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This Monday in MVT's Studio Series: 'Flyin' West' by award winner Pearl Cleage

This Monday in MVT's Studio Series: 'Flyin' West' by award winner Pearl Cleage


in 1898

MVT Studio Series
in conjunction with
Excellence Happens

presents a dramatic reading of

Flyin' West


Monday, June 18, 7:30pm
Manoa Valley Theatre

"Freedom wasn't without problems"


      Flyin' West is a powerful look at the African American woman pioneer. The play explores the universal themes of determination, feminism, pride and freedom. 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. Their hope and determination to survive in a harsh and unforgiving region are tested as they build new lives for themselves and their families.

      Flyin’ West is being presented at MVT in its Studio Series as part of Project1VOICE’s One Play One Day 2018 nationwide staged reading.  Theatre companies, museums, colleges and universities from around the country are uniting on the same performance date for an annual theatre celebration that revives and re-introduces forgotten classic plays in the American theater.  This is the eighth year of One Play One Day.

      MVT is privileged to partner with Project1VOICE and Excellence Happens to provide Hawaii’s representation in this culturally and artistically important national event.

      This staged reading will be directed by Jeanné Wynne Herring.  It will be performed by Barbara Harvey-JacksonDerrick BrownShervelle BergholzDezmond GillaTony JaimesonMary Ann Shirley-Gray, and Nikki Guess.

      Pearl Cleage is an author and playwright whose work both fiction and non-fiction have been widely recognized.  She is known for her feminist views particularly regarding her identity as an African American woman.  Ms. Cleage is the Playwright-in-Residence at the Alliance Theater in Atlanta.

      Excellence Happens is an Entertainment Arts company that celebrates Hawaii's artistic culture and community outreach through media, theatre, film and events.

      Project1VOICE is a performing arts service organization whose mission is to provide significant support, access and adequate representation of the Black experience in the American theater through robust programming and innovative partnerships.

      A portion of the proceeds will benefit Manoa Valley Theatre.

Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 on the day.
Discount $5 off each ticket available for groups of ten or more.

To purchase tickets:
click here
or call 988-6131

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