Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

FLIGHT Opens This Week at the Long Beach Playhouse

FLIGHT Opens This Week at the Long Beach Playhouse

In 2005, Charlayne Woodard wrote a play entitled Flight. Set in 1858, on a Georgia plantation, a young mother is suddenly sold, leaving behind her husband and their five-year-old son. Through a magical evening of storytelling, music and dance, their community shares the rich history that makes them so much more than slaves. Sharing this rich oral tradition not only comforts the father and son, but heals and strengthens the entire community; the audience has the privilege of going along for the ride.

"One of Ms. Woodard's motivations for writing this play was to reach teenagers who knew nothing of their ancestry and the details of the slave experience," said Executive Director, Madison Mooney. "She wanted them to hear the stories and hear the voices of the storytellers."

"When a slave named Sadie is sold to another plantation her grieving son climbs into a tree and refuses to come down," said Sean Gray, Artistic Director for the Playhouse. "Although Jim is an unseen character, he is the reason the community comes together to tell their stories."

The director for this show is Rovin Jay. He brings more than 30 years' experience acting and directing to this production.

"At a time when most slaveholders forcibly suppressed the languages, customs, and cultures of the individuals they enslaved, black slaves often turned to singing and storytelling as a means of expression, as they had traditionally done in Africa," said Jay. "Their nightly entertainment included tales about the world's creation, heroic deeds, and magic in the form of parables, which conveyed ideals, morals, and cultural values to the listener. The stories kept the African folktales alive and gave some respite from the unbearable hardships of slavery, if only briefly."

The cast of eight includes dancers, a drummer and the storytellers. Five of the cast members are making their Playhouse debuts. They are: Ebonie Marie, Dupre, Ebony Randall, Denzel Roseboro, and Felicia Baxter-Simien. Returning actors are Rayshawn Chism, Latonya Kitchen, and David P. Lewis.

Rovin summed up the power of the show saying, "In this show our storytellers attempt to bring comfort to a young boy. The place we have come to is their safe place. It is their stage, their theater. May their tales of magic, community, love and hope transcend their world and extend into yours."

The show opens May 19 and runs through June 16.

SPECIAL EVENTS FOR THIS PLAY:

Pay what you can Dress Rehearsal Thursday May 17 - community can see this production for whatever they can afford

Two for One Preview Friday May 18 - Tickets are $10.00

Opening Night Champagne Reception with cast on May 19 - Tickets are $27.00

Ticket Pricing:

Friday: Adults are $20.00, Seniors $18.00, and Students $14.00

Saturday and Sunday: Adults are $24.00, Seniors $21.00, and Students $14.00.

Tickets are available at www.lbplayhouse.org, or by calling 562-494-1014, option 1.

To request an interview with the director, cast members or reserve your media tickets to this performance, please send an email to: pr@lbplayhouse.org.

Long Beach Playhouse is located at 5021 E. Anaheim St., Long Beach, CA, 90804, right across from the Long Beach Recreation golf course. The Playhouse is community-supported theatre with programs and events that cut across age, gender, ethnic, and cultural boundaries.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday, and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The box office is open Wednesday-Saturday from 3:00-8:00 pm and Sundays from 1:00-2:00 pm on scheduled matinees.

Promotional Design: Daisy Ramirez



Ensemble Theatre Company Announces Very Special Family Day at ETC Performance of A CHRISTM Photo
Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) has announced the addition of a special performance of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, made possible by generous donations from Sara Miller McCune and the Léni Fund!  

Photos: First Look at LITTLE WOMEN at Chance Theater Photo
Chance Theater, Anaheim’s official resident theater company, will remount the poignant and captivating “Little Women - The Broadway Musical”. Book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Mindi Dickstein; directed by Casey Long, with music direction by Gabrielle Maldonado. Check out photos here!

WHY BE AN UPTIGHT ANTI-SEMITE? JEWS R 2 MUCH FUN Comes to Santa Monica Playhouse Photo
Kathy and Stanley are deeply in love. They want to get married. Stanley is Jewish, Kathy's a Catholic. Interfaith marriages happen all the time in America. But Kathy's father Chris considers Stanley's father Marv to be a hated, sworn enemy and has felt this way for many years. Kathy and Stanley's families are to be united in matrimony. In order to prevent Chris' hate from derailing their happiness, they devise a plan. Stanley's family, aided by Kathy's mother Mary, are about to give Chris a very special education. Hilarity ensues. Chris will ultimately have to deal with the question Why Be an Uptight Anti-Semite? Jews R 2 Much Fun.

GARBOS CUBAN LOVER Comes to Casa 0101 Theatre in February Photo
MACHA Theatre/Films will present the critically acclaimed play Garbo's Cuban Lover. First produced in 2001, the new mounting will be a 'reimagined production' of the show, with more music, dance and multimedia.


More Hot Stories For You


New Dance Alliance Announces 2022–23 Black Artists Space To Create And LiftOff Residency ArtistsNew Dance Alliance Announces 2022–23 Black Artists Space To Create And LiftOff Residency Artists
November 30, 2022

New Dance Alliance (NDA) has announced the  2022–23 Black Artists Space to Create (BASC) and LiftOff residency artists.  

Troubadour Theater Company Presents World Premiere Holiday Event, DIE HEARTTroubadour Theater Company Presents World Premiere Holiday Event, DIE HEART
November 30, 2022

TROUBADOUR THEATER COMPANY is celebrating its 20th Anniversary season by blowing up the holidays with their latest world premiere musical comedy event, DIE HEART, musical direction by Ryan Whyman and adapted, choreographed & directed by Matt Walker.

JENNY LIND PRESENTS P.T. BARNUM On February 3 At Whitefire TheatreJENNY LIND PRESENTS P.T. BARNUM On February 3 At Whitefire Theatre
November 29, 2022

In 2021, Shelley Cooper dazzled audiences with her award-winning show at the Hollywood Fringe, La Divina: The Last Interview of Maria Callas.

BILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY Opens January 13 At Sierra Madre PlayhouseBILLIE! BACKSTAGE WITH LADY DAY Opens January 13 At Sierra Madre Playhouse
November 29, 2022

Billie! Backstage With Lady Day, the award-winning show with music and written and performed by Synthia L. Hardy. Directed by Bryan Rasmussen, presented by Sierra Madre Playhouse, running January 13- January 22, 2023.

Cinema Audio Society To Honor Alejandro González Iñárritu With Filmmaker Award At 59th Annual CAS AwardsCinema Audio Society To Honor Alejandro González Iñárritu With Filmmaker Award At 59th Annual CAS Awards
November 29, 2022

Alejandro González Iñárritu will receive the Cinema Audio Society's Filmmaker of the Year honor at the 59th CAS Awards on Saturday, March 4, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown hotel.