The Frostburg State University Theatre will present "Flyin' West" at 8 p.m. on April 25 and 26 and May 1, 2 and 3, and at 2 p.m. on April 26 in the Performing Arts Center's F. Perry Smith Studio Theatre.
A fact-inspired drama, the play is set in 1898 Nocodemus, Kansas, an all-black town named for an African-born slave who bought his independence. It is the story of a family of women who leave their homes in the racist, male-dominated South and move west in search of freedom.
Hailed as a moving and gripping drama, the play was conceived by author Pearl Cleague after she read about Ida B. Wells, the crusading journalist whose Memphis newspaper columns of the 1890s urged African Americans to leave their Memphis homes and move west in search of freedom. In reference to her play, Cleague says, "On the surface, it's about homesteaders in the American West, pioneers, but it's also a way to talk about contemporary issues like race, gender, class and feminist issues."
Tickets are $4 for FSU students and $10 for the general public. For reservations and information, call (301) 687-7462 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.