Freefall originally premiered in 1993 at Victory Gardens Theater featuring Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the role of Spoon. In 1994, it was produced off-Broadway by the Weissberger Theater Group featuring K. Todd Freeman in the role of Monk.
Although Grant and Monk are brothers, they took very different paths out of the neighborhood. Grant became a Chicago cop and is attempting to carve a nice niche for himself and his new wife in a middle class suburb. Monk, recently released from prison, has found faith through an unknown benefactor. Monk leaves prison searching for a place to live and his mysterious benefactor. Although he lacks the basic necessities of food, clothing, and shelter, he possesses the inspiration and drive to strive for a higher awareness. Grant and Alex have an abundance of everything Monk needs but don’t have the spiritual commitment needed to make their own lives complete.
When Monk shows up on Grant and Alex’s doorstep, all three are thrust into a confrontation which forces them to explore what it means to be a family. In the end, Freefall celebrates the union of faith, family, and the coming together of the whole.
Freefall is available through Samuel French, Inc.
Original first drafts, intermediate drafts, final and/or published drafts of this play are included in the DePaul University Library’s Special Collections Archives Division, 2000.
Cast requirements: 3 men, 1 woman
Set requirements: Unit Set, various locations.
Approximate running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes