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  • Austrian Cultural Forum New York 11 E 52nd St New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

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: TBA


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, (born 1965) is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, producer, and educator. He is a founding member and Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages and the resident director for the Peter Ustinov screenwriting competition presented each year by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before being hired in 2004 to launch Premiere Stages, Wooten served ten seasons as Artistic Director of TheatreFest, where he produced and or/directed over fifty professional Equity productions. Wooten’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway and his premieres include The Role of Della, an ATL finalist.