Flyin' West (1995)

Flyin' West (1995) Edward Cohen

‘Flyin' West,’ written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Roberta Uno, is the story of a small group of African-American women whose lives changed when they decide to go to the West and settle in a new, rough region. In this encounter with a new environment, themes such as determination, racism, interracial marriage, feminism, pride, and freedom arise to offer a reflection upon how individuals, families, and communities survive together. Among the difficulties of everyday life, there is power in the fact of being able of knowing who we are and where we go, as the women in the play affirm their identity as ‘three Negro women.’ The sisters Sophie, Fannie, and Minnie, and their neighbor Miss Leah, have to empower each other, especially when Minnie suffers domestic violence from her husband. When the couple’s abusive relationship becomes more and more violent, and when this violence threatens all the women’s well-being, they have to decide how to maintain their freedom and their sisterhood. This video documentation also features a pre-performance discussion with the cast.


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Additional Info

  • Title: Flyin' West
  • Holdings: photo gallery, video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 02:21:45
  • Language: English
  • Date: Oct 1995
  • Location: Mount Holyoke Theatre in Amherst, Massachusetts,
  • Type-Format: play
  • Cast: Minnie: Toks Olagundoye, Miss Leah: Celia O. Hilson, Frank: Timothy E. Blake, Wil: Ronald Glenn, Sophie: Ingrid C. Askew, Fan: Amy Auzenne
  • Credits: Director: Roberta Uno, Assistant director: Rebecca Frank, Stage manager: Mary Haddad, Assistant stage manager: Anita Henderson, Set designer: Vanessa James, Lighting and technical director: John Howard, Costume design: K.C. Kozminski, Costumers: K.C. Kozminski; Vera Stefanyszyn

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