Pasadena Playhouse Revives Fly in Celebration of Black History Month

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The Pasadena Playhouse is reviving Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan's Fly, about the history of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters, in honor of Black History month.

The Pasadena Playhouse and Crossroads Theatre Company’s production, helmed by Khan, began performances Jan. 26 and will play through Feb. 21.

"With a focus on hope, endurance, and accomplishment, Fly tells the story of the first African-American Army Air Corp fighters known as the Tuskegee Airmen who flew over the skies of Europe and North Africa during World War II," state production notes on the Playhouse's website. Select performances will feature special post-show discussions exploring themes like segregation in the American military and the civil rights movement.

Co-author and director Khan is co-founder and former artistic director of the Tony-winning Crossroads Theatre Company, recognized as one of the nation's foremost African-American theatre companies. Past Broadway productions include It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues and Paul Robeson.

The play was commissioned by the Lincoln Center Institute and originally created for student audiences. Following a preview staging at the Vineyard Theater in Massachusetts, Fly received its world premiere at the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick in 2009.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

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