PHOTO CALL: Claybourne Elder, Andy Mientus, Alex Wyse and More Celebrate Falling's Off-Broadway Opening

News   PHOTO CALL: Claybourne Elder, Andy Mientus, Alex Wyse and More Celebrate Falling's Off-Broadway Opening
Producers Terry Schnuck, James and Catherine Berges, Crystal Beuerlein, and Michael and Noemi Neidorff present the Off-Broadway premiere of Falling, a new play by Deanna Jent that officially opened Oct. 15 at the Minetta Lane Theater.

Directed by Lori Adams, the open-ended run began previews Sept. 27. The cast comprises Daniel Everidge, Celia Howard, Daniel Pearce, Jacey Powers and Julia Murney.

Falling is described as a new drama "about how 18-year-old Josh, who has autism, affects the lives of everyone around him. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown off their equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them."

The production has set design by John C. Stark, costume design by Tristan Raines, lighting design by Julie Mack and sound design by Raymond Schilke. Rick Sordelet serves as fight choreographer.

Deanna Jent is the associate director of Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, MO, and a professor of theatre at Fontbonne University. Other writing for the stage includes adaptations of the novels "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Till We Have Faces" by C.S. Lewis and "Imaginary Jesus" by Matt Mikalatos.  Falling was developed at Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2011 and won the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Best New Play.

Performances are Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Producers recently announced that $5 from each full-price ticket purchased for performances in October will benefit Autism Speaks. 

Autism Speaks, which is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, is "dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families." For more information visit

Tickets from $39.50 are available at or by calling (800) 982-2787. Minetta Lane Theatre is located at 18 Minetta Lane, one block south of West 3rd Street, just off Sixth Avenue. For more information visit

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