ROBERT FALLS’ HIGHLY ACCLAIMED WORLD-PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF LUNA GALE BY REBECCA GILMAN TO APPEAR AT LOS ANGELES’ CENTER THEATRE GROUP, NOVEMBER 23 – DECEMBER 21, 2014
Goodman Theatre’s Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Robert Falls brings his critical and popular hit production of Luna Gale to Los Angeles this fall. Center Theatre Group will stage Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman’s “sharpest drama yet” (Variety) at its Kirk Douglas Theatre. Luna Gale follows a veteran social worker struggling to find the right home for an infant of two drug-addicted teenage parents. The “top-notch production” (Entertainment Weekly) was hailed as “intensely involving” byChicago Tribune and “provocative and impassioned” by Chicago Sun-Times with a cast led by the “utterly superb” (The New York Times) Mary Beth Fisher. Performances run November 23 – December 21, 2014
As previously announced, Falls also directs Don Giovanni, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season opening production and one of the most elusive and multilayered pieces in their repertoire, running September 27 – October 29, 2014. Falls then remounts his celebrated production of The Iceman Cometh at the Brooklyn Academy of Music presented by Scott Rudin, running February 5 – March 15, 2015. An epic portrait of hope and disillusionment, The Iceman Cometh, a “superbly cast production [which] contains as many great performances as I’ve seen in a single show in years” (The New York Times), features its original cast led by Tony Award winners Nathan Lane (as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman) and Brian Dennehy (as Larry Slade). The 2012 Goodman production garnered critical acclaim, including two Jeff Awards (Best Director and Best Production of a Play), and broke box-office records in an extended run, making it the most successful production in Goodman Theatre history, and “one of the most significant productions in Chicago” (Chicago Tribune).
Robert Falls has been the artistic director of Goodman Theatre since 1986—nearly one-third of the Goodman’s 90 seasons—where he has directed more than 30 major productions and produced/co-produced more than 200 plays (including 100 premieres). From 1977 to 1985, he established himself as one of the pre-eminent figures of the off-Loop theater scene as the artistic director of Wisdom Bridge Theatre. In addition to Luna Gale, Falls recently directed Beth Henley’s The Jacksonian off-Broadway at The New Group following its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. His Broadway credits include the remount of the Goodman’s Death of a Salesman (Tony Award for Best Director of a Play and Best Revival of a Play); the remount of the Goodman’s The Night of the Iguana; American Buffalo; Talk Radio (Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play); the American premiere of Shining City; The Young Man From Atlanta; Long Day’s Journey into Night (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play); and Desire Under the Elms. His production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida for Walt Disney Theatricals ran on Broadway for four years and toured nationally and abroad. His other international credits include productions at Lyric Theatre in London, Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and productions in Scotland, Germany, Japan, South Korea and the Netherlands, among others.