First Flight Festival - 2016
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2016 Festival - July 14 - 23, 2016 - Studio Theatre - located on the first floor of UNL's Temple Building - 12th & R Streets, Lincoln NE
These new short plays are written by playwright members of the Angels Playwriting Collective.
All of these plays are short - 45 minutes or less - and are being presented for the first time at First Flight Festival 2016.
Each Flight is a full evening of performance lasting about 2.5 hours with intermission.
Tickets cost $10 per Flight or $15 for a Festival pass. Tickets are available at the door and online. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted at the door the night of the performances.
Flight # 1 - 7:30 PM on July 14, 16, 17 + 22
It's a Date by Robin Buckallew directed by Mary Douglas
cast: Taylor - Rachelle Stoops Brown
Date - Larry Weixelman
Ryan - Walter McDowell III
Matilda (monologue) by Dwight Johns directed by Crystal Craft
cast: Isolde - Deb Arenz
Bernice's Birthday by Brigid Amos directed by Jan Bretz
cast: Bernice - Cecilia Burkhart
Lloyd - John Burkhart
Street Musician - Jeramie Beahm
Aunt Carrie (monologue) by Dwight Johns directed by Crystal Craft
cast: Charlotte - Elaine Monnier
Citizen Zane by Diana Celesky directed by Judy Hart
cast: Dillon - Mark Mesarch
Zane - Christian Munoz
Amanda - Sandra Halpern
Dr. Walters - Barbara Barron
Chris - Jillian Carter
Entropy by Norman Simon directed by Timothy Scholl
cast: Paul - Tony Heffner
Sy - Larry Mota
Sunny - Diane Gonzolas
Vera - Rachel Gar-El
Ken - Chad Klein
Agent X - Max Antoine
Flight # 2 - 7:30 PM performances on July 15, 21 + 23 and a 2 PM performance on July 17
Appleseed by Courtney Scholl directed by Patsy Koch Johns
cast: Elizabeth - Jan Bretz
Izzy – Madeline Scholl
Libby - Eleanor Schmeichel
Liza – Chloe Nore
Lizabeth – Cheyenne Townsley
Bess – Gabby Ayala
Henry - Jaz Schoeneck
Safe Space by Jillian Carter directed by Judy Hart
cast: Nathan - Michael Booton
Everybody Plays the Fool monologue by Dwight Johns directed by Crystal Craft
cast: Swight - Harry Heafer
25 Maple Court by Steve Enersen directed by Judy Hart
cast: Henry – Brady Smith
Summer – Amber Nore
Jacques in the Box monologue by Dwight Johns directed by Crystal Craft
cast: Jacques - MJ Dunn
Up in Smoke by Paula Ray directed by Paula Ray
cast: Melanie - Alaina Connor
Ann - Keri Wayne-Browne
Wearin o the Green monologues by Dwight Johns directed by Crystal Craft
cast: Martin - Terry Clements
Just Another Park Bench Play by Paul Dickey directed by Andy Dillehay
cast: Playwright - Judy Anderson
A - LauraLee Woodruff
B - Tim Peglow
Just My Untype by Brian Bornstein directed by Sarah Gibson
cast: Susan - Deanna Walz
Callie - Maribel Cruz
Entropy by Norman Simon
Paul, a writer, meets periodically with Sy, a physicist, and Sunny, an NSA analyst, for “bullshit sessions,” imagining possible terrorist plots and how to thwart them. But, what if real terrorists were to start following their advice?
Just Another Park Bench Play by Paul Dickey
A playwright asserts to the audience that she is writing a play, perhaps a drama, but her younger self comes out of the audience to challenge her. It may be a bit of comic absurdity of course, but eventually the tragedy is written to the end.
Just My Untype by Brian Bornstein
Over drinks in a bar, Callie and Susan, two women in their late 30s/early 40s, talk about the kinds of men who are decidedly not their type. But a surprise lies in store.
Appleseed by Courtney Scholl
For over seventy years, Elizabeth has experienced life in a coal mining town from the comfort of her front porch. Now things are changing, and she must confront the past before she can face the future.
Safe Space by Jillian Carter
A young man shares a very personal story with a church group for homosexual teenagers.
Up In Smoke by Paula Ray
Melanie is a teenager struggling with how to live with a chronic medical condition. Her main strategy provides her with some relief but creates a much larger struggle for she and her mother to face.
IT’S A DATE by Robin Buckallew
DNA dating offers that perfect match, determined scientifically. It’s the modern way of taking the guesswork out of dating. But after a series of hilarious mismatches, Taylor begins to realize that you can’t reduce love to a scientific equation.
25 Maple Court by Steven Enersen
A simple Valentine’s Day flower delivery goes terribly awry.
Bernice's Birthday by Brigid Amos
On her birthday, Bernice just wants to enjoy a nice salad at an outdoor café in the city. When her husband Lloyd objects to giving money to a street musician, she may have to toss her birthday plans.
Citizen Zane by Diana Celesky
While taking a much-needed break from his minimum wage customer service job, Zane Tucker unintentionally commits a couple minor criminal infractions. Zane must then participate in a street-based criminal justice process that leaves him with a lasting memory of the power of the people.
Monologues by Dwight Johns
AUNT CARRIE- a monologue from a child's point of view about an odd adventure with a great aunt during a family reunion
MATILDA - short monologue by a younger sibling, reminiscing about an older sister who kept her Appalachian family together when the parents were unable
EVERYBODY PLAYS THE FOOL- a middle aged man meets up with a former high school crush at his 25th reunion
WEARIN' O' THE GREEN - Monologue of a placid man who is questioned by police about his former pet Turtle
JACQUES IN THE BOX - Monologue ramblings of a shrewish vagabond trapped in (or living in) a dumpster.