First Flight Theatre Company


The First Flight Theatre Company presents FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS FROM OUR FORGOTTEN WAR written and directed by Frank Farrell; 27 letters sent from Korea in 1951 and 1952 to an apartment on 180th Street in New York City, where newlyweds Frank and Mary Gossett lived. The words spoken in this play are words written by three boyhood friends who all grew up together in Washington Heights.  This video-on-demand virtual production is in honor of Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who have died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Actors featured are Danny Beaton as Eddie Hines, Alexa Elmy as Mary Gossett, Charles Kennedy as Jimmy Cumiskey and Zander Kirby as Frank Gossett.

FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS FROM OUR FORGOTTEN WAR, a benefit for the First Flight Theatre Company, will be available for viewing from Thursday, May 27 through Monday, May 31, 2021.

Tickets, which start at $10, may be purchased at

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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.



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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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.



Subsequent “other playwrights” events planned for 2021 include:


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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.