Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre has announced its 1999-2000 season. It is the first full season produced in house at the Falcon, which opened in 1997 and has played host to productions from the Mark Taper Forum and Blank Theatre company. Marshall, a veteran producer, director and writer of films, TV and theatre, built the 99-seat theatre, which also houses his own entertainment company offices.
Already playing is Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart, directed by Marshall and starring Faith Ford, Crystal Bernard and Morgan Fairchild. It will run through Nov. 28.
The other two Mainstage productions include an adaptation of Mark Twain's 1894 novel "Pudd'nhead Wilson." Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company commissioned Meryl Friedman to adapt the book in honor of the novel's centenary, and produced it in 1994. Told with an a cappella music score composed of African-American spirituals, work songs and chants, Pudd'nhead Wilson tells the story of a mulatto slave who switches her fair-skinned baby for her master's son, then suffers as the boy grows into a murdering bully who would sell his own mother -- and does. The play will run Feb. 16-March 26, 2000.
Two children's shows are also on the Falcon's new schedule: Anastasia Krupnik, a story by Lois Lowry adapted by Falcon executive producer Meryl Friedman (now running through Oct. 20) and Lori Marshall's reworking of Hansel and Gretel, March 4-April 3, 2000.
A third mainstage play and the final two children's productions will be announced at a later date.The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank. For tickets and information call (818) 955-8101.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent