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Alchemy Theatre's FLIGHT Begins Previews


Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan (Robert Saxner, Producing Artistic Director) in association with Playwrights' Playground NYC presents Off Broadway* the world premiere of FLIGHT by Michel Wallerstein at the DR 2 Theatre, 103 East 15th Street – off Union Square. Previews begin March 2nd and the Opening is Wednesday, March 7th for a limited engagement The new play stars Maddie Corman, Maria Tucci, Jonathan Walker. It is directed by Padraic Lillis

FLIGHT dramatizes a man's search for truth, love and his identity against the backdrop of his mother's deterioration and haunting memories of her past with both confronting what she's never shared or made peace with. Funny, tender, and distressing, FLIGHT touches in surprising and challenging ways. 90 mins. No intermission

Maddie Corman was in Next Fall (Broadway). Some of her Off Broadway shows are Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Isn't It Romantic and numerous plays in productions at Union Square, Second Stage, Public Theatre, Directors Co, AJT, NYSF. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows including the pilot of "Smash".

Maria Tucci began her career in the original The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore. Later she won a Tony nomination in the revival of The Rose Tattoo. Other Tennessee Williams plays includeSuddenly Last Summer and The Night Of The Iguana. She has worked extensively on and off Broadway, including Mary Stuart, A Man For All Seasons, Requiem For A Heavyweight, (Tony Award nomination), A Lesson From Aloes, The Shadow Box, Mike Nichols' production of The Little Foxes to only name a few.

Jonathan Walker was on Broadway in the revivals of After The Fall and Twentieth Century. Some of the Off Broadway shows are The Divine Sister, Dinner With Friends, Man And Superman, Water Children, An American Plan, as well as others at The New Group, Playwrights Horizon, Public Theatre and Wooster Group. He has appeared in numerous regional theatres coast to cost.

Born in Switzerland, Michel Wallerstein came to New York to study film at NYU and instantly fell in love with the city and never left. Along with business partner, Linda Wendell, he wrote and developed series and movies for European television. He then switched his attention to the theatre. His first play, Five Women Waiting, was produced at Manhattan Theatre Source. His short play, Off Hand (MTS, NYstageworks) was published in Gary Garrison's Perfect 10. Other plays include Lapdance, Shades of love (Turnip Festival).

Padraic Lillis: (Director) has worked on Broadway, National Tours, Off-Broadway, Tony Award winning Regional Theaters. He directed Underneath The Lintel at Geva Theater. Off-Broadway directing credits include: Sweet Storm, Umbrella, The Dirty Talk (Nominated for NY IT Outstanding Director), In Transit, (NY International Fringe Festival, Awarded Best Play), A Line In The Sand (Awarded 'Best Production'Midtown International Theater Festival).He also directed the National Tour of She Loves Me. He is currently adapting the best selling novel "Strangers On The Bridge". His play Lights Up In The Fade Out premiered in Los Angeles. His other plays,Two Thirds Home is published by Dramatist Play Services, Inc.; and Ronnie's Mask was produced in Chicago at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage. He was awarded the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Artist Fellowship. He is an adjunct professor of Dramatic Writing (NYU), A Usual Suspect with New York Theater Workshop, company member of the LAByrinth Theater Company, and alumnus of The Drama League Director's Project.

The ALCHEMY THEATRE COMPANY OF MANHATTAN, INC. (Robert Saxner, Producing Artistic Director) a nonprofit, Off-Broadway organization, exists to foster the development of transformative stories by new and emerging voices around the world that need to be heard. Alchemy recently presented, in association with LAByrinth Theater Company, the acclaimed premiere production ofSweet Storm" by Scott Hudson. Alchemy has also presented the acclaimed New York premiere of the 30th anniversary production of Christopher Durang's "The Vietnamization of New Jersey (A American Tragedy)." New and emerging voices produced by Alchemy include Zayd Dohrn ("Haymarket," "Permanent Whole Life"), David Wright Crawford ("Harvest"), and Larry Pontius ("Umbrella"); many new stories/voices have also been developed through Alchemy's reading series. For its inaugural production, David Mamet granted them first official rights to the New York revival of his play, "Speed-the-Plow." Larry Kramer consulted with Alchemy on its next production of "The Normal Heart." Since it's inception, Alchemy has performed works by these playwrights and has produced six New York City premieres, and now this new work.

Playwrights' Playground of NYC: co-founded by Gary Garrison, is dedicated to producing new work by writers 40 years old and up, to make a stand against the "ageism" affecting the theatre and the entertainment business in general. Their motto: Over 40 and Under the influence of Wisdom!
Performances Off Broadway* are Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00 pm, Sunday at 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Tickets are $65.00 and available through TeleCharge by calling 212/239-6200 or online at

* This is an Equity (AEA) Paid Contract NOT a showcase


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