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The Valley Forge Program



by Maxwell Anderson

Directed by Frank Farrell

Adapted by Richard Width

Costumes by Karen Eterovich

Violinist – Dana Reedy

Stage Manager – Lucas Gomes

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 8, 9 & 10 at 4pm

at The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood

113 Cottage Place, Ridgewood, NJ

The Characters and Cast of Valley Forge

Spad & Harvie – Timothy Williams

Alcock, Player, Soldier & General Sterling – Anna Hamilton-Scott

Teague, Player, Soldier & General Varnum – Christopher Davis

Mason, General Sir William Howe & General Conway-Zander Kirby

Jock, Major Andre & Lt. Tench – Brandon Jones*

Nick & Brigadier – Stella Berrettini

Tavis, Lady & Lafayette - Aubrey Leigh Kirk

Auntie, Lt. Cutting & Mary Philipse – Karen Eterovich*

Neil, Lady & Rafe – Jennifer Kim

George Washington, The Captain & Player – Richard Width*

The Dog - Max & Roxie

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, First Flight Theatre Company and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

For company bios and photos visit the blog section of First Flight Theatre Company’s website at:

This production uses the Artist Engagement Services of the University Resident Theatre Association.

Scene 1 – A bunk-house at Valley Forge in January 1778

Scene 2 – A ballroom in General Howe’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

Scene 3 – Washington’s headquarters.


Scene 4 – The bunk-house early the next morning.

Scene 5 - Washington’s headquarters.

Scene 6 – The interior of a barn on Hay Island in the morning light.

A not-for-profit such as the First Flight Theatre Company depends upon donations, grants and sponsorships to cover the costs not covered 100% by ticket purchases. Recently we received a grant from the Ridgewood Arts Foundation, and we are very grateful for their support as we are with all donor support since January 2022 listed below.

GoFundMe Campaign Donor Level Titles (Titles are Maxwell Anderson Play Titles)

BUCCANEER DONORS ($1-$20) Eduardo Gutierrez, Emma Palzere-Rae, Kay Francksen, Jane Palzere, Louisa Cabot

JOAN OF LORRAINE DONORS ($21-$50) Marilyn Green, Dale Westgaard, Papin Janine, Catherine Erickson, David van den Berg, Blake Width, David Cantor, Stephanie Dryden, Alexandra Coon, Greg Jecmen, Kelly G Butler, Cullen Douglas, Allan Santiago, Jeff Bradley, Kenneth R Dillon, Anne Blair, Kate Hughes, Mark Wellen, Lisa Bansavage, Mary F. Aufman, Mary T. Boyer, AC Smith, Jocelyn Jones

THE STAR WAGON DONORS ($51-$100) Anonymous, Anonymous, Farah Mourad Vera, Inn Vivacharawongse, Bradford Wilkins, Deb Costello, Tatiana Jaya Ron, Carol Kyros-Walker, Liza Politi, Joan Nelson, Mary Maguire, Maureen Griffin, Lisa Maguire, Abby Farber, Stephanie Dack

LOST IN THE STARS DONORS ($101-$250) Katherine Fellenstein, Camerón Keitt

GODS OF THE LIGHTNING DONORS ($251-$500) Anonymous, Jacqueline Pappas, Andrea Kircher, Ridgewood Arts Foundation



ELIZABETH THE QUEEN DONORS ($5,001- $10,000) Mary Farrell

May 2022 Benefit Auction Items from Local Vendors

Arthur Murray Dance Studios, 125 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Daily Treat, 177 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Ridgewood Coin, 17 Chestnut Street, Ridgewood

Shoe-Inn, 53 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Starbucks, 193 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

White Maple Café, 47 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

World Flats, 134 East Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood

Special Thanks

Town & Country Apothecary & Fine Cosmetics in Ridgewood, HeART in Motion Studio in Ridgewood, The Hermitage/Andrea Kircher, Christine Blaylock, Kathleen Sullivan and Julie Zier, Ann Pareti and the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, Alice Eterovich, John Maguire, Alice Maguire, Stephen Shields, Susan Gibbons, Blake Width, Julie Korogodon, Jim Bumgardner & Marie Natali at Bergen Community College, Nicholas Martin Smith, Susane Lee & Hudson Warehouse, Sharon Temby, Mike McShane, Elizabeth Kelly, Eric Schuster, Kate Hughes, Dale Westgaard, Lorel Janiszewski, Maria Portman Kelly, Julia Morgantini, Denise Alessandria Hurd and Amal Khateeb, our Costume Dresser.

Rifles created by Village Woodwork of Ridgewood NJ

First Flight is a professional theatre company started in May 2018 presenting staged readings of plays by Maxwell Anderson in New York City, New Jersey and Chicago including Valley Forge, Elizabeth the Queen, Sea-Wife, Mary of Scotland, The Eve of St. Mark and The Masque of Queens. In 2018 First Flight presented the play Forgotten Soldiers from Our Forgotten War at two church locations in New York City. Readings continued in New Jersey including The Love Letters of John and Abigail Adams, The Scarecrow and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Hermitage in New Jersey. The company takes its name from Maxwell Anderson’s fourth play presented at the Plymouth Theatre on Broadway in 1925 called First Flight. Visit First Flight’s website at Visit the First Flight Facebook page for more about the company. Email FFTC at

This production was partially made possible by Peggy Smith Skarry (1934 – 2019) of Chicago and is in memory of her and her great musical expertise, her astonishing singing voice, her patience and skill as a teacher, her devotion to her family and to her love of animals, especially cats. We all miss dear Peggy.

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