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Alleyway Theatre Announces New Leadership

After forty years at the helm of Alleyway Theatre, Neal Radice has decided to retire. His departure is scheduled for May 2020 at which time actor, director and educator Chris J Handley will step into the role of Executive Artistic Director.

The succession has been three years in the planning and is supported by The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, New York State Council On The Arts Workforce Readiness Program and The Cullen Foundation.


Gordon Farrell Named Alleyway Theatre Playwright-in-Residence

Alleyway Theatre Artistic Director Neal Radice has named Broadway playwright Gordon Farrell as Playwright-in-Residence. This means that Mr. Farrell will develop his own new scripts for Alleyway’s main seasons as well as take on the writing challenge of developing particularly themed plays on commission.

Gordon Farrell
Resident Playwright

Buffalo audiences will remember Mr. Farrell’s work at Alleyway beginning with Voice Of America in 1991. Two more plays followed before he and Mr. Radice collaborated to create their highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes musical trilogy in the late 1990s. Lifespan Of A Fact, Mr Farrell’s latest play, debuted to critical acclaim this season on Broadway at Roundabout’s Studio 54 starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale. The New York Times called Lifespan a “terrifically engaging Broadway drama.” Lifespan earned Mr. Farrell the John Gassner Award presented for an American Play by the Outer Circle Critics.

THE RESIDENCY HAS BEGUIN

Mr. Farrell has returned “home” to Alleyway Theatre to adapt stories from contributing authors Molly Heckerling, Tatiana Gelfand and Lucy A Robbins as he creates a new maze of storytelling, where the audience literally walks along the journey with these women as they cope with life’s unpredictable, jagged edges. GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS is a new immersive play project that will premiere at Alleyway Theatre May 30-June 22, 2019, directed by Neal Radice. The theatrical event is based on true stories that intertwine to expose a dangerous world which has ill-prepared three young women to meet challenges and temptations. Following development at the Alleyway, GIRLS WHO WALKED ON GLASS will be performed for general audience and potential backers in New York City where preparations are already underway.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL…

Mr. Farrell will continue his longstanding connection with Alleyway Theatre with the opening of its 40th season and the premiere of his new play NAVIGATORS, September 12-October 5 on the Alleyway Main Stage. In NAVIGATORS, a night of sailing with an explosively political family finds them casting off into a sea of deep secrets!

Playwright Gordon Farrell

Trained as a playwright at the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Farrell received an MFA in 1986 and went from there to work with major Hollywood studios, initially as a story analyst for Warner Brothers and Columbia Pictures, and eventually as a screenwriter. He has written for hire and sold screenplays to Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers, MGM and ITC. He has worked with Robert Simonds (producer of “The Wedding Singer”, “Molly’s Game”, “Mile 22”); Neil Moritz (producer of “XXX”, “I Know What You Did Last Summer”, “Fast and Furious”) and Bruce Berman (producer of “The Matrix”, “Three Kings”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”).

Working in independent film, Mr. Farrell has written for and sold projects to NYC indie producer Norman Twain (producer, “Lean On Me”, “Boycott”, “My Dog Tulip”). Gordon’s first independent screenplay, “Girls Who Smoke”, premiered in 2011. It went on to be an official selection at over a dozen film festivals, ultimately winning the Audience Choice Award in Seattle at the Post Alley Film Festival.

As a playwright, from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Farrell worked with dozens of women on New York’s Lower East Side who wanted to tell their personal stories on stage. The series of monologue plays that grew out of it was called “In The Red Room/Every Woman Dances For Someone.” His plays have also been produced in San Francisco, at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, and at Primary Stages in New York. He authored the book for a series of award-winning musicals based on the life and death of Sherlock Holmes, which ran for three seasons in Buffalo, NY. He is the author of “The Power of the Playwright’s Vision”, published by Heinemann Press in 2001.

An award-winning computer game designer, Mr. Farrell helped develop the multi-million selling franchise for Sierra Online’s “Empire Earth”, as well as Reverie World Studio’s “Dawn Of Fantasy”. In 2013 he became Lead Writer for RWS’s “Kingdom Wars” series, in 2016 “Medieval Kingdom Wars”, and is currently writing their latest game, “Stars End” (tbp 2019).

To schedule an interview contact: Joyce Stilson, jstilson@alleyway.com