On Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) in Association with Project1VOICE (P1V) presents a Juneteenth benefit staged reading of FLYIN’ WEST by Pearl Cleage. FLYIN’ WEST will be read at over 45 African American theater companies, museums and artistic organizations nationwide and abroad as part of P1V's ONE Day ONE Play staged reading event to highlight Black theaters and playwrights.
FLYIN' WEST is fiction based on fact and a powerful look at African American pioneers searching for equality. Set in 1898, the lives of a small group of African American women change as they leave the oppressive South for the West where they settle together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. The play explores the universal themes of determination, feminism, pride and freedom.
As a playwright and author, Pearl Cleage is known for her feminist views particularly regarding her identity as an African American woman. Both her fiction and non-fiction works have been widely recognized. Her novel, What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day, was a 1998 Oprah Book Club selection. Ms. Cleage is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.
All local proceeds and donations will benefit the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre and help support LHT's 2018-2019 season. The reading will be followed by a reception and silent auction of LHT memorabilia.