Matinees Wednesday & Saturday at 2 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. No performance Tuesday, October 16th.

Tickets from $39.50 are available at TicketMaster.com or by calling toll-free 800-982-2787. Minetta Lane Box Office will open September 24th.

For more information, visit www.FallingPlay.com, join the family on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/FallingPlay), and follow us on Twitter (@FallingPlay).

DANIEL EVERIDGE (Josh) hails from San Antonio, TX and is honored to be a member of this company! Broadway: Grease (Roger, original Broadway revival cast). Off-Broadway: Fat Camp (Robert Grisetti). Regional: Camelot, HMS Pinafore (Utah Shakespearean Festival). Film: Inside Llewyn Davis (dir. Joel and Ethan Coen). North East School of the Arts graduate. BFA Otterbein University. OFA. Never ending thanks to his friends, loving family, and Molly. 

CELIA HOWARD (Grammy Sue) is delighted to be in Falling.  She has been seen at regional theatres throughout the country and Off-Broadway at the Signature Theatre Company, among others.  Some of the favorite roles are Mag in Beauty Queen of Leenane, Gertrude in Hamlet, Dotty in Noises Off, Helen in Road to Mecca, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Judith in Hay Fever, and Amanda in Glass Menagerie.

JULIA MURNEY (Tami) last appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked after playing the role on the national tour for which she received an Acclaim Award.  Other NY credits include Lennon, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), The Vagina Monologues, A Class Act, Saved, Crimes of the Heart, Queen of the Mist, Closer Than Ever, and Time and Again (Lucille Lortel nomination). She’s been seen regionally all over the US - Signature, Williamstown, Reprise!LA, Sacramento Music Circus, NCT, Lyric, Rubicon and Goodspeed, to name a few. In concert she has performed at Joe’s Pub, Feinstein’s, The Kennedy Center, Caramoor, Town Hall and Birdland as well as with the Philly, Cincinnati, and Boston Pops.  Among her TV credits are “30 Rock,” “Sex and the City,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Ed,” “NYPD Blue,” all three “Law and Orders”and about a gazillion voiceovers.  A Syracuse University graduate, her recordings include the original cast albums of The Wild Party and A Class Act, the Grammy nominated Actor’s Fund Benefit of Hair and her first solo album, I’m Not Waiting which is available on Sh-K-Boom records and at juliamurney.com.

DANIEL PEARCE (Bill) most recently played Simon Craig in the west coast premiere of Blood & Gifts at La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway: Passion Play (Epic), King Lear, Measure for Measure, Henry V, Henry VI (NYSF/Public), The Picture of Dorian Gray (Irish Repertory), A Mother, a Daughter, and a Gun (New World Stages), Love’s Fire (Public), Romeo and Juliet (New Victory). Regional: Long Wharf, McCarter, New York Stage and Film, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre DC, Guthrie, and Geva among others. Film/TV: Salt, An Invisible Sign, Clowns, Godzilla, “Law and Order: All Flavors,” “Queens Supreme,” “Chapelle’s Show.” He plays slide blues guitar.

JACEY POWERS (Lisa) was seen Off-Broadway in David Cromer’s Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre), as well as The Shanghai Gesture (Julia Miles), Pinkalicious (Soho Playhouse), and Picking Up (DR2). Other NYC: Sitting Pretty, About Face (NYMF), Cheer Wars, Do Black Patent Leather…Up?, and Into the Woods.  Regionally: Band Geeks! (Goodspeed), The Fantasticks, Seussical, and many more.  BFA from Tisch/NYU.  Thanks to my loving parents and sister Joy who taught me everything about everything.