Angels Theatre Company Announces Eighth Annual First Flight Festival July 13-23, 2023

Angels Theatre Company (ATC) is pleased to present the Eighth Annual First Flight Festival, featuring the work of the Angels Playwriting Collective. The First Flight Festival opens July 13, 2023 in the Studio Theatre at UNL’s Temple Building. All the plays are new original short plays or monologues written by members of the Angels Playwriting Collective.

Playwrights featured in this year’s festival are John Burkhart, Jillian Carter, Elbert Traylor, Robin Buckallew, Jamie Bullins, Adrien Loehring, Clay Farris Naff, Ben Arenz, Steve Enersen, Linda Howard Cooke, and Cecilia Burjhart.

“This festival is the culmination of a journey for many of these writers. It’s a chance for them to see their new work produced on stage.” said First Flight Festival producer Kathy Disney. “This is the eighth First Flight Festival and I am really proud of this program and what it brings to our community.” stated Timothy Scholl, Executive Artistic Director of Angels Theatre Company. “This festival is an important part of summers in Lincoln, and we are so pleased to be back.” Scholl also noted that this year, the First Flight Festival will feature a new “first” – the first ten-minute musical. The First Flight Festival is a Lincoln tradition, dating back to 2015, when the “first” First Flight Festival was organized and produced by previous ATC executive director, Judy Hart.

The First Flight Festival opens July 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM in the Studio Theatre at UNL’s Temple Building (1209 R Street, 1st Floor). The Festival features two different Flights of new plays. Flight A performances are July 13-15 at 7:30 PM, and July 16 at 2:00 PM Flight B performances are July 20-22 at 7:30 PM and July 23 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20.00 per evening, or $35.00 for Festival Pass (Flights A & B) and will be available at EventBrite (visit the ATC website for the link); tickets may also be purchased at the door

Angels Theatre Company presents the Salon Reading Series, Solo Tales & Ales, the First Flight Festival, and New Work Development Series each year in addition to productions of new plays. The Playwriting Collective is an organization within Angels Theatre Company that provides a forum for area playwrights to review and critique new plays in development.

Information on Angels Theatre Company can be found at the Company’s website,

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