Michael Tolan will produce Flights of Angels, a new play by John Kallas which will play the Emelin Theatre of Mamaroneck, NY, June 5-16. Ted Story directs.
Kallas was a paratrooper in World War II and dropped into Normandy on D-Day. He drew on his experiences to create Flights of Angels, which looks at a young American corporal, who wants to wed his girlfriend before he jumps into France with the 54th Airborne. Once on the Gallic ground, the play follows him and three of his fellow soldiers.
Tolan has a varied resume. He acted in the original Broadway productions of Romanoff and Juliet and A Majority of One, and in the films "Presumed Innocent," "All That Jazz" and "The Enforcer."
Perhaps Tolan's most significant theatrical achievement was his involvement in the founding, in 1964, of the American Place Theatre, one of the early forces in the Off-Broadway movement. Among the theatre's first productions were Robert Lowell's The Old Glory, William Alfred's Hogan's Goat, starring Faye Dunaway, and Ronald Ribman's Journey of the Fifth Horse, starring Dustin Hoffman. Tolan acted in the latter.
Three decades later, he created the "Plays by Players" series at the Players' Club in Manhattan. According to press materials, he also directed the first staged reading of Margaret Edson's Wit. For information, call (914) 698-0098. —By Robert Simonson