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Danielle O’Farrell, Ginger Grace, Lynnette Freeman, Rajesh Bose, Drew Ledbetter, and Jackson Thompson Set for Jenny Lyn Bader’s IN FLIGHT at The WorkShop Theater through May 23

In flightTurn to Flesh Productions is presenting Jenny Lyn Bader’s IN FLIGHT, a new verse play (in rhyming couplets) about a woman with a literary background navigating the corporate world at the offices of an in-flight airline magazine, May 9 – 23 at The WorkShop Theater, 312 West 36th Street, Fourth Floor East (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Helmed by Jessica Bauman, IN FLIGHT will have its official opening on Thursday, May 14th at 8:00PM.

IN FLIGHT welcomes you to The Omega Traveler, a highly unusual in-flight magazine with piles of provocative fan mail, globe-trotting poets, erratic travel writers, and the potential for turning around the whole ailing airline industry. Fasten your seat belts and store your tray tables! This verse play flies fast — and lands in unexpected places.

Playwright Jenny Lyn Bader’s plays include Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble); Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center); and None of the Above (New Georges, w/ Alison Pill), also produced on Theatre Row. One-acts include Miss America (“Best of Fringe” selection, NY Int’l Fringe), Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays), and History of Communication (World’s Fair Play Festival, Queens Theatre-NY Times Critics’ Pick). Ten of her short plays are published in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Plays series. She co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-authored all three plays in The Jackson Heights Trilogy, as well as I Like to Be Here (New Ohio), and The Church of Why Not (West End Theatre). In 2014, she was the featured playwright in NY Madness (Cherry Lane Theatre). A Harvard graduate, she belongs to the Dramatists Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

Director Jessica Bauman is the founder and Artistic Director of New Feet Productions, for which she directed and produced Into the Hazard (Henry 5). She has been collaborating with The New Book Press to create WordPlay Shakespeare, which blends video and text in electronic books for the iPad, for which she has directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. She has directed the premieres of Terrence McNally’s Teacher’s Break with Cynthia Nixon and Maura Tierney; Harrison Rivers’ and it seems to me a very good sign… with Naomi Watts and John Krasinski; David Lindsay-Abaire’s Dress the Orphans with Rachel Dratch and Rosie Perez; and Lynn Nottage’s The Accountants with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Michael K. Williams. Recent projects include the world premiere of Bank Job by John Kovenbach (Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth, TX); The Last Seder by Jennifer Maisel (Off Broadway New York Premiere); and The Taming of the Shrew at Julliard. She has been an Artist-in- Residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, a Drama League Directors Project fellow, and is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a NYTW Usual Suspect and New Georges Affiliated Artist. Jessica was a finalist for the 2007-2009 TCG/NEA Career Development program for Directors. She is a graduate of Yale College.

IN FLIGHT features Danielle O’Farrell, Ginger Grace, Lynnette Freeman, Rajesh Bose, Drew Ledbetter, and Jackson Thompson.

Production design includes casting and sound design by Iris McElroy, costume design by Nicole Slaven, set design by Ellie Engstrom, light design by Chelsie McPhilimy and David Givens as Stage Manager.

Performances of IN FLIGHT are on Saturday, May 9 at 8 PM; Sunday, May 10 at 2PM & 7PM; Monday, May 11 at 8pm; Tuesday, May 12 at 2PM; Thursday, May 14 – Saturday May 16 at 8PM; Sunday, May 17 at 7PM; Monday, May 18 at 8PM; Wednesday, May 20 at 2PM & 8PM, and Thursday, May 21 – Saturday May 23 at 8PM.

Sunday 5/17 @ 7 PM
Monday 5/18 @ 8 PM
Wednesday 5/20 @ 2PM & 8 PM
Thursday 5/21 @ 8 PM
Friday 5/22 @ 8 PM
Saturday 5/23 @ 8 PM

VERA “MARTY” MARTINELLI – Danielle O’Farrell*
MELANIE HALL – Ginger Grace*
PAGE ROBIN – Lynnette Freeman*
ART BLUM – Rajesh Bose*
ANDREW STERN – Drew Ledbetter*
TED HALL – Jackson Thompson*

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Tickets are $18 and available at

Dael Orlandersmith, Jenny Lyn Bader, Lee Hunkins, Kara Lee Corthron, Caridad Svich and Fengar Gael Talk Playwrighting with the League of Professional Theatre Women’s (LPTW) Co-president Maxine Kern at Theater Lab

cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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