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Blues For An Alabama Sky Play
January 24 - February 8
Falcon Theatre$15 – $25
Photo Credit: Falcon Theatre
Blues For An Alabama Sky Cincinnati performance takes you through the Harlem Renaissance.
It’s the summer of 1930 in Harlem, New York. The creative euphoria of the Harlem Renaissance has given way to the harsher realities of the Great Depression. The play brings together a rich cast of characters who reflect the conflicting currents of the time through their overlapping personalities and politics. Get your tickets for Blues For An Alabama Sky Cincinnati performance today!
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The cast includes:
– Bryana Bentley – Angel
– Keith Holland – Sam
– R. DeAndre Smith – Guy
– Elizabeth Taylor – Delia
– Elliot Young – Leland
The crew includes:
– Torie Wiggins – Director
– Amy Enzweiler – Stage Manager
About Blues for an Alabama Sky
The story is set in Harlem, New York in 1930. The euphoria and the nonstop party of the Roaring Twenties have given way to the harsh realities of rampant joblessness and Jim Crow laws. The tale takes on the theme of hopeful dreams in hopeless times; it chronicles the aspirations and adversity of five characters whose lives tragically converge during an eight-week period. The names and spirit of Harlem Renaissance artists such as Langston Hughes and Josephine Baker hover throughout the play, but the story focuses on struggling artists whose dreams must be put on hold to face economic survival.
Director Wiggins says Blues has been on her bucket list of plays to direct ever since she played the lead role of Angel in a production at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in the 1990s. “This is a story that needs to be told,” says Ms. Wiggins. “It’s a story that resonates with themes that are as relevant as they have ever been. Culture. Relationships. Sexism. Racism. And features some of the most memorable characters that audiences will ever encounter.”
Ms. Wiggins also says that she is excited about working in Falcon’s intimate space for the first time. The stage and its proximity to the audience will be a real challenge for her actors. “This is a theater that was made for actors and for this play,” she says. “When I first walked into the theater, I thought, ‘Wow. The actors will really need to be camera-ready from the opening curtain.”
The Chicago Tribune calls Blues for an Alabama Sky “ebullient, musical, (and) highly enjoyable.” The Guardian says the play “…offers a riveting picture of Harlem at a moment of historic transition.” The Washington Post calls it “…lively and heartfelt.”
About Falcon Theatre
Welcome to the Falcon Theatre! That’s more than just a greeting…it’s how we approach everything we do. We truly want everyone to feel welcome when they walk through our doors. From audience members to volunteers to artists, we believe Falcon Theatre feels like home. As Greater Cincinnati’s only true storefront theater, we’re unlike any other theater you’ve visited in this area and we welcome you personally each time you come to visit.
Founded in 1989 by Dave Radtke and Ted Weil, Falcon Theatre began as an aspiration to expand the theatrical opportunities in the Greater Cincinnati area. Since that time, Falcon has built on its founding mission by providing eclectic, diverse theatre experiences to Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Falcon Theatre has created a tradition of exceptional theater and is an intrinsic part of the flourishing Greater Cincinnati Theater community. Falcon is dedicated to both artists and audiences as the relationship between the two is what makes live theater such an extraordinary art.
Falcon first took the stage in the fall of 1989 at Westwood Town Hall, a historic building run by the City of Cincinnati as a recreation and arts center. After 14 years in the heart of Westwood, Falcon relocated to the Monmouth Theater in Newport, Kentucky. Planned as a temporary move, Newport became a neighborhood we could call home. In October 2014, that temporary residence became our permanent home when we purchased the Monmouth Theatre building and renamed it Falcon Theatre.
Falcon Theatre sits in the heart of the Newport historic district. This bustling, up-and-coming neighborhood provides Falcon with a perfect home in a community of which we’re proud to be an integral part.
Since Falcon’s inception, it has evolved from simply “the spunky little upstart” theater producing 2 shows a year into a dedicated arts organization expanding beyond our stage into outreach programs including Falcon Takes Flight, Falcon’s Fourth Wall and HIVoices®. Each of these initiatives as well as our larger main stage season allow us to be involved at a more personal, community level.
As a member of the League of Cincinnati Theaters, Greater Cincinnati’s professional theater alliance, Falcon is committed to the growth and promotion of a unified arts scene in Greater Cincinnati. Through this association with theaters including Playhouse in the Park, Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and Know Theatre of Cincinnati (just to name a few), Falcon continues to be a cynosure of Greater Cincinnati’s vibrant theater scene.
We will continue challenging both ourselves and our audiences with exciting theater, both entertaining and enlightening, for years to come. We invite you to join us as we further our pursuit of sharing our passion for performance.