ERIC “WALLY” WALLACH is an independent artist whose multi-arts shows are often audacious and always joyful.
Wally grew up in the San Fernando Valley when the Valley was the Valley. He produced and directed his first show at age eighteen.
Wally received his BA in Theatre from San Diego State University where he founded and helmed an artist collective called TRIBE: A Visual and Performing Arts Society. TRIBE’s debut was Wally’s spectacle titled Millesgården: an opera in thirteen paintings.
After directing Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman and working with Jack O’Brien at the Old Globe in San Diego, Wally moved to New York in 1994. It was in Lower Manhattan that Wally firmly planted his roots while working beside theatre greats Robert Wilson, Joseph Chaikin and Ms. Penny Arcade among others.
Wally’s productions have played in venues such as Performance Space 122, the Knitting Factory, HERE, the Culture Project, La Mama E.T.C. and the Orensanz Synagogue. Productions include Scotty the Blue Bunny’s The End is Here: Enjoy!, Cain, The Didi Plays, The Jack of Tarts: a bittersweet musical,Suc Daddy: an urban operetta and The Breasts of Tiresias: a surrealist musical which premiered in Paris at La Reine Blanche in 2010.
Wally’s Wholy Holy, an interactive installation about the disappearing Lower East Side synagogues, played at chashama in 2003 and in the same year he went to Montauk with a Edward Albee Writing Fellowship. In 2005, he published Interview or Who’s Afraid of Mr. Albee? in the Brooklyn Rail and he crucified himself in Astor Place in a performance he calls Radical Jew, 33.
Short dinner plays include The Tale of the Thanksgiving Ladybug and Moses in Five Acts (for Passover).
Wally is a member of SAG/AFTRA and he works for Theatre Development Fund bringing theatre practice to high school students of New York City. He is also the co-founder of Brooklyn Arts for Kids offering visual and performing arts experiences to the young artists of Brooklyn.
FLIGHT18: the cosmic joyride, Wally’s brainchild since 2002, had its Maiden Voyage with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at South Street Seaport in 2010 and launched again from 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center in 2012. Now called Spaceflight18 the work is currently looking for a new spaceport and producer.
His mother Mary delivered him on January 12th, 1972 in Los Angeles as Aretha Franklin was rehearsing for a concert very close by. Click below to hear Aretha and the Southern California Community Choir.