First Flight is devoted to presenting the plays of 20th century American playwright Maxwell Anderson as well as other playwrights who instill poetry in their writing.
First Flight Theatre Company
OUR 2023 SEASON Begins
Don't miss IN THE GARDEN OF LIVE FLOWERS by Attilio and Lynne Conner, a benefit for the First Flight Theatre Company and the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance with five days of streaming performances April 19 - 23, 2023.
Tickets/donations are $15 and available via showtix4u.com.
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Who We Are
First Flight Theatre Company was incorporated as a 501c3 not-for-profit theatre company in November 2019. Opening in July 2022, the season launched with its recent outdoor production of Maxwell Anderson's rarely produced play VALLEY FORGE. Next up in October is MINA, conceived and adapted by Richard Width based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Concluding the 2022 season in December is DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Photos below from ELIZABETH THE QUEEN, FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS FROM OUR FORGOTTEN WAR, & SEA-WIFE (NYC cast) assisted by Stage Manager Claudia Egli. Photos also from THE SCARECROW & DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
More Photos from Past Productions followed by a brief video of Maxwell Anderson's 1923 Broadway play WHITE DESERT from our Zoom production in 2021.
The Cast of The Scarecrow at
David Green, Lynn Manuell,
Alexa Elmy, Zander Kirby,
Julio Ramon, Richard Width,
Maddie Kirby and Frank Farrell
Two of three cast members from DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT: A CHRISTMAS CAROL.
Karen Eterovich and Frank Farrell
Contact First Flight Theatre Company
101 Southern Parkway, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
WHAT'S NEXT FOR FIRST FLIGHT?
IN THE GARDEN OF LIVE FLOWERS by Attilio Favorini and Lynne Conner
During the research and writing of her world-changing Silent Spring, Rachel Carson is diagnosed with breast cancer. As she struggles to complete the book, she simultaneously fights both her own advancing cancer and various factions of American enterprise, including the chemical industry, who launch a wholesale attack on her personal and professional reputation. Carson's ally in this two-pronged battle is Alice in Wonderland, her girlhood literary hero, alter-ego and now, as death draws near, mentor and guide. The journey of the play takes Rachel to a crossroads cojoining her own life story with a fantastical landscape enlivened by literary, film and cultural references that theatricalize the revolutionary science of Silent Spring. In the Garden of Live Flowers takes its title from a chapter in Through the Looking Glass, and, similarly, operates as a fable or fantasia. Its real-world central figure moves dreamlike between the realms of tragedy and comedy, emotion and imagination, science and literature.
Five days of streaming performances April 19 - 23, 2023 benefiting First Flight Theatre Company and the Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance.
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.