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Flyin' West Auditions


Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage. Directed by donnie l. betts

This is co-production of 5280 Artist Coop and Firehouse Theater Company. 
The show runs April 9-May 7 at The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver CO 80230

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


October 23, 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.

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

Rehearsals with start in mid-February, 2022.

Performances:  April 9-May 7.  Fri and Sat at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM. A Monday industry night may be added. 

Actors receive a modest stipend.  This is a nonequity production.

About the Play:

Flyin’ West by Pearl Cleage

Cleage is an African-American playwright, essayist, novelist, poet, feminist, and political activist. Based on historical events, this 1995 play, set in 1889, 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.


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.

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. If you find that you cannot make a time that you sign up for, please remove your slot or contact us. Thank you!

Date: 10/23/2021 (Sat.)

Location: John Hand Theater
7653 East 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230

Created by:  Helen Hand
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