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Flyin’ West is a play by Pearl Cleage that will be Directed by Donnie L. Betts. Click Here to signup. It is a co-production of 5280 Artist Co-Op and Firehouse Theater Company. The show runs April 9 - May 7, 2022 and will be presented at The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver CO 80230. This is a non-equity production.

All actors must be vaccinated to protect against Covid-19.

Audition date and time:

Auditions will be held October 23, 2021 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Audition slots are 10 minutes to enable time for you to present a short monologue that best reflects the essence of the character you are auditioning for and to have a short conversation with the director. Click Here to signup.

Callbacks will be on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm (callbacks will be reading sides from the script).

Rehearsals will begin in mid-February, 2022. The exact date is TBD.

Performances will be on Fridays and Saturdays (7:30PM) and Sundays (2:00pm)  April 9th - May 7th, 2022. A Monday industry night may be added.

All Actors and crew will receive a  stipend.

Click Here to sign up for auditions.

Note: If sign up and find that you cannot make the time slot you chose, please remove your slot and or contact us immediately. Thank you!

About the Play

Pearl Cleage is an African-American playwright, essayist, novelist, poet, feminist, and political activist. Based on historical events and set in 1889, this is the story of African-American female pioneers who settled, together, in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.

Following the end of the Civil War, many former slaves, anxious to leave the South and the increasing disappointments and dangers of Reconstruction, 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.

The Characters:

Frank Charles - Frank is Minnie’s thirty-six-year-old domineering and abusive husband. He is a man of mixed heritage whose mother was a slave owned by his father. Because of his light skin, he is often mistaken for a white man.

Minnie Dove Charles - Minnie turns twenty-one years old during the play and is married to Frank, who is fifteen years her senior. While Minnie loves her family very much, she is not strong enough to stand up to her abusive husband.

Fannie Dove - Fannie is thirty-two years old and unmarried. She lives with Sophie and Miss Leah outside the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. She and the other women run a wheat farm and have achieved self-sufficiency.


Miss Leah - Miss Leah is a seventy-three-year-old woman who spent most of her life in slavery. She gave birth to ten children while she was a slave, and she lost them all to the trade. Miss Leah now lives with Sophie and Fannie. She is a feisty woman who demands respect, speaks her mind, and believes strongly in the oral tradition.

Wil Parish - Wil is a forty-year-old man who was born into slavery. He is a trusted and loyal friend of the women, but he has a special relationship with Fannie. At the end of the play, they are finally engaged.

Sophie Washington - Sophie is a thirty-six-year-old woman who was born into slavery and is now determined to make the most of her chance at independence. She is strong, both physically and emotionally, and she performs her responsibilities without complaining. She is also a visionary with a plan for what Nicodemus can become in the future.


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