By Chelsea Sutton
For its 2013-2014 subscription season, the Falcon Theatre celebrates both new and classic comedy, collaborating with Impro Theatre, Troubadour Theater Company, and producers from the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago to create an exciting line-up from August of this year through April 2014.
Kicking off the season within the dimension of pure imagination, Falcon Theatre presents Impro Theatre’s Twilight Zone Unscripted, directed by Jo McGinley and Stephen Kearin, which pays homage to Rod Serling’s sci-fi series The Twilight Zone by creating at least four new never-before-seen and never-to-be-seen-again episodes with every performance.
Los Angeles Times Magazine calls Impro Theatre “Amazing! One of the funniest evenings in town.”
“It took years of rehearsal and study to create a world steeped in the time period and the mind of Rod Serling,” says co-director Jo McGinley. “We have the brilliant luck of working with talented improvisers who do their homework and then trust the moment and bring to life, in front of the audience, a story for the very first time.”
In October, just in time for Halloween, the Falcon stage will transform into a haunted estate on a dark and stormy spoof-filled night in the side-splitting satire The Mystery of Irma Vep, written by Charles Ludlam and directed by Jenny Sullivan, complete with werewolves, vampires, and damsels in distress.
“This is an outrageously funny tour-de-force,” says director Jenny Sullivan. “Two actors in eight roles on the boggy, misty moors of Victorian England. It is a gothic, campy thriller with breathtaking twists and turns and a plot that is dense and ridiculous at the same time.”
For the holidays, the Ovation Award-winning Troubadour Theater Company returns with a brand new musical: a one-hit-wonders cabaret clip-show following the life of one of the Troubies’ most beloved characters, Winter Warlock, Walkin’ in a Winter One-Hit-Wonderland, directed by Matt Walker.
In the New Year, get ready to have your heart stolen during Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, written by Alan Zweibel. Beginning with the first time they met behind a potted tree in an early Saturday Night Live meeting, this hilarious and personal tribute whirls through the fourteen-year friendship of writer Alan Zweibel and Gilda Radner, one of America’s most beloved comediennes, up to her untimely death.
And finally, produced with Abbie Phillips and Jan Kallish in association with Lookingglass Theatre Company, The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, written by Nicola Behrman, David Kersnar, Abbie Phillips, Heidi Stillman, and Andy White and directed by Dan Bonnell closes the season with a humorous journey about grace in the face of loss as we spend an afternoon with Lilka Kadison while she wrestles with the ghosts of her past and present seventy years after she fled Poland on the eve of World War II.
The season promises exciting new talent, genre-bending satires, romances, skilled improvisations, and, of course, non-stop hilarity. And did we mention there’s free parking?
The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 W. Riverside Dr. in Burbank. For subscription information, call (818) 955-8101 or visit falcontheatre.com.