“Flyin’ West” Lands for Three Weekends in August at CSU Dominguez Hills

Flyin West posterWHAT:       “Flyin’ West”

WHEN:      August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30, 8 p.m.; August 17, 24 and 31, 2 p.m.

WHERE:     Edison Theatre, California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747

TICKETS:   General admission – $15; Students/Seniors – $10.  Purchase tickets online at www4.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/2014-15-season or call (310) 243-3589.

The Department of Theatre and Dance at California State University Dominguez Hills in celebration of its Black Theatre Program’s 15 years of award-winning works on campus presents a special summer production of Pearl Cleage’s “Flyin’ West” directed by professor of theatre and department chair Donis Leonard. Performances in the intimate 70-seat Edison Theatre located in the University Theatre Complex will be held over three weekends, August 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and August 17, 24 and 31 at 2 p.m.

“In my 15 years directing shows at CSU Dominguez Hills, I can’t think of a play that I’ve enjoyed working on more, or a story more compelling,” Leonard said.

Set in 1898 in the era of reconstruction following the Civil War, “Flyin’ West” is the story of four African American female pioneers who settle in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Seeking the freedoms promised them, the women instead are challenged by a harsh and unforgiving terrain as well as a society not yet ready for equality among races or strong independent women.

Tickets are $15 for general admission or $10 for students and senior citizens. For more ticket information or to purchase tickets online, visit www4.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/2014-15-season. For other payment options, please call the Theatre & Dance department at (310) 243-3589.

The University Theatre complex on the campus of CSU Dominguez Hills is located on Toro Center Drive/Tamcliff Street off Victoria Street in the city of Carson. Metered parking lots are within walking distance. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at yellow kiosk machines near each lot.

CAST:

Karen Roberson (Class of 2007, B.A., Theatre Arts) as Sophie Washington

Denise Groce (’07, B.A., English; ’11, M.A., English) as Miss Leah

Petal Walker (’09, M.A., Humanities) as Fannie Dove

Alfred Pompey Jr. as Wil Parish

Megan Stewart (senior, Theatre Arts) as Minnie Dove Charles

Charles Synder (’09, B.A., Theatre Arts; ’11, M.A., Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding) as Frank Charles

 

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