BEFORE A FALL

ensemble theatre · working horse productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · United States

Framed as a courtroom drama, BEFORE A FALL is an ensemble play about the patriarch of a Southern Church suspected of molesting his granddaughter, the high-school teacher who tries to intercede, and the community that turns a blind eye. Bonnie Davidson has returned to her Southern roots, nursing her wounds after a nasty divorce. She takes a job teaching at her old high school where she meets 18-year-old Darla, and Darla’s grandfather, Reverend Jack Hawkins. At the top of the play, Darla is on trial for murder. Moving back and forth in time and place, from courtroom to classroom to the little church in a barn, secrets and sickness that have kept a family locked together are slowly revealed. BEFORE A FALL was a finalist for the 2012 Goldberg Prize and was written by Lily Mercer, an award-winning writer for her screenplay “Falling Into Place.”

production team

worth howe *

reverend jack hawkins

jen hines *

fayrene hawkins

jamie mcrae *

lala hawkins

laura napoli *

bonnie davidson

marti hale *

defense attorney

constance ball *

prosecuting attorney

allie costa *

darla hawkins

david portorreal *

sheriff caplan

steven oliver *

principal sharpe

melissa jobe *

sister emory

jordan bennett *

composer - original music

andrew amani *

fight master

* Fringe Veteran