Thursday, September 27, 2018

OPENING: Flyin’ West Via American Blues Theater at Stage 773 October 5 – November 3, 2018

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American Blues Theater announces cast and creative team for
Flyin’ West
by Pearl Cleage
directed by Artistic Affiliate Chuck Smith

Cast includes Sydney Charles, Wardell Julius Clark, Tiffany Renee Johnson,
Joslyn Jones, Tiffany Oglesby, and Henri Watkins

October 5 – November 3, 2018

**Flyin’ West is recommended for ages 12 and older**

I'll be ChiILin' with Chi, IL's  American Blues Theater for the press opening of Flyin' West on October 11th. I'm looking forward to hearing more stories from this seldom visited slice of American history. Check back soon for my full review. 

American Blues Theater announces the cast for its 2018-2019 season opener, Flyin’ West, written by Pearl Cleage and directed by Artistic Affiliate Chuck Smith. Flyin’ West features Sydney Charles (Fannie Dove), Wardell Julius Clark (Frank Charles), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Minnie Dove Charles), Joslyn Jones (Miss Leah), Tiffany Oglesby (Sophie Washington) and Henri Watkins (Wil Parish).

The creative team includes Grant Sabin* (Scenic), Lily Grace Walls (Costumes), Jared Gooding* (Lighting), Ricks Sims* (Sound), Kevin Rolfs (Props), and Shandee Vaughan* (Production Manager).

*American Blues Theater Artistic Affiliates.

Flyin’ West runs October 5 – November 3, 2018 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at and box office, 773.654.3103.

Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves took advantage of The Homestead Act and went West to build new lives for themselves and their families. Many of these homesteaders were black women who overcame tremendous odds to work their own land and make a place for themselves in an often harsh and forbidding environment. Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the story of some of these African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.  

Featuring: Sydney Charles (Fannie Dove), Wardell Julius Clark (Frank Charles), Tiffany Renee Johnson (Minnie Dove Charles), Joslyn Jones (Miss Leah), Tiffany Oglesby (Sophie Washington) and Henri Watkins (Wil Parish) 

Creative Team:  Grant Sabin (Scenic), Lily Grace Walls (Costumes), Jared Gooding (Lighting), Ricks Sims (Sound) and Kevin Rolfs (Props). Shandee Vaughan is the Production Manager).

October 5 – November 3, 2018
Previews: October 5 – October 10, 2018
Press Opening: Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Regular Run: October 12 – November 3, 2018

Monday: 7:30pm, October 22 ONLY 
Wednesday: 2:30 pm, October 31 ONLY
Thursdays:  7:30pm
Fridays:  7:30pm
Saturdays: 3:00pm (except October 6 & 13) and
7:30pm (except November 3)
Sundays:  2:30pm

Accessible Performances:
Audio Described/Touch Tour performance, Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. (Touch Tour begins at 2 p.m.)
Open Captioned performance, Sunday, October 21 at 2:30 p.m. 
For more information:

Town Halls: Free post-show discussions are offered every Sunday

Location: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago

Box Office: Buy online at or by calling 773.654.3103.

Ticket prices: $19 - $39

About American Blues Theater
Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious 2016 National Theatre Company Award, American Blues Theater is a premier arts organization with an intimate environment that patrons, artists, and all Chicagoans call home.  American Blues Theater explores the American identity through the plays it produces and communities it serves.

The diverse and multi-generational artists have established the second-oldest professional Equity Ensemble theater in Chicago.  The 33-member Ensemble has 600+ combined years of collaboration on stage. As of 2018, the theater and artists received 195 Joseph Jefferson Awards and nominations that celebrate excellence in Chicago theater and over 35 Black Theatre Alliance Awards. The artists are honored with Pulitzer Prize nominations, Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards and numerous other accolades.  

American Blues Theater programs and activities are made possible, in part by funding by The MacArthur Funds for Arts & Culture at Prince, the Shubert Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, SMART Growth Grant, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Anixter Foundation, Actors’ Equity Foundation, and the Chip Pringle Fund. ComEd is the Season Lighting Sponsor.

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