Falconworks will produces a major work of theater to end each season, presented it in an evocative location in Red Hook. The play features community members, trained actors, adults with and without theater experience, and youth, under the direction of Falconworks’ Senior Collaborator Reg Flowers.
In 2013, Falconworks’ presented Ibsen’s ‘Enemy of the People,’ chosen for its resonance with issues in Red Hook at that time, particularly a proposed remedy for the polluted Gowanus Canal. The performance was selected as one of the L Magazine’s ‘Best Site-Specific Productions’ of 2013. In 2014, we produced ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ which will held a mirror to the divisions that exist within our community even as neighbors commonly express a desire to be ‘one Red Hook.’ The show was sold out for 4 out of 8 performances and was attended by about 1000 people. Summer 2015 brought Cherry Orchard to Red Hook and a contemporary take on the Chekov classic.
The 2016 Falconworks Theater Company was named New York’s “Best Community Theater” by the Village Voice in the Best of NYC 2016 issue for their production of The Sandy Monologues, an original work using spoken word, song and movement, inspired by the actual words of Hurricane Sandy survivors. In 2017 they produced a fully original hip hop musical, Read, Set, Go: RACE! exploring the dark themes of racism and white supremacy in the United States.
This year Black Conference will deliver a 360◦ theater experience. Set in 1939 at a “Conference for Negro Improvement”, this interactive event will bring guests face to face with civil rights greats like Ella Baker, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Thurgood Marshall and Bayard Rustin. Journey back in time and join them in struggle against racism, sexism and other forms of injustice.
Runs May 24, 2018 through May 28, 2018. Rehearsing April 2018 through May 23 in Brooklyn, NYC. For audition and general information contact Falconworks Theater Company at (718)395-3218.