Breath and Movement.
Language and Literature.
I am an explorer of the collective experience that only powerful storytelling can provide .

 

  Amy Stutsman. Photo by DannyProse.

Amy Stutsman. Photo by DannyProse.

Theatre

From the Midwest to the Southwest I've worked with some of the most innovative and exciting companies around including 15head Theatre Lab (Minneapolis), Right Brain Project (Chicago), and The Rogue Theatre (Tucson). 

 Drawing by Dave Kendall.

Drawing by Dave Kendall.

Film

As a producer, director and screenwriter I am interested in simplicity of storytelling that only short form film can bring.  I have produced and directed award-winning shorts (Corduroy) and worked with full-length independent film projects (Lonesome Jim, Pearl Diver).

 Corduroy Screenplay.

Corduroy Screenplay.

Writing

A poet, playwright and screenwriter. I am interested in exploring themes where the supernatural crosses into the world of the everyday.

A Clifford Odet's masterpiece awakening family drama and "kitchen-sink realism" in the American Theatre scene.

 

From Awake and Sing Director's Notes

About a week ago, while preparing for rehearsal at a favorite haunt just down the road, I was wrestling with a particularly enigmatic storytelling problem when Joe McGrath appeared alongside my table. Taking in my open script, my scribbled notes, and my pained expression, he quipped, “It’s about family,” and shrugged.

So true. Odets’ raw masterpiece Awake and Sing is about a Jewish working-class family with middle class aspirations. Written out of frustration and an examination of his own values and family, Awake and Sing presented a unique and somewhat autobiographical view of 1930’s life. “I was stuffed in a room," Odets later told the New York World Telegram, ”waiting for Luther Adler to perish so I might yet get a chance at playing his part in Success Story." Odets’ company, the influential Group Theater, helped introduce “messy kitchen realism” and the great Stanislavski’s teachings to a wildly receptive Broadway stage.

In Awake and Sing, young Ralph Berger, “a boy with a clean spirit,” struggles for life amidst a line of worn acolytes of the American Dream. “I wanna make up my own mind about things...be something,” he declares early on in the play. The mother (and self-proclaimed father) of the family, Bessie, harangues him and his sister, Hennie, about being successful. “It’s about respect,” she preaches, yet she is a pragmatist who knows that money talks. One biographer described Ralph’s relationship with Bessie as the embodiment of Odets’ relationship with his father, who once expressed his opinion of his son’s career by smashing his typewriter.

Ralph is surrounded by heartbroken souls waiting for some big payout by Destiny, who also understand their plight. “The day I began losing my hair I just knew I was destined to be a failure in life,” says his perpetually optimistic father, “and when I grew bald I was!” His grandfather, Jacob, the conscience of the family, quotes Marxist texts with fire, but grieves his lost opportunities. “A man who had golden opportunities but drank instead a glass tea.”

Yet there are glimmers of hope amidst the Berger family. The forbidden romance of Hennie and Moe is driven by a shared yen for something outside their bleak existence. “Paradise,” Moe calls Hennie, as he dreams of a beautiful place where oranges “fall right in my mouth.”

Awake and Sing plays like the blues, with all of the beauty, complexity and heartache of life. This musicality of language, character and subject matter is what makes Awake and Sing a masterpiece. It’s about family.

Acknowledgement of the production

One of Rogue’s finest productions ever! 
The atmosphere created by the costumes, stage set and lighting 
equal the impact of the actors in this exceptional production!

—Chuck Graham, Reviewer

 

 
 Matt Bowdren. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Matt Bowdren. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Marissa Garcia, Matt Bowdren, Cindy Meier and Joe McGrath. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Marissa Garcia, Matt Bowdren, Cindy Meier and Joe McGrath. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Ryan Parker Knox and Marissa Garcia.  Photo by Tim Fuller.

Ryan Parker Knox and Marissa Garcia.  Photo by Tim Fuller.

Jez Butterworth's evocative and mysterious play about sin and transcendence among the fens of England.

 

The Night Heron awarded:

Best Director, Nomination for Mac Awards:
Arizona Daily Star

“challenged with a beautifully written and convoluted script. We ... loved how Falcón gave it shape and purpose.”
Best Actress, Nomination for Cynthia Meier:
Arizona Daily Star
“hit the mark as an ex-con with some unsavory instincts”

 

 
 Cindy Meier, Matt Bowdren and Joe McGrath. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Cindy Meier, Matt Bowdren and Joe McGrath. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Joe McGrath, David Greenwood, Matt Bowdren, and Christopher Johnson. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Joe McGrath, David Greenwood, Matt Bowdren, and Christopher Johnson. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Joe McGrath and Ryan Parker Knox. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Joe McGrath and Ryan Parker Knox. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Enda Walsh's enigmatic and poetic exploration of love, fear and coming of age as only an Irishman could tell.

 

Nominated Best Drama, Mac Awards, Arizona Daily Star

The New Electric Ballroom is “achingly funny and deeply disturbing. The Rogue's production was storytelling at its best.”

Winner Best Director: Mac Awards, Arizona Daily Star
“Falcón's direction of The Rogue's black comedy resulted in
a play that made the horror and the humor achingly vivid.”

 
 Joe McGrath and Laura Lippman. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Joe McGrath and Laura Lippman. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Cynthia Jeffrey. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Cynthia Jeffrey. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Cindy Meier and Cynthia Jeffrey. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Cindy Meier and Cynthia Jeffrey. Photo by Tim Fuller.

 Joe McGrath and Laura Lippman. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Joe McGrath and Laura Lippman. Photo by Tim Fuller.

Jose Rivera's apocalyptic story of revolution, the loss of faith and the search for identity in the new millennium.

 

'Marisol' makes audience stop, think

From The South Bend Tribune on February 24, 2008

New World Arts' take is far more nuanced...which makes "Marisol" not only relevant to a modern audience, but for an intriguing night of thought-provoking theater.
 
 Derek Bontrager. Picture by Dannyprose.

Derek Bontrager. Picture by Dannyprose.

 Thushan Hemachandra. Photo by DannyProse.

Thushan Hemachandra. Photo by DannyProse.

 Cassie Greer. Photo by DannyProse.

Cassie Greer. Photo by DannyProse.

 Derek Bontreger. Photo by DannyProse.

Derek Bontreger. Photo by DannyProse.