Flight with Gregg Edelman, Brian D'Arcy James, Kerry O'Malley and More Opens May 8th
Drama Desk Award-winning Melting Pot Theatre Company (Artistic Director Larry Hirschhorn, Managing Director Sean Patrick Flahaven) is proud to present the world premiere of Garth Wingfield's drama about the enigmatic Charles Lindbergh, in Flight at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher St. between Hudson and Bleecker St.). Previews begin Sunday, May 8th at 7 PM; opens Monday, May 16th at 7 PM; and closes June 19th, running Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 PM & 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Tickets are $55 and may be purchased by calling Ticket Central at 212.279.4200 or by visiting www.TicketCentral.com. For more information, please visit www.MeltingPotTheatre.org.
FLIGHT follows famed American aviator Charles Lindbergh during fourteen critical years in his life: from his historic flight to Paris, to the kidnapping of his son, to his obsession with science, to his sudden decision to move to Europe and the anti-Semitic remarks he made at the outbreak of World War II. The play is a deconstruction of an American icon and an exploration of the effects the media and fame have on our celebrities.
Director Nick Corley directed the world premiere of Eliot Ness in Cleveland (also co-adaptation) at the Denver Theatre Center; the original production of The Civil War at Houston's Alley Theatre; A Young Lady of Fashion (also co-author) at the historic Fulton Opera House; and the off-Broadway productions of Fables in Slang: A Ragtime Revue and Tintypes for Melting Pot. The rest of the artistic team includes Set & Projection Design by Michael Deegan & Sarah Conly, Costume Design by Daryl Stone, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, Sound Design by Randy Hansen and Incidental Music by Lance Horne.
Playwright Garth Wingfield is the author of Dating Games, a collection of short plays that ran at the Theater Row Studio Theater in June 2003 and later in Los Angeles. He also wrote Are We There Yet?, which was produced in London and New York. He was a staff writer on ABC's "Clueless."
The CAST OF FLIGHT:
Four-time Tony nominee (Into the Woods, 1776 - winner of the Drama Desk Award - City of Angels, Anna Karenina), Gregg Edelman stars as Charles Lindbergh. He recently starred in Wonderful Town on Broadway as well as in Anything Goes, Cabaret, Falsettos, and Stephen Sondheim's Passion, among others, and Reefer Madness and Lee Blessing's Thief River Off-Broadway.
Kerry O'Malley starred as the Baker's Wife in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods (Outer Critics Circle & Drama Desk nominations). Other Broadway credits include Annie Get Your Gun, Cyrano, and Translations. She also starred opposite Martin Short in Promises, Promises at City Center Encores! Off-Broadway, she appeared in Finian's Rainbow, How I Learned to Drive, and Dublin Carol at the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Brian d'Arcy James recently starred in City Center Encores! Pardon My English and received a 2002 Tony nomination for his portrayal of Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success. Other Broadway credits include Titanic, Carousel, Blood Brothers, Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: The Good Thief (OBIE Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination, BackStage West Garland Award, LA Weekly Theater Award), MTC's The Wild Party (Drama Desk nomination), and others.
Adam Heller's Broadway credits include A Class Act (Ed Kleban), Victor/Victoria (Labisse), Falsettos (Mendel), and Les Miserables (Thenardier). Off-Broadway credits include starring in The Immigrant and the Obie-winning Merrily We Roll Along.
Melting Pot Theatre Company creates, develops, and produces New York premieres of plays and musicals that explore the themes, people, and events that shape the unique American experience. MPTC presents culturally diverse theatre that is emotionally stirring, thought-provoking, and reflects our country's population.
Since 1997, MPTC has produced 14 acclaimed off-Broadway productions, including 3 World Premieres and 7 New York Premieres. COBB, by Lee Blessing, received the 2001 Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble Performance and, with the support of co-producers Kevin Spacey and Elizabeth McCann, transferred to the Lucille Lortel Theatre for a celebrated extended run. Woody Guthrie's American Song was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, including Best New Musical Revue, and the Outer Critics' Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical. Miss Evers' Boys, by David Feldshuh, received four AUDELCO Award nominations. Cookin' at the Cookery: The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, two Drama League Awards (including Distinguished Production of a Musical), and six AUDELCO Awards.
Last season, MPTC launched PRELUDES: New Musicals in Concert, a unique series of public concerts of the best contemporary musicals. The first two shows were Vanishing Point and Striking 12. MPTC also has several educational outreach programs, including Let's Hear It! and This Land Is Your Land.