by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan
directed by Ricardo Khan
September 21-October 21, 2012
“Fly hits its target! Action-packed 90-minute history.”
-The Washington Post
“Compelling! Fly drives home a message of the importance of the characters’ sacrifice.”
“A must-see! A cohesive and talented ensemble cast.”
“Five stars! An important and magnificent play that will stir you and make your heart soar!”
-DC Metro Theater Arts
“Fly was great! @fordstheatre did an awesome job making you feel like you're in the cockpit. Laughed, cried. Awesome.”
@erinblasco on Twitter
“Fly is real jewel, combining a witty script, talented cast, and dynamic multimedia for a real treat.”
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They fought for freedom abroad … and at home.
Based on the experiences of the Tuskegee Airmen, Fly is the powerful story of four African-American military pioneers who proved themselves as officers and pilots during World War II.
The play follows these courageous heroes hailing from Chicago, Harlem, rural Iowa and the Caribbean as they train to fly combat aircraft. In spite of the overt racism they encounter, the men form a lasting brotherhood and fly with distinction, paving the way for the desegregation of the American military and the later Civil Rights Movement.
The production inventively combines live action, video footage and the inspirational “Tap Griot,” a dancing storyteller who expresses the anger, fear and triumph that the officers cannot. Co-author Ricardo Khan directs the Washington premiere of this patriotic tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.
“A superior piece of theatrical synergy!” –The New York Times
Please note: The September 26 performance at 7:30 p.m. is a private performance.
The Lincoln Legacy Project Panel Discussions
Fly is the second offering in the multi-year Lincoln Legacy Project—an effort to create dialogue around the issues of tolerance, equality and acceptance. As part of the project, we will present a series of free panel discussion on October 1, 8 and 15 featuring members of the Tuskegee Airmen and other experts. The panels will explore the history behind the play and how the Tuskegee Airmen influenced the American military, the Civil Rights Movement and related contemporary social issues.
Special Exhibition: The Test
August 29-October 21, 2012
Featuring photographs and models, this exhibit follows the ground-breaking deployment and service of the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. The exhibit is located on the second floor of the new Center for Education and Leadership. Patrons with tickets to an evening performance can visit the Center exhibits at 5:30 p.m. Matinee patrons can visit the Center’s exhibits before or after the performance.
Recommended for ages 10 and up; play includes some adult language. This performance runs approximately 95 minutes with no intermission. Dates and actors subject to change.
Lead Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Corporation
Sponsors: Southern Company; Rolls-Royce
Official Media Partner: The Washington Post
Photo of Mark Hairston and Christopher Wilson by Scott Suchman.
Dates and Times