Falconworks Theater Company, named New York’s “Best Community Theater” by the Village Voice in the Best of NYC 2016 issue, returns in May with the premiere of a new musical satire, “READY SET GO! RACE” exploring the dark themes of racism and white supremacy in the United States. Drawing the audience in with the tone of educational shows like Sesame Street, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, the play quickly reveals that it will pull no punches.
“After our play about the impacts of Hurricane Sandy”, says Falconworks’ Artistic Director Reg Flowers, who wrote and directs the play, “some audience members told us they felt ambushed about the subject of race and took it personally. READY SET GO! RACE takes the personal out of it and looks at it as a construct—how it was constructed in the United States. We do it in a way that feels soothingly familiar like children’s educational programming.” The production also mixes in elements of game shows, Broadway, vaudeville, and minstrelsy, and uses original songs and dance to examine the history of race in an engaging, yet serious and eye-opening, way – even asking the audience to take part at various points in the performance.
READY SET GO! RACE adds racism to the list of complex issues Falconworks has tackled in its home community of Red Hook. Seeking to redefine “community theater” by creating works that are both of and about its community, Falconworks has focused on gentrification, pollution, disaster recovery, and other key concerns that affect the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn.
READY SET GO! RACE features a cast of theater professionals working alongside local youth. The company includes Luis Arzu, Valerie Chamberlain, Brian Fender-Shirley, Amanda Jones, Mia Jones, Aaron Marshall-Bobb, Dontae McCoy-Freeman, Miriam Simmons and Charles J. Ouda. READY SET GO! RACE was written and directed by Reg Flowers, with original music by Alex Cote-Sergent, choreography by Thaddaeus Abbott , set and costumes by DebO, and lighting by Christopher Studley.
Founded in 1997, Falconworks Theater Company has the mission of empowering individuals and communities through theater in order to effect social change. Falconworks achieves its mission through theater workshops and performances that provide a forum where people from all segments of the community can come together to learn, create, and reflect.
Falconworks is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This activity is not sponsored or endorsed by the New York City Department of Education or the City of New York.
READY SET GO! RACE opens Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., with additional performances Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. Performances will take place at PS 15 – The Patrick F. Daly Magnet School for the Arts, 71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11231. Tickets are $25.