Company Buys Monmouth Theatre. Here's What They Plan to Do.
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:33 RCN Newsdesk
Falcon Theatre turned 25 this year and it gave itself a big gift – a home of its own, the tiny MonmouthTheatre at 636 Monmouth St. in Newport where it’s been performing for more than 10 years.
Now that the ink is dry on the sale contract, the theater company can move forward on big plans for its tiny – 80 seats – space.
Falcon co-founder and artistic director Ted Weil laughs that the theater has “years’ worth of projects” but the purchase of the building from the Galbraith family, who own the adjacent Costume Gallery, has been in the ‘think’ stage for a while. Weil laughs, “We’ve had two years to brainstorm and dream.”
Falcon’s fans will start to see small changes by the opening of the holiday shows, the sassy, adult comedy The Eight Reindeer Monologues (Dec. 5-13) and sweet rock musical Striking 12, a contemporary take on The Little Match Girl (Dec. 18-27.)
Immediately after current Halloween season ghost story, the well-reviewed “The Woman in Black,” continuing through Nov. 1, the Falcon team will do some quick prep for the first big project after the holidays – there will be a new floor and new risers with new seats in time for the February opening of In the Heat of the Night directed by highly regarded Ed Cohen.
The ongoing "Riser Raising” campaign has been underway for a couple of years and brought in $14,000 (less than the “lofty” goal of $20,000, Weil notes, but plenty to get started.)
On the to-do list: applying to the City of Newport for a façade grant, rehabbing the three apartments above the theater, renovating the lobby and bar, expanding dressing rooms, sprucing up the restrooms, removing a tree out back.
Falcon is also planning a building christening, date TBA but soon.
Watch for more events. Weil says Falcon will maintain its schedule of six productions, hoping for a summer theater tenant, and more single nights of music, comedy and magic.
Following the WWII era The Cover of Life in April, the official 25th anniversary season will be celebrated with a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which the company first produced in 1998 to great acclaim at its first home, Westwood Town Hall in Cincinnati.
Starring John Wilkes Boothe, Squeaky Fromme, Sam Byck, Lee Harvey Oswald and every masdman to take aim at a U.S. President, Jared Doren and Steve Goers promise to be a dream team as director and musical director. “Assassins” plays May 29-June 13.
Written by Jackie Demaline, RCN Arts
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