Sneak Peak of The Mystery Plays: Falcon Theatre
Mystery. Coincidence. Belief without understanding.
These are some of the concepts explored in The Mystery Plays, which opens Nov. 6 at Falcon Theatre in Newport.
Six actors play more than 20 characters in the two interconnected one-acts, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and directed by Lindsey Augusta Mercer.
In the first, The Filmmakerâ€™s Mystery, a horror film director survives a terrible train wreck â€“ only to be haunted by the ghost of a passenger who did not survive.
The second play, Ghost Children, follows a woman revisiting her childhood home to make peace with her older brother â€“ who brutally murdered her parents and sister years earlier.
â€œThese plays explore concepts that live below the surface of comprehension,â€ said director Mercer. â€œThere are coincidences that canâ€™t be explained, and there are reasons why things happen to us and how we deal with them.â€
On an even deeper level, Mercer said the plays deal with the â€œunexplainable cosmic power of the universe, mostly referred to as God, but on a greater spectrum than Christianity, including spirituality and the connection with others and ourselves.â€
â€œThe plays are about humanity and how it is defined by our relationship to that universal power,â€ Mercer said.
But â€“ the audience can also expect to laugh in the midst of these tragic stories and weighty ideas.
â€œThere is humor,â€ Mercer said. â€œHumanity is often very comical, sometimes at our own expense.â€
The Mystery Plays was first produced in New York in 2003 and won playwright Aguirre-Sacasa a writing award from the Kennedy Center. He has written several other plays, along with comic books and television shows.
Mercer who hasÂ a degree in theater history and music from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, moved to Cincinnati just two years ago,. She has already directed three plays: The Little Dog Laughed at New Edgecliff, Death and the Maiden for Diogenes, and Cincinnati Shakespeareâ€™s summer park tour of Midsummer Nightâ€™s Dream.
The Mystery Plays is at Falcon Nov. 6-7, Nov. 12-14, and Nov. 19-21. Call 513-479-6783 or buy tickets online at www.falcontheatre.net