Seasoned Chicago legit pro Meryl Friedman will join owner Garry Marshall as Falcon Theatre's first executive director. Friedman moves to the Falcon after 16 years as the producing director of Chicago's Lifeline Theatre.
Now in its second year of operation, the Falcon presented two seasons of the Mark Taper Forum New Work Festival, the Blank Theatre company's annual Young Playwright's Festival, and its first in-house production, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, starring Jack Klugman.
The Falcon is currently prepping its second production, Joseph Kesselring's farce, Arsenic and Old Lace, opening Mar. 3.
"Meryl comes to the Falcon via New York, Northwestern University and the Chicago theatre scene, which are all dear to my heart," said Marshall in a statement. "She brings a freshness of vision and an artistic passion which is a unique and much anticipated addition to the Falcon team."
During her extensive collaboration with Lifeline, Friedman produced over 60 new works, directing and/or adapting over half of them. In addition, she has also worked as a director and playwright at Steppenwolf Theatre, Lincoln Theatre Center, Webster Conservatory at St. Louis Rep, Chicago's NPR radio outlet WBEZ, and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, to name a few. Fried is presently in New York remounting her Chicago production of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time for Lincoln Center Institute. Friedman said, "I am delighted to be working with the Falon where I can walk to get coffee and don't need snow tires for my car."
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent