FALLING boldly explores the dynamic and complicated reality of a family with an autistic young man. When a relative comes to visit, the entire family is thrown out of equilibrium, with everyone trying to balance what is best for the family and what is best for them. The play bravely speaks a truth about love and family and about hopes and dreams. It asks “How do you love someone who is difficult to love?”
Originally developed at the Mustard Seed Theatre in St. Louis, FALLING was an immediate critical and audience favorite, going on to win the 2012 Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding New Play, the highest honor given in St. Louis theatre.
Discovered there by Tony Award-winning producer Terry Schnuck, the play was then produced in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre, where it currently runs 8 performances per week. Critics and audiences in New York agree that FALLING is the most moving and exciting play to hit the Off-Broadway stage this season. Click HERE to see the unanimous, stellar reviews.
FALLING resonates with audiences everywhere. “It’s not just a play written to educate people about autism, it’s about asking questions, loving someone who’s hard to love and trying to get through like,” the playwright, Deanna Jent has said. The play is semi-autobiographical and is inspired by Jent’s life with her autistic son and the family dynamic it created. This is a topic few playwrights have even attempted to tackle. If you have a questions for Mrs. Jent, you can submit it by clicking the Ask The Author feather on our homepage.
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