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TUESDAY, JUN 02 2015, 06:30 PM

Vienna-born Jewish writer Frederic Morton, who passed away in Vienna on April 20 at the age of 90, had offered to the ACFNY to present his latest play, which sadly also became his final. What was originally planned to be another evening with and in the presence of this great internationally acclaimed writer and friend of our institution, will now be presented in Fred Morton’s memoriam.

Directed by John Wooten, “The Marquis Flight” starts as a realistic plot “about the catastrophes of contemporary success”, as the playwright himself had described it to us. Based on the story of an Upper East Side executive’s plane trip to Paris, the lines between reality and (science)fiction gradually blur taking the audience into a surreal fantasy world.

The characters in this world premiere will be performed by:

WOODY HERZE: Jamie Jackson
MRS. HERZE/MADGE: Andrea Bianchi
ASSISTANT/LIZ: Heather Kelley
DR. SMITH: Samuel Stricklen


Frederic Morton, who was born Fritz Mandelbaum (October 5, 1924 – April 20, 2015) was a Vienna-born American writer. The Jewish Mandelbaum-family fled Nazi-occupied Austria in 1939 and settled in New York City in 1940. Fred started as a baker before studying literature at Columbia University. He wrote several novels and made a celebrated literary career after his publication of “The Rothschilds” in 1962. He also contributed frequently as a columnist including in The New York Times and the Austrian DER STANDARD. Together with Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, he most recently appeared on the ACFNY’s stage in the spring of 2014 when he spoke about the re-edited version of his book “ Thunder at Twilight: Vienna 1913-14, ” as part of last year’s “Vienna Complex” festival.

John J. Wooten, is the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages, the professional Equity theatre at Kean University, where he has developed and produced numerous new plays including The Beautiful Dark, Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, The Good Counselor and Follow Me to Nellie’s, all of which were honored by the American Theatre Critics Association. New Jersey Premieres he has directed and/or produced at Premiere and elsewhere include Clybourne Park, Rabbit Hole, Snakebit, Soldier’s Heart, Boy Gets Girl, M. Butterfly and The Trip to Bountiful starring Ellen Burystn. John is a frequent director for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is the resident director for the Peter Ustinov Screenwriting Competition, a project of the International Emmy Awards. John’s plays have been produced commercially Off-Broadway, in England, Spain, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Serbia, South Africa, Greece and in regional theaters across America. Published plays include: Trophies, Dramatists Play Service; Humbug, Samuel French; The Role of Della, Playscripts, Inc; Kiss the Bride, Dramatic Publishing Company. His film Cat in the Pan premiered at the Montreal Film Festival.  Awards/Nominations: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, a Best New Play nomination from the American Theatre Critics Association and multiple Best New Play/Best Director nominations from the Newark Star-Ledger.


Amy Rutberg is a theatre, film, television and voiceover actress. She is best known for her role as Marci Stahl on the Netflix original series "Daredevil". She has also appeared in "The Good Wife", "Alpha House", all the "Law and Orders"​ and more. Off Broadway Amy has originated roles in "The Divine Sister". "The Cottage", "Our Leading Lady", "Perfect Harmony" and "The Jazz Age". As well as countless regional productions and The national tours of "Man of La Mancha" and "The Civil War". Amy is a graduate of UCLA. Please learn more at www.amyrutberg.com or @amyrutberg.

Christopher Kloko is blessed to have worked with Abingdon Theatre Co., American Globe Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Counts Media, The Drilling Co., Leviathan Lab, AlphaNYC, Diverse City Theater, Manhattan Children’s Theatre, Milk Can Theatre, Abstract Sentiment Theatre Co., Michael Chekhov Theatre, Players Loft Theatre, MTB Studio, Playwrights Theatre of NJ, On the Square Productions, Truant Arts, and now Premiere Stages!  TV/Film credits include Fugitive Chronicles (A&E), Carl(a) (winner: Excellence in filmmaking – Canada Film Festival), Elliott Loves (HBO Latino), Fighting Nirvana, and The Closer (post-production).  He has trained at National Theater Institute & The Upright Citizens Brigade.

Andrea Bianchi’s New York  credits include Being Audrey (Transport Group) Italian-American Reconciliation (Manhattan Theatre Club) Lusting After Pipino’s Wife ( Primary Stages) and Cocoanuts (Laura Pels Theatre) Regional theaters include the Guthrie Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Syracuse Stage, Maltz Jupiter, Barter Theatre, Riverside Theatre, Stamford Center for the Arts Rich Forum, Premiere Stages, Helen Hayes PAC, Playwrights Theater NJ, Shadowland and many others. TV: Several appearances Law & Order: SVU, As The World Turns (recurring), Here & Now (NBC), TruTV, Disney and Nickelodeon Channels. 

Heather Kelley currently serves as the Director of Audience Services for Premiere Stages, the professional theatre in residence at Kean University, and teaches a beginning acting class at Kean. Her most recent credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo & Juliet for South Brooklyn Shakespeare, and the World Premieres of Ken Ferrigni's Occupation (Project: Theater) and Chisa Hutchinson's This is Not the Play (Mad Dog Theatre Company; New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Original Short Script). She can next be seen as Ursula in South Brooklyn Shakespeare's upcoming production of Much Ado About Nothing. A former company member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Heather's fiction and plays have been published in Opium Magazine, 225 Plays by The New York Neo-Futurists from Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (ed. Joey Rizzolo) and What Happened to Us These Last Couple Years? (Elope Press & So New). MFA, FSU/Asolo Conservatory.

Jamie Jackson has appeared on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago, The Last Ship (with Sting) and Soul Doctor and off-Broadway in The 39 Steps and Katie Roche. He toured nationally in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and has appeared regionally at Goodspeed Opera House, The Pioneer Theatre and at Fulton Opera. His television credits include the pilot of The Blacklist with James Spader, Person of Interest, Unforgettable, Zero Hour, and The Flight of the Conchords. Film work includes Diverge, and My Man Is A Loser. With his wife and collaborator, SoHee Youn, he is writing the new full-length musical, I Spy A Spy. www.jamiejackson.com

Samuel Stricklen. Broadway: Superior Donuts (understudy). Off-Broadway: Creation: A Clown Show. Regional theatre credits include: Six Degrees of Separation (The Old Globe), Current Nobody (La Jolla Playhouse) and Clybourne Park (Premiere Stages) TV & Film credits include: LAW & Order, The Good Wife, Six Degrees, As the World Turns, M.O.N.Y., Mozart in The Jungle and The Visit. He holds a BFA in acting from the University of Cincinnati, CCM and an MFA in acting from the University of California, San Diego