Flyin' West and Other Plays

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“Pearl Cleage is a passionate, challenging playwright whose concerns for the species are unmistakable and profound. As a woman, as an African-American, her artistic objectivity and sensitivity to history combine with, but do not overshadow, her capacity to dig for truth and present it flat out as she sees it – with a finger snap or a shout and sometimes with a wink. Among the most satisfying roles I’ve undertaken on stage is surely Miss Leah in Flyin’ West. She brings the bushel nuggets of drama and humor that ...

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Overview

“Pearl Cleage is a passionate, challenging playwright whose concerns for the species are unmistakable and profound. As a woman, as an African-American, her artistic objectivity and sensitivity to history combine with, but do not overshadow, her capacity to dig for truth and present it flat out as she sees it – with a finger snap or a shout and sometimes with a wink. Among the most satisfying roles I’ve undertaken on stage is surely Miss Leah in Flyin’ West. She brings the bushel nuggets of drama and humor that capture the ear, the heart and the imagination. She’s devilish, too.” – Academy Award® Nominee Ruby Dee

“One of the voices singing in the wilderness. What as pleasure it is to listen – and listen – and listen.” – Ossie Davis

“Pearl Cleage is a brilliant storyteller. I am always engrossed in the drama and compassion she brings to her characters. Flyin’ West, Bourbon at the Border, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Late Bus to Mecca and Chain are marvelous examples of a playwright at the top of her form, bravely moving into the new century.” – Woodie King, Jr., Producing Director, New Federal Theatre

Pearl Cleage’s body of work for the stage provides us with a remarkable and penetrating look at the African-American experience over the last 100 years. This volume collects her major full-length plays and one-acts, including Flyin’ West, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Bourbon at the Border, Chain and Late Bus to Mecca.

MS. CLEAGE is an Atlanta-based writer whose recent plays have premiered at The Alliance Theatre Company with subsequent productions throughout the country. Her first novel What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day was a recent Oprah’s Book Club Selection and a national bestseller. She is a former columnist of the Atlanta Tribune and a contributor to Essence Magazine.

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“Pearl Cleage is a passionate, challenging playwright whose concerns for the species are unmistakable and profound. As a woman, as an African-American, her artistic objectivity and sensitivity to history combine with, but do not overshadow, her capacity to dig for truth and present it flat out as she sees it – with a finger snap or a shout and sometimes with a wink. Among the most satisfying roles I’ve undertaken on stage is surely Miss Leah in Flyin’ West. She brings the bushel nuggets of drama and humor that capture the ear, the heart and the imagination. She’s devilish, too.” – Academy Award® Nominee Ruby Dee

“One of the voices singing in the wilderness. What as pleasure it is to listen – and listen – and listen.” – Ossie Davis

“Pearl Cleage is a brilliant storyteller. I am always engrossed in the drama and compassion she brings to her characters. Flyin’ West, Bourbon at the Border, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Late Bus to Mecca and Chain are marvelous examples of a playwright at the top of her form, bravely moving into the new century.” – Woodie King, Jr., Producing Director, New Federal Theatre

“Ms. Cleage writes with amazing grace and killer instinct.” – Alvin Klein, New York Times (Flyin’ West)

“Serves as a tribute to the power of independent black women and the importance of community.” – Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune (Flyin' West)

“It's abundantly alive.” – Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Tribune (Blues for an Alabama Sky)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559361682
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 550,312
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pearl Cleage
Pearl Cleage

Pearl Cleage is the author of Mad at Miles: A Black Woman's Guide to Truth and Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot. An accomplished Playwright, she teaches playwriting at Spelman College, is a cofounder of the literary magazine Catalyst and writes a column for the Atlanta Tribune. Ms. Cleage lives in Atlanta with her husband. What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day...is her first novel.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Flyin' West 1
Blues for an Alabama Sky 87
Bourbon at the Border 187
Chain 271
Late Bus to Mecca 309
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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    Flying West and Other Plays

    I love this collections of plays by an extremely brilliant author. Each script has a true message and is so very well written with little twists and turns. It also chronicles the African American Experience from many different eras.

    I was familiar with one play but bought the book because I will be performing in Flying West Feb. 2010 I only pray that we will do it justice. I see this collection as becoming a classic.

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