by Pearl Cleage

Directed by Piper Davis

May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2023
(All performances at 8:00 PM)

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.


Thank you to our sponsors:
Season Sponsor: Richard A. & Mary L. Johnson

Cast/Crew List:

  • CAST:
    • Bryana Bentley – Sophie Washington
    • Burgess Byrd* – Miss Leah
    • Shantel Routt – Fannie Dove
    • Alfred Gover – Wil Parish
    • Kenny Rayborn – Minnie Dove Charles
    • Jazz McMullen – Frank Charles
    • Piper N. Davis – Director
    • Katie Ruwe – Stage Manager
    • Beth Joos – Costume Designer
    • Rae Kuhn & Becca Howell – Scenic Painting
    • Tara Williams – Props
    • Ted J. Weil Scenic and Lighting Design

* Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity

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