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"Falling" — Fontbonne Professor's Original Play — NOW PLAYING Off-Broadway

Fontbonne University theatre professor and Mustard Seed Theatre founder Deanna Jent will enjoy an entirely new audience this fall. Her much-lauded original play, “Falling,” opens Off-Broadway, Monday, Oct. 15, at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York.

Jent, also Fontbonne’s director of theatre and performing arts at Fontbonne, wrote the play based on her own experiences as the mother of a severely autistic son. It was first performed by Mustard Seed Theatre on Fontbonne’s campus in the fall of 2011. Sold out every night, “Falling” received such rave reviews that it twice extended its run. It attracted the attention of St. Louis native Terry Schnuck, a theatre producer who was so impressed with the production that he later acquired the rights to the play. His efforts, through his own Falling Feathers production company, led “Falling” to New York, where it is scheduled for an open-ended run.

For Jent, the play remains personal. “Throughout the whole process, I worried that this was a story that would never mean anything to someone who didn’t have a son with autism,” she said during an interview for a January 2012 Tabelaux article. “But it also reflects universal truths; there are things we all struggle with. And people have responded to that.”

Purchase tickets to see “Falling” at the Minetta Lane Theatre.

Learn more about the cast and the New York premier in articles from, and

See St. Louis media coverage: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Beacon, St. Louis Public Radio.

Read a Tableaux article describing the play’s beginnings (page 10 - 11).

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PHOTO: Deanna Jent