“Though the setting of Cleage’s frontier drama is a prairie homestead circa 1898, there’s nothing fusty or dusty about this unabashedly uplifting tale that serves as a tribute to the power of independent black women and the importance of community.” -Chicago Tribune
“under Ron OJ Parson’s wonderful direction, you won’t see a more powerfully and professionally acted ‘Flyin’ West’ anytime soon.” -Windy City Times
Pearl Cleage’s powerful look at the African American woman pioneer explores the universal themes of determination, feminism, pride and freedom. Set in 1898, the lives of a small group of African American women change as they leave the oppressive South for the West where they settle together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. Their hope and determination to survive in a harsh and unforgiving region are tested as they build new lives for themselves and their families.