FLYIN' WEST by Pearl Cleage
Presented by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble
Pearl Cleage's FLYIN' WEST is the story of a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when the West was opened up for people willing to settle in a harsh and untested region.
The backgrounds, actions, and feelings of the play's four women and two men reflect themes of determination, racism, feminism, pride, and freedom.
The women in FLYIN' WEST diligently work to own a place of their own that is safe, filled with love, and where each woman may manifest her destiny. The play is set in 1898 but in 2018 this is still the American dream.
"The question for the women, and the audience, is once you have achieved your dream, how far would you be willing to go to protect it?" - Director, Sheri Williams Pannell
A talk-back with the cast of Flyin' West will follow each performance.
On Sunday, May 27th, there will be a special extended talk-back featuring Una VanDuvall, Milwaukee resident and descendant of founder of Nicodemus, KS. Ms. VanDuvall will speak about the role her family played in the founding and building of the historic African American pioneer town.
FLYIN' WEST by Pearl Cleage is presented by Bronzeville Arts Ensemble. Founded in 2013, Bronzeville Arts Ensemble strives to illuminate the black experience in America by developing and creating theater while also providing artistic and educational programming opportunities, committed to collaborating with the local and national community, inspiring healing and positive social change.
FLYIN’ WEST is produced by Black Arts MKE. Black Arts MKE is a proud UPAF Affiliate and Resident Group at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Black Arts MKE is committed to inspiring creativity in future generations by increasing the availability and quality of African American arts organizations in Milwaukee. Black Arts MKE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. Visit Black Arts MKE
Sponsored by: Travel Wisconsin and High Point Fund