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First Flight Theatre Company

A VAMPIRE KISS IN THE PLAGUE OF 1666 is back !

With the performing community engaged in creating Art remotely during this Pandemic Year, First Flight Theatre Company, working under the SAG/AFTRA Micro-Budget Agreement, has produced its first ZOOMIE (Zoom movie) for submission to various film festivals. A VAMPIRE KISS IN THE PLAGUE OF 1666, an original vampire historical comedy by James Fitzmaurice was originally read by First Flight in the fall of 2020 as a Zoom benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. First Flight recognized this short, imaginative, and hysterically funny piece was thoroughly suited for their new Zoom film projects. VAMPIRE KISS resounds with the poetic language of the 17th century yet has a distinctly modern flavor resonating with connection between the Plague and our own current Covid conditions.

 
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Who We Are

First Flight Theatre Company was incorporated as a 501c3 not-for-profit theatre company in November 2019. While our productions have been delayed, plans are to present a series of one-act plays by Maxwell Anderson in the fall of 2020, a production of A Christmas Carol at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ in December and our first fully mounted production in January or February 2021.

 

Activities

The photos below from Elizabeth the Queen, Forgotten Soldiers From Our Forgotten War, Sea-Wife (NYC cast), The Scarecrow, Dickens by Candlelight: A Christmas Carol, White Desert (workshop Chicago 2019).

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More Photos from Past Productions

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The Cast of The Scarecrow at

The Hermitage

David Green, Lynn Manuell, 
Alexa Elmy, Zander Kirby, 
Charles Kennedy, 
Julio Ramon, Richard Width, 
Maddie Kirby and Frank Farrell

Two of three cast members from A Christmas Carol

Karen Eterovich and Frank Farrell

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Contact First Flight Theatre Company

773-307-4586

 
 
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WHAT'S IN A NAME

Where did the name First Fight Theatre Company come from? Pictured is a postage stamp called "First Flight Wright Brothers 1903." It's a cool stamp! But the company was not named after the Wright Brothers flight. It was named after Maxwell Anderson's third Broadway production called First Flight, about young Andrew Jackson when he was a frontier lawyer and how he was trying to convince the soon to be West Virginia territory to become part of the United States of America. Our company is devoted to producing plays by Maxwell Anderson, specifically poetic dramas where poetry is part and parcel of the language spoken in the play. First Flight is a good name for a company with that poetic theatre agenda.

 

WHAT'S NEXT FOR FIRST FLIGHT?

Subsequent “other playwrights” events planned for 2021 include:

WHITE DESERT

Maxwell Anderson’s first play on Broadway was WHITE DESERT in 1923 at the Princess Theatre. It ran for 12 performances.  The play was never published and never performed again till First Flight did a workshop production of it in Chicago during the summer of 2019. It’s a full-length two act play that runs for two hours including its intermission.  It’s about a newlywed couple who move to North Dakota in 1888 as a result of the Homesteaders Act. They move into a one room cabin in the woods.  Their neighbors, another married couple, live miles away.  In this isolation and during the great snow storm of 1888 the newlywed’s marriage is tested to extremes.  Surprisingly contemporary and written in verse.  First Flight will tackle a virtual performance of this remarkable play with video-on-demand performances February, 24 - 28, 2021. www.showtix4u.com.

 
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