Flyin’ high


Pearl Cleage’s 1992 play, Flyin’ West, tells the story of four African-American women who escape the racial violence of the post-Civil War South by homesteading in the all-black settlement of Nicodemus, Kansas. The plot mixes melodrama (the youngest sister’s abusive husband tries to sell her share of the homestead she and her sisters earned to white speculators) with humor and bite.

As staged by Court Theatre’s resident director Ron OJ Parsons—who orchestrated last year’s award-winning production of August Wilson’s Fences—Cleage’s play is as uplifting as the wide prairie sunsets that provide a backdrop to the characters’ daily lives.

The production runs through April 8, with playwright Cleage holding a post-play discussion at Court immediately following the 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, March 24.


Photos: Taking flight in Court’s production of Flyin’ West: Tyla Abercrumbie as Fannie, TaRon Patton as Sophie, and Monét Butler as Minnie; Cheryl Lynn Bruce as Miss Leah and Patton. Photos by Michael Brosilow.

March 16, 2007