Director

wally upstairsGuiding a show to an audience is what I do best.

I have made plays, musicals and a spaceship.

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SPACE HERE

future: www.spaceflight18.com  past:  www.flight18.net

Here’s a video of my early works.

Here are two tastes of Breasts and Jack of Tarts.

Eat five full shows here:

 

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Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.  (Photo: J. Price)

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Click here for Eric Wallach’s resume.

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8 SHOWS TO BE DONE (I got dreams!)

JOE’S GARAGE by Frank Zappa

QUEST the odyssey of the first citizen of Earth, George Dibbern

KING LEAR:  The Greatest Stage of Fools under the Big Top

LETTERS HOME  Sylvia Plath and her mom, violin and cello

MACBETH PAST MIDNIGHT there will be mud

MILLESGARDEN an opera in thirteen paintings

MISSISSIPPI GODDAMN:  The Music of Nina Simone

CONFESSIONS OF AN ECONOMIC HITMAN by John Perkins

 

12 DOUBLE-BILLS TO DO

One scene design for two plays.

A DELICATE BALANCE & SYLVIA OR THE GOAT

AMADEUS & EQUUS

AS YOU LIKE IT & THE CURATE SHAKESPEARE AS YOU LIKE IT

BREASTS OF TIRESIAS & SUC DADDY

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF & KING LEAR

JOE’S GARAGE & PASSING STRANGE

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR & GODSPELL

MACBETH & JACK OF TARTS

THE GLASS MENAGERIE & THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

THE TEMPEST & FINDING THE SUN

THE WILD DUCK & THE SEAGULL

WAITING FOR GODOT & THE DIDI PLAYS

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I am a founding member of the Lower East Side Biography Project which is led by Steve Zehentner and Ms. Penny Arcade.  I made two documentaries about two extraordinary New Yorkers.  Historian Al Orensanz and Play-House of the Ridiculous director John Vaccaro.  Enjoy.

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Here’s more information about some notable shows:

 

THE END IS HERE: ENJOY!

written and starring Scotty the Blue Bunny

Directed by Eric Wallach

The one and only Scotty the Blue Bunny

The one and only Scotty the Blue Bunny

The culmination of a collaboration between Scotty and I that ran from The Duplex to La Mama and finally found stage at Performance Space 122.

The End Is Here Enjoy

At The Hop

“If you see something, say something” according to the MTA.  Last night I saw a suspiciously wonderful package wearing stilettos and bunny suit.  Of course, it was Scotty the Blue Bunny, performance artist. He has a fantastic show playing tonight at P.S. 122 called, “The End Is Here: Enjoy!”  Directed by Eric Wallach and aided by stage manager Marcella Nova the show is an eclectic mix of singing, dance, blasphemy, belly dancing and even science.  Scotty entertains and educates as he explains the astronomical forces that will eventually lead to the end of the world. Instead of being sad about it, he advised:

We all should be licking each other!

I agree.  What a wonderful way to kick a new year.  Enjoy!

– Nichelle Stephens

 

THOTH’S THE HERMA

created and prayformed by Thoth

Eric Wallach, co-producer / director

Thoth Herma Poster

Thoth’s solopera THE HERMA was presented for one night only at the Orensanz Synagogue.  Slides by Sybille Jud and Michael Whitney created moving lamps using a dozen candles in sand.  A Screaming Baby Production.

 

WHOLY HOLY a living installation

created by Eric Wallach

Chashama on 42nd Street

archway after

Before Chashama’s theatre spaces on 42nd Street were shut down for demolition they held The Happening, February 2004.  Artists were given space to create whatever they wanted and the doors would be open at all hours over their last week.  I created a sanctuary of sorts.  Dedicated to the memory of the Lower East Side synagogues, Reza Abdoh and chashama on 42nd Street.

long after

I broke off the door knob to the room and painted on the door the words, “Feel free.”  Inside the room people encountered photographs of mine, lined up along the wall with other pictures of Lower East Side synagogues.   “Where can we come together?  When will we come together?”  In the room sat a stack of newspapers from 2002 alongside toy soldiers, candles and incense.  A tape player played an unending loop of Marvin Gaye’s song, “Wholy Holy”.

missing grandma

Throughout the week the room was tagged by people who wept there, shared and played there.

 

BAD REPUTATION

written, directed and starring Ms. Penny Arcade

Eric Wallach, co-director and co-producer

Performance Space 122, East Village 2000

Penny Arcade framed with Skowhegan girls

Penny Arcade framed with Skowhegan girls

“Staged and developed with Eric Wallach, Bad Reputation – even with its startling ending, which will turn some stomachs – is revelatory, compelling theatre.”     –  Spears, In Theatre

 

CAIN

written and directed by Eric Wallach

see Selected Shorts video for clips

see Selected Shorts video for clips

Originally written with poet Erin Colligan Cain had one workshop production at the Flamboyan Theatre starring THOTH, the Hungry March Band and a cast of twenty.   Terrorism and faith, love and jealousy.

Cain wants to become a long one-act, it is a beast waiting outside the door.

 

DIDI AND THE RAMBLE:  Act III, Central Park

conceived, written and directed by Eric Wallach

ebwally stepping in

ebwally stepping in

created for Tiny Mythic’s American Living Room

performed at HERE

Ross Klaven as Didi 3, ebwally and Emily McDonnell standing in as Alice

Ross Klaven as Didi 3, ebwally and Emily McDonnell standing in as Alice

Didi is now a postman who gets lost in Central Park and is beaten by a group of children selling lemonade.  Didi is then reunited with Gogo on the Lake.   They drift away singing “It’s Only A Paper Moon”.

The Didi Plays have not been performed together yet.

 

DIDI IN EXILE: a mobile 

conceived, written and directed by Eric Wallach

Ilyana Kadushan, Lindsay Bishop, Eliot Angle, Ronobir Lahiri, Rachel Kann as The Exiled

Ilyana Kadushan, Lindsay Bishop, Eliot Angle, Ronobir Lahiri, Rachel Kann as The Exiled

created for FranklinFest – A Tribeca Arts Festival 1996 & 1997

performed on the fire escape, street, and upstairs bar

at the Knitting Factory on September 28, 1996

Yehuda Duenyas as Didi in Didi in Exile - a mobile

starring Yehuda Duenyas

music: Jeremy Bernstein  costumes: Molly Gallagher

Didi tries to find his way outside of the theatre in a world of natives and exiles.  The mobile’s improvisations, songs and games continually shift every minute.  Didi finally sends out a message in a bottle, given to a passing car driver.  “I miss you Gogo.”  is what it says.  Haunting and fun.

James "Tigger" Freguson, Josh Stamberg and James Stanley as The Natives

James “Tigger” Freguson, Josh Stamberg and James Stanley as The Natives

 

DIDI ALONE: a scherzo in one-act 

conceived, written and directed by Eric Wallach

Molly Gallagher (now Findlay) as Didi

Molly Gallagher (now Findlay) as Didi

Didi Alone – a scherzo in one-act begins where Samuel Beckett finishes Waiting for Godot.  Didi and Gogo are now going through the death and grieving process.

James "Tigger" Ferguson as Gogo

James “Tigger” Ferguson as Gogo

Gogo sings “Ode to Joy” as he finally hangs himself.

 

SUC DADDY: an urban operetta

by Molly Gallagher (now Findlay)

Music by Jeremy Bernstein

Directed and produced by Eric Wallach

performed at The Culture Project, 1997

Mark Greenfield as Hunka Hunka, Kim Gambino, Lea Galino and James "Tigger" Ferguson as Mr. Softee

Mark Greenfield as Hunka Hunka, Kim Gambino, Lea Galino and James “Tigger” Ferguson as Mr. Softee

Suc Daddy is about “real estate, greed and lovin’ gone stale” featuring the Brooklyn Ladies Social Club.  Our heroine Hurricane Fran hooks up with sugar daddy Hunka-Hunka Burnin’ Love and spurns the love of the ice cream man Mr. Softee until she gets pregnant.  Then all hell breaks loose.

 

FUN

by James Bosley

Designed and directed by Eric Wallach

Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Fringe     Massachusetts   1996

Ding-dong ... candy-gram

Ding-dong … they’re not selling cookies.

I designed, built and ran all of the technical aspects on this one.   We performed it all around the top floor of a church.

(l to r) Julie Mann (Bonnie) and Olivia Mandel (Hillary)

(l to r) Julie Mann (Bonnie) and Olivia Mandel (Hillary)

THE BREASTS OF TIRESIAS

by Guillaume Apollinaire 

new translation by Molly Gallagher and Eric Wallach

Directed by Eric Wallach

James "Tigger" Ferguson as The Husband

James “Tigger” Ferguson as The Husband

“The result: 45 manic minutes of amazing theatre.”

–  Stewart, Time Out New York

Alison Tatlock as Therese / Tiresias

Alison Tatlock as Therese / Tiresias

“Hats off to TRIBE for presenting Molly Gallagher and Eric Wallach’s adaptation of this wonderfully prophetic frolic.”  –  Stone, Village Voice

Eliot Angel (Lacouf) and Ilyana Kadushin (The Policeman)

Eliot Angel (Lacouf) and Ilyana Kadushin (The Policeman)

 

MILLESGARDEN: an opera in thirteen paintings

Written by Eric Wallach and Keith Geller

Produced, Directed and choreographed by Eric Wallach

performed at Don Powell Theatre in San Diego, 1994

Millesgarden

MIllesgarden - an opera in thirteen paintings

Created with a twenty-two member ensemble of dancers, opera singers and actors, this epic, fully-scored by composer Jeff Stone, told the life story of Swedish-American sculptor Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) and his final creation of his sculptural park Millesgården outside Stockholm, Sweden.

Millesgården wants a new production.

“TRIBE’s first production has started it on one of the most interesting paths in local theatre.”

–  Smith, San Diego’s Reader

DUTCHMAN

by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones)

Produced and Directed by Eric Wallach

Blackfriars Theatre, San Diego 1992

Diane Sedack as Lulu

Diane Sedack as Lulu

“Wallach did fine work with a young and intense cast on a bare-bones budget.”

– Churnin, Los Angeles Times

Dutchman

“The staging is effective too – notably what director Wallach does with Diane Sedak and Ray Campbell.”

– Martin, Lo Jolla Light