Flight

The author claims he has just taken five real life characters and some basic biographical facts and supposed what it was like for Orville and Wilbur growing up in the dysfunctional Wright family.

Play title: Flight

Author (s): Arthur Giron

Publisher: Samuel French Inc.

Publication Date: 1998

Genre: Comedy

Primary Discipline:  Technology

Secondary Discipline

Scientist (s):

Otto Lilienthal : German pioneer of aviation who became known as the flying man. He was the first person to make well-documented, repeated, successful flights with unpowered airplanes.

Wilbur & Orville Wright : two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world’s first successful airplane.

Source Texts:

Character Breakdown: 4m, 1f

Susan Wright, Milton Wright, Otto Lilienthal, Wilbur Wright, and Orville Wright

Setting: Dayton, Ohio in the late 1800’s and Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in the early 1900’s

Time Period: Late 1800’s and early 1900’s

Synopsis of Play: The author doesn’t claim it happened exactly this way; he has just taken five real life characters and some basic biographical facts and supposed what it was like for Orville and Wilbur growing up in the dysfunctional Wright family. Flight takes place in Dayton, Ohio, and at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the early 1900s. Not a documentary, the play explores the lives of the Wright family in in warm and comic theatrical terms.

First Performance Date: November 11th, 1997, Ensemble Studio Theatre

First Producer: Ensemble Studio Theatre

Performance History:

Links:

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/25/theater/theater-review-no-wonder-the-brothers-wanted-wings.html

Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders

1909
Orville and Wilbur Wright pose for the camera.

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