Aldo Billingslea, Interim Artistic Director, will direct Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's (LHT) Juneteenth staged reading fundraiser of Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage. 


Flyin’ West is a powerful look at African American women pioneers searching for equality. 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.


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. Among her critically acclaimed plays are: Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, We Speak Your Names: A Celebration and What I Learned in Paris. For more information visit:  


Flyin’ West is presented with special permission granted by Dramatists Play Service, Inc.  For more information about Project1VOICE, visit


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