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In Pearl Cleage’s powerful historical drama set at the turn of the twentieth century, four African-American women journey west to the town of Nicodemus, Kansas to seek the freedom promised by the end of the Civil War — only to be challenged by the harsh and unforgiving terrain, the social climate of the time and the men who claim to be with them for love. A contemporary classic about the strength of black women and their role as pioneers in the settlement of the American West.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING
“… McClain’s staging solidly serves up a fascinating peek into a corner of African American history.” - LA Times
WOW – “Director McClain understands Flyin’ West’s value as historical artifact, as political statement, and as family drama, and her cast rewards her vision with some terrific performances.” - StageSceneLA
“brutal honesty and comic heart … This story is really about family, and it could be told just as well in contemporary L.A. as in 1898 Kansas.” - Press-Telegram
“Flyin’ West is part U.S. history, part great drama.” - Grunion Gazette
“Flyin’ West is a script so historically valuable and so viscerally intense that any production of it deserves attention.” - Beachcomber
“With an especially strong cast from a company that can be relied on to put strong casts on stage, the frontier comes to life on the ICT stage with the emotional drama of racial politics, family, and the will to survive in places far from metropolitan comforts.” - Culver City Front Page
“Never is there a moment in which some histrionics jolt the audience out of their suspension of disbelief nor a time when dialogue falls flat or an actor’s presence becomes jaded; in the hands of this well cast ensemble, it’s easy for the audience to be absorbed into this ‘uniquely american’ story.” - Signal Hill Tribune
“‘Sometimes you gotta say something out loud to give life to it,’ says Miss Leah. And Flyin’ West does just that.” - Greaterlongbeach.com
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