April 11 - May 4, 2014

Written by Deanna Jent and nominated for the 2012 New York Drama Desk Award


Thursdays - Saturdays at 8:00pm
Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00 pm
Sundays at 2:00pm

Ticket Prices: 
General $35.00 
Senior(65+)/Student ticket: $30.00


Fresh from its off-Broadway run, Falling returns with the original St. Louis cast.  The New York Post writes:  "This heartfelt and nuanced family drama is shot through with dark humor.  Falling soars!"  While Falling explores hard truths within a family dealing specifically with autism, the story is really about loving someone who is hard to love. 



Cast & Crew List

Josh Martin: Daniel Lanier 
Tami Martin: Michelle Hand
Lisa Martin: Katie Donnelly
Bill Martin: Greg Johnston
Sue Martin: Carmen Russell

Director: Deanna Jent 
Stage Manager: Jessica Haley
Asst. Stage Manager:  Zoe Sullivan
Set Design: John Stark
Light Design: Michael Sullivan 
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan 
Sound Design: Zoe Sullivan
Movement & Combat: Shaun Sheley
Props Master: Meg Brinkley
Production Assistant:  Josie Zeugin
Light Board Operator:  Traci Clapper
Sound Board Operator:  Morgan Fisher
Wardrobe Crew: Emma Bruntrager
House Manager: Tanya Tweedy
Program Photography: John Lamb

Extreme Parenting by Deanna Jent:

I believe that parenting is a struggle and a joy for everyone. Each family has a journey, and none is more or less important. But some journeys are so different, the terrain so unusual, that it warrants reporting. I write from the War Zone of Extreme Parenting. The enemies are many. Sometimes our own children are a danger to themselves, to their siblings, to us. Extreme Parents become soldiers on guard, alert to any eye-shift or noise that might indicate impending aggressiveness. It is by now such an internalized experience that in any location, I am immediately aware of where exits and “safe rooms” are. One mother whose son also has a seizure disorder always knows the locations of glass windows or doors so she can keep him away from potential broken glass. For some of us, it’s a good day when the police haven’t been called to escort our child off the bus.

Often the enemies are unexpected. Who would think that the word “institution” could be a terrorist? It lives unnoticed as a cultural expectation: “Will he have to be institutionalized?” or “Can’t you put him in an institution?”

It’s either terrifying or reassuring to think that there is such a place. But the concept of an Institution, whether filled with strait-jackets or soft lighting, is just an idea -- a place to put the problems (out of sight, out of mind). In reality, Extreme Parents are Settlers in a New Land, sometimes occupying hostile territory: “We don’t want a group home in Our Neighborhood!” or “There’s a 3-month wait list for the Crisis Intervention Team.”

We live in the reality of a Meanwhile world. There should be more options for our kids, but in the Meanwhile, we find what we can and create what we need. We all want a magic pill, wand or potion, but in the Meanwhile we research available therapies, exchange information about drugs, and try Gluten-Free-Casein-Free diets.

If you are an Extreme Parent, you have your own “war-zone” regulations. If you’re not part of the tribe, you know someone who is. You see us as we walk in the mall or as we advocate on the steps of the Capitol building. Your kids are in classes with our kids (at least for art and lunch). We all want the same thing for our families: safety, love, opportunities and respect. But - we can’t always get what we want (cue music?). So in the Meanwhile...I wrote a play.

Production Photos

In the Media

Falling 2014: StL Today Feature Article
Falling 2014: StL Today Review
Falling 2014: Broadway World Review
Falling 2014: KDHX Review
Falling 2014: Ladue News Review
Falling 2014: St. Louis Public Radio
Falling 2014: Alive Magazine
Falling 2014: St. Louis Magazine
Falling 2014: Belleview News Democrat
Falling 2014: Stagedoor St. Louis
Falling 2014: Snoops Theatre Thoughts
Falling 2014: Broadway World
Falling 2014: Riverfront Times

Falling 2: Press Release


Falling 2: Show Program


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