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BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE Celebrates One-Year Anniversary, 1/29


BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE, Layon Gray's acclaimed play, will celebrate its one-year anniversary Saturday, January 29th at the Actors Temple Theater (339 West 47th Street), where the production transferred after its sold-out engagement at St. Luke's Theatre. In attendance at this special 5pm performance will be surviving members of the original Tuskegee Airmen.

Based on true events, six men explore their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society and brotherhood as they become the first African-American fighter pilots in the U.S. Army Air Forces. BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.

In addition to being an official selection of the 2009 National Black Theater Festival, BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE recently won a 2009 NAACP Award for Best Ensemble and a 2009 Artistic Director Achievement Award for Best Play. It was also presented at the 2009 National Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Las Vegas for over 30 chapters. Original Tuskegee Airmen Ted Lumpkin, President of the Los Angeles Chapter, said, "I love this play. It's real and it reminded me of my times at Tuskegee. [It's] a great show." BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE recently did a special performance for the entire NY Jets team.

BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE is produced Off-Broadway by The Black Gents, Edmund Gaynes and The Layon Gray Experience.

The playing schedule for BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE is Monday at 8pm, Saturday at 3 & 8pm and Sunday at 7pm. Tickets from $36.50 are available at or by calling 212-239-6200.

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