Loading Dock Theatre to Present A PEREGRINE FALLS by Leegrid Stevens this February
Following its 2019 premiere of Spaceman by Leegrid Stevens, which received several Drama Desk Award and Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations, Loading Dock Theatre has announced that they will present a developmental production of Leegrid Stevens newest play, A Peregrine Falls.
Presented in association with The Workshop Theater, which hosted several workshop readings of the play over the past several years, A Peregrine Falls will play a strictly limited engagement beginning Thursday, February 6 through Saturday, February 29 at New York City's The Wild Project (located at 195 East 3rd Street, between Avenues A and B). An opening date has been set for Sunday, February 9.
In A Peregrine Falls, Charlie's daughter, Kailey, returns home with exciting news of a pregnancy. However, joy quickly turns to dread when facts emerge that paint Kailey's story in a much darker light. The play explores the power of illusion and why sometimes it's impossible to see what's right in front of you.
A Peregrine Falls is inspired by Leegrid's relationship with his uncle, Keith Brown, an idolized figure in the eyes of his extended family and the father of The 5 Browns - five siblings who tour internationally playing classical music arranged for five piano and who have been featured on 60 Minutes, Oprah and The NY Times among many other outlets. During the height of their fame, it was revealed that their father had abused his three daughters during their adolescence - news that shocked and devastated Stevens' entire family.
In Stevens' words, "this play aims to delve into the faith and dreams of a struggling Mormon family - much like my own was - and how their hopes begin to approach delusion and denial, especially when painful and devastating information is dragged out of the shadows and into the harsh light of day. A Peregrine Falls centers on the narratives we build in our own minds and our need to convert our loved ones to these narratives in order to survive."
A Peregrine Falls will be directed by New York Innovative Theater Award winner and LAByrinth Theater Company Member Padraic Lillis and will feature Erin Treadway (who received a 2019 Drama Desk Award Nomination for her acclaimed performance in Loading Dock Theatre's previous production of Spaceman), and Sidney Williams and Kevin Cristaldi, who will reunite under Lillis's direction for the first time since appearing onstage in The Dirty Talk, which received a New York Times Critics Pick. Julia Brothers and Mason Walker round out the cast.
The production will feature scenic design by Linbury Prize winner Zoe Hurwitz and an original music by David Handler, who did the arrangements for the 10th anniversary tour of Sigur Rós's Jónsi and Alex Somers' hit album Riceboy Sleeps.
For more information about Loading Dock Theatre, its production of A Peregrine Falls and their artists, or to purchase tickets please visit www.loadingdocktheatre.org
ABOUT LOADING DOCK THEATRE
Loading Dock was formed by playwright/director Leegrid Stevens and actor Erin Treadway. The company is based in Brooklyn where we rehearse and build shows. The primary focus of Loading Dock is to create original plays that explore the extremes in human behavior. We produce emotional, character driven plays with an experimental edge.
Leegrid Stevens (Playwright/Co-Founder) grew up in the hill country of Spicewood, TX. He moved to New York after attending SMU in Dallas and now lives in Brooklyn. His plays have been seen in downtown theatres in New York including HERE Arts Center, Incubator Arts Project, Lark Theatre, Altered Stages, Theatre for the New City among others both nationally and internationally. You can find some of his plays in print including Post-Oedipus (Playscripts), Leda's Swan (Stage Tribes, Theater-Verlag Desh Publishers), Sun Stand Thou Still (Plays and Playwrights 2004), and The Dudleys! (Indie Theatre). Leegrid was recently nominated for several NY Innovative Theatre Awards (Script & Sound Design) for his work on Spaceman. MFA - Columbia
Erin Treadway (Actor/Co-Founder) is a frequent collaborator with playwright/director Leegrid Stevens & their company Loading Dock. Recent roles with Loading Dock: Molly Jennis in Spaceman (Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance), Clara in The Dudleys! (HERE), Julie in Ms. Julie, Asian Equities (The Dock at Loading Dock), Cleo in The Twelfth Labor (Gene Frankel Theatre). She is also a member of Workshop Theatre and Brave New World Rep. Other recent roles include Therese in The Hook (Brave New World) and Mayo Methot in Reid & Sara Farrington's Casablancabox (HERE).
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP THEATER
The Workshop Theater's mission is the rigorous development and production of new American plays and musicals that transport, challenge and surprise both artists and audiences. We offer sustained support to play development with a range of programs designed to develop early-draft scripts "from the page to the stage".
Notable successes include The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee (debuted at The Workshop and became the basis for the Academy Award nominated film "Finding Neverland" and the Broadway musical of the same name) and The Navigator by Eddie Antar (recipient of two Drama Desk nominations). Now under the direction of Thomas Coté (Artistic Director), Peregrine is the fourth play developed extensively at The Workshop to have a professional production this season (The Jazz Age, Raisins, Not Virgins, and The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit).