Hampton University
The Hampton Players & Company Present 'Flyin' West' by Pearl Cleage
10/15/2018 - #67

HAMPTON, Va. (October 15, 2018) – The Hampton Players & Company present “Flyin' West” in the Little Theatre of Armstrong Hall on the campus of Hampton University on Thursday, October 18, Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 3:00 p.m., with a Sunday matinee on October 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

The Kansas frontier of 1898 presented both an opportunity and a great challenge for the men and women who became part of the westward expansion after the Civil War. For no one were conditions tougher than for the women, born in slavery, who went ‘flyin’ west’ in search of a better life. Facing problems ranging from the inevitability of long, cold winters, to the possibility of domestic violence, to the continuing spectre of racial conflict, these women meet these everyday challenges with fortitude, determination, and love.

From Miss Leah, whose memories of slavery act as a living oral history, to the fiercely independent Sophie Washington, to the gentle romantic Fannie, to the headstrong baby sister, Minnie, whose husband is not quite what he seems, the story of these women homesteaders will pull at your heartstrings from beginning to end.

Dr. Robin Jackson Boisseau serves as director of “Flyin’ West.” She has served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Hampton University since 2001. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Memphis State University and her Ph.D. in Theatre History, Theory, and Criticism from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has directed shows such as “The Chalk Garden,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “Trifles” at other venues, as well as “The Disappearance,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Macbeth,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Lion in Winter,” “How I Learned to Drive,” “Crowns,” (co-directed with Dr. Karen Turner Ward), “Romeo & Juliet,” “Through the Crack,” “New Voices,” “New Plays,” “Stick Fly,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Common Thread,” “Blythe Spirit,” and “Much Ado About Nothing,” at Hampton University.

C. Perry Otto is the scenic and light designer for “Flyin’ West.”  This is his 26th season with the Hampton Players. He has designed sets and lights for numerous Players’ production including: “Blythe Spirit,” “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill,” “Lion King, Jr.,” “Annie Jr.,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Stick Fly,” “Romeo & Juliet,” “Ruined, Doubt,” “The Lion in Winter,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Dearly Departed,” “The Bluest Eye,” “A Love To Call My Own,” “Blues for an Alabama Sky,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Macbeth,” “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Grease,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “West Side Story,” “The Wiz,” “What Use Are Flowers?,” “Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery,” “The Disappearance,” “Sasha and the Magic Cookie Maker”, “Tartuffe,” “Mama Dee’s Girls,” “Shakuntala,” “Dracula,” “Black Pearls,” “The Amen Corner,” “Steal Away,” “The Piano Lesson,” “The Emperor Jones,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “40 Acres and A Mule” (World Premiere), “Once On This Island,” “One Mo’ Time,” “Equus,” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Corinne Langford is the costume designer for “Flyin’ West.” This is her third season with the Hampton Players. She has designed costume and make-up for the University of Memphis’s production of “Oklahoma!” as well as Tennessee Shakespeare’s production of “Romeo and Juliet.” With the Hampton Players she has designed costume and make-up for “Day of Absence,” “Happy Ending,” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” “Lion King, Jr.,” “Common Thread,” “Annie, Jr.,” “Blythe Spirit,” and “Black Nativity.”

The Hampton Players and Company is a professionally run performing ensemble. The performers are not limited to the University stage, but have appeared on stages throughout the United States.

The Hampton Players’ box office is located in the center of the first floor of the Armstrong Hall building and is open Monday – Friday, 2 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m.  For ticket information, call the Box Office at 727-5236 or 727-5402. Ticket prices are:

    General Admission                $10.00
    Senior Citizens                      $8.00
    Children/Non-HU Students    $8.00
    HU Students Free with ID



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