by Pearl Cleage
Starring Benedict College Theatre Ensemble:
April 4 - 7, 11 - 12, 2006 at 7:30pm
Henry Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre
THE STORY is of women facing problems ranging from the inevitability of long, cold winters, to the possibility of domestic violence to the continuing spectra of racial conflict, the women of FLYIN' WEST include Miss Leah, the old woman whose memories of slavery and its aftermath comprise a living oral history; Sophie Washington, whose determination to protect her land and those she loves puts to rest forever the requirement that western archetypes be white and male; Fannie Mae Dove, the gentle sister, trying to civilize the frontier with fine china and roses, who finds herself falling in love with their soft-spoken neighbor, Wil Parish; and Minnie Dove Charles, the headstrong baby sister whose mulatto husband, Frank, introduces a danger into the household that tests their sisterhood in unexpected ways.
Flyin' West... It is Nicodemus, Kansas, 1898, a powerful story of four indomitable African American women who took advantage of The Homestead Act and went west to build new lives for themselves and their families against tremendous odds.
Hailed by the New York Times as a "sweet anthem of a play the most potent, gripping playa paean to women."
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